Tech Well Represented on All-Big 12 Team

Five Red Raiders were tabbed to the All-Big 12 Postseason Team released Monday.

Big 12 Release

Nov. 4, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech was well represented on the Postseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team released today by the conference office. A school record five Red Raiders were chosen by the league coaches as members of the All-Big 12 First and Second Teams while two Red Raiders were also selected to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.

Tech along with regular season conference champion West Virginia each had five selections to the All-Big 12 First and Second Teams marking the most of any school in the league.

Representing the Red Raiders on the All-Big 12 First Team were sophomore forward Janine Beckie, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson and junior defender Jaelene Hinkle.

Meanwhile, junior midfielder Paige Strahan and senior defender Hayley Haagsma were selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

Representing the Red Raiders on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team were freshman forward Maddy Crabtree and senior Columbus State transfer Kansas Bayly.

Beckie and Hinkle have each been named to the All-Big 12 First Team in consecutive seasons. The 2012 Big 12 Rookie of the Year and NSCAA All-American, Beckie leads the Red Raiders in scoring with nine goals in her sophomore campaign. She enters the Big 12 Tournament after scoring in each of the Red Raiders' final three matches of the regular season including game-winners against both Kansas and West Virginia.

The league coaches tabbed Hinkle unanimously in the preseason as an All-Big 12 defender.

In front of the Texas Tech net, Esson posted a school record 13 shutouts in the regular season while making 49 saves. Esson led the league in four statistical categories including goals allowed with just six in 19 games.

Haagsma, a team captain, established herself as one of the top center-backs in the league scoring three goals for Tech in the regular season.

Strahan followed a stellar sophomore season in 2012 with an impressive 2013 campaign in which she made 17 starts in the midfield. The Odessa, Texas native netted two goals and added three assists entering the conference tournament.

In just her freshman season, Crabtree netted three goals for the Red Raiders while appearing in 16 of Tech's 19 contests with one start.

A transfer from Division II Columbus State, Bayly proved to be a pivotal addition to the stingy Red Raider backline in 2013. With her presence, Tech allowed just six goals on the season which ties for the national lead.

Texas Tech, which finished second in the final Big 12 standings, will face TCU Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the first round of the postseason conference tournament in Kansas City. 




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