WACO, Texas – Baylor soccer closed its preseason exhibition schedule with a 2-0 win over Abilene Christian on Friday evening at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
Back to the standard 45-minute half format, the Bears held even through the first with the Wildcats, outshooting ACU in the frame, 7-4.
The Bears cracked through in the opening ten minutes of the second frame, starting off an ACU foul that gave Aline De Lima a set piece free kick from around 20 yards out at the top of the box.
The senior drilled the ball into the back of the net, giving the Bears a 1-0 advantage just 2:35 into the second half in the 48th minute.
Just a few moments later in the 53rd minute, Jackie Crowther crossed a ball into the box from the sideline, with a scrum forming in front of the goal with several Baylor attackers, led by Caitlin Schwartz, ACU defenders, and the Wildcat goalie all trying to secure possession.
The ball finally broke away from the pack directly towards Halee Sowinski, with the sophomore forward able to push it across for the 2-0 advantage for BU.
The Bears locked in for the final half hour, keeping the Wildcats at bay to secure the team’s second shutout victory.
*Aline De Lima continued her impressive preseason effort, scoring her second goal in as many matches after scoring in the 2-0 Baylor win over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi.
*Halee Sowinski scored her first goal of the preseason, connecting on the second half goal that iced the 2-0 victory for the Bears.
*Hannah Parrish kept her second clean sheet in the goal, working all 180 scoreless minutes for the Bears during the preseason and notching a match-high four saves against the Wildcats.
STAT OF THE MATCH
33-7 – the shot differential between Baylor and its opponents during the preseason, with the Bears converting to outscore TAMUCC and ACU a combined 4-0 in the two exhibitions.
QUOTES OF THE MATCH
“The main takeaway was that I wish we had started the first half the same way we started that second half. Some of that can be nerves, some of that can be trying to get in that routine of how do we get ready for games. The second half, we just took the game. It was our game. The first half, it went back and forth. Abilene Christian is a good team. We’ve just got to set the tone early.” – Baylor head coach Paul Jobson
“We’re building a team around being competitive. We’re always going to come out fast and then push to the goal. If we can do that, we’re going to get the results.” – Baylor senior Aline De Lima
“We’ve been working on pressure up front a lot in practice and forcing them in one direction. The forwards are the ones that start the defense. We’ve been working on that a lot and hopefully we can convert on some more of those opportunities.” - Baylor sophomore Halee Sowinski
Baylor opens its 2017 regular season with Pack the House Night, facing Louisiana-Lafayette on August 18 at 5 p.m.