MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - For more than 560 minutes of play, No. 16 WVU women’s soccer hadn’t surrendered a goal.
It looked well on its way to another shutout victory Friday night against No. 24 Baylor, until an unfriendly bounce and a thunderous strike quickly brought the game – and a winning streak – to an end.
Baylor’s Camryn Wendlandt scored a golden goal winner 4:31 seconds into extra time following a free kick, handing West Virginia a 1-0 loss and snapping its six-match winning streak.
The goal came very much against the run of play, said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, who watched her team out-possess its opponent record nine shots on target to Baylor’s two.
“We dominated every category but finishing,” said Izzo-Brown. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t finish tonight. I thought we played well enough to win this game, but you’ve got to give credit to Baylor. They found the back of the net. Two shots on goal, and they get one.”
The loss is the first for West Virginia (7-3-3, 3-1) in over a month. The Mountaineers responded to a Sept. 2 loss to Georgetown by rattling off six consecutive wins. They also hadn’t conceded since the 68th minute of the first match in that run, a 2-1 victory over Clemson.
Last year, the Mountaineers prevailed in extra time against the Bears, but because of their inability to finish, they couldn’t find a winner this time.
“I thought their goalkeeper had a great game,” said Izzo-Brown. “They made it to the Elite 8 last year. They’re just a tough, tough team to play. I think physically, they just man-mark you and disrupt you and do some things that no other team in the country does, and you’ve got to give them credit.”
WVU entered this match as the only Big 12 team who had yet to lose a conference match. Now, the upcoming tilt with No. 13 Texas is even more important in the team’s quest for a Big 12 title.
“This team has great leadership in our seniors, and I think that the seniors are really gonna know how to respond and make sure that we respond in a way that we’ve learned and moved on and get even more excited for Texas,” said Izzo-Brown.
That match with the Longhorns is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior day festivities will follow the match.