Nov. 6, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Fifth-seeded Baylor (11-5-3) fought hard for a 1-0 win over No. 4 seed Iowa State (9-9-2) on Wednesday afternoon at Swope Soccer Village in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship. The Bears have now advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year and sixth time in 11 Big 12 Championship appearances.
With the coldest conditions Baylor had faced all season - 41 degrees, cloudy and 14 MPH winds - the Bears withstood a tough first half playing against the wind. BU had a couple close calls on shots by Larissa Campos and Kat Ludlow but Iowa State kept possession for a majority of the half, holding edges in shots (10-8), shots on goal (2-1) and corner kicks (4-1). Three of ISU's corner kicks came on consecutive plays midway through the half, and Baylor fought off all three, getting help from the crossbar on a shot off the third corner that had Michelle Klossbeat.
Baylor took advantage of playing with the wind in the second half as the Bears held edges over the Cyclones in shots (8-2) and shots on goal (4-0). In the 51st minute, it looked like Baylor was going to take the lead as Larissa Campos's shot from 25 yards out was heading over ISU goalie Maddie Jobe's head, but Jobe jumped high enough to tip the ball off the crossbar. Nearly seven minutes later, Jobe had no chance on a great play from Baylor's rookie duo of Ashley York and Lindsay Burnsin the 58th minute.
Bri Camposserved up a cross into the box and Burns used a heel pass to set up York, who corralled the ball, turned and fired a shot to the top left corner for the golden goal. From there, the Baylor defense locked down to secure the Bears' third straight win and first in program history over a team seeded higher than them in the Big 12 Championship.
*Baylor had never beaten a higher seeded team in the Big 12 Championship until today.
*Ashley York's goal was the first ever at the new Swope Soccer Village.
*York's goal was the sixth of her freshman season and third game-winner as she now has 13 points. Among freshman records at Baylor, York now ranks sixth in goals and tied for third in game-winners.
*Baylor has won at least one match in the Big 12 Championship six times in 11 appearances and has done so two years in a row.
*Baylor's 13th shutout of the season ties last year's single-season school record.
*Michelle Kloss' 11th shutout of the season sets a new Baylor single-season record.
*Baylor has now shutout an opponent 14 times through 90 minutes this season.
*Baylor is 11-0-0 when scoring first this season.
*Baylor is now 4-1-1 under the Jobsons at the Big 12 Championship and has won four straight games in the event, dating back to last season's three wins to claim the title.
*Baylor and Iowa State had faced each other one other time in the Big 12 Championship and that was in the 1997 first round in which the No. 3 seed Bears won 4-2 over the No. 6 seed Cyclones in San Antonio.
*Baylor avenged its regular season 1-0 overtime loss at ISU on Oct. 18 to improve to 12-6-2 all-time against the Cyclones.
*Baylor has won three straight games for the second time this season and first time since winning the first five games of the season.
STAT OF THE GAME
2 - The amount of goals Baylor has surrendered to opponents in its last four Big 12 Championship matches, compared to the 10 that the Bears have scored.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"We made a decision that we are going to give 100 percent all the time and I think that's where they are at right now. They know that if you lose, you're done, and they want to keep playing together. It's just a decision to be all in." - BU Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson
No. 5 Baylor faces the winner of No. 1 West Virginia vs. No. 8 Kansas on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT in the semifinals.