Tech Seeded Fourth at Big 12 Tournament|
Texas Tech finished in the top four for first time in school history.
Oct. 29, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer program once again made a huge stride in the right direction on Friday night.
The Red Raiders (10-7-2, 3-4-1 Big 12) had to wait for the final three games of the regular season to come to a close, but when the dust settled, Tech finished in fourth place in the final Big 12 Conference standings - the highest Big 12 finish in the program's history.
Tech also makes the Big 12 tournament for the fifth consecutive season - never failing to qualify since head coach Tom Stone and his staff set foot on campus. The Red Raiders failed to qualify from 1999-2006.
"We have worked hard to improve each year and being in the top four is another great step forward," Stone said. "Of course, internally we want much more for this program and out of this season so we are excited to get down to San Antonio and get on the field again Wednesday."
With the No. 4 seed in the tournament, Tech will face fifth-seeded Texas (10-7-1, 3-4-1) in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Red Raiders defeated Texas 3-2 in double overtime on Oct. 16. It was the first win over the Longhorns in 12 years.
"We thought Texas was one of the best teams we saw all year so this is a tough draw," Stone said. "But we feel that this year's team matches up well with them so we are excited for another game with the Horns."
More than anything, the 2011 season proves that Tech is once again taking a step forward in the right direction with its soccer program since Stone and his staff arrived in 2007. The Red Raiders had one of the best attendance marks all season, breaking the school's all-time attendance and single-game attendance mark twice against Texas A&M and Texas.