Baylor soccer earned a 2-1 win over TCU on Friday evening at Betty Lou Mays Field. The Bears (11-4-1, 4-1-1) scored twice in the second half to take down the Horned Frogs (8-3-2, 0-3-1).
After a hard-fought, evenly matched first half, the Bears took control in the second. In the 61st minute, Raegan Padgett made a run down the right sideline and fired a 17-foot shot from the right edge of the box that went through the goalkeeper’s hands for a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 71st minute, a volley by Caitlin Schwartz turned into a back-footed redirected goal by Precious Akanyirige in the box. TCU managed to get a goal in the 90th minute but did not have enough time to put together another attack.
*Baylor reached the 11-win plateau for the fifth time in the last seven years and ninth time in 21 seasons as a program – first time since going 11-6-3 in 2013.
*Baylor reached the four-win plateau in Big 12 play for the second straight season, fifth time in the last seven seasons and 11th time in 21 seasons as a program.
*Baylor has won three matches in a row for the second time this season (four, Aug. 26-Sept. 4).
*Baylor has won three straight Big 12 matches for the first time since Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2013.
*Baylor is 127-48-23 all-time at home, 57-16-12 under the Jobsons and 5-0-1 in 2016. In their last 11 matches at home the Bears are undefeated with an 9-0-2 mark (last loss was 2-1 vs. Michigan State on Aug. 25, 2015).
*Baylor is undefeated in 24 of its last 30 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.
*Baylor is 39-2-3 when scoring first since 2013.
*Baylor leads the all-time series over TCU, 10-0-3, but the teams had tied in the last three series meetings before tonight.
*Baylor led TCU in shots (15-6) and shots on goal (5-3) while TCU led in corner kicks (7-4).
*Freshman forward Raegan Padgett scored her third goal of the season for her ninth point.
*Junior midfielder Precious Akanyirige scored her second goal of the season and seventh of her career for her fourth point of the season and 15th of her career. The goal marked her first game-winner of the season and fourth of her career.
*Junior transfer defender Caitlin Schwartz picked up her first assist of the season for her third point.
*Junior Sara Martinson earned her 10th win of the season and 19th of her career to move into ninth on Baylor’s all-time single-season wins list.
STAT OF THE GAME
8 – The differential in shots in Baylor’s advantage in the second half (11-3).
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Our goal all year is to get better every day and I think we have been doing that constantly and consistently. That’s just a credit to the veterans on this team. We definitely got better tonight and the great thing about this sport is that we have to turn around tomorrow for a recovery day and continue to get better.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor hosts Iowa State next Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Betty Lou Mays Field.