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The Big 12 placed three teams in the field of 64 for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Texas Tech and West Virginia both advanced to the second round where they were eliminated by top-15 teams while Oklahoma State fell in the first round.
West Virginia made its 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, while the Cowgirls played in the postseason for the eighth time. Texas Tech appeared in its second-consecutive and second-ever NCAA Championship.
The Big 12 has advanced at least two teams to the second round of the NCAA Championship in 16 of the league’s 18 seasons.
In its second season in the Big 12 Conference, West Virginia claimed its second Big 12 soccer regular season crown and its first-ever Big 12 postseason championship in any sport.
Texas Tech became the seventh team to go unbeaten in conference play since the inception of the league in 1996.
The Big 12 had at least two teams ranked in the top 25 all season. Six league teams were either ranked or received votes at some point this season.
The Big 12 finished 54-29-15 against non-conference opponents this season, including records of 5-1 against the Big West, 5-1-1 against Missouri Valley foes, 5-1 against the Mountain West, 5-0-1 against the Southland Conference and a 4-0-1 mark against Summit League opponents.
Texas Tech finished the season in the top 10 of multiple statistical categories nationally. The Red Raiders were No. 2 in shutout percentage (.739), No. 3 in goals-against average (.379), No. 6 in won-lost-tied percentage (.848) and No. 7 in save percentage (.880).
West Virginia notched multiple goals in 17 of its 23 matches this season and ranked 24th nationally in assists (2.04 per game).
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Frances Silva, was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy. Silva was also chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for NCAA Division I women’s soccer, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).