Oct. 14, 2007
An early goal for No. 1 Texas was the difference as the Baylor women's soccer team came within a few feet of earning a tie, or even a win, against the top-ranked Longhorns in a 1-0 loss on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Field.
The Bears were shut out for just the second time this season, but had their chances, playing much of the first half in Texas territory. Baylor had four shots in the first half, including several chances from within the goal box.
The game's lone goal was recorded in the 18th minute of action when Texas' Kasey Moore capitalized on a Courtney Gaines corner kick, sending the ball into the top-left corner of the net off of goalkeeper Gianna Quintana's hand.
Quintana, making just her second start of the season, recorded five saves on the night in a remarkable effort. On several occasions Quintana was faced with one-on-one situation or the ball getting loose in front of the net; each time she was able to gain control of the ball and end addition scoring threats by the Longhorns.
"This was a hard-fought match for our girls and even though we're upset with the loss, we continued to prove to ourselves that if we play a full 90 minutes of soccer then we can play with almost every team in this league," said head coach George Van Linder. "We had a lot of chances late in this game, but we just didn't get the ball to fall in the right direction."
With the loss, the Bears fall to 0-10 against top-five programs; however, the lone Texas goal was the fewest goals allowed by Baylor when facing a top-five team.
The Bears dropped to 6-7-2 on the season with the loss and are still winless (0-5-1) in Big 12 Conference action.
Despite the valiant effort displayed by Quintana, her record fell to 0-3 in net for Baylor this season.
Baylor, held without a corner kick in the contest, was out-shot by the Longhorns 14-6, including a six-shot difference on-goal.
The Bears will return to action as they head north to take on Nebraska and Iowa State next Friday and Sunday. Friday's game will begin at 4:00 p.m. against the Cornhuskers while Sunday's contest will kick off at 1:00 p.m. in Ames, Iowa.l