Baylor soccer earned a 1-0 win at Northern Illinois on Friday evening at NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Bears (4-1-0) used a late goal from Julie James to take down the Huskies (1-2-1).
After a scoreless first 87 minutes of the game, Lauren Piercy launched a pass into the box that was headed in by James in the 88th minute. The Bears hung on from there as they did not surrender a shot in the entire game.
*Baylor is 4-1-0 or better to start a season for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
*Baylor has won three straight matches for first time since winning seven straight last season from Sept. 6-Oct. 2, 2015.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Northern Illinois, 2-0, as the teams met for the first time last season in Waco and the Bears won 2-0.
*Baylor is undefeated in 16 of its last 19 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.
*Baylor is 33-2-3 when scoring first since 2013.
*Baylor has 44 shutouts over the last four seasons (three in 2016).
*Baylor led NIU in shots (7-0), shots on goal (5-0) and corner kicks (5-0).
*Baylor head coach Paul Jobson and assistant coach Marci Jobson started their college coaching careers at NIU from 2005-07 as Marci was head coach and Paul an assistant – the husband-wife coaching duo posted a 23-27-9 record at NIU and own a 91-50-28 mark at Baylor.
*Sophomore midfielder Julie James scored her first goal of the season and fifth of her career for her third point this season and 12th of her career. The goal marked her first game-winner of the season and third of her career.
*Sophomore forward Lauren Piercy notched her first assist of the season and second of her career for her ninth point of the season and 22nd career point.
*Junior goalkeeper Sara Martinson picked up her fourth win of the season and 13th of her career while adding her second shutout of the season and seventh of her career to move into sixth place all-time in career shutouts at Baylor.
STAT OF THE GAME
0 – The amount of shots and corner kicks that Baylor gave up in the game.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I am proud of the way our team played. I give credit to NIU – they had a great game plan. I felt like we kept our calm and played through it. We scored a great goal and came away with a great road win.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor finishes the weekend with a 1 p.m. CT match at Illinois Chicago on Sunday.