West Virginia opens Big 12 Tournament on Sunday

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The West Virginia University women’s soccer team begins its hunt for its fifth Big 12 Championship title and will play as No. 4 in the conference tournament on Sunday, October 30, to take on No. 5 Oklahoma State . Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET, at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. Sunday’s game will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Lincoln Rose and Jessica Stamp on the line. Live statistics are also available on StatBroadcast.com. The Mountaineers have an all-time 14-3-2 point in the Big 12 Championship game, with their most recent tournament title coming in 2018 with a 3-0 win over Baylor on November 3. Last season in the 2021 Big 12 Championship, No.6 seed West Virginia advanced to the semifinals after beating No. 3-seed Baylor, 1-0, in the quarter-finals. Meeting #2 seed Texas in the semifinals, the two squads played to a 0-0, double overtime overtime before Texas advanced to the championship game after winning the penalty kick shooting, 4-3. Sunday’s game marks the 14th all-time meeting between West Virginia and Oklahoma State, as well as the second this season. The Mountaineers are 9-3-1 overall and 2-0 in neutral games in the series. WVU and OSU face each other for the third time in the Big 12 Tournament. In their first meeting this season, the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in Stillwater on October 20. Oklahoma State held a 1-0 lead for much of the game, but senior defenseman Gabrielle Robinson scored the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute to earn the draw. West Virginia finished the regular season with a 1-0 win over Kansas State on October 27 in Morgantown. The Mountaineers used a goal from senior striker/defender Julianne Vallerand in the 74th minute to outplay the visiting Wildcats. Fifth-year senior defenseman Jordan Brewster was credited with the assist. Vallerand’s goal was her second of the season, as well as the 14th of her career, while Brewster’s assist marked her first of the season and 11th of her career. The latest stats showed the Mountaineers led KSU, 11-7, in shots, including 4-1 in shots on target. WVU took only a few corners in the game, while K-State took one. Colin Carmichael is in his 27th season with the Oklahoma State women’s soccer program and his 17th as head coach, taking the Cowgirls to a record of 228-93-46 in his 16 years as head coach. Carmichael has led the Cowgirls to a few NCAA Elite Eight appearances and 12 NCAA Tournament berths. OSU is 11-3-4 overall and 4-2-3 in conference play this season, as it closed the regular season on October 27 with a 1-0 win over Baylor. Fifth-year senior midfielder Grace Yochum leads the Cowgirls’ attack in goals (8) and points (17), while fifth-year senior defender Ally Jackson and junior fullback Alex Morris set the team pace with a trio of assists apiece. In goal, freshman Jordan Nytes has started 13 games for OSU, with 53 saves and a save percentage of 0.855. For more information about the Mountaineers, follow @WVUWomensSoccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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