Tech Blanks Cal State Fullerton, 1-0

Hayley Haagsma netted her first career game-winner on Friday night as the Red Raiders improved to 4-1 in the 2013 season.

LUBBOCK- Once again, senior defender Hayley Haagsma defied her position title and lead both teams in scoring.


Haagsma scored the lone goal at the 61:28 mark to lead the Texas Tech soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans.


"It was awesome to do that for my team," Haagsma said. "It was a team effort. It took the whole team to get down there and get that foul. So, when I saw the ball, it was a perfect pass by Heap and I just saw the goal coming and I wanted to make it mine and I made sure it went in."


Haagsma is the leading goal scorer for the Red Raiders (4-1) with three in 2013. The goal came off a rebound when sophomore midfielder Caity Heap took a shot that was saved by Titans (2-2-1) goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic.


The game went back-and-forth throughout both halves. It was more constant struggle for possession with neither team controlling the ball. Tech outshot the Titans 14-3. Many of the shots were deflected by Titans defenders. Maricic saved five shots.


Referees struggled with both teams and pursued control of the game. Jerseys became untucked and collisions took place between players throughout the game. Four yellow cards were handed out including one to Tech Head Coach Tom Stone, who referee Brandon Marion stopped the game to chat with three times during the match.


Haagsma said her leadership role-plays a big part in an emotional game.


"(I) try to keep everyone's heads in the game and keep focused," Haagsma said. "Because as soon as we lose focus, we lose the game and so, that's just a big part of my role and so I try to embrace that and do the best I can for all 90 minutes."


It is the second straight season Tech defeated the Titans. The Red Raiders won the first ever matchup between the two programs in 2012 in Fullerton, Calif. 2-1.


The Red Raiders finish off their five-game home stand Sunday against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. First kick is set for 1 p.m.


Tech Head Coach Tom Stone said his team changed their mindset from last Sunday when they lost to Long Beach State.


 "I think we were responding a little bit to expectations," Stone said. "Instead of responding to just how awesome this team can be."

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