The top three Big 12 soccer teams during the regular season each opened the 2011 NCAA Soccer Championship with a victory over the weekend. Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will now represent the Conference in the tournament's second round on Friday, Nov. 18.
With a 3-0 shutout of Texas State on Saturday, Baylor (15-3-3) tallied its first ever NCAA Championship victory. The Bears used goals by Lisa Sliwinski, Hanna Gilmore and Dana Larsen to beat the Bobcats for the second this season. By holding Texas State scoreless, BU notched its 11th shutout of the year. Baylor will now face No. 19 North Carolina on Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
Oklahoma State (20-1-2) rebounded from its only loss of the season to cruise past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9-1, on Friday in first round action. The Cowgirls netted seven second-half goals to post a school record 20th win and advance to the second round for a sixth straight season. OSU had six different players score led by Taylor Mathews, who had two goals and three assists. Elizabeth DeLozier and Annika Niemeier also had two goals apiece for the Cowgirls. Oklahoma State's 44 shots were the most in a game for any Big 12 team this season. OSU will now host Illinois on Friday at 5 p.m.
Texas A&M (16-5-2) used goals by four different players and a shutout by its defense to blank LSU, 4-0 on Friday. A Kelley Monogue score gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead at the break and then in the span of 16 minutes in the second half Meghan Streight, Bri Young and Annie Kunz each scored to secure the win. Texas A&M will now travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. on Friday.
The Big 12's two other teams in the tournament both fell in first round play. Texas was shutout by No. 22 South Carolina 1-0 on Friday. The Longhorns complete the 2011 season with a 11-9-1 mark. Kansas dropped a 2-0 contest to Georgia on Sunday to finish this year's campaign 11-9-1.
The NCAA Championship will continue with third round action on Nov. 20, and quarterfinal play on Nov. 25. The College Cup is set for Dec. 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga.
NCAA Championship Schedule - Big 12 Teams
Friday, Nov. 18
(3) Texas A&M vs. Virginia Tech - 3 p.m.
Baylor vs. North Carolina - 3:30 p.m.
Illinois at (2) Oklahoma State - 5 p.m.
NCAA Championship Results - Big 12 Teams
Friday, Nov. 11
(3) Texas A&M 4, LSU 0
(2) Oklahoma State 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1
South Carolina 1, Texas 0
Saturday, Nov. 12
Baylor 3, Texas State 0
Sunday, Nov. 13
Georgia 2, Kansas 0