SOC Swings Through Kansas for Pair of Weekend Matches
Oct. 12, 2017


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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Baylor soccer (8-3-2, 2-2-1 Big 12) takes its last trip outside of the Texas borders in the regular season, set for the team's first meeting with K-State (6-6-1, 1-3-0 Big 12) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in Manhattan before closing the weekend with Kansas (6-6-2, 1-2-1 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in Lawrence.

Baylor is coming off a solid outing, posting a 3-0 shutout of Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Bears and Wildcats will meet for the first time, with K-State playing in its second season as a program and the first as a full participating member of Big 12 play.

Baylor has had tough sledding in recent years with the Jayhawks, with KU winning the previous four meetings between the squads.

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

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MATCH INFO
Fri., Oct. 13 at KSU @ 7 p.m. CT
K-State Soccer Complex
Stats: www.KStateSports.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com/allaccess
Video: ESPN3
Sun., Oct. 15 at KU @ 1 p.m. CT
Rock Chalk Park
Stats: www.KUAthletics.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com/allaccess
Video: ESPN3

BAYLOR BEARS
2017 Record: 8-3-2
2017 Big 12 Record: 2-2-1
Head Coach: Paul Jobson
Career: 29-16-7 (3rd season)
BU: 29-16-7 (3rd season)

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
2017 Record: 6-6-1
2017 Big 12 Record: 1-3
Head Coach: Mike Dibbini
Career: 265-87-34 (18th season)
KSU: 10-15-4 (2nd season)
Series: First meeting
Streak: First meeting

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
2017 Record: 6-6-2
2017 Big 12 Record: 1-2-1
Head Coach: Mark Francis
Career: 232-173-29 (22nd season)
KU: 199-148-28 (19th season)
Series: KU leads, 11-9-2
Streak: KU has won 4
First Meeting: Oct. 29, 1996
BU won 1-0 in Lawrence
Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2016
KU won 3-1 in Waco
Jobson vs KU: 0-3


By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Now in his 10th season at Baylor, Paul Jobson has a pretty good handle on the rest of the teams in the Big 12 Conference.

But, Jobson and the Bears (8-3-2, 2-2-1) will get their first look at league newcomer Kansas State (6-6-1, 1-3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at the K-State Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats are in their second year as a program and first season of conference play.

"We always talk about how everyone in this conference knows everybody, there's a lot of familiarity," Jobson said. "That's a little different this weekend. Kansas State is brand new to the conference . . . so, there's a lot of newness there, first time to the Little Apple. That will be our fun experience for our team, something new. But, they're a great young team, getting some great results."

The Wildcats beat Colorado State, 3-2, in overtime, lost only 1-0 to seventh-ranked West Virginia and pulled off the biggest win in the program's short history by beating in-state rival Kansas, 1-0, last Friday in Lawrence.

"They're going to be better faster than I think we all thought," Jobson said. "And that's great. A lot of that is to the credit of the Big 12 and being able to get quality kids. Kansas is a great state to recruit from, there are great in-state kids there. So, I think (KSU coach Mike Dibbini) will do well pretty quickly there, and that's only great for our conference."

Other than a few transfers, the K-State roster is dominated by underclassmen, with 15 freshmen and nine sophomores.

"He went out and found some quality transfer kids and started there, and then he has a formidable amount of quality freshmen who have done really well," Jobson said. "When you're scouting, you're scouting the most recent games, anyway, so the only thing you're missing is kind of the history of what players have been through the past. You have more tendencies that you know about maybe some veteran players. But, we'll be extremely prepared for them, for sure."

Baylor's had a week off since breaking a two-game scoring drought with a 3-0 win at home last Friday over Texas Tech.

"I think I said last weekend, we weren't stressing, we weren't really worried, it wasn't a major concern," said Jobson, whose team had a scoreless draw at Oklahoma before a 1-0 overtime loss at 19th-ranked Oklahoma State. "We just said, `Hey, this is something we've got to work on, continue to get comfortable in front of the net.' But, having said that, if you go into the weekend and don't score again, then things start to build a little bit. So, I think it happened at the right time."

The Bears wrap up the weekend with a matchup against Kansas (6-6-2, 1-2-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Baylor trails the all-time series, 11-9-2, and has dropped the last four to the Jayhawks, including last year's 3-1 loss at home.

"They're always quality, we've had a hard time getting results against them in the past," Jobson said. "That will be a tough, tough Sunday match after what I think will be a pretty difficult match Friday night as well."

Baylor closes out its regular-season home slate with a matchup against No. 9 Texas (11-0-2, 3-0-2) at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 20, at Betty Lou Mays Field.


BAYLOR QUICK NOTES
* Baylor takes its final out-of-state road trip of the regular season, facing Kansas State and Kansas as the Bears continue down the final stretch of Big 12 regular season play.

* Baylor is coming off of one of its most dominating performances of the season, taking a 3-0 victory over Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 6.

* Baylor opens the weekend at K-State, facing the Wildcats for the first time since KSU added soccer in 2016. The 2017 season is the first for KSU as a full participant in Big 12 play.

* Baylor is looking to end a recent rough patch against the Jayhawks, with KU winning the last four meetings between the squads. The Bears look for their first win in Lawrence since a 3-1 victory in 2011.

* Baylor ranks 12th in the country and first in the Big 12 in goals-against-average, with a 0.436 mark.

* True freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt ranks 14th in the country and first in the Big 12 in goals-against (.479).

* Baylor's .615 shutout percentage ranks 19th in the country and first 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, now, nine 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, three second team).

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