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No. 16 Texas Tech set to battle Arizona & Northeastern

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 16 Texas Tech soccer team continues their seven-match homestand with a pair of matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex this weekend, taking on Arizona on Friday, Aug. 26, and Northeastern on Sunday, Aug. 28, both at 7 p.m.

The weekend's matches will be available via live stream on TexasTech.TV and live stats on

"It's a distinct clash of styles," head coach Tom Stone on Friday's matchup with Arizona. "We definitely like their coaches, we have a good relationship. They bring us up there every other year and we bring them down here in the others year, so we have a good series going with them. Every game has been tight. There's been a couple ties, a 1-0 win; they're good, athletic and PAC-12 fast. We know we have a challenge on our hands and we know they're going to have them ready."

The all-time series with Arizona goes back to 1994 and the advantage is held slightly by the Wildcats at 1-2-2 overall. The last two meetings between the programs have ended in a 1-1 tie (2015) and a 2-0 Red Raider victory (2013). Sunday will also mark the first overall contest between Texas Tech and Northeastern.

The Red Raiders put together a spotless 2-0 opening weekend last week, taking down New Mexico, 2-1, on Aug. 19, along with a 1-0 shutout victory over Missouri State on Aug. 21. All three goals for the Red Raiders were scored by freshmen, with midfielder Jordie Harr netting two against the Lobos and forward Jade King notching the game-winner against the Bears.

"We're certainly excited about the start," Stone said. "I think we had one goal at this point last year and we're up to three already. Some of the young players have proven they're ready for the college season. It's just about getting together and coming together as a group systematically and tactically. The talent level is high. There's a lot of new faces out there, so we all have to come together and play together to reach our full potential and that's happening."

Since Stone's arrival in Lubbock, the Red Raiders have amassed an incredible 64-20-3 record at the John Walker Soccer Complex. With their victory last weekend, Texas Tech continued their home opener undefeated streak to 11 years, dating back to 2006. During that stretch, Tech has outscored opponents 36-4 in home openers.

The Red Raiders jumped three spots to No. 16 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll on Aug. 23. It marks 16 consecutive weeks Tech has appeared in the top 25 of the rankings. The Red Raiders debuted at No. 19 in the preseason poll on Aug. 2. Two of Tech's future opponents are also ranked in the latest poll, with three others receiving votes.

It didn't take long for Texas Tech soccer to receive its first award of the 2016 season. After a two-goal performance last weekend, freshman midfielder Jordie Harr was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Aug. 23. It is the first newcomer recognition for the Red Raiders since Oct. 21, 2014 and is the 10th overall award for a member of the program.

After the first weekend of competition, Harr is tied for the Big 12 lead in goals (two) and points (four). Both of her scores came in one match, Tech's 2-1 victory over New Mexico on Aug. 19, six minutes apart from similar places on the field. Her first tally came off a free kick from 20 yards away from the goal, while her second was at a tougher angle a few yards closer to the net. She finished the weekend with four shots on goal for a clip of .800. Harr is also the only freshman in the conference to net multiple scores.

Texas Tech freshmen have scored all three goals for the Red Raiders so far this season. Along with Harr's multi-goal performance against the Lobos, forward Jade King notched the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Missouri State on Aug. 21. King's marker came after a deep pass from the other side of the field was directed just ahead of King by sophomore Gwennie Puente, giving her the perfect opportunity to bury it just past the diving goalkeeper in the 25th minute. Harr & King combined for 19 shots, 10 on goal, and six points after week one.

Tech's 1-0 shutout victory over Missouri State on Aug. 21 moved senior goalkeeper Lauren Watson's career shutout total to 20.5. Already sitting in second place in the all-time records at Texas Tech in career shutouts, she is now 8.5 behind school record holder Victoria Esson for the lead in the category. Last weekend, Watson recorded four saves, two in each match, en route to a successful 2-0 record to start 2016. Watson is also three saves away from moving to No. 5 in the career saves list at Texas Tech with 172 heading into this weekend.

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