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Semifinal showdown between Texas Tech and TCU

The Red Raiders look to avenge 2-1 loss against Horned Frogs this Friday

Texas Tech Media via @TexasTechSoccer

The first weekend of the Big 12 Tournament came to a close with Texas Tech standing victorious over Baylor in a 1-0 contest. The lone score came from Kirsten Davis, assisted by Jayne Lydiatt, early on in the 21’. When asked about the sequence, Davis stated plainly that “we knew exactly what we had to do this game to score. We’ve been practicing that play where Jayne gets the ball and I make the run to the opposite side and she plays me the ball and we score. That’s exactly what we did.”

This match up between the Red Raiders and the Bears was starkly different than their prior meeting late October. Davis’ strike was one of just 12 shots taken between the two teams, where their previous meeting saw a total of 29 shots. The minimization of chances came from maximizing possession in the midfield; tackling well, moving the ball, and intercepting passes. It’s been four straight victories for Texas Tech now, and Coach Stone had nothing but respect for his team’s resolve. “You’ve got to be up for it,” said Stone. “It can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. You can really succumb to the pressure, but I think our girls ate it up. I think they said, ‘Ok, we did this a week ago. We can do it again.’”

The win counts as the program’s fourth-ever first-round victory at the Big 12 Championships and its first since 2015. Of course, the Red Raiders went go on to win the title that year. Up next the team will take on the six-seed TCU in the semi-finals. The Horned Frogs, who just knocked out Texas, were kryptonite to the Red Raiders nearly a month ago handing them their first Big 12 loss. That game was decided by discipline both in the box score as well as on the pitch; Tech fouled more than TCU and also were caught out of position often.

Luckily momentum is all Texas Tech right now. The Big 12 announced its annual women’s soccer awards and six Red Raiders were recognized (earning 9 total awards):

• Kirsten Davis - unsurprisingly to anybody paying attention - was awarded the Offensive Player of the Year and also chosen as a First Team All-Big 12 selection. Her regular-season scoring 15 goals through 18 games as well as her six assists led the conference.

• Madison White, who stepped up for an injured Marissa Zucchetto, earned three awards. White was honored as the Freshman of the Year as well as a First Team All-Big 12 selection and a Freshman Team selection. Taking over for Zucchetto in mid-September, White went on an absolute tear while racking up weekly awards. By regular season’s end, White had tied the conference record for most weekly awards with five, despite only playing for six of the nine weeks.

• Joining Davis and White on the All-Big 12 First Team are Cassie Hiatt and Jordie Harr. Hiatt was an All-Freshman selection last season as well as a preseason All-Big 12 seelction this year. Her work on the defense helped propell Tech to a conference-leading 10 shutouts and 0.58 goals against. Harr, on the other end of the field, has been a master creator for Texas Tech. She was also a Big 12 All-Freshman and preseason All-Big 12 midfielder, despite having an ACL injury last season.

• Then, along with Madison White on the Freshman Team selection, Hannah Anderson and Macy Schultz round out the Red Raiders at 3 selections (tying the program record). Anderson has equally been a strong defending presence for Texas Tech, starting in all 19 games so far this year. The Anderson - Hiatt duo is deadly. Even more so, Anderson has converted three of four penalty kicks this season. Schultz has also scored a number of goals this year, netting big time goals against North Texas, UC Irvine, and of course the golden goal against Texas.

This elite squad of warriors will take the pitch this Friday at 7pm on ESPN+ to knock TCU out of the race and get back to the Big 12 Championship game (either Kansas or Oklahoma State).