KANSAS CITY - No. 1 seed West Virginia recorded a 2-1 victory over No. 8 seed Oklahoma State in the first quarterfinal match at the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village.
The Mountaineers netted both goals in the second half. Sophomore Amandine Pierre-Louis converted a pass from fellow sophomore Michaela Abam at the 80:07 mark to open the scoring. WVU then quickly followed with another goal just 1:40 later as sophomore Amanda Hill netted her fourth tally of the year on an unassisted score. Oklahoma State cut the deficit in half when senior Allie Stephen pushed a penalty kick past WVU keeper Hannah Steadman at the 83:04 mark on the clock.
The two teams began the competition with a scoreless first half, despite a flurry of shots. West Virginia recorded 13 shots, including four on goal. OSU had four shots, with one on goal.
Steadman finished with three saves for WVU, while OSU keeper Michela Ongaro had six stops. The Mountaineers advance to face the winner of the Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech contest. That semifinal match will take place on Friday at 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT.
Those in attendance at Swope Soccer Village have an opportunity to participate in some great giveaways each day. On Wednesday, it will be Big 12 Stadium Scarf Night, with the first 150 fans at the night games receiving a complementary stadium scarf. On Friday, spectators attending the contests will receive free hot dogs while supplies last. For the Sunday championship match, fans will be able to enter for a chance to win a Big 12 VIP Experience at the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship in March. To purchase tickets, fans can visit Big12Sports.com/buytickets or call 888-4KC-GOAL.
Soccer fans and followers can also watch the entire Big 12 Championship live. The quarterfinals and semifinal contests will be shown exclusively on the Big 12 Digital Network at Big12Sports.com with Lincoln Rose calling the action. The Sunday title match can be seen live nationally on FS1.