Shutouts and Shootouts Highlight Big 12 Soccer Championship Quarterfinals –

The Cyclone defense did not make it easy on the Horned Frogs as only five of TCU’s 19 shots were on target. However, the Horned Frogs kept Iowa State busy, picking up 11 corners while holding possession for 64% of the match. Horned Frogs goalkeeper Lauren Kellett notched her ninth shutout of the season, and did not have an opportunity to make a save until the second overtime.
TCU defender Jenna Winebrenner delivered the first opportunity for the Frogs to get on the board in seventh minute, sending one to the top center of the net. Cyclones goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz deflected it for her first of five saves, two in the first half, as she picked up her fourth shutout of the season.
Cyclones midfielder Emma Mira sent a shot over the top of the net to begin the shootout. TCU’s Grace Collins followed with another miss off the top woodwork. ISU’s Sydney Thomas executed the first goal to the top left of the net. Tatum Condrey evened up for the Frogs with a shot into the same spot. Magdalena Keck put Iowa State up 2-1 with a shot to the right corner. Winebrenner added the equalizer to the same corner. Meghan Carl followed with a missed a shot to over the right but Silkowitz delivered a leap to keep Maddy Warren from scoring. However, Cyclone defender Taylor Bee missed over the top right giving way for TCU defender Brandi Peterson to send the Frogs to the semifinal.
It marked the second consecutive time TCU advanced to the Big 12 Semifinals on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw. TCU tied Texas 0-0 in the 2019 Quarterfinals before advancing 3-1 on penalty kicks.

Match 2: No. 5-seed Texas Tech 0, No. 4-seed Oklahoma State 0 (2OT) – Texas Tech advances on PKs 5-4

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No. 5-seed Texas Tech moved on to the Big 12 Soccer Championship Semifinals after a scoreless draw with No. 4-seed Oklahoma State by winning 5-4 on penalty kicks.
The defense continued to be the story of the game in Round Rock as Oklahoma State goalkeeper Evie Vitali picked up her seventh shutout of the season while Texas Tech goalkeeper Madison White collected her eighth. The Red Raiders held the advantage in shots 16-11, 7-3 on goal and 11-7 in corners.
TTU freshman Macy Blackburn got the first look of the match in the fourth minute, sending a shot to the top center of the net, but it was cleared by Vitali. The Cowgirls got their first chance at a score in the 20th minute when Grace Yochum drove a ball to the top center of the net which was cleared by White.
Gabriella Coleman nearly scored the first goal of the tournament in the 104th minute but her shot was just wide of the post, sending the second game of the day into penalties.
Blackburn delivered the first shot into the bottom left of the net and Yochum followed suit. Macy Schultz tapped one to the same spot for Texas Tech and OSU’s Kim Rodriguez sent one to the other side to keep things even. TTU’s Charlotte Teeter and OSU’s Ally Jackson each added to the draw and Ashleigh Williams followed to give Tech an advantage . After OSU’s Samiah Phiri drove a shot directly at White, Vitali came up with a big save against Hannah Anderson to extend the shootout. Jordie Harr put the winning PK past Vitali in the top left of the net then White blocked the shot by Summer Chafin to send the Red Raiders to the semifinal against TCU.

Match 3: No. 2-seed Texas 5, No. 7-seed Oklahoma 2

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Trinity Byars had three goals, powering No. 2-seed Texas to a 5-2 win over No. 7-seed Oklahoma in a quarterfinal match.
The teams’ offenses combined for seven goals, marking the highest-scoring game of the tournament so far. The Sooners outshot the Longhorns 16-14 but the No. 2 seed had more shots on target with 10 on goal. Texas GK Savannah Madden racked up five saves while OU goalkeeper Une Georgsen posted six. Each team collected four corners.
Longhorns forward Mackenzie McFarland tied her regular season goal total with a brace to put Texas ahead in the first half. The senior netted the first goal of the tournament in the 35th minute and followed it up with her second six minutes later.
Oklahoma answered with Bailey Wesco’s first career goal in the 54th minute with a shot off her right foot to cut the lead in half.
Byars added insurance for the Longhorns four minutes later to give UT a 3-1 lead. The three-time Freshman of the Week continued the goal parade in the 73rd, driving an assist from Em J Cox and Madden into the bottom left corner of the net.
Jasmine Richards scored a second later to half the lead once again. Byars iced the victory with her third goal just three minutes later to record a hat trick to send Texas to the semifinal.

Match 4: No. 6-seed West Virginia 1, No. 3-seed Baylor 0

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West Virginia’s Dilary Heredia-Beltran scored a highlight-reel goal in the 80th minute to give the No. 6-seeded Mountaineers a 1-0 win over No. 3-seeded Baylor.
Heredia-Beltran received a goal kick from keeper Kayza Massey and ran down the left flank before cutting toward the center and curved the shot into the top right of the goal, making it impossible for Baylor goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt to save. The freshman almost scored a second goal a minute later, but the Bears’ fifth-year keeper delivered the save. Baylor put together a couple of shot opportunities in the remaining minutes but was unable to find the equalizer.
It was a highly defensive match, with the Mountaineers outshooting the Bears 11-7, 4-3 on goal, and continued to lead the league in corners by adding seven to Baylor’s one. WVU’s Massey and BU’s Wandt tallied three saves each. Massey registered her eighth shutout of the season.
No. 6-seed West Virginia will face No. 2-seed Texas at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

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