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Tech Loses in First Round of Big 12 Tourney

The Red Raider soccer team had to wait an extra day and move to Missouri's home field before they could even play their first game in the Big 12 Soccer Championships. It all added up to a loss though, as Tech was defeated 2-3 by Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 Soccer Championships.

Tech, who was suppose to play Missouri on Thursday at the Anheuser-Busch Complex in St. Louis, Mo. saw their game postponed until Friday and moved to the Tigers home field.

Missouri scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. But Tech came on strong in the second half, as Senior midfielder Kristi Patterson scored in the 54th minute of play. Freshman forward Kristy Frantz scored in the 64th minute to tie the game at two. However, an on goal by Tech in the 80th minute provided Missouri with the game winning goal and a ticket to the second round of play. The loss brought the Red Raiders overall season record to 13-8.

Nebraska went on to defeat Missouri before downing Texas A&M in overtime to take home the Big 12 Soccer Championship.

Frantz Named to All-Big 12 Soccer Team

The All-Big 12 Womens soccer team was named last week. Freshman forward Kristy Frantz was a second team pick in the forward position. She was the only Red Raider selected to the two teams. Texas A&M had the most selections with eight players making the two teams, including goalkeeper Melanie Wilson, who nabbed Rookie of the Year honors. Conference Champion Nebraska had seven players on the two teams. Husker coach John Walker was named the Coach of the Year and Kari Uppinghouse shared Player of the Year honors with Bryn Blalack of Texas A&M.

First Team
Name                         Pos.
Melanie Wilson, Texas A&M    GK
Sandy Edwards, Texas A&M     D
Tina Robinson, Texas A&M     D
Stephanie Vacek, Nebraska    D
Jenny Benson, Nebraska       MF
Diana Rowe, Texas A&M        MF
Kari Uppinghouse, Nebraska   MF
Bryn Blalack, Texas A&M      F
Lindsay Eddleman, Nebraska   F
Kriste Koop, Texas A&M       F
Isabell Morneau, Nebraska    F
Co-Players of the Year: Bryn Blalack, Texas A&M & Kari Uppinghouse, Nebraska
Rookie of the Year: Melanie Wilson, Texas A&M
Coach of the Year: John Walker, Nebraska
 
Texas Tech Leading Scorers
Name                GS/GP   Goals   Shots   Assists  Points
Kristy Frantz       21/21   18      72      8        44
Amaris Weeks-Smith  20/20   11      59      5        27
Kristi Patterson    21/21   11      48      5        27

Texas Tech Goalkeeper Stats
Name                GS/GP   Minutes  GA   GAA    Saves  Shutouts
Lizzie Pruitt       21/21   1868     33   1.59   97     5

Season Notes

*The Red Raiders end their season with an overall record of 13-8 (.619) and a conference mark of 5-4 (.555).

*Head Coach Diane Nichols improves her record at Texas Tech to 34-20-3 (.596) over the past three seasons. Her overall coaching record, including her record while at Lubbock High is now 143-66-18 (.629).

*Freshman Forward Kristy Frantz finished the 1996 season with 18 goals and eight assists for a total of 44 points. Those marks have put her name on several record lists. Frantz is now:

  • second in career scoring behind Kristi Patterson who has 78 points.
  • second in career goals, behind Patterson who has 30.
  • fourth in career assists
  • second in most goals in a game with three against Ole Miss and South Alabama.
  • second in most assists in a season with eight, behind Patterson who has nine during the 1994 season.

*Frantz holds the school record with Amy Rutstein for most points scored in a game. She had three goals and two assists for a total of eight points against South Alabama. Rutstein had four goals in the 1995 season to rack up her eight point against Stephen F. Austin.

*Frantz is also the school record holder in single season points with 44 and single season goals scored with 18.

*Freshman forward Amaris Weeks-Smith has also made a mark on the record books. She is tied for second in season goals with 11. She is also tied for second in season points with 27.

*Senior Midfielder Kristi Patterson leaves Texas Tech as a three year letterwinner. She has started in all 57 games that the Red Raider soccer program has played in its three year existence. Patterson holds the school record in career points with 78, career goals with 30, and career assists with 18. She is tied for second in single season points with 27, and single season goals with 11. She is the single season assist leader with nine.

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