LUBBOCK (October 5, 2012) -- For the first time since 2004, the 25th-ranked Baylor soccer team is leaving West Texas with a victory. Freshman Bri Campos scored in the 105th minute of action to give the Bears a 3-2 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Friday night at the John B. Walker Soccer Complex.
“That was an unbelievable game,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “I am really proud of the way we kept responding. Lubbock is not an easy place to play with the wind, with the turf and with the toughness of Tech’s team. My team didn’t give up. They didn’t get down. We just kept going and found a way to win.”
Campos’ first goal of the season could not have come at a better time for Baylor as the match appeared to be headed towards a draw. Following a throw in from Kat Ludlow towards the box, a Texas Tech defender headed the ball backwards in the direction of Red Raider goalkeeper Victoria Esson. However, a crashing Campos was the first player to the ball and with a sliding kick pushed it into the back of the net.
“Campos’ goal was all pure hustle and effort,” Jobson said. “Their goalie almost had the ball in her hands and Bri just slid and got a piece of it.”
Baylor (11-1-2, 2-0-1) led on two separate occasions in the contest, but Texas Tech (10-4-0, 2-2-0) responded with goals each time to force the match into overtime.
Lisa Sliwinski had both of Baylor’s goals in regulation. The senior put the Bears in front early with a score in the ninth minute. She worked her way into the box following a pass from Dana Larsen and chipped a shot over Esson’s head for the 1-0 lead, an advantage the Bears would carry to halftime.
In the second half, Texas Tech answered back with a Janine Beckie goal in the 66th minute. The Red Raiders’ leading scorer collected her ninth of the season by gathering in a long pass from teammate Hayley Haagsma and slipping a shot past Michelle Kloss.
The score would remain tied for 20 more minutes, before Sliwinski delivered Baylor’s second goal in the 87th minute. Larsen and Campos both worked to get the ball to Sliwinski at the top of the box. From that point, the senior blasted a kick that bounced off the right post and in.
“Both of Lisa’s goals were similar,” Jobson said. “She just beat a player and buried it from distance. Lisa was a threat all night. She played just a heck of a game.”
The native of Plano, Texas, now has five goals in her last five games and six for the season to move her ahead of teammate Dana Larsen for fourth on BU’s all-time scoring list with 26 career goals. Sliwinski scored two goals in one game for the fourth time in her career, while becoming the second BU player to accomplish the feat this season.
At that point, Baylor looked well on its way to a regulation win, but TTU’s Paige Strahan served up a ball to Briana Rohmer that the freshman headed into the goal with only 29 seconds remaining to tie the game, 2-2.
In the first overtime, neither team was able to put up much of a scoring threat, which led to the second overtime and allowed for Campos’ heroics.
Larsen led the Bears with five shots, while Sliwinski had two. Kloss made seven saves in goal and played the whole game to earn her 11th victory of the year.
Baylor handed Texas Tech its first loss at home, after the Red Raiders had started the season 6-0. In those six games TTU had only given up three goals. The Bears matched that total in just the one game.
The Bears improve to 5-1-2 on the season away from Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. It is the most wins on the road during Jobson’s tenure and the most for Baylor since 1999.
The Bears upped their unbeaten streak to 10 games, despite yielding a season-high tying two goals. BU now leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 12-4-1.
Baylor has this Sunday off, but will continue its three-game road trip on Friday, Oct. 12 at West Virginia.