WACO - No. 24 Baylor soccer lost a 3-1 match to Kansas on Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Field in the regular season finale. The Bears (11-6-1, 4-3-1) were able to make up a 1-0 deficit but the Jayhawks (9-4-4, 4-1-2) scored two late goals to earn the win.
KU took the 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on a deep free kick by Addisyn Merrick. But a handball by the Jayhawks in their own box gave Lauren Piercy a penalty kick in the 31st minute that she put in off the crossbar for the equalizer.
The game then went back and forth in momentum and chances until the last 11 minutes. In the 79th minute, KU’s Ashley Pankey scored from 23 yards out to the far post. Then in the 81st minute, Jackie Georgoulis scored from nearly the same spot for an insurmountable 3-1 lead.
*Baylor suffered back-to-back losses at home for the first time since Aug. 21-24, 2015.
*Baylor gave up three goals for the first time since a 4-3 loss to No. 23 West Virginia in Waco on Sept. 29, 2013.
*Baylor is 127-50-23 all-time at home, 57-18-12 under the Jobsons and finished 5-2-1 in 2016.
*Baylor suffered just its eighth loss in its last 32 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.
*Kansas leads the all-time series over Baylor, 11-9-2, and has won five straight in the series.
*Baylor led Kansas in shots (14-11) and corner kicks (6-2), but KU led in shots on goal (6-5).
*Sophomore forward Lauren Piercy scored her career-high seventh goal of the season and 13th of her career for her 16th point of the season and 29th of her career on her first career penalty kick. She now ranks 13th all-time at Baylor in career goals through just 34 games.
STAT OF THE GAME
65 – The amount of matches it’s been since Baylor had given up three goals in a game.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I didn’t think we were sharp. I think the first 10 minutes of both halves, we were the better team in those moments. I think a lot of the game was kind of back and forth, but they capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t, and that’s really the difference in the game. I’m proud of Lauren Piercy for stepping up on a penalty kick, that’s always a tough situation, but she put that away and kept us in the game. Then we just had some let downs that are uncharacteristic of us to give up the two late goals. We were making a push too, so I don’t know if it’s a 3-1 game, really, but when you’re making a push and trying to come back, sometimes that happens.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor has a bye week before heading to Kansas City for the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championships on Nov. 2-6.