LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech soccer team continued its win streak as it shutout Mississippi, 2-0, Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic in Notre Dame, Ind., at Alumni Stadium. It is the first time a Big 12 school has started the season with five-consecutive shutouts since Missouri in 2006.
It didn't take long for Tech (5-0) to get on the scoreboard. In the fourth minute, the first goal came on a long through ball played behind the Ole Miss (1-2-1) backline. Junior Taylor Lytle ran onto the ball, which came from junior Casey McCall, and scored on a breakaway. The goal was Lytle's fourth of the season and her third game-winning goal. The assist was McCall's first of the year.
"Ole Miss was playing a really high backline so there was plenty of space behind them," said head coach Tom Stone. "Taylor simply ran onto a good ball from Casey and she was gone."
In the 22nd minute, the second goal came off a cross from freshman Jessica Disabella that the goalkeeper bobbled and sophomore Dawn Ward followed it up and scored the rebound from 12 yards out for her third goal of the season.
"Jessica's cross was deflected and the keeper misjudged it," Stone stated. "Dawn did a fantastic job to follow up and scored a challenging rebound that really gave us some breathing room."
Senior goalkeeper Colleen Pitt played all 90 minutes in the nets to get her fifth shutout of the season and the eighth of her career.
"We started well again and had great bouts of possession, which got us into some great spots and made it hard for Ole Miss to get anything going," said Stone. "Taylor and Dawn scored two nice goals and we had the lead at half. In the second half, Ole Miss basically went route one and made the game quite vertical. There were lots of balls dumped in on us, making our back four and keeper have to battle lots of balls in the air. Casey was great tonight and we did not give up much in the way of real chances and just grinded out the second half for the win."
The Red Raiders take on No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The match is a special one for Stone as the Irish's head coach Randy Waldrum was Stone's high school coach at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, and the two have been close friends since.