Sep 6, 2013
(5-0-0) Rank: 7
College Station, Texas Attendance: 352
(3-2-0) Rank: NR
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 7 Baylor (5-0-0) took down Missouri (3-2-0) with a 2-1 decision at Texas A&M's Ellis Field on Friday afternoon. The win extended the Bears' program-record unbeaten streak to 26 matches and tied the program record for best start to a season (1996, 1998, 2002).
Alex Klein gave BU the early lead as she scored in the 26th minute off a corner kick by Bri Campos, the Bears' first set piece goal of the season. Then in the second half, Natalie Huggins scored in the 55th minute from the left corner of the box to the right side of the goal for her second game-winning goal of the season.
Klein's goal originally looked as if it would stand as the game-winner, but Missouri's Kaysie Clark scored off a scrum in the box from eight yards out in the 78th minute for the first goal against Baylor this season and in 477:11 minutes, dating back to last season.
Despite allowing the goal, Michelle Kloss was solid for Baylor as she had a season-high six saves, coming in the 18th, 20th, 31st, 45th, 63rd and 82nd minutes.
Klein scored her first goal of the season and fifth of her career to up her point total at Baylor to 13.
Huggins scored her third goal of the season and eighth of her career to increase her Baylor point total to 21. The game winner was her second of the season and fifth of her career to move her into a tie for eighth all-time at Baylor.
Baylor is near the end of a season-long four-match road trip and is 3-0-0 thus far. BU will have four road matches remaining after the trip -- all in Big 12 play.
Baylor has its highest-ever ranking in the NSCAA poll at No. 9 this week, and also ranks No. 7 in the Top Drawer and BennettRank polls, No. 11 in Soccer Times' poll and No. 18 in Soccer America's poll.
Baylor is off to its best start of the Jobson era at 5-0-0 and is tied for its best start overall (1996, 1998 and 2002).
Baylor is unbeaten in a program-record 26 straight matches and has not had a loss for 376 straight days.
Baylor has not been shutout for 14 straight matches, dating back to last season.
Kloss had 439:17 minutes of shutout play from Nov. 18, 2012 to Sept. 6, 2013, which is good for third all-time at Baylor, breaking her 413:49 mark set last season from Aug. 31-Sept. 14, 2012.
STAT OF THE GAME
6 - The number of saves Kloss had this season entering the game and the numbers of saves she had against Missouri to double her season total to 12.p>
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I'll take efficiency any day. [Michelle] Kloss had some huge saves, huge. We played well defensively. We generated enough shots to win and that's what you hope for." - BU Co-Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor ends a season-long four-match road trip on Sunday in College Station, Texas, against former Big 12 member No. 19 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CT.