Women's soccer: Baylor advances to Big 12 semifinals with overtime win over Texas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Baylor soccer (11-5-2, 4-4-1 Big 12) scored in the closing minutes to tie, busting through with a golden goal to knock off No. 14 Texas (13-3-2, 5-2-2 Big 12) on Wednesday afternoon at Swope Soccer Village.
The Longhorns cracked through the Baylor backline, scoring a one-on-one breakaway goal in the 72nd minute to take the 1-0 lead.
Facing elimination, the Bears kept pushing, running away with the tying goal as the final minutes were winding down in the 88th minute.
Sarah King pushed in from the sideline, serving in a perfect pass to Lauren Piercy into the far right side of the penalty box. Left unguarded by the Longhorn defense down into the goal box, Piercy drove home the tying goal to knot the match at 1-1 and force overtime.
Again, with the clock ticking into the final minutes of the first overtime period, the Bears cracked through the UT backline in the 99th minute.
Julie James worked it across midfield, starting a give-and-go attack with fellow All-Big 12 midfielder, Aline De Lima. De Lima dribbled up a few steps before cutting a pass back to James that worked her in front and alone in the penalty box with an open look at goal.
James gathered the pass and drove a left-footed goal into the left back of the net, lifting the Bears past the Longhorns with the golden goal, avenging an overtime loss to UT in Waco on Oct. 20.
Baylor has now won or advanced by shootout in at least one match at the Big 12 Championship 10 times in 15 appearances, including six in a row.