The Fightin’ Texas Aggies will face a former opponent from their days in the Big 12 conference. The second round of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer Championship begins play tomorrow through the weekend. A&M will play Friday afternoon at 2:30 at Fetzer Field in North Carolina.
The Aggies enter the match having won 13 of their last 14 matches and are looking to advance to their second straight Sweet Sixteen for the 12th time in school history. 12 of their victories have come against SEC foes and three of the conquests coming against Top 25 opponents. Texas Tech will be playing their second straight NCAA Championship, the only two in the school’s history. The Raiders have recorded 17 shutouts and only allowed seven goals on the season.
The Maroon-and-White have had explosive halves, in which logging three or more goals in a half on multiple occasions this season. They are led by the talented ball handler Shea Groom, who has already notched 12 goals on the season herself. Match her with the ultimate rookie status of Liz Keester and the 30 goal plateau career of Junior Annie Kunz and you have one of the ultimate triple threats on the forward line.
However, don’t count the Raiders out just yet. Texas Tech finished their season 18-2-2 and finished 2nd overall in the Big 12 conference. The Raider defense is tremendous. Victoria Esson has started all 22 matches for the Raiders in goal with her stats including 53 saves and logging 17 shutouts. The Raider defense has also only allowed 7 goals in their 22 matches this season.
Coverage of the game will be streamed on GoHeelsTV. Live stats may be found at NCAA.com. This will definitely be a match to watch as two former rivals come together again for an old fashioned Big 12 showdown. Gig’ Em!