The No. 7 seed Baylor soccer team (8-5-5, 3-4-3) will open up Big 12 Championship play against No. 2 seed Texas A&M (12-5-2, 6-2-2) Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio.
"Our goal all year long was to get here," head coach Marci Jobson said. "But now that we made it we don't want the season to end. We are going down there to give it our best the same way these girls have all season."
The Bears are making their sixth trip to the Big 12 Championship and first since 2006 when they fell to the Aggies in the opening round, 3-0. Baylor is 2-5 all time in the tournament with its last win coming on Nov. 1, 2000 with a 2-1 overtime victory against Missouri.
Baylor is led by Lotto Smith's eight goals and two assists, while Lisa Sliwinski has scored a pair of goals in conference games this season. Goalkeeper Gianna Quintana leads a defense that is second in the conference in goals against average, allowing under a goal per game and has seven shutouts on the season.
The No. 20 Aggies enter the Big 12 Championship as the No. 2 seed after defeating Texas 4-0 in the regular season finale. A&M finished the final three games of the season 2-0-1, recording three shutouts. The Aggies have three players with at least six goals, led by Whitney Hooper's seven goals, while Rachel Shipley and Katie Hamilton each have five goals in Big 12 play. In the net, Kristin Arnold and Kelly Dyer split time and have combined for a 1.08 GAA
Baylor and Texas A&M played each other on Sept. 25 in Waco with the Aggies pulling out a 1-0 victory. The Bears have dropped eight-straight to the Aggies and have not defeated A&M since a 2-1 victory on Oct. 1, 2000.
Live stats and free video with audio for the game will be available at www.Big12Sports.com.