By Alex Alford
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Coming off the best season in program history, it may seem like the Campos sisters of Baylor’s soccer team would take some time to relax. However, for sophomore Bri and redshirt senior Larissa there was no time for leisure.
During their first year playing together, the sisters from Centennial, Colo., proved to be a force to be reckoned with. While Bri was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 9, 2012, Larissa took Baylor’s only penalty kick of the season and put it in the back of the net against TCU on Oct. 26.
“There is a little bit of competition between us but I think that’s what makes us good players,” said Bri. “We are always trying to one-up each other and be better than each other. It makes us good.”
The healthy competition between Bri and Larissa definitely proved effective in the 2012 season. Not only did the Bears set the program record for wins in a season (19), they also made it to the third round of the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. As of Sept. 9, Baylor is ranked No. 7 in the country and has a 5-0-1 record. The Campos sisters believe that their support of one another helps them to be successful.
“We support each other more than a normal teammate would,” said Larissa. “I mean, she’s my sister and we want each other to ultimately succeed and have the best things happen for both of us.”
The girls’ healthy competition and support for one another dates back to their high school days, when Bri joined her sister on the field.
“Bri never lets me live it down because I played center-mid in high school. Then, she came and the coaches kicked me back to center-back and she played center-mid,” said Larissa. “So she always tells me ‘oh, I took your spot,’ when in reality they just needed a tall person in the back.”
Though they may seem to live and breathe soccer, their relationship goes much deeper. Whether it is sickness or schoolwork, the girls know they will have one another to rely on.
“She always is there for me,” said Bri when reflecting on her older sister. “When I’m sick and I’m like, ‘Larissa go get me something,’ she runs off and gets me whatever I need. Or when I’m writing papers I’m like, ‘I have a paper and it’s due tomorrow and it is five pages will you help me?,’ and she’ll sit down and help me.”
Although Larissa graduates this year, Bri isn’t worried about moving on without her older sister by her side, because she knows her sister will always be there rooting for her.
“Yes, I’m a little nervous,” said Bri. “But I’m sure she’ll still be around. And I know she will always be there to support me.”
The support Bri and Larissa have for one another will not only help them finish out their last season together, but will stay with them the rest of their lives even when they are no longer teammates.