Red Raiders Shutout Lobos 2-0

Texas Tech needed some second-half scoring to beat the Lobos to finish the opening weekend perfect.

After a quick start on Friday night against the Idaho Vandals, where the Red Raiders scored in the first minute, Texas Tech took a little longer to get going on Sunday against New Mexico.

The Red Raiders (2-0) took just two shots in the first half, but in the second half Tech got it going taking five shots, with two finding the back of the net in the 2-0 shutout victory against the Lobos.

It marked the first time the Red Raiders had beaten the Lobos in a regular season match since downing New Mexico 4-1 on September 18, 2001 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pushes the all-time record between Tech and New Mexico to 2-4-2.

It was once again a freshman that shined on the pitch for the Red Raiders as Alli Murphy was called upon in the 49th minute to take a penalty kick after a handball was called on the Lobos (0-1-1).

Murphy found the back of the net, sneaking the penalty kick past New Mexico keeper Kelli Cornell, one of the top goalkeepers in the country, to give Tech the 1-0 lead.

The Lobos never really got close except once when a goal was called back after a lobo was caught off sides. New Mexico recorded only three shots and one on net in the match.

In the 87th minute, the Red Raiders got some insurance from junior Jessica Fuston as she rocketed a shot past Cornell from 20 yards out, sealing the 2-0 victory for the Red Raiders. On the goal Murphy assisted Fuston.

The Plano native finished the match with two shots, one on goal, one goal and an assist as well to wrap up her first weekend of collegiate soccer.

In the two victories the Red Raiders showed their depth as four different Red Raiders found the back of the net, Janine Beckie, Paige Strahan, Murphy and Fuston, in their opening wins.

Texas Tech takes the week to practice before heading on the road for the first time as they travel to Fort Worth to take on Stephen F. Austin and Montana in the TCU Invitational on Friday and Sunday.

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