The No. 12th-ranked Oklahoma State women’s soccer team shut out Baylor 3-0 to claim their seventh Big 12 conference championship in program history Thursday at Neal Patterson Stadium.
OSU junior forward Gabriella Coleman and senior midfielder Julia Lenhardt each scored a goal in the first 10 minutes, and junior midfielder Camy Huddleston tacked on a goal in the second half. Junior goalkeeper Dani Greenlee posted a nine-save shutout for the Cowgirls, who improved to 14-1-3 and 7-1-1 in Big 12 play.
Lenhardt’s shot bounced off the crossbar and Coleman pounced on the rebound to tap it in with her right foot for a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute. Lenhardt doubled the lead with a goal of her own three minutes later when she ran up the midfield in space and chipped a shot from distance over the out-stretched right hand of Jen Wandt into the top left corner.
Moments later senior defender Elise Hawn came up with a big clearance off the goal line to keep the Lady Bears off the scoreboard.
Jaci Jones sent a corner kick to the near post, where Huddleston pushed the ball by three Baylor defenders and Wandt in the 74th minute for a 3-0 lead.
The Cowgirls will be the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament, which starts Sunday with the quarterfinals in Kansas City, Missouri. OSU will face Bedlam rival Oklahoma at 11:30 a.m. All quarterfinal and semifinal matches (Friday, Nov. 8) will be broadcasted on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+, while the final will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 on Fox Sports 1.