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Soccer Rolls Past Texas State

Amanda McGrath led the way with a goal and an assist for the Bears.

Amanda McGrath led the way with a goal and an assist for the Bears.

Sept. 2, 2007

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WACO, Texas --- Four different players scored to lead a balanced Baylor soccer attack as the Bears cruised to a 4-0 victory over Texas State in action at Betty Lou Mays Field on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Baylor its first 2-0 start since 2003 and marked the first time in school history the Bears have shutout opponents in consecutive contests to open a season.

"It was good to see we created a lot of opportunities," head coach George Van Linder said. "We needed to finish more of our chances; however, I am pleased how we came out and attacked this weekend. It's always nice to start out the season with a couple of wins."

Baylor jumped out on the Bobcats (0-2) early as Amanda McGrath scored in the fourth minute to put the Bears ahead to stay. On a long pass from Betsy Kyle, McGrath blasted a shot from 10 yards out that was saved by the Texas State keeper; however, rebounded straight back to the junior who put the ball into the back of the net to give the Bears the early lead.

The score would remain the same until the 37th minute when Baylor would score on a corner kick to take a two-goal advantage. McGrath was involved in the tally again as her corner kick found a leaping Lindsey Johnson in the middle of the box as she headed the cross into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

The goal was the first of the career for the freshman as Baylor would take a 2-0 advantage into the second half.

Baylor controlled play over the final 45 minutes as the Bears scored a pair of goals 29 seconds apart in the 78th minute to claim a 4-0 victory.

After entering the game just seconds earlier, Jessica Hutton struck a looping, line-drive shot into the upper left hand corner of the net from 25 yards out for her first goal of the season and fifth of her career to make the score 3-0.

Hutton would get involved in the scoring just 29 seconds later as she drilled a cross to Lotto Smith who put a move on a defender in the box and found the back of the net for her first career goal to give the Bears a 4-0 cushion.

The lead was more than enough for the Baylor defense as the Bears allowed only two shots during the contest as Ashley Noah and Gianna Quintana combined to pick up the shutout victory.

For the contest, Baylor out-shot the Bobcats, 25-2, as the Bears held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Baylor will look to move to 3-0 on the season on Tuesday, Sept. 4, as the Bears hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face UTSA at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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