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Texas Tech Faces Oklahoma State in Big 12 Quarterfinals

Soccer Preview: Texas Tech Faces Oklahoma State in Big 12 Quarterfinals

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 5-seeded Texas Tech soccer team (11-5-2) opens the Big 12 tournament squaring off against No. 4-seeded Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex at 2 p.m.

During the regular season (Oct. 7), Texas Tech hosted Oklahoma State as both teams battled to a 1-1 draw.

The Red Raiders are coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the top-seeded and Big 12 regular season champion TCU, Thursday night at home. The Horned Frogs tallied the game-winner in the 85th minute.

Kirsten Davis leads the squad in goals (14), points (34), shots (72), and shots on goal (39). Freshman Ashleigh Williams is second on the team with eight goals, while another freshman in Macy Blackburn leads the club in assists (nine). Keeper Madison White has played each minute all season, posting a 0.87 GAA to go along with 46 saves and seven shutouts.

Scouting Oklahoma State

The Cowgirls hold an overall record of 9-6-2 and are coming off a 2-1 overtime road win against West Virginia Thursday night. Overall, 10 different players have tallied a goal on offense led by Olyvia Dowell and Grace Yochum who have six goals each. Gabriella Coleman and Kim Rodriguez lead OSU in assists with four apiece.

Evie Vitali has started each game and holds a 1.08 GAA with 61 saves.

Team Captains

Davis and Cassie Hiatt are serving as team captains for the second straight season. A defender from Parker, Colorado, Hiatt has been a dominant player for the Red Raider defense for three seasons beginning with a Big 12 All-Freshman campaign to get started. Hiatt earned All-America honors as a sophomore along with All-Big 12 First Team. Davis, who was selected No. 13 in the NWSL College Draft, decided to return to school to play her fifth season at Texas Tech. She had 16 goals as a junior to earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and All-America honors.

Our Leader

A Dallas native who won a national championship as a player at Duke, Stone is in his 15th season leading the program after roles at Denver, Duke and Clemson. He has led the Red Raiders to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including to the Sweet 16 in 2014. Tech won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament and has had eight double-digit win seasons under Stone’s leadership.

Our Gold Medalist

Texas Tech welcomed Janine Beckie back to Lubbock on Saturday, August 14 after the former Red Raider helped lead Canada to the gold medal in Tokyo. Beckie, who is the all-time leading goal scorer in Tech history with 57, is currently playing professionally with Manchester City FC. Canada won the gold medal with a shootout win over Sweden in the championship game.

(from TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS )

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