Aug. 29, 2010
HOUSTON, Tex. - Texas Tech's Jessica Fuston scored two first half goals to lead the visiting Red Raider soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Rice Sunday evening at the Owls' Soccer Stadium.
Fuston opened the scoring in the game's 17th minute with a goal from just outside the keeper's box after a long crossing pass from Taylor Lytle from deep in the right corner. Twenty-two minutes later Fuston added her second goal of the night and her team-leading fourth goal of the season with close-range attempt to the back left side of the net.
The Owls turned-up the offensive pressure in the second half and outshot Texas Tech by a 12-7 margin. Rice finished the match with 17 shots, including five on-goal, to tie its season high. Red Raider goalkeeper Colleen Pitts tallied four saves and had some help from teammates to preserve the shutout. In the 88th minute Rice senior forward Korey Taylor took a shot after a deflection that brought Pitts off her line. Tech defenders however filled in from behind and cleared the ball to help keep Rice off the scoreboard.
Rice dropped to 1-2-0 on the season. The Red Raiders remained undefeated at 4-0-0.
"It was a tough loss all the way around," said Rice head coach Chris Huston. "It was very similar to our first game at Baylor where we had a good second half and played well at times, but we did not maintain a good work rate for the full 90 minutes. It's a good sign we were able to make adjustments in the second half and played with confidence when we were down. We'll have a lot of work ahead as we prepare for a very demanding road trip to California next weekend.
The Owls next play at nationally-ranked California on Friday, Sept. 3, as part of weekend action in the Golden Bears' home invitational tournament. Rice then plays the University of San Francisco on Sept. 5 to close out the weekend action.
The game's box score is viewable at the above link.