LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 19 Red Raider soccer team is set to continue its season-long six match road trip this weekend as the squad travels to Albuquerque N.M. for the Jack in the Box Classic.
Texas Tech will face both UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara over the weekend with first kick for Friday’s match against UC Davis set for 3 p.m.
The Red Raiders will then face UC Santa Barbara at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
“This is our last weekend to fine-tune,” head coach Tom Stone said. “Each weekend has had its own unique set of challenges and I believe we have responded well to each one of them. We are excited for two quality opponents this weekend in New Mexico.”
Texas Tech enters the weekend winners of four straight having allowed just one goal during the stretch. The winning streak matches the longest unbeaten stretch since Tech won five straight to open the 2012 campaign.
The Red Raiders are led offensively by Big 12 Player of the Week Janine Beckie who scored twice in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Arizona at the ‘Cats Classic. She enters the weekend with five goals on the season, which ranks second among all Big 12 players.
Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson, the current Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, has posted back-to-back shutouts and five on the season in front of the net.
The Red Raiders will face both squads for the first time in program history while making their second trip to Albuquerque this season after defeating the Lobos 1-0 in the season-opener.
RED RAIDERS EARN HIGHEST RANKING IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The Texas Tech soccer team earned its highest ranking in school history Tuesday climbing to No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings following a pair of victories over Arizona State and Arizona last weekend. The Red Raiders (7-1-0) also appeared in both the Top Drawer Soccer rankings (No. 20) and Soccer America rankings (No. 20). It marks the first time in program history that the Red Raiders have climbed into the top-20 of a major poll. Texas Tech has won four straight matches dating back to Sept. 6 allowing just one goal during the stretch.
TECH SWEEPS OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Texas Tech swept the Big 12 Offense and Defense Player of the Week honors Tuesday as sophomore forward Janine Beckie and senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson were recognized by the Conference for their performance this weekend.
The Red Raider duo helped Texas Tech to a pair of shutout victories over Arizona State and Arizona at the 2013 `Cats Classic in Tucson as the squad extended its winning streak to four matches. In Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Arizona, Beckie scored twice marking her fourth career multi-goal game. Meanwhile, she tallied her second game-winning goal of the season and seventh of her career helping Texas Tech to improve to 7-1 for the first time since 2010. In front of the net, Esson picked up back-to-back shutouts to bring her season total to five and career total to 19. Esson made four saves in Tech’s 1-0 overtime victory against Arizona State Friday before making two saves in Tech’s 2-0 win over Arizona. Esson has allowed just one goal in the last four matches.
RED RAIDERS show balance
Through eight matches this season, the Red Raiders have showed impressive balance on both the offensive and defensive side of the field. Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in goals scored with 19 while ranking second with just four goals allowed. Meanwhile, Tech is second in the league in total assists with 16 and second in total shutouts with six.
THE BECKIE EFFECT
It’s clear when sophomore Janine Beckie scores, Texas Tech is in good hands. Overall, the Red Raiders are 13-2 when the 2012 All-American finds the back of the net. This season alone, Texas Tech is unbeaten (4-0) when receiving a score from their stellar forward.