Soccer Falls to Baylor in Regular Season Finale
WACO, Texas – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped its final game of the regular season Thursday night, falling 1-0 to No. 10 Baylor. OU finished the regular season with a 3-5-1 record in conference play and a 7-9-2 overall record.
“We had to be a little braver in front of the goal when the moments come, but it’s an awfully difficult place to come play,” head coach Matt Potter said. “Baylor showed the reason why they’re Big 12 Champions in the regular season and deservedly so. When the critical moment came to punish us, they punished us. When we got into good areas, we tried to be a little too clever.”
With the loss, the Sooners will be the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 tournament, facing No. 2 West Virginia in the first round. The two teams met on Sunday, Oct. 21 with the Mountaineers earning the 4-1 victory.
“When you have the familiarity of playing teams, it’s very difficult to play them a second time, especially with such a quick turnaround,” Potter said. “We’ll prepare ourselves accordingly and we’ll be ready to go.”
Baylor took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute on a goal by Camryn Wendlandt. After the Bears cleared a Sooner free kick, Baylor would immediately go on the offensive attack, driving down the field to find the back of the net.
OU had its chances to score in the first half, stringing together three consecutive corner kicks in the 34th minute. Another corner opportunity in the 40th minute found redshirt junior Kaylee Dao, but her header went just wide left of the goal.
In the second half, the Sooners earned another set of back-to-back corner kick, but once again couldn’t find the back of the net. In the 76th minute, junior Ivanna Rivas had the best look of the day for OU, firing a point-blank shot right into the hands of the Baylor keeper.
“What we’ve seen through the journey of the Big 12 is we very much belong on this stage,” Potter said. “The bottom line is the difference between the teams that get it done and the teams that don’t is when those opportunities in the final third present themselves. The teams that are winning are taking care of those opportunities. The reality is, we have much to look forward to in the Big 12 Tournament, but we’re going to have to address that issue if we’re to progress in the manner we hope to.”
The Big 12 Tournament begins Sunday, Oct. 28 in Kansas City, Mo. OU and WVU will be the third game of the day, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. CT at Swope Soccer Village.