Tech Soccer Downs No. 9 West Virginia 2-0

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Updated: 10/27/2013 11:33 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas – In a rare primetime Sunday contest at the John Walker Soccer Complex, the No. 18 Red Raiders turned in a thriller as Texas Tech shutout No. 9 West Virginia 2-0 while handing the Mountaineers their first loss in conference play.

With the victory, No. 18 Texas Tech moves to 15-1-2 overall and remained unbeaten in Big 12 play at 5-0-2. It marked the Mountaineers’ first regular season Big 12 loss since joining the league prior to the 2012 season.

“You saw a team that is getting hungry for the postseason,” Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. “Tonight you saw a big step in that direction.”

With Sunday’s win, which moves the Red Raiders’ current unbeaten streak to 14-straight, Tech snapped West Virginia’s 15-match unbeaten streak in conference play which dated back to 2011.

Sunday’s win marked Texas Tech’s first over a Top-10 team in program history as the Mountaineers entered Sunday’s match at No. 9 in the NSCAA rankings and fresh off clinching the Big 12 regular season title Friday night. Texas Tech is also the first team to shutout West Virginia this season.

With one of the top defenses in the country, the Red Raiders have now shutout 14 of their 18 opponents on the season allowing just six goals in 18 matches.

The Red Raiders now move into second place in the Big 12 standings with the season finale looming on Nov. 1 against Texas.

Texas Tech senior defender Hayley Haagsma got the Red Raiders on the board first Sunday night with a strong header that beat Mountaineer keeper Sara Keane. Haagsma’s header came in the 41st minute off a corner kick by junior Jaelene Hinkle who fed Haagsma perfectly inside the penalty box with the long boot and picked up her fourth assist of the season.

Hinkle now has 13 career assists and needs just two to move into fourth all-time at Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders entered the halftime break with a 1-0 advantage while securing a streak of 18-straight shutouts in the first 45 minutes of play this season. Tech has now outscored opponents 22-0 in the first half.

Tech sophomore and leading scorer Janine Beckie then gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 advantage as she punched a shot in from the left side for her eighth goal of the season. Crabtree sent a long pass downfield which found Beckie inside the penalty box. Beckie punched the shot home to give Tech the two-goal lead less than 10 minutes into the second half.
Crabtree earned her fourth assist of the season on the feed tying her for the team lead.

Tech went on to hold a 6-3 advantage in shots in the second half and a 2-0 advantage on corners after West Virginia controlled much of the possession in the opening half of play. The Mountaineers held a 5-1 advantage in corners entering the halftime break and a 10-5 advantage in shots.

In front of the net, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson picked up her third straight shutout and Big 12 leading 12th of the season. In all, she made eight saves over the weekend in facing 23 shots.
Tech opened the weekend with a 1-0 shutout of Kansas on Friday night.

Texas Tech returns to the field Nov. 1 when the Red Raiders face in-state rival Texas at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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