KANSAS CITY - In the final match of the opening day of action at the Big 12 Soccer Championship, No. 6 Kansas scored early and held off No. 3 seed Texas, 2-1. The Jayhawks advance to play No. 2 seed Baylor on Friday at 8:00 p.m. CT.
It marks the third straight year that the sixth seed has topped the third seed in the quarterfinals of the event. KU will be making its first semifinal appearance at the Championship since 2008 and its fourth overall in the event’s history.
The Jayhawks opened the scoring quickly, with senior forward Ashley Williams finding the back of the net less than two minutes into the contest at the 1:57 mark. It was her fourth goal of the year, assisted by junior Tayler Estrada. KU held its lead through halftime before adding to its advantage at 73:03 when junior Jackie Georgoulis recorded her second goal of 2015.
The Longhorns weren’t going quietly, as UT cut the lead in half just over two minutes later at 75:31. Freshman Kayra Dollas picked a good time for the first goal of her collegiate career off a pass from fellow freshman Mikayla Flores.
Those in attendance at Swope Soccer Village have an opportunity to participate in some great giveaways each day. 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.