DENTON, Texas -
Despite posting its fifth shutout of the season, the Baylor women's soccer team was unable to snap the 16-match home unbeaten streak of North Texas, instead settling for a 0-0 draw at Mean Green Soccer Stadium on Friday.
"Tonight was a battle of two hard-nosed soccer teams," head coach Marci Jobson said. "Our defenders all played great, but we need to start the game better. North Texas is a battling team and to defeat a team like that we need to play physical soccer for the entire game."
The two squads fought through 110 minutes of soccer, including 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, without producing a score. In a contest that featured physical play, a combined 40 fouls were called with Baylor being whistled for a season-high 23 infractions.
In the first half, the Bears controlled possession and held the Mean Green without a shot for the first 17 minutes and 19 seconds of the game. North Texas would only mount one other shot in the half as BU posted five shots. Both teams failed to place a shot on goal in the period.
The pace of play picked up in the second half with Baylor pushing the ball offensively during the first 15 minutes of action. BU forward Natalie Huggins recorded the first shot on goal in the game in the 49th minute, which required Mean Green goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine to make a diving save.
A little less than six minutes later Selby Polley came close to heading in a ball following a corner kick from Karlee Summey. In the 59th minute, Taylor Heatherly almost gave BU the lead as she hit the post.
"We had a lot of great chances to score, but their goalkeeper played great," Jobson said.
On the night, Heatherly led the Bears with three shots, while Huggins and Dana Larsen each had two. Seven other Baylor players each had one shot as BU outshot North Texas16-6 in the match. Michelle Kloss played the full game in goal for Baylor, recording three saves, including one in the final three minutes of regulation to preserve the tie.
In the first overtime period, Heatherly got another shot on goal, but Kerestine was in place for another save. Vic Hoffman and Carlie Davis each had a shot in the second overtime, but neither found the back of the net. Baylor held North Texas without a shot in both overtime periods.
Friday marked the first Baylor-North Texas match to end in a tie, but BU still leads the all-time series versus the Mean Green 5-3-1. The Mean Green is now unbeaten in its last 17 matches at home dating back to September 2010.
It was Baylor's second overtime game of the season, after losing at No. 15 Long Beach State, 2-1, on Aug. 26.
The Bears will continue their two-game road trip by heading to San Antonio, Texas, for a match against UTSA on Sunday at 7 p.m.