SAN DIEGO – In the week leading up to Texas Tech's first road match of the season, head coach Tom Stone stressed the importance of showing the home team that the visitors came off the plane ready to play. Jade King accepted that challenge, and for the second straight game found her shot in the back of the net just two minutes after first touch as the Red Raiders went on to beat San Diego State, 2-1, Friday night.
"We knew San Diego State was a pretty gritty team, we knew they were at home and would have some fans, so we felt like we needed to start in a way that would put them on their heels," said Stone after the win.
The win improves Stone's record over California teams to an impressive 16-3-1, including 6-1-1 when playing on the road in The Golden State.
King's goal came right off the bat thanks to a perfect cross from freshman Charlotte Teeter, whose assist counts as the first of her career.
In the 35th minute, Kirsten Davis finished a one-on-one opportunity to make it 2-0 in favor of Tech. The assist belonged to Jayne Lydiatt and counts as her first point as a Red Raider since transferring from Oregon. Davis' goal felt like it was a long time coming, as the sophomore entered the weekend averaging a conference-leading five shots per game.
Her goal turned out to be the game-winner, as the Aztecs got one back in the 42nd minute to make it 2-1 and became the first team to score on the Red Raiders this season. Though the Aztecs snatched some momentum just before halftime, Stone remained confident in his squad.
"Because we dominated for 44 minutes and only had about 30 seconds where we were taken advantage of, we focused on all the positives at halftime and all the things we were doing to own the game," Stone said. "We focused on 'here's how you were the better team, and here's what we need to repeat to stay on top of these guys.'"
As they have done in every game so far, the Red Raiders dug their heels in and limited scoring opportunities from the opposition. The Tech defense allowed just three shots and did not allow a corner in the second half. The lone scare in the second half came in the 68th minute, when an Aztec cross was headed toward goal, but defending Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Marissa Zucchetto was there to make the save. It was the only time her defense allowed a shot on goal the entire match.
Tech will wrap up their second weekend of action Sunday at 7 p.m. when they play host to Abilene Christian. Tickets for Sunday evening's match can be purchased here.