KANSAS CITY — Julie James scored eight minutes into overtime as the Baylor soccer team knocked off No. 14 Texas, 2-1, on Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
The fifth-seeded Bears advanced to the semifinals against Big 12 regular season champion Oklahoma State (16-2-2) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Swope Soccer Village. The top-seeded Cowgirls beat eighth-seeded Oklahoma, 2-1, in Wednesday’s first round.
Baylor (11-5-2) avenged a 1-0 overtime loss to the Longhorns on Oct. 20 in Waco, and also helped its cause for an NCAA tournament bid.
“Our team showed a lot of grit and a lot of effort,” said Baylor coach Paul Jobson. “That’s what our team’s mentality is all about. We fought to get the game-tying goal and then pushed through to get the winner. I couldn’t be more proud of our group because we beat a great team, and I’m excited to keep playing.”
The fourth-seeded Longhorns (13-3-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute when Katie Glenn nailed a goal. But Baylor responded with Lauren Piercy’s third goal of the year from six yards out in the 88th minute to send the game into overtime.
The overtime game was Baylor’s ninth of the season, and James delivered the game winner from the left wing from eight yards out for her third goal of the season.
Texas had several shots to score more goals in the second half. Cyera Hintzen bounced a shot off the frame of the goal in the 54th minute and then fired a shot that sailed wide right in the 62nd minute.
Seconds later, Mikayla Flores’ shot from the right side from 15 yards away fell into Baylor goalkeeper Jen Wandt’s arms.
The Bears missed a chance to score in the 71st minute when Ariel Leach attempted a shot from 18 yards away, but the ball missed the left corner of the net by inches.
Baylor and Texas both attempted 17 shots. Texas goalkeeper Nicole Curry recorded seven saves while Wandt picked up five saves for the Bears.