Soccer Blanks ULL in Season Opener

Aug. 31, 2007

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WACO, Texas --- After a one-hour lightning delay prolonged the start of the 2007 season, the Baylor soccer team finally took the field and cruised to a 2-0 win over UL-Lafayette in the season opener for both schools in action at Betty Lou Mays Field on Friday night. With the victory, Baylor moves to 1-0 on the season as ULL falls to 0-1 on the year with the loss.

"It's always good to start the season with a win," head coach George Van Linder said. "I thought we showed a lot of energy at the start; however, we definitely have some things to work on as we move forward."

Baylor jumped out to an early lead as Pat Roscovius' goal in the sixth minute gave the Bears the one-goal advantage. On a throw-in by Katie White, Amanda McGrath struck a perfect ball into the penalty box that was headed on net by the senior. The defender at the line was unable to clear the ball as it deflected into the back of the net to give the Bears the early lead.

The goal was the first of the season for Roscovius and the second of her career as White and McGrath were credited with assists on the play.

Beckah Brady would extend the lead to two as she put the Bears on the board in the 32nd minute. After she had entered the game just 60 seconds earlier, Brady corralled a loose ball and drilled a shot from just outside the penalty area that skidded across the ground and into the back of the net for her first career goal, giving the Bears a 2-0 advantage.

The cushion was more than enough for the Bears as Baylor controlled possession throughout, limiting the Ragin' Cajuns to only five shots during the entire contest.

Ashley Noah made one save in net for the Bears to record her eighth career shutout and the 18th win of her career, moving her into second place all-time on the Baylor career wins list.

Kristen Maler took the loss for ULL after allowing two goals while stopping four shots during the match.

For the contest, Baylor held a 12-5 edge in shots with a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The win allowed Baylor to improve to 2-0 all-time against ULL as the Bears have shut-out opponents in the season opener in back-to-back seasons after a 1-0 victory over Northwestern State to open the season last year.

Baylor will continue play on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 2:00 p.m. as the Bears host Texas State at Betty Lou Mays Field.



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