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      WT Lady Bootin' Buffs crowned LSC Champs!

      They say the third time??s a charm. That couldn??t be more, true as the No. 1 seed West Texas A&M Lady Buffs battled back for a thrilling, 3-2 double overtime win over No. 2 Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon in the Lone Star Conference Women??s Soccer Championship at The Pitch. With the win, WT improved to 13-6-1 and earned the league??s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament which begins next week, while UIW ended its season at 9-8-1.

      WT now will learn where it will travel to next week for the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. The 2012 NCAA Division II Women??s Soccer Selection Show will be streamed live beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening on www.ncaa.com.

      The Lady Buffs won their sixth LSC tournament championship as they improved to 6-5 all-time in tournament championships and 19-9-3 all-time in 16 years in the Lone Star Conference championship. WT last won the championship in 2008.

      Following the match, the 2012 LSC All-Tournament Team was announced as senior Leslie Briggs, who had the game winning goal and a tournament-high three scores, earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, while sophomore Jasmine Schultz, senior Becky Peth, senior Lindsay McHorse and junior Yvette Bedoy all made the team for the Lady Buffs.

      The Cardinals had beaten the Lady Buffs twice this season and outscored them 7-1 in the first two meetings, but Sunday was a new day and a new opportunity.

      In the second overtime, each team had an early look, but junior Berklee Watson made the save of the season as Sarah Parker hit a shot off a corner kick that hit Watson square as she was guarding the right post. Had she not been there, the ball would have most likely gone in for the game winner at the 102:52 mark. It followed another shot and save by junior goalkeeper Yvette Bedoy.

      From there, Briggs had a shot sail high in the 107 minute, but had another chance as she moved the Buffs up the field in transition and she and senior Lindsay McHorse passed back to each other as Briggs fired the game winner from right in front of the goal for a 3-2 win.

      It was only lead the Lady Buffs had this season over UIW in 287:28 minutes played.

      For the match, WT the LadyBuffs were led by Briggs with four shots and the game winner. McHorse had the first goal for WT and the game winning assist to go along with three shots and two on frame. WT had 14 shots in the match and Bedoy had five saves.

      A very hard-fought game and physical match from the get go as the Cardinals, had a majority of the first half on the attacking side as they had nine shots with four on frame, while WT had one shot in the first half.

      UIW??s Amber Guenther scored her ninth goal of the season and fourth against the Lady Buffs this season. She took a pass from the top of the box from Sydney Solomon as she fired to the lower right corner at the 32:47 mark for a 1-0 halftime lead.

      ??At halftime we talked about it and the girls responded,?? Webb added. ??These guys in the stands did their thing at halftime and I have to give them credit as I think that juices the kids up a little bit. All of the credit goes to Jasmine Schultz as she subbed in today as her efforts got us the first corner and we scored. She then fought through two defenders, the goalkeeper and jumped to score her goal.??

      The Maroon Platoon, who comes to all the home football games and does a pregame routine, did their routine at halftime in the stands as the crowd of 301 got into the excitement and it really began a turn of momentum in favor of the Lady Buffs to begin the second half.

      ??I don??t know what to attribute it to, but the girls responded to losing 1-0 at halftime with the help of Jas, the fans and responded after that,?? Webb said.

      The Lady Buffs had a great opportunity early in the second with a give-and-go between seniors Leslie Briggs and Lindsay McHorse, but UIW??s Jazma Latu made a great run at the ball and was able to break-up the attempt.

      Schultz made a great play to give the Lady Buffs a corner kick in the 55th minute. McHorse took the corner and curved it in over UIW goalkeeper Heather Kowalik. It was her fourth goal of the season.

      In a span of 46 seconds the momentum switched twice as UIW??s Sarah Johnson scored on run down the middle on a transition and fired past Bedoy at the 76:35 mark as all of the momentum had gone to WT from the beginning of the second half.

      Schultz then scored on a jump ball in the box for her third goal of the season to tie the championship at two. Schultz then had a chance in the 85th minute, but the ball went wide. WT then had a later corner and a header by sophomore Rhea Belgrave was saved by Kowalik.

      The Lady Buffs had three shots in the first overtime, including a shot by McHorse late and UIW had a team save to preserve the tie to that point.