University of Kansas

KU soccer team falls at Big 12 tourney

Updated: 2013-11-07T06:17:56Z


The Kansas City Star

It was one-and-done for the Kansas soccer team at the Big 12 women’s soccer championship.

The Jayhawks fell to No. 1 seed West Virginia 3-0 on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the first ever Big 12 tourney at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. West Virginia senior Frances Silva, a graduate of Blue Valley North, returned home and sparked the Mountaineers with the first two goals of the night.

West Virginia, which won the Big 12 regular-season title, advanced to the semifinals, where the Mountaineers will face No. 5 seed Baylor at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Silva gave West Virginia, 14-3-2, an early 1-0 advantage with a strike in the 18th minute of the first half and then pushed the lead to 2-0 on a penalty kick in the 26th minute. For Kansas, the deficit was just too large.

West Virginia’s Tessa Broadwater tacked on an insurance goal in the 56th minute of the second half.

Kansas finished 7-11-2 after it clinched the eighth and final spot in the Big 12 tourney field with a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma last week. The Jayhawks finished 2-5-1 in the Big 12 regular season.

“I was proud of the way our girls battled in the second half,” KU coach Mark Francis said.

No. 5 Baylor 1,

No. 4 Iowa State 0

Baylor, the defending Big 12 tournament champion, moved onto the quarterfinals behind the leg of freshman Ashley York, who scored the game’s only goal in the 58th minute.

No. 6 Oklahoma St. 2, No. 3 Texas 1

Freshman Courtney Dike broke a 1-1 tie in the 54 minute. Dike had to fend off a defender and maneuver around the goalkeeper before finishing her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

No. 2 Texas Tech 1,

No. 7 TCU 0

Paige Strahan’s first-half goal proved to be the difference for Tech. Not only did the Red Raiders get the shutout, but they still haven’t allowed a goal in the first half.

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