It was a tough day for Oklahoma Big 12 soccer Wednesday. Both the Sooners and Cowgirls fell in the opening round of the Big 12 Championships. Both traveled to Texas and lost to UT and Baylor, respectively.
The Cowgirls fell to No. 14 Baylor 3-0.
With the loss, seventh-seeded OSU fell to 11-6-3 on the season. The Cowgirls had not lost to Baylor since 2001, having compiled a 9-0-2 record against the Bears in their last 11 meetings.
Making its 10th Big 12 Championship appearance, OSU entered the tournament with a 13-4-3 all-time record and had previously only lost in the opening round twice, the last time coming in 2004.
The tourney's No. 2 seed, Baylor (15-1-4) netted all three of its goals in the first 15:15 of the match to move into the semifinals.
The Cowgirls had an early scoring opportunity when, less than five minutes into the contest, Allie Stephenson blasted a shot from 16-yards out. But BU goalie Michelle Kloss made a diving save keep OSU off the scoreboard.
Baylor took a 1-0 lead at the 37:55 mark when Dana Larsen wove through the defense and delivered a pass to Lisa Sliwinski, who delivered a sliding shot past OSU goalie AD Franch for her eighth goal of the season.
Just five minutes later, the Bears doubled their lead. This time it was Larsen sending a cross into the box that Vic Hoffman headed into the back of the net to put BU on top, 2-0.
The Bears' lead reached 3-0 in the 16th minute, and this time it was Larsen doing it all herself as she took advantage of an OSU defender falling down and delivered a shot from just inside the 18-yard box for the score.
OSU nearly cut into the lead at the 19:55 mark, but a shot by Stephenson caromed off the crossbar and Heidi Greeson's rebound was saved by Kloss.
Baylor finished with a 16-7 advantage on shots and a 4-2 edge on corner kicks, while each goalie recorded three saves.