WACO (October 19, 2012) -- A header by sophomore Alexa Wilde in the 105th-minute earned the 20th-ranked Baylor soccer team a 2-1 double overtime victory against Texas on Friday night at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
With the game seemingly headed for a draw, Wilde’s second goal of the season came on BU’s seventh corner kick of the match. Senior Dana Larsen notched her team-leading fifth assist as she lofted the set-piece offering into the middle of the six-yard box. Wilde did the rest, rising above a group of Longhorn defenders to redirect the ball inside the near post.
“I am just really proud of Alexa,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “There is not one kid on our team that has continued to work on her weakness more this season than her. She has had a good attitude even when she has not been on the field and good things happen for people like that. Tonight, she was a difference maker. She came in and was a tremendous ball winner. She was just big time for us.”
The sophomore’s golden goal kept Baylor (12-1-4, 3-0-3) undefeated in its last 13 matches and upped the Bears’ record to 7-0 at home this season. The loss drops Texas (7-8-1, 4-2-0) to 2-4 on the road this season and out of contention for the Big 12 regular season title.
The Bears looked poised to take the game in regulation as Larsen netted her team-best ninth goal of the season in the 80th-minute. The senior fired in a shot from 28-yards out that landed at the feet of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith and then bounced over the freshman as she went for the save. Larsen is now alone in fourth-place on the all-time BU scoring list with 27 goals.
“Dana has been big for us all year,” Jobson said. “She is playing like every game is her last game and she did a great job for us all night.”
However, Texas tied up the game less than nine minutes later as Sharis Lachappelle blasted in a free kick from the elbow of the 18-yard box extended. The goal in the 89th-minute of play sent the game to overtime to pave the way for Wilde’s heroics.
“We have to keep playing in those late game situations,” Jobson said. “It is something we will talk about tomorrow. We have to be smart and disciplined on defense.”
The two teams both had opportunities to score in the first half, but both goalkeepers made quality saves to keep the scoreless draw intact. In the 29th minute, Texas’ Kelsey Shimmick tested BU goalkeeper Michelle Kloss with a shot inside the 18-yard box. Kloss dove and punched the ball away to negate the scoring chance.
Baylor countered in the 37th minute with a barrage of shots that Smith was able to turn away. Vic Hoffman tallied two shots back-to-back from close range that were blocked, before Lisa Sliwinski gathered in the rebound from Hoffman’s second attempt and pushed it just wide of the net.
Larsen paced BU with six shots in the game, while Sliwinski had five and Hanna Gilmore added three. In total, the Bears outshot the Longhorns 22-5. Kloss improved to 12-1-4 in goal this season by making two saves, while playing the whole game.
On the night, the Bears established a new program mark for overtime games in a season by playing their eighth of 2012. In those games, BU is 3-1-4 with all three wins coming on golden goals in the second overtime period. Baylor has played double overtime in four consecutive games and five of its last seven matches have required extra time.
Baylor has now won back-to-back games against Texas for the first time since winning two straight during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Overall, Baylor is now 7-9-3 vs. the Longhorns, while Jobson is 2-1-2 against UT in her five years in Waco.
The Bears have won nine straight at home dating back to Oct. 21, 2011, after being the first Big 12 team to score more than one goal against UT this year.
“Iowa State is the type of team, who has a lot of heart,” Jobson said. “They have a lot of fight and they do a lot of things that I respect. It is going to be a tough game, but right now we have to focus on recovering.”