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Two Big 12 Soccer Squads Prep For NCAA Second Round Action
November 21, 2013

Texas Tech opened the 2013 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship with a win while West Virginia and Rutgers played a scoreless 110 minutes in Morgantown, the Mountaineers defeated the Scarlet Knights 3-0 in penalty kicks to advance in the postseason. The Red Raiders and Mountaineers will now represent the conference in the second round on Friday, Nov. 22.

Texas Tech is set to square off against former Big 12 rival Texas A&M on Friday afternoon as the Red Raiders march into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech (18-2-2) and Texas A&M (18-4-1) are set for a 2:30 p.m. CT first kick from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., each looking for a coveted trip to the Sweet 16.

The Red Raiders enter the match fresh off a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota in the opening round last week at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Tech sophomore Janine Beckie scored twice in the victory, while senior midfielder Jessica Fuston netted the game-winner in the ninth minute to give the Red Raiders an early 1-0 lead. The Aggies advanced to the second round after defeating Utah 1-0 in overtime in College Station.

Friday marks Tech's second-straight appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the Red Raiders advanced to the round of 32 in 2012 before falling to No. 1 seed Florida State in overtime.

The No. 7 West Virginia University women’s soccer team will face No. 4 and top-seeded Virginia Tech in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. ET, at Thompson Field, in Blacksburg, Va.

The match marks the Mountaineers’ (16-3-3) ninth appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and first since 2010. WVU earned the right to advance following a 0-0 double-overtime draw against Rutgers on Nov. 16; the Mountaineers trumped the Scarlet Knights 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout. VT (17-4-2) earned a 2-0, first-round victory over UMBC on Nov. 15.
The Mountaineers, the 2013 Big 12 Conference champions, enter the match unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 contests. WVU is 12-13-1 in all-time NCAA Tournament matches, 5-7 away from Morgantown and 3-5 in second-round appearances.
WVU owns a 3-1 all-time record against VT. The two squads’ last meeting also came in the NCAA Tournament, with the Hokies earning a 1-0 first-round victory at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, on Nov. 12, 2011. The Mountaineers last won in Blacksburg in 2002, a 2-0 victory on Oct. 23.
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