Texas Tech (14-4-1, 5-2-1) beat Oklahoma State (11-5-3, 1-4-3) tonight 2-0 in the last game of the regular season. The match was broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer in the NSCAA College Game of the Week. The John Walker Soccer Complex looked impressive on the TV broadcast. The official attendance was 1,244 but due to the cold weather (low 40's) the crowd looked to be closer to around 600 people.
Both of the goals were made in the 2nd half and both were credited to freshman Forward Janine Beckie.
The 1st goal was set-up around the 54 minute mark with a corner kick from Mid-Fielder Alli Murphy across the field to Defender Morgan Johnson who kicked a hard kick back toward the OSU goal. The OSU goalie, Adrianna Franch, batted the ball down instead of catching it and Tech's Beckie was there to tap it into the net.
The game got pretty physical at around the 60 minute mark when the Lady Raiders got the 2nd point. Texas Tech's Mid-Fielder, Tiffini Smith, trapped the ball just shy of the mid-field line and kicked it downfield to Forward Beckie. There was some smooth ball handling and coaxing toward the OSU goal and then an accurate and sharp right slot kick into the net.
In the final 15 minutes the Lady Raiders played keep-away from the OSU Cowgirls, with about 18 passes in one long possession.
This is the 8th shut-out by Texas Tech this season.
The Big 12 Tournament starts next week on Oct 31st with Tech being seated at the 3rd spot.
The Lady Raiders should make it in to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the program's history.
"We're not done yet," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "The team is not done yet. We are peaking in fitness right now and have a lot of soccer ahead of us."
Congratulations to Coach Stone, his staff and of course the Lady Raider Soccer players.