LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech prepares to welcome rival Texas to campus for a Thursday night matchup under the lights at the John Walker Soccer Complex. This will be the first time the Longhorns have traveled to Lubbock since 2015.
With both teams guaranteed postseason soccer, perhaps the one thing that will be decided Thursday that is more important than pride is seeding for the Big 12 Championship. Texas is currently holding on to a No. 3 seed, while Tech is looking at a No. 5 seed. In a tight conference, however, Thursday's results in Lubbock and throughout the rest of the Big 12 have the potential to drastically reshape the current projected bracket.
"It's probably going to be one of two teams [we'll face], depending on our game and the rest of the weekend," said head coach Tom Stone. "We're already starting that scouting report, but for all the players it's got to be all about Thursday."
In true fashion for the cross-state rivals, the Red Raiders and Longhorns have needed overtime to decide four of their last five contests. Twelve of the last 13 matches between the two have either been a draw or been decided by just one goal.
Last year's matchup, held in Austin, was a slugfest, as the teams scored more combined goals since 2011, when Tech won 3-2 in double overtime. In 2017, though, it was the Longhorns who pulled out the 3-2 victory in double OT. Tech found themselves down 1-0 in the first half, but Ally Griffin found Gwennie Puente in the middle of the box to tie it up with just six minutes left in the first half. Again down with time left in regulation dwindling, the Red Raiders showed their resilience once more. This time, it was Rebekah O'Brien who sent a perfect through ball from distance to Jade King, who gathered it on the right side of the box and sent it past the Longhorn keeper to tie it up and force overtime.
Tech's last win over the Longhorns came in 2013, when the 12th-ranked Red Raiders downed Texas at home, 1-0. The lone score was by Janine Beckie, who combined with Jaelene Hinkle to net the game-winner in just the third minute.
The 2013 meeting was the last time the two squads met in the regular season finale. It was also the last time both teams had win totals in the double digits while playing.
First touch for Tech's matchup with Texas is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.