Oklahoma State and West Virginia - the two teams that received first-place votes in the Big 12 preseason poll - both placed three student-athletes on the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Six schools were represented on the squad, including two unanimous selections.
The Mountaineers, the defending conference champions, were represented by senior Kate Schwindel and sophomores Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence. Schwindel is the team’s top returning point earner, having finished third in the Big 12 with a career-best 28 points (11 g, 6 a) in 2013. Lawrence was an all-region first team honoree a season ago, while Buchanan was the Big 12 Defensive and Newcomer of the Year last season.
OSU junior Allie Stephenson and sophomores Courtney Dike and Natalie Calhoun were the representatives from Stillwater. The trio were each named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2013. Stephenson was second on the squad in goals and started all 22 contests, while Dike is the top returning scorer in the league after ranking second in the Big 12 with 13 goals and 30 points. Calhoun was second on her team with 2,067 minutes played in 22 outings.
Texas Tech was led by two players - senior Jaelene Hinkle and junior Janine Beckie. Hinkle and Texas junior goalkeeper Abby Smith were the lone unanimous selections. UT senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle was also named to the squad. A pair of juniors - Bri Campos of Baylor and Bobbi Clemmer of TCU - rounded out the team.
The Big 12 soccer season begins on Friday, August 22 with all nine schools in action.
2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team
|G||Abby Smith**||Texas||Jr.||Plano, Texas/Plano West|
|D||Natalie Calhoun||Oklahoma State||So.||Sachse, Texas/Sachse|
|D||Bobbi Clemmer||TCU||Jr.||Decatur, Texas/Decatur|
|D||Jaelene Hinkle**||Texas Tech||Sr.||Denver, Colo./Valor Christian|
|D||Kadeisha Buchanan||West Virginia||So.||Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Cardinal Leger Catholic|
|M||Bri Campos||Baylor||Jr.||Centennial, Colo./Grandview|
|M||Allie Stephenson||Oklahoma State||Jr.||Lee’s Summit, Mo./North|
|M||Sharis Lachappelle||Texas||Sr.||San Antonio, Texas/Johnson|
|M||Ashley Lawrence||West Virginia||So.||Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Mayfield Secondary|
|F||Courtney Dike||Oklahoma State||So.||Edmond, Okla./North|
|F||Janine Beckie||Texas Tech||Jr.||Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian|
|F||Kate Schwindel||West Virginia||Sr.||Livingston, N.J./Livingston|
** - Unanimous selection
Note: A tie in the voting resulted in a 12-member team