STILLWATER, Okla. (October 14, 2012) -- The 20th-ranked Baylor women’s soccer team completed a three-match road trip by earning a scoreless draw against Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
“I can’t really be disappointed, because I thought we played well,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “It has been a tough weekend. We have been traveling all over the place and have played two great teams. However, I am glad our girls feel a little disappointed, because that will motivate them for the final three games.”
Baylor (11-1-4, 2-0-3) posted 25 shots, the most for the Bears in conference play, while holding Oklahoma State (10-4-3, 1-3-3) to only six. However, neither team was able to put a shot into the back of the net as BU posted its 10th shutout of the season. All three games of Baylor’s road trip went to double overtime as the Bears defeated Texas Tech, 3-2, and tied No. 25 West Virginia, 1-1, on Friday.
BU had plenty of scoring chances against OSU as senior Dana Larsen led the way with seven shots, while Hanna Gilmore and Lisa Sliwinski each added four and Kat Ludlow had three. As a team, Baylor had eight shots on goal compared to only one for OSU.
Larsen had the best opportunity for the Bears in the first half as her shot in the 26th minute was tipped up over the crossbar by OSU goalkeeper AD Franch. The Cowgirls best scoring chance of the half came in the 37th minute as Kelsey Bass ripped a shot from the top of the box that a diving Michelle Kloss punched up over the bar.
To start the second half, Larsen came out firing again with three shots in the first 10 minutes of play. The second of those three chances came from 30 yards out in the 52nd minute and glanced off the crossbar and out of bounds.
Gilmore had a shot to put Baylor on the board in the 65th minute, but Franch made another save on a ball up over her head. Franch also swallowed up Katie Daigle’s free kick opportunity in the 74th minute from 35 yards out.
“AD Franch was unbelievable,” Jobson said. “That girl is legit. She made some big time saves and credit to her, because I think she is a fantastic keeper.”
Perhaps Baylor’s best opportunity to win the game came as the final seconds of regulation ticked off the clocked. Larsen pushed a pass from about nine yards out over to Karlee Summey, who was making a run down the left side. The junior, having worked past her defender to get to the ball knocked it just wide of the goal as the horn sounded.
“We have to do a better job with some of our opportunities, but that has been the story of our season,” Jobson said. “We have had a lot of shots and we have to get a little better with those shots.”
In the first overtime period, the Bears racked up four shots, including Kat Ludlow’s header in the 99th minute that Franch saved. Meanwhile, BU held OSU without a shot in the period.
In the second overtime, Sliwinski had the best look as she blasted a shot from 16 yards out in the 103rd minute that the OSU goalkeeper gobbled up. In the final 10 minutes, the Baylor defense withstood four corner kick chances from OSU to end the game in a tie.
The Bears played their third straight overtime game and the seventh of the season, which ties for the most in one season in program history. The 2009 squad also had seven. Baylor is 2-1-4 in overtime games this season.
BU was held without a goal for only the second time all season as the Bears were also scoreless at North Texas on Sept. 7. Michelle Kloss played the whole game in goal for Baylor, but was required to only make one save.
It was the first time all season, the Cowgirls have been held without a goal at home to drop their record at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex to 8-0-2. OSU had not been shutout at home since Nov. 26, 2010.
The decision snapped a seven-match losing streak to OSU dating back to a 2-2 tie between the two schools in 2004. The Bears also snapped a six-match losing streak at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
Baylor is now 5-9-3 all-time versus Oklahoma State and 3-6-1 against the Cowgirls in Stillwater. This season on the road, Baylor is 6-1-3.
The Bears will be back in action as they return home for the final three games of the regular season. Baylor will open the home stand by hosting Texas (7-7-1, 4-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.