KANSAS CITY - For the first time in conference history, Texas Tech will play in the title match of the Big 12 Soccer Championship. The Red Raiders advanced with a 1-0 upset of No. 1 seed and regular-season champion West Virginia. The victory also stopped a seven-game win streak for the Mountaineers at the Big 12 Championship.
Senior Janine Beckie, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, was the difference. With 16:41 left in the match, she took a pass from senior Alli Murphy and pushed a shot from 16 yards out into the lower right-hand corner of the net past the diving Mountaineer goalkeeper. It was the second goal in two days for Beckie, as she improved her conference-leading point total to 27 on the season.
West Virginia had 17 shots in the match, but was unable to place one in the goal. The Mountaineers had four shots after the Tech score, with their best chance in the 87th minute as a pass from Bianca St. Georges went to Nia Gordon at about 10 yards out, but the effort was broken up by Tech goalie Lauren Watson.
The match marked the first meeting between the teams at the Big 12 Championship. WVU falls to 7-2 at the championship, while TTU improves to 4-9-1.
Those in attendance at Swope Soccer Village have an opportunity to participate in some great giveaways each day. 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. Both semifinal contests are being 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.