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Buffs face Texas in Big 12 tourney

November 3, 2009 | 12:49 pm No comments
By George Tanner

The University of Colorado soccer team will be the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 soccer tournament, which starts at 1 p.m. (Mountain time) Wednesday against sixth-seeded Texas at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio.

And now, courtesy of CU, here is a massive list of facts about the Buffs, the Longhorns and the Big 12 tournament:

• This is CU’s second time as the #3 seed at the Big 12 championships.

• CU has been seeded in every position from first to seventh but has never been seeded eighth.

• Colorado has faced seven of the 11 Big 12 teams in tourney history before this year.

• This will be CU’s sixth match against Texas in the postseason.

• CU is 8-8-4 in the Big 12 tourney.

• Only two Buffaloes on this year’s squad have netted goals in the Big 12 tournament: Nikki Marshall (2) and Kelly Butler.

• CU coach Bill Hempen has a record of 6-5-4 in the Big 12 tournament.

• CU has had nine players selected to the All-Tournament Team: Katie Griffin, Kat Grandinetti and Darci Smerchek in 2005; Alex Cousins, Brittany Dornseif, Nikki Marshall and Nikki Keller in 2006; and Kirstin Radlinski and Michelle Wenino in 2008.

• The Buffs have made it to the championship game three times in the past four years.

• CU lost 1-0 to Missouri in the 2008 final.

• Colorado has never won the Big 12 tournament.

• Colorado trails the all-time record with the Longhorns 4-11-3.

• Texas finished 4-3-3 in Big 12 play, good for sixth place.

• CU is 1-2-2 in the last five meetings with the Longhorns.

• Colorado dropped a 1-0 double-overtime decision to the Longhorns 10 days ago in Austin.

• Texas’ leading scorer is Kylie Doniak, who has five goals and two assists for 12 points. Alexa Gaul has been the Texas netminder with a 1.24 GAA and three shutouts, posting a record of 7-6-3 on the season.

• Hempen owns a record of 4-5-3 against Texas.

• The last time the Buffs faced Texas in the opening round of the Big 12 championships was in 2007. Texas advanced on penalty kicks.

• Fans can watch the match live on the Big 12 Conference Web site, big12sports.com. Each game leading up to the final will be available for free (registration is required).

• Colorado finished the conference season allowing the fewest amount of goals (seven) and the lowest goals against average (0.68) in Big 12 play.

• Marshall finished in the top five in goals scored (five) in Big 12 play. Marshall leads the Buffs in scoring with eight goals and one assist for 17 points overall.

• CU senior goalkeeper Kara Linder held the best GAA (0.69) and save percentage (.851) and the most shutouts (five) in conference play.

• CU’s seniors: Ally Goodman, Linder, Marshall, Kelly Menachof, Tobie Rippy and Mary White.

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