LUBBOCK, Texas – Four members of the Texas Tech soccer team picked up five All-Big 12 honors, the league office announced today.
Senior Rebekah O’Brien (defender), junior Gwennie Puente (utility), sophomore Jordie Harr (midfielder) and freshman Ally Griffin (forward) were all selected to the All-Big 12 second team. Griffin was also chosen as a member of the All-Freshman squad, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
Tech is one of two schools to have a representative from each class selected among the three teams and the only program from the state of Texas to do so. In August, only Harr was selected to the preseason All-Big 12 list.
The five selections are the most for Tech since 2014, when the Red Raiders also had five honorees spread across the first, second and freshman squads. Tech’s five honorees bring the program total to 39 under head coach Tom Stone.
Puente makes her second appearance on the All-Big 12 second team, doing so in 2016, while Harr was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team last season. O’Brien and Griffin earned their first awards from the conference, as Griffin is the first Red Raider since Janine Beckie in 2012 to be selected as both a freshman team honoree and a first or second team member.
Griffin earned the honor after starting in all 18 matches this season as a forward. She racked up six goals and one assist for 13 points, including a multi-score day on the road against Arizona State on Sept. 8. Five of her six goals have been game-winners, with two coming in Big 12 play. She leads the Red Raiders in nearly every offensive category: goals (six), points (13), shots (56), shots on goal (26) and game-winning goals (five). Tech has not lost this season when Griffin finds the back of the net.
Harr also started every match this year for the Red Raiders, serving up four assists, while also tallying a goal for six points in 2017. Harr dished out assists in matches against Appalachian State (Sept. 3), on the road against Arizona State (Sept. 8), vs. San Diego State (Sept. 15) and Kansas State (Sept. 22). In the match against the Wildcats, Harr scored her first goal of the year, then followed with an assist on Griffin’s game-winner. Harr has recorded 37 shots this season, including 18 on goal.
O’Brien has been a key part of the Texas Tech defense that has recorded seven shutout victories this season, the most for the Red Raiders since 2015. O’Brien serves on a backline that has surrendered just 17 goals this year, while also logging time as an offensive threat with 10 shots, one goal and one assist. Her goal came against Kansas on Sept. 24, then followed it with an assist on the equalizing goal at No. 8 Texas on Sept. 29.
Puente to her second consecutive All-Big 12 team, this year as the squad’s utility player. Over 17 matches, 16 starts, Puente has racked up three goals and two assists for eight points, while throwing down 18 shots, including nine on goal. She first found the scoresheet with an assist on Tech’s lone goal against San Diego on Aug. 27, then followed it with her first score of the year in the next match against Appalachian State on Sept. 3. In the conference opener, Puente served up a secondary assist in the first score of the evening, the first goal of Big 12 play. She added two more goals on the road at No. 8 Texas on Sept. 29 and in the final match of the regular season against Oklahoma (Oct. 27).
The Red Raiders return to action at the Big 12 Tournament against West Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.