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By Parmida Schahhosseini
It was a heartbreaking weekend for Baylor soccer (8-5-3, 1-4-1) as it added two more tallies to the loss column after falling 1-0 against Iowa State in overtime on Friday and 2-0 against Kansas on Sunday.
Baylor played sound soccer this weekend, but came up short on the road in two tough matches.
Baylor outplayed the Cyclones statistically by outshooting Iowa State 21-7. With 23 seconds left in the first overtime, Iowa State senior midfielder Emily Goldstein broke away from a Baylor defender and shot the ball 15 yards out to the left side of the net for the score.
“We knew coming in that Iowa State was a tough team,” Baylor co-head coach Paul Jobson said. “They are battlers and their goalie made some fantastic saves. There was no question with our fight. We couldn’t ask for more out of our players.”
Sophomore forward Bri Campos took five shots, three of which were on goal, but wasn’t able to capitalize.
Senior midfielders Kat Ludlow and Karlee Summey each took four shots, but couldn’t get one past the net.
Iowa State senior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe finished the night with eight saves, including five in the first half, and junior goalkeeper Michelle Kloss finished with three, but the costly goal toward the end of overtime proved fatal.
It was a similar story on Sunday as the Bears outshot Kansas 18-15 and held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks, but couldn’t finish.
Baylor conceded a goal in each period to give Kansas its first win over Baylor since 2008.
In the 11th minute, Jayhawks senior forward Caroline Kastor broke away and beat Kloss in a one-on-one for the goal.
In the 19th minute, Ludlow’s header off a free kick went in the net, but was negated because she was ruled offside.
Kastor scored again from 15 yards out on a turnout from the box in the 77th minute. In the 90th minute Ludlow’s header went inside the net, but it was called back after she was ruled offside again.
“It’s unfortunate we gave up a counter attack goal early,” Jobson said. “We scored two goals right after they scored that were called back on offside calls. Kat Ludlow had two headers go in off free kicks but was called offside both times.”
Despite the two goals, the defense did a good job containing the offense.
“Our defense played well,” Baylor co-head coach Marci Jobson said. “We didn’t give up a ton of opportunities, but both teams executed really well on the opportunities they did get. That happens when you play good teams.”
Kloss finished with five saves. With 13:44 minutes left in the game, freshman goalie Sara Martinson replaced Kloss.
“The goalie switch was a tactical decision that improved our kicking game out of the back late in the game.” Marci Jobson said.
Despite the adversity, the Bears will continue fighting.
“It’s just going in each game working as hard as you can,” Campos said.
Baylor is hoping to snap its six-game winless streak in the final regular season home game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Friday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
After Oklahoma State, the Bears wrap up the regular season Big 12 schedule on the road against TCU.