Texas Tech and West Virginia both saw their seasons come to an end in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Red Raiders (18-2-3) and Texas A&M played to a 2-2 draw through 110 minutes with the Aggies winning the penalty kick shootout 4-3 to advance in the postseason. West Virginia (16-4-3) fell at No. 4 Virginia Tech, 1-0.
Making its second-straight NCAA Second Round appearance, Texas Tech battled Texas A&M to a 2-2 draw before the Aggies took the match in a penalty kick shootout 4-3. With the loss, Texas Tech ends its historic 2013 season with an 18-2-3 record.
Sophomores Janine Beckie and Briana Rohmer provided the scoring effort for the Red Raiders, while all four goals in the game came in the second half. Defensively, Red Raider goalkeeper Victoria Esson matched her career-high from earlier this season with 10 saves on the night. After two 10-minute overtime periods, in which neither team could find the back of the goal, Tech found itself in its first shootout situation since the 2009 season. Texas A&M connected on each of its first four penalty kicks in the shootout while Day made back-to-back saves on shots by Tech's Jade Dapaah and Alli Murphy.
Tech’s 18 victories mark a new school record while the Red Raiders also set a new program best with 17 shutouts including a 3-0 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tech allowed just nine goals in 23 matches on the year while scoring 48 of its own.
This evening’s loss is the Mountaineers’ sixth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and first since losing 3-0 at No. 14 Wake Forest in 2009. The Hokies’ (18-4-2) lone goal was the first given up by the Mountaineers this month and halted their shutout streak at four.
Following a scoreless first half that saw a combined four shots from the two teams, the Hokies began to apply a heavy pressure in the 58th minute, with a shot blocked and another hitting the crossbar in the span of 40 seconds. Though the WVU defense was able to withstand the initial attack, VT capitalized in the 59th minute, as Murielle Tiernan received a cross from Taylor Antolino right in front of the net and put the ball past senior.
The Mountaineers’ season saw them win the first Big 12 Championship title for any WVU team and their second straight conference regular-season championship, giving them at least one conference title in four consecutive seasons. Additional highlights from 2013 include Izzo-Brown’s career 250th win on Aug. 30, and the program’s 250th win on Nov. 8.