WACO, Texas – Baylor soccer’s 2014 season started off on the right foot with a balanced 1-0 overtime win over Rice on Friday evening at Betty Lou Mays Field. The golden goal came off the left foot of junior forward Bri Campos in the 96th minute.
The Bears (1-0) dominated possession in the first half but yielded no true edge. BU owned advantages in shots (9-2) and corner kicks (6-5) over the Owls (0-1), but ended the half tied, 0-0. The Bears nearly had goals in the 14th minute on a shot from 20 yards out, straight on, from Lindsay Burns and in the 26th minute on a shot from the left corner of the box from Ashley York that hit the crossbar. BU goalie Michelle Kloss collected two saves in the half, including deflecting a shot high over the goal in the 23rd minute on Rice’s best chance of the period.
The second half was much closer as BU held a 5-3 edge in shots while Rice had a 4-1 edge in corners. The save of the day came in the 71st minute as a Baylor hand ball in the box gave Rice a free kick from about 10 yards out. Kloss read the play correctly, diving to her left to deflect the ball away.
Just as the second half was coming to a close, Jordan Hatler created a turnover in Rice’s zone, broke free and had a one-on-one chance but her shot with 30 seconds left went right at the goalie.
In overtime, Natalie Huggins hustled to keep the ball in Rice’s zone and it found its way to Campos off a deflection. Campos took a few seconds to corral the ball from a defender, and then fired a left foot kick from the right corner of the box for the winner from about 20 yards out.
“Bri [Campos] made an unbelievable play. She was hurting a little bit tonight. She’s just coming back from an injury. I thought she had a heck of a game and put that one in. It was an awesome shot at the end. That’s what Bri does well. She’s big time for us,” Baylor women’s soccer Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson said.
Baylor continues its opening weekend of the season at home with a 1 p.m. CT match on Sunday vs. Houston Baptist. Admission is free and the game will feature a live radio stream via Baylor All-Access on BaylorBears.com.