LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech soccer team got the 2010 season off to an impressive start as it defeated TCU, 3-0, Friday night in front of 1,356 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The first half was a very successful one for the Red Raiders (1-0) as all three goals were scored in the first 45 minutes.
The Red Raiders scored their first goal at the eight-minute mark as freshman Jessica Fuston scored on a cross from freshman Jessica Disabella. The pair was two of three freshmen to get the start for Tech, the other being Hayley Haagsma.
"What we've stressed with Jessica (Fuston) here, is we need to get her service because she very good in the box and very comfortable in front of goal," said head coach Tom Stone. "Jess and Dawn (Ward) are both terrific in the air so if you have a chance to serve, it's a great option."
Tech then took a 2-0 lead as junior Taylor Lytle scored from 18 yards out at the 24:53 mark. Lytle picked up the dribble about 25 yards from goal and hit a bomb to the far post for her first tally of the season.
With 44 seconds to go in the half, Fuston scored her second goal of the game on a cross from the left side of the box from freshman Mallory Yacullo. Yacullo cut the ball back against her defender and whipped in a dangerous left-footed cross that found Fuston on the near post.
In the 81st minute, the Horned Frogs (0-1) looked to score but their shot was saved by senior Colleen Pitts inside the box. Pitts recorded the shutout for the Red Raiders tallying two saves in the match.
The Red Raiders outshot TCU 16 to 8 and had six shots-on-goal. Tech has now won two-straight games against the Horned Frogs.
"I thought we had a core that played well," Stone stated. "I thought every starter and every player we put on had some moments where they really helped the team. We just have to all be playing together better for longer stretches."
The Red Raiders will now face Texas State on Sun., Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex. That night will be Texas Tech's "Freshmen First" as freshmen students will eat free with a Tech I.D. Additionally, each student in attendance will be eligible for a halftime giveaway of two flat-screen televisions. Head football coach Tommy Tuberville will give a Red Raider freshmen welcome and kick out the first ball.