MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 20th-ranked Baylor women’s soccer team used a goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 draw with 16th-ranked West Virginia Friday night in front of 1,207 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Junior midfielder Kara Blosser
gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute off a blast into the right corner from 16 yards out. Freshman forward Kelsie Maloney
beat a defender to the left touch line and sent a high looper into the middle. BU goalkeeper Michelle Kloss punched the ball off the line, failing to clear the ball that bounced in the direction of Blosser.
West Virginia’s defense held tight until the final moments of the match when a foul was committed as Bri Campos was tripped up at the top of the box. As the referee stopped the clock, the Bears turned to BU leading scorer Dana Larsen to take the direct kick. Larsen drove a ball around the Mountaineer wall of players and into the right side of the goal for the equalizer.
“It’s tough to give a game away with less than 15 seconds on the clock,” said senior midfielder Bri Rodriguez
. “It’s a bit heartbreaking to not come away with a win, but we did get a point tonight.”
West Virginia moves to 9-3-4 (5-0-1 Big 12), while Baylor goes to 11-1-3 (2-0-2 Big 12). WVU remains in first place in the league standings with 16 points.
Baylor would take the only four shots of the two overtime sessions, but came up empty.
WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane
was outstanding in net, tying a career high with eight saves.
Larsen led all players with seven shots as Baylor finished with 21 attempts. Sophomore forward Kate Schwindel
took two of WVU’s seven shots.
Baylor had two quality scoring opportunities in the first half, the first on a shot sent high of the goal from Campos. Campos was left wide open in the heart of box on a cross into the middle.
Keane came up with a big save in the 34th minute on a shot from forward Natalie Huggins. Huggins received a successful thru ball on the right side as Keane came off her line to make a beautiful kick save to keep BU off the scoreboard.
Baylor opened the second half with five shots and three corner kicks in the first 15 minutes, the shots mostly harmless attempts from long range.
WVU nearly added a second goal from freshman defender Leah Emaus
in the 66th minute. Schwindel created a corner kick try and took the ensuing kick, lofting a ball toward the back post where Emaus’ header skimmed just high of the goal.
In the 71st minute, Maloney took a ball 60 yards up field, beating several Bears before earning a shot inside the left half of the box. Maloney forced Kloss to her right to make her second save of the night.
The Mountaineers have not lost since a 2-1 double overtime decision to Penn State on Aug. 31. An obstruction call at the top of the box with 82 second remaining, gave the Nittany Lions a free kick that was buried by All-American Christine Narin.
“It’s disappointing to not come away with three points,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “There are a lot of things in retrospect we could have done better. Unfortunately, we didn’t, and we didn’t get the result.
Now, we have to move forward to Oklahoma.”
With two regular-season matches remaining, the Mountaineers return to action with their final home contest on Thursday, Oct. 18, against Oklahoma in a nationally televised by FOX Soccer. The match is a “Dollar Night” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for one dollar each.