The Baylor soccer team hasn’t forgotten how tough its 1-0 overtime loss to Texas was on Oct. 20 at Betty Lou May Field.
The fifth-seeded Bears hope to get some revenge against the fourth-seeded Longhorns when they open the Big 12 tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
Texas’ Katie Glenn scored the game’s only goal six minutes into overtime. Baylor dominated in shots, 20-9, but couldn’t punch one through for a goal.
“I’m excited to play them again,” said Baylor freshman goalkeeper Jen Wandt. “It’s a quick turnaround from the last time we played them, and I think it’s a game we all want back. So it’s a good team to play first.”
The Bears (10-5-2, 4-4-1) dropped their last two regular season games in overtime, including a 2-1 decision to TCU on Oct. 27 in Fort Worth. But Baylor coach Paul Jobson isn’t worried about his team’s psyche heading into the Big 12 tournament.
“Because we’re a veteran team, they understand that’s how it works sometimes,” Jobson said. “If we were a really young team, I think our spirit would have been broken weeks ago. They’ve rallied back at every opportunity to get back out there and have another go at it. I think we’re excited to have another game.”
The Bears hope to win the Big 12 tournament to nail down an automatic bid to their first NCAA tournament since 2012.
Jobson believes the Bears could position themselves to make the NCAA tournament by reaching the championship game on Sunday. Baylor is currently No. 55 in the RPI while Texas (13-2-2, 5-2-2) is No. 10.
If No. 1 Big 12 tournament seed Oklahoma State beats No. 8 Oklahoma in the first round at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Bears could notch another strong RPI win by beating the Cowgirls. Oklahoma State is No. 24 in the RPI.
“If we can come out with the win (against Texas) it’s going to help our RPI and help our chances of making the NCAA tournament,” Jobson said. “Obviously, our goal is to win the tournament. If we do that we’ll take care of our own destiny and not have to worry about a committee.”
In Wednesday’s other Big 12 tournament games, No. 2 West Virginia plays No. 7 Texas Tech at 5:30 p.m., and No. 3 TCU meets No. 6 Kansas at 8 p.m.
The winners will advance to Friday’s semifinals, and the championship game will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m.