Kansas City, Mo. - The seventh seeded Oklahoma Sooners advanced to their second Big 12 Championship match following a 3-2 penalty kick win over the sixth seeded Baylor Bears. For the first time in league championship play, all four teams recorded shutouts in regulation of semifinal competition.
The first half saw little action on the offensive side as both teams struggled to find quality goal-scoring opportunities. Physical play dominated the contest as both teams combined for 17 fouls in the first 45 minutes, but only eight shots.
Oklahoma entered the second half with an attacking mentality recording four more shots through the 69th minute of play. The Sooners continued to challenge BU keeper Michelle Kloss, with their best attempt coming in the final eight minutes when Shiloh Price crossed a ball into Devin Barrett who then fired a shot that somehow found the hand of Kloss. The deflection set up another scoring opportunity on an OU corner that ended up being a near miss as Barrett mishandled a lob from Laura Rayfield. Physical play continued through the second period as both teams finished regulation with 25 total fouls.
With neither team able to break through in regulation, the match was sent to overtime. This marked the fourth time in Championship play that Baylor would have a game decided in extra time.
In the first overtime period, BU broke through for what would have been the sudden victory goal, but it was waved off because of an offsides penalty. With both teams attacking offensively looking for the game-winner, Baylor was forced to stave off five shots by the Sooners. The second overtime period did not yield a score sending the game into PK's for the third time in this championship.
Both teams struggled on their first penalty kick attempt with Baylor missing just high of the bar and OU finding the glove of Kloss. Both teams would recover and net their next two attempts. Following a Baylor miss on their fourth try, Oklahoma's Rasha Roberts stepped over the ball and delivered the go-ahead goal with one attempt remaining for both teams. With the game hanging in the balance, Baylor missed wide right to end their run in Championship play.
The Sooners will face No. 1 West Virginia in Sunday's Championship final. This is the Sooners' second title game appearance and first since 2010. The match will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. CT.