LUBBOCK, Texas – Riding a six-match winning streak, the No. 15 Texas Tech soccer team opens Big 12 play this weekend as the Red Raiders travel north for a Friday night match with Iowa State. First kick for the conference opener is set for 7 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
Texas Tech enters the match riding the momentum of four straight shutouts and a pair of convincing victories at the Jack in the Box Classic in Albuquerque last weekend. The Texas Tech defense, anchored by senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson, has allowed just four goals on the season. Nationally, the Red Raiders enter the weekend No. 3 in shutout percentage (.800) and No. 11 in goals against average (.396).
Offensively, 10 different Red Raiders have found the back of the net this season led by sophomore and 2012 All-American forward Janine Beckie with six.
Texas Tech will conclude the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. match at Oklahoma State.
The Red Raiders shutout the Cowgirls 2-0 last year in front of a national television audience on FOX Soccer Channel.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Texas Tech hits the road for the third consecutive week as the Red Raiders open Big 12 play Friday against Iowa State before traveling to Stillwater for a Sunday match against Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders are unbeaten (4-0) on their current road trip which features wins over: Arizona State, Arizona, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. Texas Tech is not only unbeaten over the road stretch but has not allowed a goal either.
RED RAIDERS EARN HIGHEST RANKING IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The Red Raider soccer team climbed to No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association rankings released on Tuesday. The top-15 ranking comes after Texas Tech went 2-0 this weekend with shutout victories over UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara at the Jack in the Box Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. Texas Tech improved to 9-1-0 on the season with the pair of victories marking the best start in program history. Tech has won six-straight while shutting four consecutive opponents in the process.
RED RAIDERS SHOW SCORING BALANCE
Texas Tech has showed firepower from a handful of scoring threats this season. In fact, a total of 10 different Red Raiders have scored at least once this season. Meanwhile, seven of those 10 have scored at least twice. Texas Tech sophomore and 2012 All-American Janine Beckie leads the attack with six goals this season – three of which have come in the last three matches. Beckie scored 14 goals during the 2012 campaign including two scores against Oklahoma State.
TECH DEFENSE DOMINANT IN FIRST HALF
The Texas Tech defense has been dominant thus far during the first 45 minutes of play – shutting out each of its first 10 opponents on the season. The Red Raiders have outscored their opponents 10-0 in the first half this season.
TECH SECOND HALF OUTBURSTS
The Red Raiders have proven to be dominant in the second half of play during the last three seasons. In 2012 alone, Tech outscored opponents 29-10 in the second half. In the last three seasons combined (2011-13), Tech has outscored opponents 52-25 in the final 45 minutes of play. This year, they have continued that trend, outscoring their first four opponents 13-4 in the second half. Against Colorado State earlier this year, Tech went off for four goals in the second half – the most by a Tech team in a single half of play since 2011 when the Red Raiders netted five in the second half against Arizona State.