SOC Takes Weekend Trip to Oklahoma

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Much like Iowa State, Baylor coach Paul Jobson turns on the tape to scout Oklahoma and sees a team that's far better than its record.

The Sooners (2-8-1, 0-1-0), ranked 16th nationally before the season and picked third in the Big 12 coaches' poll, have lost four in a row and six of their last seven coming into Friday's matchup against the Bears (7-2-1, 1-1-0) that begins at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field in Norman, Okla.

"Being on the road is always difficult," said Jobson, whose team will face 19th-ranked Oklahoma State (8-2-1, 1-0-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Stillwater. "You look at Oklahoma's record, and you can't be deceived by that. You look at the results, and we're watching games and watching players, and they're a good team. if we don't show up to play, it can go the wrong way for you."

Oklahoma returns to its home pitch, where the Sooners are undefeated in in 18 of their last 22 games since 2015, including a 4-1-3 mark in conference play during that stretch. Three of OU's five freshmen have played in all 11 games this season, with McKinley Crone starting in goal.

"I know OU has had a lot of injuries," said Baylor junior forward Lauren Piercy, who had the golden goal in Sunday's 1-0 overtime victory over Iowa State, "but they're going to come out and compete. That's any game. It's conference now, it's a whole different mindset. Every game can go either way. It's just who wants it more than the other."

The Bears earned a split in the conference-opening weekend, losing to then-No. 5 West Virginia, 2-1, in overtime Friday night and bouncing back to knock off Iowa State on Piercy's second goal of the season, 15th of her career and 10th game-winner.

"Strikers are streaky. I feel good about her timing and getting comfortable and finding the back of the net," Jobson said of Piercy, who missed the first three games. "It's a great time for her to come along, and Jackie (Crowther) hasn't slowed down, either. She's doing some fantastic things and creating opportunities for Lauren and some of the other players."

Crowther had her second assist of the season on Piercy's goal and is tied for the team lead with three goals and eight points, sharing those marks with senior center midfielder Aline De Lima, who had a game-tying goal with 34 seconds left in Friday's game against West Virginia.

Ten different players have combined for Baylor's 16 goals this season, while the Bears have given up just five goals in 10 games for a 0.50 goals-against average. Freshman Jennifer Wandt has posted four solo shutouts in her seven games since taking over for injured goalkeeper Hannah Parrish.

"We do (have a lot of weapons), and we've got some folks who haven't seen the field a ton that we've got sitting there chomping at the bit to get it in, that I know can get it done," Jobson said. "We can go another couple people deeper even than we've seen so far. And I love that, because I feel like we've got some things in our pocket that we haven't shown yet."


NORMAN, Okla. - Baylor soccer (7-2-1) is set for another packed weekend of Big 12 play, trekking north to take on Oklahoma (2-8-1) on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Norman and No. 19 Oklahoma State (8-1-2) on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. in Stillwater.

Baylor is fresh off a split weekend to open the Big 12 season, dropping 2-1 overtime decision to No. 5 West Virginia before bouncing back with a 1-0 golden goal win over Iowa State.

For the first time in program history, all road matches will feature a live streaming radio broadcast, available to subscribers on BaylorBears.com/allaccess.

For all updates and an inside look at the program, follow @BaylorFutbol on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

MATCH INFO
Fri., Sept. 29 at OU @ 7 p.m. CT
John Crain Field
Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com/allaccess
Video: www.SoonerSports/liveevents
Sun., Oct. 1 at OSU @ 1 p.m. CT
Cowgirl Soccer Complex
Stats: www.OKState.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com/allaccess
Video: Facebook.com/OSUAthletics

BAYLOR BEARS
2017 Record: 7-2-1
2017 Big 12 Record: 1-1-0
Head Coach: Paul Jobson
Career: 28-15-6 (3rd season)
BU: 28-15-6 (3rd season)

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
2017 Record: 2-8-1
2017 Big 12 Record: 0-1-0
Head Coach:Matt Potter
Career: 133-114-40 (15th season)
OU: 47-53-15 (6th season)
Series: BU leads, 9-7-5
Streak: BU has won 4
First Meeting: Sept. 7, 1997
OU won 1-0 in Norman
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2016
BU won 2-0 in Norman
Jobson vs OU: 2-0

OKLAHOMA STATE COWGIRLS
2017 Record: 8-1-2
2017 Big 12 Record: 1-0-0
Head Coach: Colin Carmichael
Career: 164-70-34 (13th season)
OSU: 164-70-34 (13th season)
Series: BU leads, 11-9-3
Streak: BU has won 2
First Meeting: Sept. 13, 1996
BU tied 2-2 in Waco
Last Meeting: Nov. 2, 2016
BU won 1-0 in Stillwater
Jobson vs OSU: 2-0

BAYLOR QUICK NOTES
* Baylor's road swing across the Red River into Oklahoma puts BU's unbeaten road record of 2-0-1 on the line, adding a ranked opponent (No. 19 Oklahoma State) to the Bears' schedule for the second-straight weekend.
* Baylor split last week's Big 12 opener weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime to West Virginia before knocking off Iowa State 1-0 in OT. The Bears are 2-1-1 in extra time contests this season.
* BU took wins over both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in 2016, maintaining all-time series leads over OU (9-7-5) and OSU (11-9-3).
* Baylor ranks 12th in the country and second in the Big 12 in goals-against-average, with a 0.478 mark.
* True freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt ranks 27th in the country and fourth in the Big 12 in goals-against (.561).
* Wandt and the Baylor defense have posted a .853 save percentage, ranking 32nd in the country and at the top of the Big 12.
* Baylor's .600 shutout percentage ranks 22nd in the country and 2nd in the Big 12.
* Baylor has had 10 or more wins in ten of its 21 seasons as a program and has done so in five of the last seven years under Marci and now Paul Jobson, who enters his third season as head coach, 10th at Baylor overall.
* BU has had at least eight wins in eight straight seasons and has won at least one match at the Big 12 Championship nine times in 14 appearances, including five in a row.
* Junior midfielder Julie James was Baylor's lone representative on the 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Team after being named 2016 All-Big 12 and NSCAA All-Region.
* Baylor was chosen fifth in the 2017 Big 12 preseason poll after finishing tied for third in 2016.
* From July 23-26, a group of current and former Baylor soccer student-athletes served on a mission trip to Guatemala alongside Baylor FCA. The mission team served the children of Guatemala City and shared the love of Christ through the game of soccer.
* Baylor had 10 or more (13) Academic All-Big 12 selections in 2016 for the 10th straight season (10 first team, two second team).

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