Baylor Soccer Advances to First-Ever Sweet 16 with OT Win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 16, 2012) -- With a golden goal by Dana Larsen in the 93rd-minute, the 11th-ranked Baylor soccer team slipped past No. 14 Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime on Friday at Fetzer Field to advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.

“My team never gave up and they just believed that they could score,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “These girls have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get here, so I am really excited for them.”

Baylor improved to 19-1-4 on the season by recording its eighth straight win and extending its unbeaten streak to 20 games. With the loss, Georgetown ends the season at 16-4-3.

The teams battled to a scoreless draw through 82 minutes of play, but the Hoyas put the Bears on the brink of elimination in the 83rd-minute as Daphne Corboz tallied her 18th-goal of the year. The sophomore worked along the end line and lofted a shot to the far post inside the six-yard box that swished into the left-side netting.

The Georgetown goal snapped a streak of eight straight matches in which BU had scored first and marked the first time Baylor had trailed since Oct. 12 vs. West Virginia.

Baylor recorded the equalizer less than six minutes later when Bri Campos headed in her third goal of the season. The score came following a barrage of activity at the top of the 18-yard box. Lisa Sliwinski and Hanna Gilmore worked to control the ball to give the freshman the opportunity with one minute and 57 seconds remaining in regulation.

“Bri did a great job on defense all night and then for her to score that goal was just super,” Jobson said.

At the end of regulation, Karlee Summey’s shot was saved by Georgetown goalkeeper Emma Newins to send the match to extra time.

Larsen’s heroics came just two minutes and 41 seconds into the first overtime. The senior received a cross into the 18-yard box from Larissa Campos and promptly knocked a shot past Newins from 12-yards out. With her 11th goal of the year, Larsen moves into a tie for fourth on the all-time Baylor scoring list with 29 goals.

“Dana has given so much over the course of her four-year career,” Jobson said. “She has been so solid and tonight she just found a way to score again.”

In the first half, Baylor controlled the time of possession with numerous scoring chances. Gilmore had a 28-yard shot in the 21st-minute that Newins saved, while Larsen had a 25-yard chance just a minute later that Newins punched high.

For the game, the Bears outshot the Hoyas 21-5. Gilmore led BU with seven shots, while B. Campos and Larsen each had three chances. Georgetown got three shots from Corboz, who had only two shots on goal by the Hoyas.

Baylor goalkeeper Michelle Kloss made just one save in the 11th-minute as she improved to 19-1-4 on the season by playing the full 90 minutes in goal.

Baylor is now 3-3 all-time in NCAA play with the win and 1-0 vs. the Hoyas.

The Bears will face the winner of North Carolina and Illinois in the NCAA Championship third round on Sunday at noon (CT) at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.


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