Two rival teams with the same record entered play tonight against the gorgeous backdrop that is the Brazos riverfront in fall. Despite the fact that your's truly did not get one of those sweet scarfs (D:), the fans showed up in force - perhaps the largest crowd I've ever seen. The crowd was definitely a factor during the game, which I will get to.
Baylor, as they normally do, came out of the gates raring to go and put pressure on TCU early on. In the 13th minute, Natalie Huggins took the ball to the corner, where she was harassed by a defender, but skillfully managed to hold her off until Precious Akanyirige could come over, take the ball, and slide it into the crowded box, where Bri Campos slotted it in for her team-leading 7th goal of the season.
From there, the game was pretty back and forth until the Frogs were given a late free kick which, to their credit, was well taken. Not entirely sure the penalty was warranted, but that's the ref's deal. Anyway, the kick was taken and sailed into the box. Kloss came out to claim the ball and missed, allowing TCU an easy tap in to equalize. The goal was not entirely her fault, but as a former keeper, it pains me to see a keeper commit like that and not make the play.
The second half and the first and second overtime halves saw several opportunities to score the winner, but through either fantastic keeper play or pure dumb luck, neither team could find the back of the net. Still, it was a very exciting game and it was great to see all the fans turn out tonight!
Baylor takes Sunday off before they head off on a three-game Big 12 road trip against the likes of the Okies and the Techsters. Baylor will need to continue their aggressive play to come out with three wins.
So, only a point tonight, but Baylor Soccer is playing really well and will not be over-matched in any game remaining. Sic 'em.