Baylor soccer grabbed a 3-0 win over Incarnate Word on Sunday evening at Betty Lou Mays Soccer field to complete a 2-0-0 home opening weekend. The Bears (3-1-0) scored within the first two minutes of each half and added a late goal to cruise past the Cardinals (0-3-0).
The first goal for BU came in the second minute on a well-placed cross by Raegan Padgett from the left wing to the middle of the box for a header by Lauren Piercy. The Bears nearly replicated the feat to start the second half. Just two minutes in and in the 47th minute, Precious Akanyirige headed in a ball off a deflection in the box for a 2-0 lead.
Baylor closed the game out on a big note as well. In the 88th minute, Jackie Crowther launched a long cross from the left wing that was headed in the box to the back of the net by Ashley Thornhill.
*Baylor is 3-1-0 or better to start a season for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
*Baylor is 124-48-22 all-time at home and 54-16-11 under the Jobsons at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Incarnate Word, 3-0, and won last season’s meeting in San Antonio 7-1 on Sept. 6, 2015.
*Baylor is undefeated in 15 of its last 18 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.
*Baylor is 32-2-3 when scoring first since 2013.
*Baylor has 43 shutouts over the last four seasons (two in 2016).
*Baylor led UIW in shots (24-2), shots on goal (11-1) and corner kicks (6-0).
*Sophomore forward Lauren Piercy scored her fourth goal of the season and 10th of her career for her eighth point of the season and 21st career point. She now has three goals scored in her last two games and 10 in 21 career games. She’s the 17th player in program history to reach the 10 goal plateau.
*Piercy tallied her third game-winning goal (second in a row) and seventh career game-winning goal to move into a tie for sixth on Baylor’s all-time list.
*Freshman forward Raegan Padgett notched her first career assist for her third point.
*Junior defender Precious Akanyirige scored her first goal of the season and sixth of her career for her first two points of the season and 13th career point.
*Freshman forward Ashley Thornhill scored her first career goal for her first two points.
*Sophomore forward Jackie Crowther registered her first assist of the season and second of her career for her first point of the season and eighth of her career.
*Junior goalkeeper Sara Martinson picked up her third win of the season and 12th of her career
STAT OF THE GAME
2 – The amount of minutes it took Baylor to score a goal to begin each half.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We’re three and one now and headed into two big road weekends. I think we’ve set ourselves up pretty well. We scored eight goals this weekend, which was great. We only gave up one, so I’m really happy with that. We had a great night Friday night and tonight was good enough to get the victory, so I’m happy for our weekend. Our attitude doesn’t change based on our record, we just have to keep moving forward to the next weekend.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor hits the road to Illinois for a pair of matches next weekend at Northern Illinois (Sept. 2) and Illinois Chicago (Sept. 4).