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The Big 12 soccer season began this past weekend with all nine squads in action. Some noteables from around the Conference:
- Iowa State is 2-0 to open the season for the fourth time in the last five campaigns after two victories this past weekend.
- Senior goalkeeper Abby Smith scored in the season-opener for Texas for the second straight year. She had the Longhorns’ lone goal - and third of her career - in the win over Miami (Fla.).
- West Virginia’s victory against SIU-Edwardsville on Friday was its first win in a season-opener since 2008. The victory pushed WVU’s program-record unbeaten streak to 20 games before they dropped a decision to Virginia Tech on Sunday.
- Oklahoma State dominated statistically in its opener against Mercer, outshooting the Bears by a 26-3 margin while recording a 10-0 advantage on corner kicks.
- Senior Janine Beckie score the lone goal of the weekend for Texas Tech in the win over New Mexico. She is the all-time leading goal scorer in school history.
- TCU was shut out in its first two contests to open a season for the first time since 2006.
- Seven of the 11 members of last year’s All-Big 12 First Team are returning for the 2015 season. Overall, 16 of the 22 honorees on the all-conference first and second teams are back this year.
- This season marks the first time since the Big 12 began awarding separate Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors that both athletes recognized are back from the previous season.
- The Big 12 had multiple teams ranked every week last season and has at least three squads nationally-ranked for 14 straight weeks.
- The Big 12 had six squads selected for the NCAA Championship last season, the highest total since 2008. It was the best total since the conference began competition with nine teams (2011).