SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The 14th-ranked and second-seeded Baylor soccer team netted its first win at the Big 12 Championship since 2000 with a 3-0 shutout of No. 7 seed Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
"I think our team defended well tonight, which led to some good offensive chances," head coach Marci Jobson said. "I thought we played with a lot of freedom and a lot of heart. We came ready to play and that showed in the first 15 minutes."
The Bears (15-1-4) claimed their first win over the Cowgirls (11-6-3) since 2001 with three goals in the first 16 minutes of action.
Baylor got on the board in the eighth-minute as Lisa Sliwinski scored her eighth goal of the season. To tally the game-winner, the senior was the beneficiary of some nifty footwork from teammate Dana Larsen.
Leaving a pair of OSU defenders in her wake, Larsen drove the ball up into the 18-yard box before slipping off a pass to her left. After making a run up the left side, Sliwinski made a sliding kick to pop Larsen's pass up and over Oklahoma State goalkeeper AD Franch.
A little over five minutes later Larsen was handing out another assist to raise her team-leading mark to seven. The senior danced around a Cowgirl defender inside the 18-yard box near the end line and then lofted a cross up inside the six-yard box. Junior Vic Hoffman was the recipient of the kick as she rose up to head in her second goal of the season.
After having already posted two assists Larsen tallied Baylor's final goal of the match herself. The product of Mequon, Wis. shook a defender 30-yards out and then dribbled into the 18-yard box. With other OSU players closing in on her, Larsen blasted in a shot from 16-yards with her left-foot. It was her 10th goal of the season. She is now one of just three Baylor players to score at least 10 goals in a single season twice in a career.
"Dana Larsen had an unbelievable game," Jobson said. "Sometimes she puts a lot of pressure on herself, but tonight she was able to let that go and play."
With both Larsen and Sliwinski both netting goals on the night, the two seniors remained tied for fourth on the all-time Baylor scoring chart with 28 goals.
The halftime lead allowed Baylor to rest some of its starting lineup with 19 players seeing action for the Bears on the night.
"You can't keep the momentum that we had in the first 15 minutes for a whole game, but we did a good job being steady after we built the early lead," Jobson said.
In the second half, Baylor continued its offensive onslaught. Twice in the first two minutes of play, Baylor almost netted a fourth goal with a flurry of activity in front of the frame. Hoffman and Larissa Campos also both hit the crossbar in the final 45 minutes of action.
Oklahoma State had the first shot of the game in the fifth minute as Allie Stephenson tested Michelle Kloss from 16-yards out, but the BU goalkeeper made a diving save. The Cowgirls best chance to score came in the 20th minute as Stephenson had her shot hit off the right post and a rebound attempt by Heidi Greeson was saved by Kloss.
For the game, Baylor outshot OSU, 16-7, with Campos notching a team-best four attempts. Sliwinski had three shots, while Larsen added two.
Kloss, who improved to 15-1-4, made three saves in 90 minutes in goal to help Baylor increase its own program-record to 13 shutouts.
After playing Oklahoma State to a 0-0 draw earlier in the year, Baylor was able to finish its opportunities on Wednesday unlike in the Oct. 14 match when the Bears had 25 shots and no goals.
Wednesday's win gives Baylor its sixth semifinal berth at the Big 12 Championship in 10 appearances. The Bears are 0-5 in their previous trips to the second round of play and will look for their first title match berth ever on Friday.
Baylor faces third-seeded Texas Tech (15-4-1) at 8 p.m. The Bears slipped past the Red Raiders 3-2 in double overtime in the regular-season meeting between the two squads.
"Now we have to recover and get ready for Texas Tech," Jobson said. "They are a very hot team right now. Our last game against them was very emotional, so it is going to be a good game."
The match will be streamed live on Big12Sports.com. The conference's official site will also provide live stats for the match. For in-game updates follow @BaylorFutbol on Twitter.
Game Notes: The Bears are now unbeaten in their last 16 games...BU's last win at the Big 12 Championship was on Nov. 1, 2000 with a 4-3 overtime victory vs. Missouri...Baylor's last win over Oklahoma State was on Oct. 14, 2001, a 3-2 overtime win at home... Baylor notched three goals in a half for the sixth time this season...Baylor is now 5-8-1 all-time at the Big 12 Championship...Vs. the Cowgirls Baylor is 6-9-3.