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SOC Storied Season Ends with Elite 8 Loss at No. 3 Duke
Nov. 24, 2017

Box Score


By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Going up against the third-ranked Duke soccer team in the Elite Eight on an even playing field is tough enough. Facing the Blue Devils a player down . . . impossible.

Baylor's Cinderella postseason run came to an end Friday when Duke (23-2-0) scored a goal in the first six minutes and netted three more in the second half after Lauren Piercy drew a second yellow card as the Blue Devils advanced to the Women's College Cup with a 4-0 win at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

"Obviously, not the way we wanted it to go tonight," said Baylor coach Paul Jobson, whose team finished 15-6-3 with its deepest run ever in the NCAA tournament. "We gave up an early goal that really set us back and put us on our heels. I think it was great to see how we rallied after that and how we really played well, I thought, with 10 players.

"I'd like to see what this game would've been like if it was 11-versus-11 for more of the match, but it wasn't, and we had to deal with it."

Duke, posting its fourth straight shutout in the NCAA tournament, when Kayla McCoy put one touch on a cross from Taylor Racioppi behind the Baylor backline to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead just 5:46 into the game. It was the third straight game that they have scored a goal in the first 10 minutes.

Aline De Lima had the Bears' only two first-half shots - both wide and both within a three-minute stretch - before Baylor goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt saved another McCoy shot to keep it a one-score game.

Baylor was whistled for 12 fouls in the first half and 17 for the game, with Piercy picking up her first yellow card at the 30:51 mark and her second just nine minutes later, putting the Bears a player down for the last 50 minutes.

"Their players play so hard - they compete," Duke coach Robbie Church said of the Bears. "We knew that, we knew it was going to be a physical game, and we knew that we had to move the ball."

Duke capitalized on Baylor being a player down, scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the second half. Ella Stevens had a back-heel goal off assists from Chelsea Burns and Imani Dorsey at the 46:09 mark, and then Dorsey had a drive down the left side and rifled one in to the right of a diving Wandt to make it 3-0 less than two minutes later.

Wandt, who came up big in holding defending national champion USC scoreless in three rounds of penalty kicks, did it again later in the second half when Raegan Padgett was given a yellow card for a tackle in the penalty box. Chelsea Burns took the kick from eight yards out, but was high and wide of the frame.

The shorthanded Bears nearly matched Duke shot-for-shot in the second half (10-9), but the Blue Devils added a final goal in the 87th minute. Freshman Tess Boade took a pass from Rebecca Quinn, dribbled around a defender and connected on her first goal into the bottom right corner.

"I just really thought we played hard, we fought to the last minute. That's what we do," Jobson said. "If you take that first goal away and play with 11, maybe it goes a little differently. . . . I'm proud of our group and proud of how they've been so resilient all year. We obviously wanted to keep play, but we lost to a really good team tonight. I've been saying all year that this team has a chance to win the whole thing, and I'd be shocked if they don't."

Baylor loses four key seniors - De Lima, All-Big 12 defender Precious Akanyirige, Caitlin Schwartz and Delanie Davis - but brings back seven starters and 69.4 percent of its scoring for next year.

"The kids coming back know what it takes to get here. They've experienced it, the highs and the lows of it," Jobson said. "We'll miss (the seniors). They're a big piece, obviously, of what we were able to do this year. But, we do have a great core coming back.

"What'll be important is that there will be some kids that didn't get chances this year that are going to have to step up in a big way next year and some freshmen are going to have to come in and step up. But, the veterans that are coming back know what it looks like and what not to settle for. That's the exciting thing moving into next season."


THE RUNDOWN
DURHAM, N.C. - Baylor soccer (15-6-3, 4-4-1 Big 12) saw its storybook postseason run end with a 4-0 loss to No. 3 Duke (23-2-0, 10-0-0 ACC) on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium.

Playing in the program's first-ever Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament, the Bears upset hopes were iced after a first half goal and a pair of quick second-half scores by the Blue Devils.

Duke cracked through with the first score of the match in the sixth minute. A pass into the box cut behind the BU backline, allowing a quick punch into the net for the goal.

In a match that saw a 17-8 foul disparity against the Bears, BU ended up playing the final 50 minutes down a player after a pair of yellow cards sent forward Lauren Piercy off with a red card.

Playing with 10 through the remainder of the match, the BU squad could not keep pace with the Duke attack, leading to two second half goals in the 47th and 48th minutes.

NOTES
*Baylor saw its season end in the Elite 8, the deepest NCAA postseason run in program history.

*Baylor fell to 5-4-3 all-time in NCAA tourney action.

*Baylor allowed four goals for the first time since a 4-3 loss to West Virginia on Sept. 29, 2013, in Waco.

*Baylor's 15 wins in 2017 tied for third-most in a season in program history (1998, 2011).

STAT OF THE MATCH
69.4% - The percent of BU's goalscorers in 2017 that will return for the 2018 season

TOP QUOTES
Baylor head coach Paul Jobson
On the team battling through with 10 players...
"Obviously proud of the team this season and what they accomplished. Obviously not the way we wanted it to go tonight. We gave up an early goal that really set us back and put us on our heels. I think it was great to see how we rallied after that and how we really played well, I thought, with 10 players. I'd like to see what this game would've been like if it was 11-versus-11 for more of the match, but it wasn't and we had to deal with it. I thought we did really well with it and there were times where we looked really, really good. The shots were 18 to 11 and we only had two on goal, but five of them were blocked right outside of the six-yard box. Those don't go on the stat sheet but they were pretty much on goal if they weren't saved by a defender. I thought we put some good pressure on them. I think there's some things when we go back and look at it and we were going to play them again, there may be a few things that we would've done a little bit differently - but not a lot. I just really thought we played hard, we fought to the last minute. That's what we do. If you take that first goal away and play with 11, maybe it goes a little differently. Second half, we had 10 men and the shots were 10-to-nine Duke. One shot more than us and we were playing with one less player. Proud of our group and proud of how they've been so resilient all year. We obviously wanted to keep playing, but we lost to a really good team tonight. Duke's a fantastic team. I've been saying all year that this team has a chance to win the whole team and I'd be shocked if they don't."

On the momentum of the postseason run for the 2018 squad...
"There will be a lot of momentum. The kids coming back know what it takes to get here. They've experienced it, the highs and the lows of it. There will be a lot of experience coming back. We'll obviously miss the kids - Aline, Delanie, Caitlin, Precious. We'll miss those kids. They're a big piece, obviously, of what we were able to do this year. But we do have a great core coming back. What'll be important is that there will be some kids that didn't get chances this year that are going to have step up in a big way next year and some freshman are going to have to come in and step up. But the veterans that are coming back know what it looks like and what not to settle for. That's the exciting thing moving into next season.

On his message to the team after the game...
"Really the same thing I've said all year. Just told them how proud I was of them. They fought to the end and that's really all you can do."

WHAT'S NEXT
Baylor's season ends, capping off one of the most successful seasons and the deepest postseason run in program history. The BU squad returns 22 for the 2018 season, including seven starters.

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