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Baylor Soccer Beats TCU on Penalty Kicks!

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PENALTY KICKS ARE STRESSFUL BUT WE WON AND TCU LOST WHEEEEEE

@youngsoccerfan

Hello and welcome a post-season edition of Tennant's "I Really Intended to Write More of These But Grad School Makes Me Really Busy" Soccer Recap Thread! In case you don't follow me on Twitter, or muted me because my "live"-Tweeting was behind the game (I did the best I could with the Big 12 stream, haters), BAYLOR WON!

Unfortunately, my professor decided that he would schedule a make-up class this evening, so I did not get to see the game save the overtime periods and the penalty shootout. From the commentary, I gathered that TCU got out to a lead in regulation and senior Bri Campos netted the equalizer in the 81st minute. In the overtime periods (two ten-minute periods in which a lone goal will win it, aka "golden goal overtime"), neither team really had many chances, what with the solid defenses that both teams possess. Since this is the first game of the Big 12 Tournament and one team must advance, after the second overtime ended, the game went to penalty kicks.

Penalty kicks are usually only ten kicks long, five for each team. Whoever gets the most goals in the five kicks wins. Sometimes, neither team gets more goals than the other and the shootout keeps on keeping on. Unfortunately for the biased viewer, this is what happened. In the original five kicks, Baylor both saved a kick and missed a kick, giving each team four goals. To the sixth round we went...and the seventh...and the eighth. In the eighth round, TCU's player missed, giving Baylor the opportunity to win it with a goal. Lauren Piercy, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, stepped up to take the kick. And with the panache of an experienced kick taker, she put the ball past the keeper and sent Baylor on to the next round.

A thrilling shootout between two rival teams that tied each other in the regular season. It doesn't get better than this.

Baylor will play the winner of the Kansas-Texas game (played later tonight) on Friday. During the regular season, Baylor lost to Kansas in the final minutes of the second overtime, their only Big 12 loss of the season, and beat Texas.

If Baylor have any hope of making the NCAA Tournament, they need to win on Friday. Sic 'em, ladies!

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