WACO, Texas -
In its third overtime game of the season, the Baylor soccer team earned its first extra-time victory as senior Hanna Gilmore
delivered a golden goal in the 108th minute to beat SMU, 2-1, on Friday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
Gilmore took advantage of some fine play from teammates Natalie Huggins and Lisa Sliwinski to notch the game-ending strike from 20-yards out in the second period of overtime. The Spring, Texas-native found herself in possession of the ball following a series of passes from Huggins to Sliwinski, who used her body to shield off a SMU defender, before dropping off a pass to Gilmore. The senior wasted no time in firing a shot to the near post that was out of the reach of SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden.
"It was a sequence of great plays that led to Hanna's goal," head coach Marci Jobson said. "From Natalie getting that ball down the wing and slotting it back to Lisa, who did just a great job of using her body to pass it off to Hanna. It was then just a superb finish. Hanna kept the ball down and kept in on frame. She has been working hard on that, so I was really proud of her."
Baylor improves to 7-1-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in overtime games, while SMU falls to 3-4 and 0-2 in overtime game.
After a scoreless first half, the Bears came out of the halftime break looking to force the offensive issue.
"I really felt we started off slow the first 20 minutes," Jobson said. "We weren't playing edgy, but we came out in the second half and pressured well, which led to some great chances on set pieces for us."
Baylor recorded six shots and two corner kicks in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The offensive surge paid off only a minute later. Vic Hoffman tallied her first goal of the year in the 61st minute to put BU up 1-0. After receiving a pass from Huggins, Hoffman worked past her defender and shot from 24-yards out. The line-drive kick sailed over Bodden's head and into the back of the net.
BU looked well on its way to a 1-0 victory, but in the 88th minute SMU forward Shelby Redman knotted the game with a goal to the far post following a cross from Courtney Smith. The pass left Redman less than six-yards out and she was able to push a shot to the far post past BU goalkeeper Michelle Kloss. It was the first goal given up by Baylor at home this season.
"I am disappointed we gave up a goal with two minutes left, but I was happy with the resiliency of my team to buckle down and find a way to win," Jobson said.
The Mustang goal sent the game into overtime. In the first 10 minutes of extra action, Baylor racked up four shots, but wasn't able to break the tie setting the stage for Gilmore's heroics in the second overtime frame.
Kloss earned the win in goal for Baylor, despite giving up the one score. The sophomore had three saves on the night.
Neither team was able to establish much of a rhythm in the first half as wet field conditions led to some sloppy play. BU's best opportunity to score came in the 39th minute when Gilmore hit the crossbar on shot similar to her eventual game winner. The Bears outshot the Mustangs 10-5 in the first half, before a strong close to finish with a 26-7 shot advantage. Baylor has now outshot its opposition in eight of nine games this season.
Gilmore paced BU with six shots on the night, while Sliwinski had five and Hoffman and Kat Ludlow each had four.
The win gave Jobson the 45th victory of her Baylor career to put her into a tie with Randy Waldrum as the winningest coaches in program history.
It was only Baylor's second victory over SMU as the Mustangs still hold a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series. BU has won six straight matches at home dating back to a 1-0 loss against Oklahoma State on Oct. 21, 2011.
The Bears will be back in action on Sunday as they travel to face Houston Baptist at 7 p.m.