Nov. 5, 2015
BAYLOR HITS THE SPOT
Bears beat TCU on penalties in Big 12 quarterfinal
Baylor dictated terms nearly the entire game, needed a late strike to force overtime, then outlasted TCU on penalties Wednesday to advance to the Big 12 Conference semifinals in Kansas City, Kan.
Bri Campos' free kick in the 81st minute pulled the Bears (9-5-4) into a 1-1 draw, and Lauren Piercy delivered the decisive shot in a 7-6 triumph in the tiebreaker.
Campos, Ashley York, Katie Daigle, Lindsay Burns, Sarah King and McKenna Martin also converted for second-seeded Baylor, which Friday will face sixth-seeded Kansas (9-8-2), a 2-1 winner over Texas. Second-ranked West Virginia (16-1-1) and 18th-ranked Texas Tech (11-3-5) meet in the other semifinal.
TCU (8-7-4), the No. 7 seed, tied its last four games, including a 1-1 encounter with Baylor eight days earlier in Fort Worth. The Bears are undefeated in the series, with nine wins and three draws.
“What a roller-coaster ...,” Baylor coach Paul Jobson said on his school's athletics website. “It was really ice in our veins of all our kids. Our shootout really exemplifies our season as a whole -- veterans and freshmen making PKs and Sara Martinson making a big save. It doesn't get down to any more of a team effort than tonight.”
The Bears had significant advantages in shots (21-6) and shots on goal (10-2), but Courtney Hofer made nine saves for the Horned Frogs, and Meghan Murphy headed home an Emma Heckendorn corner kick in the 68th minute to put Baylor behind.
Campos equalized with a little more than nine minutes to play in regulation, sending an 18-yard free kick through a gap in the TCU wall, off a defender and into the net.
The teams played 20 minutes of overtime without a victor, and the game was decided from the penalty spot.
Bobbi Clemmer gave TCU the lead on the first kick, Campos answered, and Sara Martinson saved Kayla Hill's shot. Ashley York scored to give Baylor the advantage, Eryn Spencer converted for the Horned Frogs, and then Emory Cason fired off the right post.
Both teams converted their next four shots -- Michelle Prokof, Makenzie Koch, Ryan Williams and Brittany Little for TCU --but Emma Heckendorn shot wide on the Horned Frogs' eighth attempt, and Piercy's conversion ended the game.
“I told them at the end of the game that I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the effort they put in today,” TCU coach Eric Bell said on his school's athletics website. “We gave ourselves a chance to be successful, but, unfortunately, it didn't go our way at the end.
“The effort is key to me as we move forward as a program; it's something to build on. Hopefully this experience fuels us for the future.”