#10 Notre Dame women's soccer team falls to #12 Texas Tech, 2-1


No. 16/12 Texas Tech got goals from Hannah Devine and Janine Beckie 25 seconds apart in the opening moments of the second half to rally from an early deficit and defeat No. 11/10 Notre Dame, 2-1 on Friday night in the 22nd annual Notre Dame Invitational before a crowd of 2,603 fans at Alumni Stadium.The Fighting Irish (2-1) took the lead in the 15th minute, as junior defender/tri-captain Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) converted a header inside the right post from six yards out off a corner kick from freshman defender Sabrina Flores (Livingston, N.J./Livingston). It was Naughton's second goal of the season, and Flores' first point of her college career.

Texas Tech (2-0) came back, as Devine scored on a flick header at 45:55, nodding home a left-side cross from Jaelene Hinkle. Moments later, Janine Beckie scored the match-winner, picking up a loose ball and scoring from 18 yards out on a shot that slipped through the rain-soaked gloves of Notre Dame's sophomore goalkeeper Kaela Little (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley).

Notre Dame finished with a 13-11 edge in total shots, as well as an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Fighting Irish also had a 5-4 lead on corner kicks. Little finished with four saves, while TTU netminder Lauren Watson made seven stops, including a pair of acrobatic saves in the second half to keep her team in front.

The Fighting Irish will return to the pitch at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, playing host to USC on the second day of the Notre Dame Invitational at Alumni Stadium. Texas Tech will take on Eastern Michigan in the day's first contest at 11 a.m. (ET).

(Story from Notre Dame women's soccer)