Via Texas Tech Athletics
The first meeting all-time between the No. 24 Texas Tech soccer team and Loyola Marymount ended in a 1-1 draw on Friday night at Sullivan Field.
The Red Raiders’ (6-1-2) equalizer came in the 52’ off a penalty kick from junior defender Rebekah O’Brien. She would finish the night with six shots, four on goal, while playing all 110 minutes of the match. It is the seventh time this season she has played in the entire contest.
The Lions (4-2-1) struck first in the eighth minute of the match, after a cross from forward Sarah Sanger found forward Sarina Bolden, who used a header to lift the ball above Watson for the score.
The Red Raiders put up four of the next five shots, with a pair coming from sophomore Brooke Denesik and forward Jade King, both sailing over the goal. The third came off a free kick from O’Brien after a Lion foul, followed by a great opportunity from junior forward Natalie Schmutz that was poked away by the diving LMU goalkeeper.
LMU put together a flurry of shots over a two-minute span to start the 31st minute. It would be replicated by the Red Raiders near the end of the half, as Tech got shots from O’Brien and sophomore forward Gwennie Puente, which set up a Red Raider corner.
Although Tech trailed 1-0 at the half, they recorded eight shots, three on goal, compared to LMU’s six overall and three on goal.
The Lions started the second half by earning a corner and having another header attempt blocked, before shifting to the other side of the field for the Red Raider attack. Harr and King each sent shots toward the goal, with one saved by Pruitt, and the other blocked.
Four yellow cards would be given out during the frame, three to LMU and one to Tech, but none more costly than the one in the 51st minute that awarded the Red Raiders a penalty kick. Tech called upon O’Brien to take the penalty, who easily converted it to tie the match at one. Her goal was her second of the season and was the 11th for the Red Raiders in second half play in 2016.
The Red Raiders amassed nine shots total in the second half, five on goal, while LMU put up only three shots, one on goal. Several of Tech’s chances in the second frame came within the final 10 minutes of the half, while Watson’s fourth save of the evening put the bow on regulation and sent the two teams to overtime. She would finish the night with six.
The Red Raiders had several opportunities in the first overtime, as O’Brien immediately got a shot off within the first minute that dinged off the post. It was one of four shots Tech would have, as O’Brien and would record another shortly after that required Pruitt to make a save. Later in the frame, King had a breakaway chance, but her shot went under the diving keeper and wide of the goal. Harr had the final shot for Tech in the frame that was punched above the net by Pruitt and set up a Red Raider corner, but it did not materialize and ended the period.
The second overtime was not as eventful, as both teams only logged one shot each, as a header by LMU was brought in by Watson, while Tech picked up a shot from O’Brien that traveled just above the crossbar late in the frame.
Tech racked up 23 shots overall, 11 on goal, both figures the most in a single match this season for the Red Raiders. Watson’s six saves gives her 34 this season, which is 11 away from fourth all-time at Texas Tech with 202.
Up next for the Red Raiders is a trip south to face San Diego State (2-4-0) on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. CDT.
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