Nov. 2, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Missouri soccer team advanced to semifinals of the Big 12 Championship after upsetting Baylor Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas. Missouri prevailed 4-3 on penalty kicks after the contest ended tied 2-2 after 110 minutes of play. Mizzou improved to 12-7-1 overall, while the Bears fell to 14-3-3.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein saved the fifth Baylor PK then stepped up herself and converted the winning penalty to send the Tigers to the semifinals.
The Tigers struck first in the middle of the first half as an freshman Abi Raymer's cross was deflected in by a Baylor defender for an own goal in the 19th minute.
Baylor evened the score with just 27 seconds remaining in the opening half when Taylor Heatherly found Lisa Sliwinski, who put the ball past Sauerwein. A goal from Baylor's Hanna Gilmore in the 57th minute put the Bears ahead 2-1, their first lead of the contes.
However, Missouri knotted the game at 2-2 after sophomore Alyssa Diggs was taken down in the box and the Tigers were awarded a penalty kicl. Sophomore Dominique Richardson calmly stepping up and put her shot past the Baylor keeper for her team leading sixth goal of the season.
The match was the 32nd Big Championship game to go to overtime and the 11th to go to penalty kicks.
Mizzou will play the winner of the Texas A&M and Kansas game at 8 p.m. on Friday evening at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
To watch the match live go to www.big12sports.com, or to keep track of the Tigers in San Antonio follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mizzousoccer) or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mizzousoccer).
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