Monday, November 12, 2007

Texas Women Win Second Consecutive Big XII Tournament Title

In a suspenseful weekend, the Texas women persevered and won their second straight Big XII Tournament Title with a 2-1 victory over #2 Texas A&M on Sunday.

The road to get there was not an easy one as Texas won in penalty shootout in two of their three matches during the tournament.

Texas won on Wednesday over #7 seed Colorado, winning 4-2 on penalties after tying 0-0 in regulation. They apparently enjoyed the suspense as they defeated #6 seed Oklahoma State on Friday, 5-3 on penalties after tying in regulation 1-1. The win put them in the championship match against tournament #1 seed, and #2 in the nation, Texas A&M.

Losing 2-0 in College Station earlier this season, Texas was able to exact some revenge, holding on to win 2-1 against the Aggies on Sunday. The match was dominated by Texas A&M, as they out shot the Longhorns 33-8, but the Longhorns got an early 1-0 lead, a minute into the match, and held on the rest of the way.

The win will most likely allow the Longhorns to host the first and second round, and possibly a third and fourth round. The NCAA brackets will be announced later this week, as the Longhorns look to build on an impressive season, an make their furthest trip in the NCAA tournament.

In a strange twist, goalkeeper Dianna Pfenniger was voted the Offensive MVP of the tournament after she got an assist in the final, and had the game winning penalty kick in both the first and second round. Kasey Moore won the Defensive MVP of the tournament, anchoring the Longhorns in defense.

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