Sep 8, 2013
(5-0-1) Rank: 7
College Station, Texas Attendance: 2,052
(3-2-1) Rank: 19
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After a 43-minute weather delay, No. 7 Baylor and No. 19 Texas A&M played to a scoreless draw on Sunday evening at Ellis Field. The decision extended Baylor's (5-0-1) program-record unbeaten streak to 27 matches and ended an 11-match losing streak to the Aggies (3-2-1).
Michelle Kloss and the Baylor defense came up huge in securing Baylor's first non-losing decision against TAMU since 2002. Kloss had three saves on the night - two on very close calls. The first came in the second minute of the game as she grabbed a straight-on shot from 20 yards out on a breakaway. The other came in the 89th minute as she tipped a laser shot from straight on just over the net to send the game to overtime.
Baylor was not lacking for scoring chances as six of its 13 shots were on-goal. Four of the shots caused a scare for TAMU goalie Jordan Day. Off a great cross by Vic Hoffman in the 62nd minute, Natalie Huggins' header from the left side of the box missed wide right by barely two feet. In the first overtime, Bri Campos flipped a lob shot straight on from 25 yards out but it was tipped over the net by Day in the 94th minute. In the 106th minute, Alex Klein had daylight after a scrum in the box but her shot from 15 yards out was secured by Day on a dive. Then Campos nearly pulled off a miracle in the final 10 seconds of the second overtime. She took possession of the ball on the right wing and raced up the sideline to fire off a 30-yard shot on goal, but Day was there with a leaping grab as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
Baylor is unbeaten in a program-record 27 straight matches.
Baylor is unbeaten in a program-record 12 straight road matches.
Baylor held edges over TAMU in shots (13-12), shots on goal (6-3) and corner kicks (4-3).
Baylor has shutout its opponent in the first period of every game this season.
Baylor is now 4-14-2 all-time against Texas A&M and ended an 11-match losing streak in the series. The last time, and only other time, the teams tied was on Oct. 11, 2002, in a 1-1 decision in College Station.
Baylor is off to its best start of the Jobson era at 5-0-1 and is tied for its best start overall (1996).
Baylor had not been shutout for 14 straight matches, dating back to last season.
Baylor ended a season-long four-match road trip with a 3-0-1 mark. 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.
STAT OF THE GAME
378 - The numbers of days it has been since Baylor has lost a match.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"It was as soulful performance. Soulful. As a coach, it blew me away. I couldn't ask for more. We had chances, they had chances. That's what it's all about between two great teams. Overall, it was a great soccer match and I'm just proud of the Baylor Bears." - Baylor Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson
Baylor begins a season-long seven-match home stand next weekend, starting with a 7 p.m. CT contest against Cal Poly on Fri., Sept. 13, at Betty Lou Mays Field. The Bears have a current 13-match winning streak at home, dating back to 2011, which ties a program record that was set from 1997-98.