Nov. 8, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Fifth-seeded Baylor (11-6-3) fell 1-0 to top-seeded No. 16 West Virginia (15-3-2) at Swope Soccer Village on Friday evening in the Big 12 Championship semifinals.
A matchup between last year's Big 12 Championship title holders in Baylor and the back-to-back Big 12 regular season champions in West Virginia lived up to the billing. Both teams played hard and fast in the first half and each had a few chances to score but to no avail.
Bri Campos had the game's first solid chance in the seventh minute as her shot from 17 yards out required a diving save by Sara Keane. Michelle Kloss fought off several shots from WVU, making four saves in the half, including tipping a ball off the crossbar in the 23rd minute. WVU led 11-8 in shots and 4-1 in shots on goal in the half.
In the second half, a Baylor foul just outside the box set up a free kick for Big 12 Player of the Year Frances Silva, who put a shot from 20 yards out to the top right of the net in the 52nd minute for the game's only goal. Baylor's best chance in the half came in a similar situation. A foul with 30 seconds left set up Campos with a free kick from 19 yards out, but again, Keane was there for a diving save to seal the win.
*Baylor's 13 goals given up this season are one less than 2012's program-record 14 goals allowed
*The teams tied in shots (14-14) while Baylor led in corner kicks (6-3) and shots in the second half (6-3).
*Baylor is now 8-9-1 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 4-2-1 under the Jobsons.
*Baylor and West Virginia had never met in the Big 12 Championship before. Baylor is now 1-1-1 all-time against West Virginia.
*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 is now 16-14-2 all-time November and 7-3-2 under the Jobsons.
STAT OF THE GAME
5 - The amount of goals West Virginia scored against Baylor this season, accounting for nearly half of Baylor's 13 goals surrendered.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"We had them on their heels, but that's soccer. They have one of the best free kick takers in the country. We knew it was going to be tough when we fouled her inside the 18-yard box. I couldn't be more proud, couldn't ask for anything more from our girls. They really come on the last few weeks of the season and really have been playing well." - BU Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson
With an RPI of 56, Baylor will be one of many teams throughout the country on the bubble for an at-large fate to get into the 64-team 2013 NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be streamed on NCAASports.com on Monday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m.