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WVU women's soccer: Mountaineers clinch Big 12 regular season title

By From staff reports

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6-ranked West Virginia University women's soccer team won its fourth straight conference championship and extended its Big 12 Conference unbeaten streak to 15 with a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Oklahoma on Friday night at John Crain Field.

The win pushes the Mountaineers' (13-2-2, 7-0 Big 12) 2013 win streak to nine matches and puts their all-time Big 12 record at 14-0-1.

This is the Mountaineers' second straight Big 12 regular season championship. WVU entered with 18 points in league play, and this win puts the team's point total at 21, a number no other team can match. By clinching the regular-season championship, WVU has assured itself the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Big 12 Soccer Championship.

The conference's preseason favorite, WVU is the third team in Big 12 history to win back-to-back championships. This is the seventh time the preseason favorite in the coaches' poll won the title.

Junior forward Kate Schwindel netted her second golden goal in two weeks, as she put her match-high ninth shot of the game past OU's Kassidie Stade to deliver the win. Senior forward Frances Silva sent a through ball to a streaking Schwindel inside the box, and she put her shot far post from 12 yards out in the 101st minute. 

Down a goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Silva evened the score with her Big 12-best 12th goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Hill settled the ball just over midfield and sent a through to Silva, who beat Stade near post with a high shot from 12 yards out.

WVU senior goalkeeper Sara Keane made three saves in the win, while Stade recorded a career-best seven shots in the loss.

The Mountaineers outshot the Sooners (4-12-1, 1-6 Big 12) 20-5, including 10 shots in the second half. WVU also earned a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Mountaineers close out the regular season at No. 7 Texas Tech this Sunday at 7 p.m.


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