Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has her West Virginia Mountaineers one game away from another Big 12 Championship following a 1-0 win over the Texas Longhorns in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. The Mountaineers, who scored a goal in the 64th minutes of the game, took 28 shots and 9 shots on goal, used their 10th shutout of the season to advance.
Senior midfielder Grace Cutler jump-started the scoring play. With the ball near midfield, she sent it wide left to Gill, who pushed ahead before slotting the ball to Gordon six-yards high of the box. Gill and Gordon also connected on WVU’s game-winning goal in the 46th minute in the Mountaineers’ 3-0 victory over Oklahoma in the championship quarterfinal on Oct. 28.
West Virginia advances to their fourth Big 12 Championship Game and their first since appearing in 2016. The Mountaineers won three straight Big 12 Conference Tournament titles from 2014-2016 before failing to make the Championship Game last year. The Mountaineers are 12-2-2 in Big 12 Tournament play all time.
Izzo-Brown’s squad will face top-seed and 9th ranked Baylor for the championship on Sunday at 3:30 after beating Texas Tech 2-1 in overtime.