KANSAS CITY - Both sides of the Big 12 Championship final will feature first-time participants, as No. 6 seed Kansas advanced to the title contest with a 2-0 victory over No. 2 seed Baylor. It marks the third straight season that the sixth seed has advanced to the final of the event.
Senior midfielder Liana Salazar was the offense for the Jayhawks, as she scored both goals. Her first score came at the 34:18 mark of the first half into the lower right-hand corner of the net off assists from freshman Grace Hagan and sophomore Lois Heuchan. Salazar added to her tally with her seventh goal of 2015 in the 78th minute, recording her second multi-goal game of the year and the third of her career.
The No. 5 seed (Texas Tech) will face the No. 6 seed (Kansas) in the title contest for the first time in Big 12 Championship history. The fifth seed is 1-1 all-time in the final, while the No. 6 seed has posted an 0-2 record. With the win tonight, Kansas improves to 4-11-3 in the history of the event. Neither team - KU or Tech - has ever won the Big 12 Championship. In the past five years, seven of the nine squads that play Big 12 soccer have advanced to the championship match.
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. The Sunday title match can be seen live nationally on FS1 with Lincoln Rose and Jessica Stamp calling the action.