Aug. 16, 2014
- Baylor soccer dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 8 Florida on Saturday evening at James G. Pressly Stadium in the Bears' final exhibition match before starting the 2014 regular season next weekend.
BU fell behind early as the Gators scored goals in the 15th and 24th minutes by Pamela Begia and Annie Speese, respectively. However, the Bears settled in the rest of the way.
"First off, for me as a coach, that's the best team I've ever coached against," said BU Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson. "Florida is extremely sophisticated as a team and returned a lot of players. I'm proud of our girls. We gave up a few goals early, but then buckled down from there out. We only had three starters from last year out there and a lot of new kids. We had some kids out there learning how to play at the college level and some coming back from injuries. I really liked some of the things we saw. That's why we played a team like that. We wanted to see what we need to work on so it better prepares us for the season."
Freshman Tatyanna Lewis had BU's lone shot on goal but it was snagged by UF's Valerie Tysinger in the first half. Senior BU goalie Michelle Kloss started the match and made four saves in 45 minutes of action. Meanwhile, sophomore goalie Sara Martinson posted 45 minutes of shutout play for the second straight exhibition match in the second half for Baylor.
Coming off their first Big 12 Championship title in 2012, the Bears finished 11-6-3 in the 2013 season and just missed making the NCAA Tournament after qualifying for the previous two. A third straight NCAA postseason appearance would have been a program first. With 10 or more wins in each of the last four seasons for the first time since 2000, BU returns 16 players from the 2013 roster and welcomes seven newcomers for 2014. Among the returnees are 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 and 2013 first-team All-Big 12 junior forward Bri Campos and Kloss, who ranked second in the NCAA in 2013 goals against average (0.65) and third in save percentage (.817).
The Bears open the 2014 regular season on Friday, Aug. 22, vs. Rice at 7 p.m. CT in Waco at Betty Lou Mays Field. All BU home matches are free to attend. Stay tuned to the program by following @BaylorFutbol on Twitter.