MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A free kick from fifth year defender Jordan Brewster covered nearly 80 yards, bounced once and found the back of the TCU net for the lone goal of the match as WVU defeated the Horned Frogs, 1-0 in the Big 12 Tournament final.
With the win, the Mountaineers (10-4-7) clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The 64-team bracket will be revealed on Monday.
JORDAN BREWSTER! WOW! 🤯
No. 4 @wvuwomenssoccer 1⃣, No. 2 TCU 0⃣
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— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 6, 2022
Brewster, the most-tenured veteran on the West Virginia roster, tallied her third goal of the season in the 93rd minute. The Mountaineers killed off the 17 remaining minutes of the overtime periods to wrap up their first conference tournament title since 2018. Brewster was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the tournament.
“Jordan is a student of the game. She is a high-level competitor. It doesn’t surprise me that a person like Jordan steps it up in big moments. When you are that competitive, that’s what happens,” said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.
The Mountaineers, seeded fourth in the tournament, allowed just one goal in their three matches. They defeated Oklahoma State and Texas in the first two rounds. Kayza Massey made seven saves in posting her ninth shutout of the season.
The championship is the tenth (regular season and tournament) for the Mountaineers since joining the Big 12 in 2012. West Virginia will compete in their 22nd NCAA Tournament next weekend.
WVU men advance to Sun Belt semifinals
Shortly after the West Virginia women wrapped up play in Round Rock, Tex., the WVU men’s soccer team extended their season with a 1-0 win over Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt quarterfinals. Marcus Caldeira’s goal in the 70th minute was the difference in the match.
“I took a touch and had space and I thought, ‘Why not’? And I just let it fly,” Caldera said of his goal.
What a strike from the freshman! 🤩#HailWV pic.twitter.com/eaWpNTaYwT
— WVU Men’s Soccer (@WVUMensSoccer) November 6, 2022
“We’ve extended our season,” said WVU head coach Dan Stratford. “We get to stay here and we get to be in Kentucky a little bit longer. It would have been heartbreaking had it been cut short today.”
Jackson Lee made three saves in the West Virginia net to earn the shutout.
West Virginia improved to 7-6-4 and the Mountaineers are unbeaten in their last eight matches. The No. 4 seeds will face the winner of tonight’s South Carolina-Kentucky quarterfinal Wednesday in Lexington, Ky.