The Bears finished second in the conference during the regular season, then swept through the Big 12 Championship last weekend in San Antonio to win the program’s second-ever league title.
How good is this team? The Bears are ranked 11th in the latest NSCAA poll and ninth in RPI. At 17-1-4 on the year, Baylor is one of just four teams in the country (out of 321 Division I schools) with only one loss, joining No. 1 Stanford (17-1-1), No. 2 BYU (18-1-1) and No. 4 San Diego State (19-1-1).
But for all their success, the Bears were sent on the road to open the NCAA tournament. Baylor will play Arizona State, the Pac-12′s fourth-place team, in Tempe at 8 p.m. CT Friday. The winner of that game will face the winner of Georgetown/Virginia Tech on Nov. 16 at a site to be determined.
Sic ’em, Baylor soccer!