Baylor soccer’s magical run lives on another week.
The No. 23 Bears beat Notre Dame 3-2 on a golden goal by Precious Akanyirige in extra time to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Baylor has been untouchable since losing to TCU on the final night of the regular season. The Bears beat Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU to win the Big 12 championship on Nov. 5 and earn an auto-bid into the NCAA tournament.
Since then, Baylor beat Rice, No. 9 USC and Notre Dame to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Baylor perhaps should have had the match in regulation. The Bears scored right as the first half expired, which would have given them a 2-0 lead going into the break. But the goal was waved off as the referee ruled it came after the whistle.
The Bears scored 1:22 into the second period, but allowed two goals to Notre Dame in the 53rd and 57th minutes. Lauren Piercy and Kennedy Brown had the other two goals for Baylor.
Baylor is the only Big 12 team left in the field after Duke eliminated Texas and Oklahoma State to advance in the field. Five Big 12 teams overall made the tourney.
The Bears play against Duke at 6 p.m. ET on Friday in Durham, N.C. If Baylor beats the Blue Devils, they will advance to the 2017 Women’s Collegiate Cup in Orlando, Fla.