After the firework performance against San Diego State, Texas Tech falls to the New Mexico Lobos in a tightly contested match with only one goal. When I say tightly contested I should be saying overtly physical; the Red Raiders and the Lobos combined for an outrageous thirteen fouls in the first half alone. In matches that become wildly physical you can almost expect goals conceded in those games to come from well placed free kicks and, worse, penalties.
A New Mexico player drops in the box with 0:04 left in the half and is awarded a PK, which is converted.— Texas Tech Soccer (@TexasTechSoccer) August 26, 2019
With seconds on the clock a UNM player fell in the box and Tech goalkeeper Marissa Zuchetto was called as an obstruction. The penalty awarded, controversial or not (it was), was converted by Alesia Garcia to lift the Lobos 1-0 at the half. The momentum didn’t last for New Mexico. The second half was heavily weighted towards the scarlet and black, statistically manifesting as 12 shots and 8 corners earned. Tom Stone’s second-half team had the Lobos on their heels the rest of the night but none of the effort amounted to a goal.
When asked about the 1-0 result, Coach Stone replied that “it’s tough to take a road loss like this when you play as well as we did. We owned every single stat, but they got the most important one – the goal.” The victory was the first in ten years that New Mexico overcame Texas Tech, but even in the loss there were brilliant showings again from Margaret Begley and Kirsten Davis. Jordie Harr also had a game for herself; taking four shots and multiple corners.
This upcoming week offers a lot of opportunity for Stone’s team to rally and reorganize as a group. First they will play Oral Roberts on Thursday and then they will play North Texas on Sunday - both at home in the John Walker complex. Last season Texas Tech had an excellent home record of 8-2-0 and look to replicate, if not improve on, that success.