Nov. 7, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fifth-seeded Baylor soccer faces No. 1 seed West Virginia (14-3-2) in the Big 12 Championship semifinals on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT at Swope Soccer Village. The Bears (11-5-3) have won three straight games and four straight in the Big 12 Championship dating back to last year's title run.
The Bears topped No. 4 Iowa State to advance to Friday's match while the Mountaineers beat No. 8 Kansas. The two teams played to a thrilling 4-3 WVU win on Sept. 29 in Waco, Texas, during the regular season. Only one other meeting has occurred between the teams and that came last season in Morgantown, W. Va., resulting in a 1-1 draw. Friday's match presents the defending Big 12 Championship title holder in Baylor and the back-to-back Big 12 regular season champion in West Virginia. The winner will go on to face the winner of No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State in Sunday's title match at 3:30 p.m.
Each match in the Big 12 Championship will have live video and stats available through www.Big12Sports.com and can be followed through the @BaylorFutbol Twitter account. Sunday's championship match will air live on TV through FOX Sports 1.
Baylor Quick Notes
*No. 5 Baylor advanced to the Big 12 Championship semifinals with a 1-0 win over No. 4 Iowa State on Wednesday. BU took advantage of playing with the wind in the second half, holding edges over ISU in shots (8-2) and shots on goal (4-0). A great play in the 58th minute led to the golden goal as Lindsay Burns served up a cross that led to a heel pass by Bri Campos to Ashley York, who corralled the ball, turned and fired a shot to the top left corner for the winner.
*York's goal vs. ISU 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's 13th shutout of the season vs. ISU tied last year's single-season school record.
*Michelle Kloss' 11th shutout of the season vs. ISU set a new Baylor single-season record.
*Baylor has shutout an opponent 14 times through 90 minutes this season.
*Baylor is 11-0-0 when scoring first this season.
*Baylor has won three straight games for the second time this season and first time since winning the first five games of the season.
*Baylor's 12 goal given up this season are two less than 2012's program-record 14 goals allowed, BU's 37 points allowed are tied with 2012's program-record and BU's 63 corner kicks allowed are one less than 1996's program record of 64.
*Baylor entered last year's Big 12 Championship as the No. 2 seed and outscored opponents 9-2 en route to winning the program's first-ever Big 12 Championship title, and has now outscored foes 10-2 in its last four matches in the event with a four-match winning streak dating back to last season's three wins to claim BU's first title in the event.
*Baylor has qualified for 11 of a possible 18 Big 12 Championships and four of six under the Jobsons, including the last three.
*Baylor is now 8-8-1 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 4-1-1 under the Jobsons.
*Baylor is looking to secure its fifth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and program-record third straight with a Big 12 Championship title. Otherwise, the Bears will be one of many teams on the bubble to make the NCAA Tournament.
*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. The No. 5-seeded Bears posted a 1-0 win over No. 4 ISU on Wednesday to avenge a 1-0 overtime loss in Ames during the regular season.
*Baylor and West Virginia have never met in the Big 12 Championship before. The teams have met just two times, playing to a 1-1 draw last season in Morgantown and playing to a 4-3 WVU win in Waco this season, which snapped Baylor's program-record and nation's longest active unbeaten streak of 31 matches and program-record 17-match unbeaten streak at home. That match on Sept. 29 had WVU out to a 2-0 lead at half and 3-0 lead before Baylor closed it to a 3-2 deficit. But WVU scored again in the 78th minute to be able to withstand BU's late goal. WVU held edges in shots (19-15) but BU held edges in shots on goal (9-7) and corner kicks (6-5).
*Baylor had never beaten a higher seeded team in the Big 12 Championship until the No. 5 Bears beat No. 4 Iowa State on Wednesday in a 1-0 decision.
*Ashley York's game-winning goal vs. ISU was the first ever at the new Swope Soccer Village, coming in the 58th minute.
*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.