LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 6-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss at No. 7 Texas Tech tonight at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The loss snaps the Mountaineers’ (13-3-2, 7-1 Big 12) nine match win streak. It is the team’s first defeat since joining the Big 12 Conference and halts WVU’s 15-match unbeaten streak in league play.
The Red Raiders’ (15-1-2, 5-0-2 Big 12) second goal in the 53rd minute proved too big a deficit for WVU to overcome. The Mountaineers had retained possession for the first time in the half when Maddy Crabtree sent a clear past midfield to a streaking Janine Beckie on the outside. WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane
came out and took the angle on the ball, but Beckie was able to send her low shot around her, toward the far post.
“I thought we had some great opportunities in the first half, but we couldn’t finish. You have to give credit to Texas Tech – they finished their opportunities,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We had opportunities on corner kicks but couldn’t find the back of the net like they did.
“I think both teams got after it tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top. We have some things that we will need to address and get after this week.”
TTU is only the third conference team to score two or more goals on the Mountaineers this season. Tonight is the first time this year WVU has been held scoreless.
The Mountaineers earned a 13-11 shot advantage, but were held to just three shots in the second half. WVU also earned a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Keane made one save tonight, while TTU’s Victoria Esson tallied four saves, including three in the first half.
The Mountaineers had a chance to cut into the lead in the 67th minute, as they earned a free kick just outside the box after a caution was issued to Hayley Haagsma. Junior defender Jess Crowder
sent a low shot toward the net, but Esson was able to scoop up the ball and halt the chance.
The Red Raiders’ first goal came in the 41st minute off their first corner kick of the match. Crabtree took the initial shot at the net, which took a weird bounce in Keane’s hands, giving TTU a corner. Jaelene Hinkle served the ball into the box, and Haagsma was able to get a head on it, sending the ball into the corner past Keane.
WVU retained possession for most of the first half, especially early. The Mountaineers’ best chance came in the 25th minute, as senior forward Frances Silva
, posted just inside the box, sent a header toward the net off a free kick that Esson caught in the air.
Tonight’s match was the second between the two teams and the first in Lubbock. The all-time record is even at 1-1.
The Big 12 Conference’s regular-season schedule concludes next Friday, Nov. 1, with four conference matches. The Mountaineers secured their second straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title on Oct. 25 with a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Oklahoma.
The Big 12 Soccer Championship bracket will be released late on Nov. 1. The Mountaineers have clinched the No. 1 seed and will play the No. 8-seeded team on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Swope Soccer Village, in Kansas City.