WACO, Texas -
The Baylor women's soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season to claim a 3-0 shutout victory over Nebraska on Friday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
"I am happy with my team's effort and determination tonight after last week's loss," head coach Marci Jobson said. "We were able to focus on wearing down our opponent and were able to convert our scoring opportunities."
Baylor (4-1), which was coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 15 Long Beach State, was the aggressor from the outset totaling 28 shots in the contest. Nine of those 28 shots for the Bears were on goal with three different players notching scores in the contest. The BU defense was once again solid tallying its third shutout of the season, while holding Nebraska (1-4) to only two shots.
Baylor got the only goal it would need in the 18th minute as senior Dana Larsen found the back of the net for a third straight match. The forward slipped past two Nebraska defenders while receiving a ball that had been headed on by Kat Ludlow. Larsen gathered in the pass and then fired a shot from 14 yards out that ended up in the far corner of the net. For Larsen, it is the third score of the season and the 21st of her career, while Ludlow now has an assist to go along with two goals this year.
"Dana is just so composed and works so hard," Jobson said. "She is conscientious of all of the things she has to do and I just love when that kid scores, because she deserves it."
Leading 1-0 in the 33rd minute, the game would turn even more in BU's favor as Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens was issued a red card and ejected from the game. The play that led to the ejection came as Baylor's Alex Klein was approaching the 18-yard box in possession of the ball. Stevens raced out to meet the BU forward in a one-on-one situation and ended up tripping Klein to prevent a sure shot on goal. The red card left the Cornhuskers one player down the rest of the match, while Stevens was replaced by Amy Swearer.
The new Cornhusker goalkeeper was tested quickly saving a powerful shot on goal by Justine Hovden only four minutes after being sent out on the field. However, Baylor would extend its lead in the 42nd minute as Lisa Sliwinski pickpocketed a NU defender 30 yards from goal. The BU senior then faced a one-on-one with Sweary that Sliwinski won by slipping a shot past the diving goalkeeper.
"I am glad for Lisa, because when Lisa gets hot, she gets really hot," Jobson said. "I thought she played really, really well today and I was really proud of her."
In the second half, the one-man deficit for Nebraska began to show with Baylor controlling large blocks of possession time. The Bears held the Cornhuskers without a shot in the second half, while putting up 16 shots of their own.
Michelle Kloss earned her fourth win of the year by going the full 90 minutes in goal for the Bears.
Baylor tallied its final goal of the match in the 64th minute on Karlee Summey's first score of the year. Freshman Bri Campos sent a cross into Summey that the Baylor junior turned and hit off the far post and into the goal from just outside the six-yard box.
Baylor still trails Nebraska in the overall series 12-7-2, but in the last 10 meetings BU is 6-2-2 with Jobson owning a 3-0-2 mark against the Cornhuskers. Baylor is now 22-3-3 at home over the last two-plus seasons with Jobson boasting a 31-10-6 mark in Waco during her tenure.
The Bears return to action on Sunday as they host McNeese State at 1 p.m. at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. Tickets for the match are $5 and free for student with a valid student ID.