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Murphy has four assists in Texas Tech's 5-0 win against Oral Roberts

Alli Murphy looked like she was kicking darts.

Posted: August 24, 2014 - 10:44pm  |  Updated: August 25, 2014 - 12:06am
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Texas Tech's Hannah Devine(9) is greeted after scoring against Oral Roberts during their match on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Hannah Devine(9) is greeted after scoring against Oral Roberts during their match on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)

Alli Murphy looked like she was kicking darts.

Her coach, Tom Stone, thought the Texas Tech junior midfielder looked like Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — only on the soccer field.

“When Alli gets in a passing zone, she can just close her eyes and hit people in stride,” Stone said, “and tonight she was extraordinary.” Behind Murphy’s four assists, the No. 17 Texas Tech women’s soccer team defeated Oral Roberts 5-0 in their 21st season opener Sunday at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Her four assists set the record for most assists by a Red Raider in one game.

“It always feels good, but none of that happens unless (my teammates) finish their job,” Murphy said.
“So I give a huge thanks to all my teammates because obviously I couldn’t have done it without the whole team.” The Red Raiders (1-0) have now won seven straight season openers, where they have managed to outscore their opponents 21-1 combined.

The third largest crowd in Tech soccer history (1,811) saw the Red Raider defense keep Oral Roberts from passing midfield for the majority of the first half and in turn gave their offense plenty of opportunities to get on the board.

Tech’s Meagan McCullough scored her first career goal in the seventh minute on a shot from 24 yards out.

One of the few times Oral Roberts was able to mount an offensive attack, Tech sophomore goalie Lauren Watson saved an open kick.

Janine Beckie scored the Raider’s second goal in the 11th minute off a long pass from Murphy, punching it into the right side of the goal for a 2-0 Tech lead.

Once the Golden Eagles did manage to get the ball back downfield, Kayla Keller’s shot was stopped again by Tech’s Watson for her second save of the night.

Hannah Devine scored Tech’s third goal in the 20th minute with a header, after a free kick by Murphy, and the Red Raiders led 3-0 at the half.

“It always takes a little bit to get going in the first, but I think we came out fast and just got on top of things and took care of business,” Murphy said.

Much like the first half, Tech came out fast in the second and controlled the momentum of the game.

Caity Heap scored the Lady Raider’s fourth goal on a big shot — assisted once again by Murphy — up the center of the field, sailing it by the goalie, to make the score 4-0.

The Golden Eagles never got a third shot on goal, while Tech peppered them with 31 total shots and had eight corner kicks.

Freshman Cassie Conarty capped off the scoring, knocking the ball in off of a corner kick from Murphy.

“We were all ready to go and in sync with each other,” Murphy said, “which makes my job easier. We feel like we were comfortable with each other.”

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