Disabella leads Red Raiders to 1-0 victory

Jessica Disabella connected for her fifth career game-winning goal as she scored in the 85th minute to lead the Red Raiders to a 1-0 victory.

The No.24 Texas Tech soccer team defeated the New Mexico Lobos 1-0 Friday night in Albuquerque.

 

With less than five minutes in the game, senior midfielder Jessica Disabella hit the top corner of the net to break the scoreless tie and lead Tech to the first win of 2013. Disabella was just outside the box when she launched the game winner.

           

It was Disabella's fifth career game winning goal. The Red Raiders outshot the Lobos 18-4. Nine of Tech's shots were on goal. The Lobos failed to have any shots on target.

           

Tech won the game without two key players. MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Janine Beckie did not make the trip for precautionary reasons. It has been reported that Beckie has an ankle injury. Senior forward Jessica Fuston did not log in any minutes as well.

           

With two top players out of the lineup, the Lobos double-teamed the 2012 second leading scorer for the Red Raiders, junior midfielder Paige Strahan.

 

The double team worked against Strahan, but other Tech players peppered New Mexico goalie Cassie Ulrich with shots. Senior defender and team captain Hayley Haagsma took five shots with two on target. Disabella and sophomore forward Briana Rohmer each had three shots with two on goal.

 

Ulrich finished the night with seven saves. The Lobos as a team ended up with another save as Tech constantly threatened to score throughout the game.

 

With Beckie and Fuston sidelined, many newcomers saw playing time. Kansas Bayly, who transferred from Columbus State, started the game. Freshman Maddy Crabtree and Meagan McCullough combined for over 110 minutes on the pitch.

 

Tech Head Coach Tom Stone is now 2-0 against New Mexico. The Red Raiders have won six straight season openers. The Lobos still lead the all-time series 4-3-1.

 

Tech will bring its 1-0 record to the John B. Walker Soccer Complex for the home opener.

 

The Colorado State Rams wait as they played at the complex Friday night. The Rams played their program's first game and defeated the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals of Division Two, 3-0.

 

Texas Tech will be the Rams first division one opponent.

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