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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Wednesday's Big 12 Championship quarterfinal match at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., will officially be listed in the record books as a 1-1 tie, but the Texas Longhorns Soccer team (10-7-3) will definitely consider it a win as the Longhorns topped No. 16 Texas Tech (14-3-2) on penalty kicks, 6-5.
Down 1-0 immediately in the PK shootout as UT missed its opening spot kick, Texas got successful penalties from senior defender Brooke Gilbert, junior forward Chantale Campbell, freshman forward Morgan Murphy, junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer, senior defender Whitney Jaynes and senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle, as well as decisive misses in the fourth and seventh rounds from Red Raiders Alli Murphy and Hannah Devine to set off Burnt Orange & White jubilation.
"It's a hard way to win or lose a match, in dramatic fashion," Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. "I'm just really proud of our team and the battle, in how far they've come, how much they've grown and how much they believe in one another. That's how you ultimately win championships, is in believing. Happy to see our team see it through and to see all our players smile."
Campbell managed her fourth goal of the season by scoring at the 34:48 mark off the second assist of the campaign from sophomore midfielder Julia Dyche. Junior goalkeeper Abby Smith made three saves in the contest while playing the entire 110 minutes between the pipes.
Texas out-shot Texas Tech by a commanding 21-10 total, including 9-1 in the opening half and by a combined 8-1 over the two overtime periods.
"This is a great feeling," Smith said. "We're all really pumped up and excited. We believed and had faith in each other. That was a big part of this game today. Penalty-kick shootouts are what keepers love to do. The pressure comes with the job, and at the end of the day, you have to love it."
Texas Tech had the first dangerous chance of the match as forward Ashley Casey broke into some open space up the left wing during the third minute. Behind the UT backline, she moved towards the left post and crossed a dangerous ball to the middle that failed to locate either of her teammates as Texas cleared the ball out of danger.
The Longhorns offense created a dangerous chance of their own in the 14th minute. Meyer received the ball about 25 yards out on the left side and raced up pitch. She delivered a pass into the box towards the left post, attempting to locate Campbell charging across the middle, but the feed proved just inches too high as TTU keeper Lauren Watson leapt to make a routine catch.
Through 23-plus minutes without either team owning a single shot, Kelsey Shimmick nearly put the Longhorns in front in the 28th minute. Fed a ball on the right side, the junior forward fired from a sharp angle with her shot rolling just inches wide of the left post.
Longhorns freshman forward Olivia Brook had a great opportunity of her own in the 32nd–minute, getting solid contact on a header in the middle of the 18. Unfortunately for the Burnt Orange & White, the shot traveled right into the waiting arms of Watson.
Having come so close to breaking in front over the previous few minutes, Texas finally nabbed the match's first goal with the assistance of a TTU foul. Dyche took the earned free kick from about 25 yards out, firing a low line drive that ricocheted off a Red Raider player. The carom took a fortunate bounce for UT, traveling right to the feet of Campbell waiting inside the 18. The London, Ontario, Canada, native finished into the left side of the twine for a 1-0 lead.
Out of the locker room break it was Texas with the first solid chance as a feed into the middle was sent just wide left of the post by Meyer at 49:39.
The Texas advantage lasted until the 52:11 mark as Red Raider defender Meagan McCullough unleashed a blast from 30 yards out that eluded a diving Smith to tie the count at 1-1.
TTU's offense was surging after the goal, making numerous strong runs into UT defensive territory. Jaynes stopped one of those dangerous crosses into the six and cleared the ball with 35:22 left. Just seconds later, Texas Tech forward Caity Heap fired a shot from outside the 18 that slid past the left upright for a goal kick.
Jasmine Hart created a solid chance for the Horns at 62:57 with a great move to elude a defender on the right wing. The Haltom City, Texas, native moved slightly towards the middle and launched a left-footed shot that was nabbed by a diving Watson at the right post.
Tech came close to breaking the dead-lock, off a corner with 11:53 remaining, as a pass towards the back post was headed just over the crossbar by defender Rebekah O'Brien., With approximately four minutes left, an open header at the back post was mis-hit by Janine Beckie as the ball traveled well wide.
A Texas foul with 2:30 left in regulation set up the Red Raiders in a dangerous spot just outside the 18. Heap stepped up and curled a shot around the wall but right into the waiting arms of Smith for a routine stop to send the teams to OT.
Less than a minute into the first extra period, a ball bounced out to Texas Tech midfielder Paige Strahan. Stationed just inside the right of the 18, her eventual try traveled over the top of the crossbar.
The Horns had a great chance of their own off a corner in the 94th minute. Dyche fed the ball towards the back post where Meyer's headed try was blocked. The ball bounced outside the 18 to Jaynes, and she launched a left-footed, follow-up attempt over the bar. UT out-shot the Red Raiders in the first extra period, 4-1.
With six minutes remaining in the second overtime, Campbell delivered a corner kick into the middle of the 18. Meyer managed a header towards goal that was blocked. With the ball ricocheting around near the right post and Shimmick dangerously lurking, a UT foul ended the threat.
Just seconds later, a Brook header off a corner was just held out of net by the extended arms of TTU net minder Watson as the teams were forced to the penalty-kick shootout to settle things.
Texas advances on to the Big 12 Championship semifinals to battle top-seeded West Virginia on Fri., Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. CT. The match will be shown live on the Big 12 Digital Network through Big12Sports.com with Lincoln Rose on the call.