KANSAS CITY - It took nearly three hours and 16 penalty kick attempts before No. 2 seed Baylor advanced with a win over No. 7 seed TCU at the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village. After playing to a 1-1 tie following two overtime periods, the Bears moved on to the semifinals by winning the shootout, 7-6.
Lauren Piercy, the 2015 Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year, netted the game-winner by placing her shot in the lower-right corner of the net. It was her first penalty kick attempt of the season. BU advances to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.
Baylor knotted the score at 1-1 after senior Bri Campos earned a free kick following a foul just outside the box. She then fired a line drive shot through several defenders and deflected off a TCU player for the goal. The Horned Frogs had opened the scoring with a goal by junior Meghan Murphy off an assist from sophomore Emma Heckendorn with 67:06 on the clock.
The Baylor-TCU match marked the second straight quarterfinal contest this year to go to overtime. It is the eighth time in the last nine years that at least one Big 12 Championship match has advanced to a penalty kick shootout.
Those in attendance at Swope Soccer Village have an opportunity to participate in some great giveaways each day. On Wednesday, it will be Big 12 Stadium Scarf Night, with the first 150 fans at the night games receiving a complementary stadium scarf. On Friday, spectators attending the contests will receive free hot dogs while supplies last. For the Sunday championship match, fans will be able to enter for a chance to win a Big 12 VIP Experience at the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship in March. To purchase tickets, fans can visit Big12Sports.com/buytickets or call 888-4KC-GOAL.
Soccer fans and followers can also watch the entire Big 12 Championship live. The quarterfinals and semifinal contests will be shown exclusively on the Big 12 Digital Network at Big12Sports.com with Lincoln Rose calling the action. The Sunday title match can be seen live nationally on FS1.