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West Virginia Begins Big 12 Championship Play

ROUND ROCK, Texas (Oct. 30, 2021) – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team (9-5-4, 3-3-3 Big 12) begins its hunt for its fifth Big 12 Championship title as it enters conference tournament play as the No 6. Seed and takes on No.-3 seed Baylor on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. ET, at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas.

Sunday’s match will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Lincoln Rose and Jessica Stamp on the call. The game also can be heard on 91.7 FM (WWVU) in Morgantown, while live stats are available atStatBroadcast.com.

“Tomorrow is big, there is no doubt about that,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “It’s only been a week since we last played Baylor, so we know what they’re going to bring to the game and what we will have to deal with. There’s a lot on the line, but we are looking forward to getting the championship underway.”

The Mountaineers hold a 31-3-2 mark all-time in Big 12 Championship play, with their most recent tournament title coming in 2018 with a 3-0 win over Baylor on Nov. 3. In the team’s last Big 12 Championship matchup in 2019, WVU lost to Kansas, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. The conference tournament was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday’s match marks the second meeting between WVU and Baylor this season, as well as the 12th all-time. The two teams played to a 0-0, double overtime draw in the last meeting on Oct. 24, with junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey tallying a career-high matching seven saves to salvage the tie and clean sheet. With the draw, the Mountaineers’ series advantage over the Bears moved to 7-2-2.

West Virginia and BU have previously met twice in the Big 12 Tournament, with the most recent meeting coming in the 2018 championship game where WVU walked away with its fourth Big 12 Championship title.

Last time out, the Mountaineers fell, 2-1, in overtime to Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale on Oct. 28, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. Senior midfielder Isabella Sibley put the Mountaineers on the board in the 11th minute, but WVU allowed OSU to answer with scores in the 53rd and 92nd minutes for the come-from-behind win. The Cowgirls knotted the game at 1-1 before battling WVU into OT, where they were able to score the golden goal and take home the win.

In the final stats, WVU edged Oklahoma State in nearly every category, including 11-10 in shots, 5-4 in shots on goal and 2-1 in corner kicks. Massey made a pair of saves in the match, and junior midfielder Maya McCutcheon led the West Virginia offense with three shots.

Paul Jobson is in his ninth season as the head coach at Baylor, while he has been a part of the program for 14 seasons. As the head coach, Jobson has put together an 84-47-17 overall record and has led the team to a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances. He also became the program’s all-time wins leader in 2019.

The Bears are 8-4-6 this season, as well as 4-2-3 in conference play, following a 2-0 win over Iowa State on Oct. 21. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Anthony leads the Baylor offense in goals (8) and points (19) and shots (50), while junior forward Elizabeth Kooiman paces the team with five assists on the season. Graduate student Jennifer Wandt is the starting keeper for the Bears, tallying 65 saves on the year in 18 starts.

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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