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Sept. 14, 1997

Texas Tech Defeats Missouri, 4-3 in Second Overtime

Frantz scored game winning goal for Red Raiders

LUBBOCK, Texas -- It took 119 minutes before the Texas Tech women's soccer team could claim their fourth straight Big 12 victory. Texas Tech sophomore forward Kristy Frantz sent a shot up the middle in the 119th minute of play that alleviated a 3-3 tie and helped Tech maintain their unblemished 4-0 Big 12 mark.

"I got the ball and dribbled past a couple of people. I looked up and saw the shot and thought, 'Why not?'. I just hit it and it went in. I was so happy. I turned around and my whole team was there and it was just the greatest feeling," Frantz said.

The game got off to an exciting start as Missouri's Nikki Thole hit the first goal in the fourth minute of play. Tech answered five minutes later when Lizzy Biles scored off an assist from Frantz. In the tenth minute of play, Frantz took another shot that missed, but set up sophomore Amaris Smith for a goal. The Red Raiders led 2-1 until Missouri's Mandy Waters scored her first goal of the season in the 13th minute of play.

The excitement elevated in the 25th minute of play Missouri was called for a foul in the penalty box. After Tiger coach Bryan Blitz was red carded, Frantz took the penalty shot and capitalized for Tech. Missouri's Amy Timmerman knotted the score at 3-3 when she scored in the 35th minute of play.

The final regulation period and first sudden death overtime could not do anything to alleviate the knotted score. It wasn't until the 119th minute of game time that Frantz put in the game winning goal.

"This was great. Our kids had to work very hard, because Missouri is a very good, very balanced team. Our kids dug in because they knew they couldn't afford a loss here. They really played their hearts out," Texas Tech Head Coach Felix Oskam said.

The Red Raiders took 21 shots, committed 11 fouls and had one corner kick. Missouri took 20 shots, committed ten fouls and had a school record 11 corner kicks. Tech's freshman goalkeeper Kellie McCallister had seven saves, while Missouri's Liz LaTour had eight.

The Red Raiders improved their overall record to 4-2 and maintained their perfect 4-0 mark in Big 12 play. The win helped move Tech to the top of the conference race, where they sit with Texas A&M as the only undefeated teams.

Tech will face Baylor on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Waco. In their last meeting Tech lost to the Bears 1-0 in Lubbock.

"Baylor is a very tough team. We have a short turn around before going to Waco, but we just have to concentrate on Baylor. There are no easy games in the Big 12. This is one of the toughest conferences in the country and I am proud to be a part of it.," Oskam said.

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