IRVING, Texas – Ahead of the start of the 2023 season, the Texas Tech women’s soccer team has been picked fifth in the Preseason Big 12 Conference poll.
Newcomer and 13th-ranked BYU was the coaches pick to win the league, earning 156 total points. No. 9 TCU finished just one point behind BYU (155), followed closely by Texas (152).
BYU earned six of the 14 first place votes, while Texas (5) and TCU (3) earned the remaining eight.
2022 Big 12 Tournament champions West Virginia checked in at fourth, earning 132 total points. Fifth place Tech earned 117 points, followed by UCF (115) and Oklahoma State (100). Kansas (83), Oklahoma (68), Houston (47), Baylor (43), Kansas State (41), Cincinnati (36) and Iowa State (29).
The Red Raiders open the 2023 season on Friday afternoon with an exhibition match at Denver University. First kick from Colorado is set for 3 p.m. (CT).
COACH SPEAK (HC TOM STONE):
“I’m really excited for the season. This is the best we’ve seen the Big 12 Conference in years. A lot of teams are at their peak of a cycle and that makes the league amazing. Then when you add BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF, but especially BYU and UCF, they’re gamechangers for us. Great programs with great coaches and tons of success. Where you’re voted preseason is not nearly as important as where you finish. We were picked either fourth or fifth last season and ended up finishing in second place, and just a win away from winning the league. So, I appreciate the support that our fans have given us, and we know the season will tell our story. We’ll be ready by the time the season rolls around.”
Release provided by Andrew Stern Texas Tech Athletics