Baylor Soccer Earns 1-0 Win at Illinois Chicago

Posted at 12:03 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 13:03:43-04

Baylor soccer came away with a 1-0 win at Illinois Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Flames Field.  The Bears (5-1-0) used a late goal from Lauren Piercy to top the Flames (1-3-2).

Much like Friday’s match at Northern Illinois, Baylor dominated the game but didn’t get a goal until the waning minutes and the goal included help from Piercy.  In the 84th minute, and instead of getting an assist for Friday’s game-winner, Piercy dribbled into the box and her shot from 10 yards out hit the back of the net.  The goal was enough to stand as the Bears closed out the last six minutes with solid defense and ball control.


*Baylor is 5-1-0 or better to start a season for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

*Baylor has won four straight matches for first time since winning seven straight last season from Sept. 6-Oct. 2, 2015.

*Baylor’s three-match shutout streak is its first since Sept. 20 through Oct. 2, 2015.

*Baylor and Illinois Chicago met for the first time as the win gave BU a 1-0-0 lead in the all-time series.

*Baylor is 2-0-0 on its current four-match road trip.

*Baylor is undefeated in 17 of its last 20 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.

*Baylor is 34-2-3 when scoring first since 2013.

*Baylor has 45 shutouts over the last four seasons (four in 2016).

*Baylor led UIC in shots (20-6), shots on goal (6-3) and corner kicks (7-1).

*Sophomore forward Lauren Piercy scored her fifth goal of the season (one shy of her career high) and 11th of her career for her 11th point of the season and 24th of her career.  She now has 11 goals in 23 career games.

*Piercy’s game-winner was her fourth this season (tying a career high) and eighth of her career, moving her into sixth place all-time on BU’s career game-winners list.  Her season total is tied for seventh on BU’s all-time list.

*Junior goalkeeper Sara Martinson picked up her fifth win of the season and 14th of her career while adding her third shutout of the season and eighth of her career to move into a tie for fifth place all-time in career shutouts at Baylor.

*Martinson started her 21st career game as goalkeeper to tie Amanda Banar (1996-97) for seventh all-time at BU.

*Martinson scoreless streak of 309:18 is approaching her career high of 384:57 from Sept. 20 through Oct. 9, 2015.


3 – The amount of saves Sara Martinson made in the game, all in the first half.


“I thought we could’ve done a little better in the first half of applying pressure and finishing our chances.  In the second half we did a better job of taking care of the ball and stayed patient until we were able to score.  Like Friday, I’m proud of our ability to not get frustrated and keep playing hard until we got the goal.  It was a great weekend to come home 2-0 and prepare for another big road weekend coming up.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson


Baylor continues its four-match road trip next weekend with a 7 p.m. CT match at Samford on Friday.