FOOTBALL SUMMARY: Red Raiders 2, CSU Fullerton 1

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech won a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday with Sierra Castles and Ashleigh williams score goals and Madison White recording of two stops at Walker Soccer Complex.

The Red Raiders (4-0-1) earned their third straight victory and are now 3-0 against the Titons who have fallen to 0-4-0 this season. The game was met with a staggering delay which started at 7:50 p.m. and only resumed at 9:02 p.m. when the teams completed the last 12 minutes of the first half.

“I thought for the first 30 minutes that we were the dominant team and that we had some of the best passes and strikeouts we’ve had all year,” said the Texas Tech coach. Pierre Pierre noted. “We were in a good groove. Then the rain came and they came out ready to fight. They squeezed us, tackled us and scratched with us. They had a great response. We didn’t wither away from us. the pressure. The best part about handling the fight is that we won. “

Texas Tech led 1-0 at halftime with Castles scoring in the 14e minute on a pass from Kirsten davis. A transfer from Hawaii who played at Long Beach State, Castles scored his first goal as a Red Raider while Davis now has three assists this season and 19 in his career. Tech did not allow a shot from Titon in the first half.

Williams scored the second goal of the game for the Red Raiders, hitting in the 57e minute on an assist from another freshman Macy blackburn. The goal gave Tech a 2-0 lead and was the second of the season for Williams who scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over Hartford last Thursday. Blackburn now leads the team with four assists after winning two in the 6-0 win over ACU on Sunday.

Cal State Fullerton started setting up an offensive attack after half-time and would score their only goal of the game in the 63rd minute with a goal from Karla Rodriguez. The unassisted goal reduced Texas Tech’s lead to 2-1 with 28 minutes remaining.

Texas Tech finished the game with a 13-6 advantage. White (4-0-1) played all 90 minutes into the Red Raiders’ goal for the win where she made two saves in the second half. Defensively, Hannah anderson, Cassie Hiatt, Kennedy chambers, Blackburn and Jordie harr competed in all 90 minutes to continue the solid defensive effort.
Texas Tech will return to action against UTSA at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walker Soccer Complex to complete their four-game home stand.

“It’s their best team in a decade,” said Stone. “We’re going to have to prepare again. We know how good they are. Now is the time to prepare mentally and physically to play again.”

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