KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fifth-seeded Baylor (11-5-3) fought hard for a 1-0 win over No. 4 seed Iowa State (9-9-2) on Wednesday
afternoon at Swope Soccer Village in the quarterfinals of the
Big 12 Championship. The Bears have now advanced to the semifinals for
the second straight year and sixth time in 11 Big 12 Championship
With the coldest conditions Baylor had faced all season – 41 degrees, cloudy and 14 MPH winds – the Bears withstood a tough first half playing against the wind. BU had a couple close calls on shots by Larissa Campos and Kat Ludlow but Iowa State kept possession for a majority of the half, holding edges in shots (10-8), shots on goal (2-1) and corner kicks (4-1). Three of ISU's corner kicks came on consecutive plays midway through the half, and Baylor fought off all three, getting help from the crossbar on a shot off the third corner that had Michelle Kloss beat.
Baylor took advantage of playing with the wind in the second half as the Bears held edges over the Cyclones in shots (8-2) and shots on goal (4-0). In the 51st minute, it looked like Baylor was going to take the lead as Larissa Campos's shot from 25 yards out was heading over ISU goalie Maddie Jobe's head, but Jobe jumped high enough to tip the ball off the crossbar. Nearly seven minutes later, Jobe had no chance on a great play from Baylor's rookie duo of Ashley York and Lindsay Burns in the 58th minute.
Bri Campos served up a cross into the box and Burns used a heel pass to set up York, who corralled the ball, turned and fired a shot to the top left corner for the golden goal. From there, the Baylor defense locked down to secure the Bears' third straight win and first in program history over a team seeded higher than them in the Big 12 Championship.