Baylor Women's Soccer Moving on to Elite 8
The Baylor women’s soccer team notched its second-straight appearance in the Elite 8 after defeating 13th-ranked Vanderbilt and 12th-ranked Virginia last week.
The Bears now travel to Washington D.C. to play the No. 2 Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. Baylor (20-5-0) finished the season undefeated at home (13-0).
Baylor met Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and advanced with a 3-1 victory.
The Bears first goal came in the fourth minute of the first half. Giuliana Cunningham, a freshman midfielder from Highland Park, Illinois, headed in the goal off the corner assisted by Ally Henderson. The Commodores responded with a goal in the 14th minute, tying the game. Raegan Padgett, a junior forward from Beaumont, scored the go-ahead goal in the eighth minute of the second half. Padgett scored her first game-winning goal of the season with the assist from Henderson. Padgett also helped assist the final goal of the game, a left-footed kick in close range by senior midfielder Julie James.
The Bears advanced to play the Virginia Cavaliers, back at Betty Lou Mays field and once again secured a victory, winning 2-1 this time.
James scored the first goal of the game with a header assisted Henderson, who is now tied for the team lead of the season with seven assists. Virginia answered shortly after to tie the game.
Baylor clinched the win despite the Cavaliers outshooting the Bears 8-2 in the second half. Kennedy Brown, a senior forward and midfielder from Kingwood, Texas, connected her first career header assisted by Padgett in the eighth minute of the second half to secure Baylor’s victory.