CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 18, 2012) -- The 11th-ranked Baylor soccer team’s historic run through the NCAA Championship ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against No. 13 North Carolina at Fetzer Field.
UNC (12-5-3) advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals by claiming a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks.
“I am so proud of this group of girls,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “I thought we played well enough to win today. It was such a great game. You hate when a game comes down to penalty kicks, but we hit two posts in regulation and it just didn’t go our way.”
The Bears, who set the program record for wins in a season, wrapped up the 2012 campaign with a 19-1-5 mark. With the tie, Baylor upped its unbeaten streak to 21 matches, but had an eight-match win streak snapped by the Tar Heels.
“We played 25 games this year and I have absolutely no regrets about any of them,” Jobson said. “I can look back as a coach and say we fought the good fight in every single game we played. We had a great year.”
Baylor scored first for the fifth time in six postseason games and the ninth time in their last 10 matches.
Lisa Sliwinski tallied her 10th goal of the season with just 35 seconds remaining in the first half. The senior’s score came following a corner kick by Bri Campos. The initial set-piece offering was deflected back out to the BU freshman who re-centered the ball back in and Sliwinski finished that chance to the back post from four-yards out.
With the score Sliwinski finishes her career with 30 goals, which is fourth on the all-time BU career scoring list. Campos tallied her fourth assist of the year.
Throughout the rest of the first half, Baylor managed just two other shots, while holding the Tar Heels to only one shot in the period.
The Bears came out looking to extend their lead in the second half. In the 47th-minute, Sliwinski worked through a pair of UNC defenders near midfield and dribbled to the top of the box. With her window closing the senior pushed off a pass to Hanna Gilmore, who was streaking down the right side. Gilmore’s shot from 15-yards out glanced off the right post and out of bounce.
Ten minutes later, Sliwinski went for a header off a cross from Karlee Summey, but the attempt went wide left. BU’s best opportunity to extend the lead came in the 65th-minute. Senior Dana Larsen left the ball inside the six-yard box for B. Campos and her shot glanced off the right post and out.
UNC got the equalizer with just 8:21 left in the game. Crystal Dunn netted her third goal of the season as she worked past B. Campos and Taylor Heatherly at the top of the 18-yard box. The Tar Heel then rolled a shot from 15-yards out that got past BU goalkeeper Michelle Kloss.
The score remained unchanged as regulation ended to send Baylor to its second straight overtime game and the 10th of the season for the Bears.
UNC controlled possession for the majority of both overtimes. Kloss made a game-saving save in the 96th-minute as she came off her line to block a shot from UNC’s Kealia Ohai from 17-yards out. In the second overtime period, Dunn had a shot to win the game as she rocketed a ball in the 104th-minute just wide.
Baylor’s best chance to win the game in extra time was in the 105th-minute as Gilmore out-worked two Tar Heel defenders to get a shot from 15-yards out. With UNC goalkeeper Adelaide Gay out of position, Gilmore shot sailed high.
In the 20-minutes of extra time, North Carolina outshot Baylor 8-1 to claim a 13-9 shot advantage in the game. Each squad had just two shots on goal in the contest. Sliwinski paced the Bears with three shots with Gilmore adding a pair.
The 1-1 draw through 110-minutes of play sent the contest to penalty kicks. The Bears won the coin flip and chose to shoot second.
North Carolina’s first shooter, Maria Lubrano netted her opportunity and Baylor’s Michelle Hagen knotted the score through one kick. Alyssa Rich converted UNC’s second shot and BU’s Larissa Campos followed with a conversion. On the third round of kicks, Tar Heel Kelly McFarlane kept UNC perfect, but B. Campos pushed her shot wide right to put BU down, 3-2.
North Carolina’s Katie Bowen extended the penalty kick lead to 4-2 and needing to make the kick to extend the match, Summey’s kick went just wide left.
“It is hard to wrap your arms around it,” Jobson said. “I have a bittersweet feeling, because the program has come so far, but I am going to miss my seniors. I felt overwhelming sadness at the end of the game, not because we lost, but because I am losing my seniors.
“Those six girls are just such neat kids,” Jobson said. “They represent everything that Baylor is about. Baylor can be extremely proud of those six individuals.”
Game Notes: Baylor is now 3-4-0 all-time in NCAA Championship play…Baylor falls to 0-3 all-time vs. UNC…The Bears finished the season 1-1-2 vs. ranked teams...It is the first time BU has been held to only one goal since Oct. 21 vs. Iowa State…BU had scored more than one goal in six straight games.