Big 12 Soccer Notables
June 19, 2019
The 2019 soccer seasons kicks off Thursday, August 22, with seven Big 12 teams in action. The remaining three programs will open the season on Friday, August 23 and Sunday, August 25. Here are a few notables from the 2018 season.
- For the third time in the past five seasons, six Big 12 programs earned a place in the 2018 NCAA Soccer Championship with all teams hosting.
- The Big 12’s six NCAA postseason selections, in the 2018 season, is the second-highest in league history.
- The Big 12 ranked first among all conferences with six NCAA Championship participants, meaning that 60% of the league played in the postseason.
- The Conference has earned at least five or more bids in each of the last three seasons and four out of the last five.
- Fifty percent of Big 12 teams (Baylor, Kansas, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Soccer Championship for the first time since 2008.
- Baylor advanced to the Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Soccer Championship, securing the program’s first-ever back-to-back trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. This marks the 11th overall time, and fifth since 2011 a Big 12 team has earned a spot in the Quarterfinals.
- The Big 12 ranked as the No. 1 (four times) or No. 2 (four times) conference in RPI this season.
- The Conference has finished in top-3 RPI six times since 2003.
- In the past five years, the Big 12 has finished in the top-3 of RPI three times: 2014 (3rd), 2016 (1st), 2018 (1st).
- The Big 12 was the nation’s strongest conference in the NCAA’s RPI in 2018.
- Fifty percent of Big 12 teams are ranked in top-25 final NCAA RPI rankings, which is the most among autonomy conference teams: No. 5 Baylor, No. 9 West Virginia, No. 17 Texas, No. 19 TCU and No. 20 Kansas. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are ranked at No. 26 and No. 51.
- The Big 12 has the most Women’s Soccer Academic All-America of the Year winners out of any Conference with four total: Oklahoma State’s Krista Lopez (2011), Baylor’s Dana Larsen (2012) and West Virginia’s Frances Silva (2013) and Bianca St. Georges (2018).
- Seven Big 12 soccer alums and one current student-athlete are participating in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The eight players representing are Estelle Johnson (Cameroon/Kansas), Janine Beckie (Canada/Texas Tech), Victoria Esson (New Zealand/Texas Tech), Adrianna Franch (United States/Oklahoma State), Julia Grosso (Canada/Texas), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada/West Virginia), Ashley Lawrence (Canada/West Virginia), and Michaela Abam (Cameroon/West Virginia).