Texas Tech defeated Kansas 2-0 Wednesday to advance to the Big 12 Championships semifinals.
Oct. 31, 2012
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas Tech used a two-goal outburst in the second half on Wednesday to shutout Kansas 2-0 in the opening round of the Big 12 Soccer Championships at Blossom Stadium in San Antonio.
The Red Raiders used strikes from Big 12 Rookie of the Year Janine Beckie and senior Dawn Ward to secure the victory and advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history.
"The most inspiring thing about this team is that we had a great halftime, made some adjustments and came back and just played lights-out in the second half," head coach Tom Stone said. "In the first 15 minutes we came back and made the game ours."
Texas Tech now advances to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships set for Friday at 8 p.m. at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
With the victory, the Red Raiders improve to 15-4-1 on the year and extend their unbeaten streak to six matches. Tech has outscored opponents 12-2 during its current unbeaten stretch and earned its ninth shutout of the season Wednesday.
Beckie, who was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week Wednesday, connected on her game-winning strike in the 58th minute after a scoreless first half of play. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native took a feed from teammate Paige Strahan inside the penalty box, and beat Kansas goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau to the left to give the Red Raiders the 1-0 advantage.
The goal was Beckie's 12th of the season which leads all Tech scorers while it marked her fifth game-winner to tie Strahan for the team lead. The assist was Strahan's third of the season.
"It was an awesome pass from Paige to Janine," Stone said. "And Janine just had a great finish."
Texas Tech then struck again on a breakaway effort by freshman Ashley Casey. After her initial shot was blocked, Casey took the rebound and found an open Dawn Ward to her left who connected on a strike to give the Red Raiders a commanding 2-0 lead in the 82nd minute.
The score was Ward's third of the season and the 22nd of her career while Casey picked up the second assist of her young career.
Junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson made six saves on the afternoon to pick up her sixth shutout of the season and the 13th of her career. The Christchurch, New Zealand native is now tied with former Red Raider Tina Rincon for first all-time at Texas Tech in career shutouts.