IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday its end-of-season awards. For the second consecutive year, Texas Tech captain Kirsten Davis was voted by the conference's coaches onto the All-Big 12 First Team.
I am truly honored to be voted onto the First Team by the Big 12 coaches," Davis said. "I just wish the season would have gone differently because I have so many deserving teammates that could have also been recognized. I am truly blessed to play with such a great team."
"Kirsten played almost every single minute of our short nine-game season and was relentless in her pursuit of goals and opportunities to help our team score," said head coach Tom Stone. "Despite the frustrations of our season, KD never once let down in training and in our matches. She went as hard as she could every minute she was on the field and I am thrilled that her play was again recognized by our peers as one of the top forwards in the Big 12."
Davis' 2020 campaign featured two goals and an assist. Though she would not repeat as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after a roller coaster season, each of Davis' goals and her assist were both significant and spectacularly executed.
Davis first got on the scoresheet with an assist at Oklahoma on Oct. 2. With the clock winding down and the scoreboard showing 2-1 in favor of the host Sooners, Davis drove down the left side and unleashed a cross into the box. Her cross found the head of Charlotte Teeter, who drove it into the back of the net to tie the game with under 75 seconds left. Overtime would be forced, and while neither team found a golden goal, the last-ditch score salvaged a point for Tech.
The following week, Davis would find the back of the net herself. Again, it would come in the winding minutes of the game. Trailing 2-0 at home against West Virginia and desperate to get on the board, Stone deployed Davis, Teeter and Jen Rose to attempt a deceptive free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. The trio executed it to perfection, with Rose running over the ball, Teeter pushing it to the side with her back turned towards net and Davis bending it into the bottom corner to open scoring for the Red Raiders.
Undoubtedly, Davis' goal of the season – and perhaps the team's top goal as well – came in the home finale against Texas. The rival Longhorns, who entered Lubbock looking to avoid their third straight defeat to the Red Raiders, were sent home once again by a dramatic score from Davis. Just as she did in 2018, Davis knocked in the lone goal of a 1-0 game to send Texas packing. This year, her game-winner was postage-stamped for the upper corner from 25 yards out – a stellar right-footed finish that would seal Tech's 12th-straight winning season at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Wednesday's honor adds to a long list of awards Davis has amassed at Tech, which truly began growing last season. After knocking in 16 goals and tallying seven assists, Davis was voted the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, which of course came with First Team All-Big 12 honors. The United Soccer Coaches recognized her as an All-Midwest Region selection before voting her up onto the All-America First Team, marking the first Red Raider forward since Janine Beckie to earn such an award. She was further recognized as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy – the highest award in college soccer.