Aug 30, 2013
(3-0-0) Rank: 7
Seattle, Wash. • Attendance: 678
(1-2-0) Rank: NR
SEATTLE - No. 7 Baylor prevailed over Washington with a 1-0 decision in its first road test of the 2013 campaign on Friday evening at Husky Soccer Stadium. The win moved the Bears to a 3-0-0 start for the second straight season and extended their program-record unbeaten streak to 24 matches.
Baylor's lone and game-winning goal came on a great play by Natalie Huggins in the 26th minute. She won the ball on a turnover in UW territory and promptly blasted the ball from the box from 25 yards out to the left corner of the goal.
From there, the Bears' trademark tough stingy defense locked in as Washington did not get a shot off until the 71st minute. Prior to that point, BU held a 10-0 edge in shots and 7-0 advantage in shots on goal. The Huskies' first and only shot on goal came in the 85th minute but was blocked by goalkeeper Michelle Kloss. UW took another shot off the rebound but it never made it to the Kloss as it was blocked.
Baylor's 3-0-0 start has been accomplished six other times in program history, twice under Co-Head Coaches Marci and Paul Jobson (2010, 2012). BU also did the same in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2003. The program record for most consecutive wins to start a season is five, which was done in 1996, 1998 and 2002.
Baylor has started a season with three straight shutouts one other time (2010).
Baylor is unbeaten in its last 10 road matches.
Baylor has a current program-record unbeaten streak of 24 matches and has not finished with a tally in the loss column for 369 days.
Baylor has not given up a goal for 308:21 minutes - last goal came in the 82nd minute of BU's Sweet 16 tie at North Carolina last season.
Michelle Kloss earned her 22nd win as goalkeeper, moving her two wins shy of third on BU's all-time list.
Baylor evened the series with Washington to 1-1 as UW had won the only prior meeting 4-0 on Sept. 10, 2006.
Baylor held edges over UW in shots (11-6), shots on goal (7-1) and corner kicks (6-4).
Natalie Huggins notched her fourth career game-winning goal - her prior three were all in 2011.
STAT OF THE GAME
71 - The amount of minutes it took for Baylor's defense to surrender its first shot of the game to Washington.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Our team defense - we play as a team with a lot of grit and determination. A lot of different people played minutes and did well. At the end of the game there it was just a battle in general. It was kind of like an arm wrestling match - whoever lets go first would lose - and neither team wanted to let go." - Baylor Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson
Baylor continues its season-long, four-match road trip at SMU (2-1-0) on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT.