Texas Tech added three Big XII championship trophies to the cases in Lubbock this year. While winning the regular season championship in baseball is fresh on our minds, the first one of the year was the women's soccer team, who won their first championship in program history.
In November, Texas Tech converted a late goal and held the Kansas offense scoreless en route to a 1-0 victory and its first crown at the Big 12 Soccer Championship.
Freshman Gabbie Puente netted the lone score of the contest in the 85th minute. After a shot by Tech senior Caity Heap was deflected by KU goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns, freshman Jordan Duke collected the ball on the left side. Duke then distributed the ball to Puente, who fired a shot into the lower right-hand corner of the net. It was the third goal of the season for Puente, while Duke recorded her first assist of 2015.
Junior Lauren Watson made two saves in goal for Texas Tech and finished with a championship-high 10 stops en route to being named the Defensive Most Outstanding Player. TTU senior Janine Beckie was named the tournament's Offensive Most Outstanding Player after recording three points and 15 shots.
We've talked before about the unbelievable year Tech athletics have had. In addition to soccer and baseball, the Texas Tech men's tennis team won a share of the Big XII regular season championship.
The Texas Tech track and field team added numerous individual awards throughout the season as well. Trey Culver won a national championship in the high jump.
Congratulations to all of the Texas Tech University athletes on an incredibly successful year. And now let's go get a national championship in Omaha!