Griffin notches first career goal, aides Texas Tech in rout of Appalachian State | Lubbock Online

A few days after watching a teammate score her first collegiate goal, Ally Griffin wanted to experience the same moment of bliss.

Griffin, a freshman forward, got her chance in the 34th minute of Texas Tech’s home opener Sunday under the lights against Appalachian State at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

After a feed from Brooke Denesik, the Southlake Carroll standout corralled a ball near the left wing before she turned and rocketed a shot into the back of the net — powering the Red Raiders to a 4-0 victory over the Mountaineers.

With the win, Texas Tech improved to 4-1, while Appalachian State dropped to 0-4-2 on the season.

The Red Raiders got off to a quick start, and also improved their home record to 63-17-4 since 2009, thanks to an outstanding individual effort from Griffin.

Denesik, who ran toward the farthest edge of the left side near midfield, chipped a ball close to the left corner of the box.

Griffin bounced the ball off her chest before kicking it a few feet in front of her to make a quick run, but needed to stop on a dime to shield herself from an Appalachian State defender. From that point she used two touches to square up and fire a ball off her right foot past Appalachian State goalie Taylor Ray into the left corner of the goal.

At the moment, Griffin’s score looked impressive until a trio of her teammates combined for a phenomenal one six minutes later.

In what could best be called poetry in motion, the Texas Tech attack — led by a simple pass from Gwennie Puente — found a way to turn a deflection into a prime-time, goal-scoring opportunity.

Hannah Fernandez, dribbled into the right corner of Appalachian State’s attacking third, fired what appeared to be an inadvertent pass to the left side of the box.

But, Jordie Harr had other ideas as she deflected the the ball back to Puente who poked the ball into a wide-open right side of the net for a 2-0 advantage in the 40th minute that stood going into the break.

The Red Raiders’ defense stayed stout in the final 45 minutes, while the offense added two more goals from Savanna Jones (54th) and Kirsten Davis (77th) on the way to the victory.

After enjoying a few days in Lubbock, the Red Raiders are set to compete in the University of Arizona Tournament this weekend.

Texas Tech is set to face off against Arizona State (5:30 p.m. Friday) and host Arizona (7 p.m. Sunday).

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