Baylor soccer (6-1-1) welcomes No. 5 West Virginia (7-2-0) and Iowa State (2-6-1) to Waco, opening Big 12 play with the Mountaineers on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. before facing Iowa State on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
Baylor broke out with a 4-1 win over SMU last Sunday in Dallas, posting its highest goal count in a road match since 2015.
Friday’s match is the program’s annual scarf night, with the first 250 fans receiving a free Baylor soccer scarf. Additionally, the match is serving as #SicCancer night, raising awareness for childhood cancer. Local children from the McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple will be recognized and walk out with the team during starting lineups.
For the first time in program history, all home matches will feature a live streaming video and radio broadcast, available to subscribers on BaylorBears.com/allaccess.
Baylor has also partnered with La Mejor Waco (106.1 FM) to offer a Spanish radio simulcast of all eight Baylor soccer home matches.
BAYLOR QUICK NOTES
* Friday’s match is the program’s annual scarf night, with the first 250 fans receiving a free Baylor soccer scarf. Additionally, the match is serving as #SicCancer night, raising awareness for childhood cancer. Local children from the McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple will be recognized and walk out with the team during starting lineups.
* Baylor took the 40th spot in the first RPI rankings of the 2017 season, the first top-100 ranking and the highest opening ranking for the Bears since opening up the 2013 ranks at No. 34.
* Baylor is still looking for it’s first win over the Mountaineers, gaining its best results over WVU in the programs’ first meeting back in 2012, a 1-1 draw in Morgantown. BU trails in the all-time series, 0-4-1.
* Baylor looks to avenge a 2016 loss to the Cyclones, with Baylor still maintaining a 14-7-2 record in the all-time series.
* Baylor is 6-12-3 in Big 12 openers, including 1-0-1 under Jobson.
* Baylor ranks ninth in the country and first in the Big 12 in goals-against-average, with a 0.360 mark.
* True freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt ranks 14th in the country and tops the Big 12 in goals-against (.400).
* Baylor has had 10 or more wins in ten of its 21 seasons as a program and has done so in five of the last seven years under Marci and now Paul Jobson, who enters his third season as head coach, 10th at Baylor overall.
* BU has had at least eight wins in eight straight seasons and has won at least one match at the Big 12 Championship nine times in 14 appearances, including five in a row.
* Junior midfielder Julie James was Baylor’s lone representative on the 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Team after being named 2016 All-Big 12 and NSCAA All-Region.
* Baylor was chosen fifth in the 2017 Big 12 preseason poll after finishing tied for third in 2016.
* From July 23-26, a group of current and former Baylor soccer student-athletes served on a mission trip to Guatemala alongside Baylor FCA. The mission team served the children of Guatemala City and shared the love of Christ through the game of soccer.
* Baylor had 10 or more (13) Academic All-Big 12 selections in 2016 for the 10th straight season (10 first team, two second team).