The Baylor soccer team has probably clinched an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament, but would like to take any mystery out of it.
With a win over TCU in the Big 12 tournament championship game, the Bears can clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
The fifth-seeded Bears and third-seeded Horned Frogs will play at 3 p.m. Sunday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City in a rematch of the 2012 championship game that Baylor won 4-1. The game will be televised on FS1.
The Bears (12-5-2) haven’t been back to the NCAA tournament since 2012, but they’re playing their best soccer of the year. After a 2-1 overtime win over No. 14 Texas in Wednesday’s Big 12 tournament opener, the Bears looked even more impressive in a 3-0 win over top-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday.
The 64-team NCAA tournament field will be announced Monday.
“We’ve had a couple of really complete games, and at this time of year you’ve got to have more games like that,” said Baylor coach Paul Jobson. “I knew that our girls had the ability to beat anybody on any day. I felt that all year.”
Aline De Lima keyed Baylor’s win over Oklahoma State with a pair of goals and an assist to Ariel Leach. The Bears dominated possession with 23 shots to Oklahoma State’s 5.
Baylor will try to avenge a 2-1 overtime loss to TCU in the final regular season game on Oct. 27 in Forth Worth. TCU (12-5-3) advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game by beating second-seeded West Virginia with a 5-3 advantage in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.
Allison Ganter leads the Horned Frogs with six goals this season, including the only goal against West Virginia. Goalkeeper Katie Lund has allowed just nine goals in 20 games.