Texas Tech soccer has received its highest national ranking in school history, appearing at No. 7 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls. The team has started their season on an incredible winning streak, and we'd love to see that continue Friday night when they take on No. 11 California at Berkeley. Kickoff is set for 5:30PM and will air on the PAC-12 Network.
They are 5-0 heading into the weekend, and Coach Tom Stone is no Art Briles with his philosophy about non-conference scheduling. Already this season, the Red Raiders have defeated No. 25 Denver in an exhibition match and No. 10 Notre Dame on the road, and now they will test their skills at No. 11 Cal.
Last year this team was known for limiting shots on goal and their defensive presence. This year they have maintained that reputation while improving offensively. They are currently averaging 22 shots per game while holding opposing teams to only 8 shots. In addition, Lauren Watson has moved into the starting role at keeper without any drop-off from last year.
In each and every game they are finding ways to win, regardless of the circumstances. When facing both Denver and Notre Dame, Tech gave up the early goal but then came back to win on the road against ranked opponents. They needed overtime to defeat Eastern Michigan, and then battled through double overtime to beat Portland State last weekend. Their determination and mental toughness should lead to continued success this season.
These women have also demonstrated great vision on the field and unselfish play that should continue to generate wins. The talent on this team is deep, as 8 different Red Raiders have scored goals this season. This past week Hannah Devine led the team and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Devine was crucial in keeping the Red Raiders (5-0-0) undefeated last weekend, scoring a pair of goals in Friday's 3-1 victory over Sam Houston State before nailing the lone goal in Sunday's 1-0 double-overtime win over Portland State.
Keep an eye on this team, as we watch their journey continue to unfold. This looks to be a very special season for Texas Tech soccer!