Home Sweet Home: Red Raiders blank Rams 6-0

The Red Raiders went on a scoring frenzy on Sunday in their home opener.

There have been a lot of firsts in the career of Texas Tech senior defender Hayley Haagsma, and she added a new one to the list on Sunday.


In the No. 24 Red Raiders (2-0-0) dominating 6-0 win against the Rams of Colorado State at the John B Walker Soccer Complex; the senior defender, marking her first career multi-goal game, scored two of the six goals.


"That was really fun," Haagsma said. "From our halftime talk we talked about getting the ball backward, forward and through and so I saw an opportunity and (Caity) Heap was open, Paige (Strahan) played a great ball through their center backs and I was on goal. So it was really fun to just kind of put that in the back of the net and get that third one so we could kind of take a breather for a second and just keep hitting them."


The Colorado State Rams (1-1-0), coming off the programs first victory on Friday, beating Lubbock Christian University 3-0, did not find the same success against their first ever Division I foe.


Off an assist from Kansas Bayly, sophomore Caity Heap netted her first goal of the season finding the back of the net from just outside the six-yard box, making it 1-0, in the 20th minute.


Just five minutes later, Haagsma netted the first of her two goals of the match off an assist from Alli Murphy making it 2-0 in the 25th minute.


Colorado State had nothing to stop the Red Raiders in the first half getting outshot 12-0 and 6-0 in shots on goal.


That trend would continue into the second half as the Red Raiders just poured it on with goals from Haagsma, Jessica Disabella, Janine Beckie and Stephanie Sorells en route to a 6-0 blowout of Colorado State.


"Coming home after Friday's game with a win was really key for us, just for mentality and stuff," Haagsma said. "Our goal today was just to get as many members in the game as we could and just get everyone playing our formation and used to it. We knew today if we didn't step up and play like we know how to play, like we were playing a really good team, this Colorado team could really hand it to us. So the first half we started off a little slow, after our halftime talk we really put things together and that's how we came out so fast in the second half just ready to go. It should have been like that the whole game, but it's a good learning lesson for us to take into next Sunday's game because Sunday's are always hard like that."


The six goals in a single game mark the most since 2006 and the first time in the Tom Stone era that many goals have been scored in a single match.


Scoring that much from a multitude of players is something nice to see early in the season, Stone said, and it's a good start for them.


"It was great for Stephanie Sorells to get her first goal, Caity Heap scored a great goal, really the game winner, the first one a real attitude goal," he said. "Haagsma got two, it was fun to see those young players get some minutes in front of their fans and their families. A bunch of freshmen were in the stands, which was nice."  


The Red Raiders now continue their five-match home stand as Friday they take on Idaho State at the John B Walker Soccer Complex with first kick set for 7 p.m.

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