Texas Tech will finish its fall season Friday with a match at Kansas State. It will be Tech's second trip to Manhattan in program history.
The Red Raiders are fresh off their third straight victory over rival Texas. After a back-and-forth first half against the Longhorns, Kirsten Davis launched a 25-yard, upper-corner game-winner to clinch a win in the home finale. It was the second straight time a goal by Davis downed the Longhorns in Lubbock. The victory moved Tech to a 2-1-1 record at home in the shortened 2020 season, marking 12 consecutive years the Red Raiders have turned in a winning record at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Madison White made six saves in the effort, which merited Big 12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors.
"The league has been such a week-to-week affair this season," said head coach Tom Stone. "You take your successes as they come. We won a game with 13 players, and we had everyone available for Texas. No coincidence that was our best performance. We'll take that same roster for the most part into next game."
This week, Tech will look to pick up its fourth straight win over the young Kansas State program. The Wildcats, who began play in 2016 before formally joining the Big 12 in 2017, have hosted Tech just once before. Tech downed K-State on goals from Jade King and Davis on Tech's first trip to the Little Apple in 2018.
"They're a feisty bunch," said Stone of the Wildcats. "They come with emotion and they're a team that's a pain in the butt to everyone in this league. They had the champs [TCU] down 2-0, and if they would've held onto that it would have changed the outcome of the league title. They're good against everybody, and they're better at home than they are on the road."
"They're good this year," said Davis. "We definitely want to show them who we are, because I don't think this season has reflected who we really are. Some games have, so we're going to come out and play how we know we can."
First touch for Tech's final match of the fall is set for 5 p.m. in Manhattan. The game will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.