LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech soccer team dropped a hard-fought match against No. 25 Oklahoma State, 1-0, on Friday night at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders (8-6-1, 1-4-1) held a 13-9 advantage in shots over the Cowgirls (12-2-2, 5-1-0), but were unable to overcome a goal in the 69th minute by OSU's Marlo Zoller.
"It looks a lot like some of our recent matches," head coach Tom Stone. "We played well, created a bunch of chances, their keeper made a spectacular save and we literally had a pair of chances that were so easy to score that it's ridiculous we didn't score. I couldn't believe they didn't go in, but the shots were poor.
"Then, when it looks like they're never going to score, we serve them up a counter-attack on a silver platter. We literally hand their best counter-attacking dribbler the ball and she goes down the field and scores and punishes us for our mistake. So, credit her and them for doing that. But it's a disappointing result when we play like we did."
Oklahoma State posted six shots in the first half, with Tech tallying five in the opening frame, despite a majority of time spent with Tech in the attacking zone. The Red Raiders also earned four corner kicks, while freshman keeper Marissa Zuchetto racked up three saves.
It was the first contest Zucchetto started this season, who played all 90 minutes of Friday's match.
However, in the 69th minute, Camy Huddleston picked off a pass and sent one to Zoller, who charged down the right wing and fired a shot inside the left post for the go-ahead goal for her third score of the year.
Despite eight shots, three on net, in the second half, the Red Raiders couldn't convert and was unable to score in the final 20 minutes to fall in a 1-0 decision.