WACO - Two players notched their first goals of the season as Baylor (7-2-1) defeated Utah Valley (3-6) 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Field. The win moves the Bears' home record to 6-0 this season.
Senior Christine Clark and junior Michelle Hagen each recorded their first goals of the season, while Larissa Campos and Anja Rosales registered their first assists as the Baylor bench was responsible for all of the scoring in the game.
"We got the win and that is what is most important," head coach Marci Jobson said. "I am proud of the way our bench played today because we needed them after our starters logged so many minutes on Friday."
The Bears outshot the Wolverines 24-6 on the game, holding an 11-4 edge in shots on goal.
After being held scoreless through the first 42 minutes, Clark got the Bears on the board with a header at the near post in the 43rd minute off a cross from Rosales for a 1-0 lead.
Baylor rode the momentum out of halftime to put away an early second half goal on a set-piece. Campos' corner kick found Hagen's head at the near post as she directed it behind her and into the net for a 2-0 advantage.
Utah Valley cut the BU lead in half in the 72nd minute when a foul in the box set up a penalty kick for Natalie Young, who shot it to her left and just out of the reach of Courtney Seelhorst's fingers.
The Bears nearly put the game away in the 84th minute off a diving header from Alexa Wilde, but a leaping save from Jadeshia Colebrook kept it 2-1.
Clark almost scored her second goal of the game in the 87th minute when she struck a ball from 15 yards out that hit the crossbar and came straight down, nearly going over the line before being cleared out by the UVU defense.
"We didn't come out with the fire I would have liked in the first half," Jobson said. "But we picked it ups some more in the second. Different players really came up big today, and that's the sign of a true team."
Baylor will hit the road for its second road game of the season, traveling to Texas (6-2, 0-0) on Friday, Sept. 23 for a 7:00 p.m. match at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.