The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 10, 2013

Mountaineers win Big 12 championship

From wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a match that saw plenty of scoring opportunities for both squads, the No. 15 West Virginia University women’s soccer team took advantage of its best look and walked away with its first Big 12 championship, defeating Oklahoma State 1-0 Sunday at Swope Soccer Village.

The title is the first for any WVU team at a Big 12 Conference championship. It is the program’s fourth conference championship title and third in four years.

Today’s win is the Mountaineers’ (16-3-2, 7-1 Big 12) 12th victory in 13 matches. In just two seasons, No. 1 seed WVU has won three Big 12 titles — back-to-back regular-season titles, and Sunday’s  tournament championship.

With the win, WVU earns the Big 12 Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, ensuring the Mountaineers’ 14th straight appearance in the tournament, the 10th-longest active streak in the nation.

“For me, it’s always about the journey with a new team and having them experience the championships,” Big 12 Coach of the Year Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be there before. This team has just grinded all year long. They’ve faced such adversity, and for them to pull together and get this one, our first one, makes it more special. It’s just special. Everything about this experience this week was awesome.

“I hope we get seeded. I thought we did enough, win or lose this game, but now I hope this win shows that we deserve a seed.”

Four Mountaineers were named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, led by Offensive MVP Frances Silva and Defensive MVP Kadeisha Buchanan. Keane and Lawrence also found a spot on the team.

The complete NCAA Championship bracket will be released today during the Selection Show, streamed live on beginning at 4:30 p.m.