MANHATTAN, Kan. – Texas Tech (2-5-2) rounded out its season with a 2-0 loss at Kansas State (3-6) Friday night. The Red Raiders outshot the Wildcats 28-13, but the hosts managed to keep Tech out of the back of the net.
"It's rare that you outshoot a team by that margin and lose to a team 2-0," said head coach Tom Stone. "Their team has good energy, and once they got the goal they had belief. I don't think they had belief before then because the goal was completely against the run of play. They defended their box and their keeper made some key saves. They deserve a lot of credit. We had a barrage and could never break through. It's kind of the story of our season."
The Red Raiders, who averaged just over nine shots going into the finale, ripped off 28 of them Friday night. Davis led the way with a season-high eight and put half of them on net. Perhaps her two best looks came in the first half, first when she went off the post with a header in the 15th minute. With 10 seconds left in the half, she was stopped on a one-on-one attempting to tie it.
"We had that chance at the end of the half," said Stone. "I think we would've blown it open in the second half, but we didn't."
Down 1-0 to a Wildcat team to whom they have never trailed, Tech came out with a ferocious pace in the second half. Momentum took a hit when Hannah Anderson picked up a second yellow in the 57th minute after already being cautioned in the 46th. However controversial the call, Anderson was sent off and Tech would be forced to chase the tying goal with 10 players.
"Super questionable decision in the middle of the field," Stone said.
It took the Wildcats just five minutes to double their lead with the one-player advantage, making it 2-0 in the 63rdminute.
Friday night's loss meant the end of two Red Raider careers: those belonging to Macy Hairgrove and Amanda Porter. Hairgrove, a four-year member of the tech squad, made multiple starts this season for the first time in her career, serving as a consistent member of the back line. Porter, after battling back from an ankle injury sustained last season, played in each of Tech's final five games.
"We're disappointed to have to say goodbye to some seniors tonight," said Stone. "We're always disappointed to do that, but this certainly isn't how we wanted it to feel. But they had great careers here, and they'll always be Red Raiders."
Though an unexpected and disappointing record stands next to Tech's name this season, Stone and his squad are aware it does not accurately represent the talent on the squad. That talent, combined with next year's signing class – which was announced Wednesday – calls for optimism, according to Stone.
"We're proud of who we've got here," he said. "Our freshmen were fantastic. I thought Briley Weatherford was the best player on the field tonight, and we were happy to see Jade King, who will be back in the fall, continue to get more minutes. The team is ripe, but this is not easy for them to take. They're not used to this feeling, and we'll have to deal with that in the offseason. We'll come back with a vengeance."