May 2, 2014
WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer team wrapped up a successful year at its annual spring banquet on Sunday, April 27th. The banquet served as an opportunity for co-head coaches Marci and Paul Jobson to honor the seniors and recap the season in front of over 100 players, coaches, families, and legacy members. The coaches also handed out several awards from the past fall season.
The first award, which honored the team's MVP, went to senior midfielder Kat Ludlow. Ludlow was an elite ball-winner for the Bears in the midfield while also adding three goals and an assist. The award for Offensive MVP went to sophomore forward Bri Campos. She led the team in points with 16 on six goals and four assists. Senior defender Selby Polley was named the Defensive MVP for her consistency and leadership in the back. Finally, the Hunemuller Award was given to junior forward Natalie Huggins. This "player's player" award honors a selfless attitude and team-first mentality.
The banquet also provided an opportunity for the coaches to give an update on the short spring season. Though the team is losing seven seniors, including their MVP and Defensive MVP, the young players had a terrific spring. They went 4-0-1 and did not concede a single goal in all five matches. The coaches challenged their young players to build off this success, and to keep up their form during the summer months.
The spring schedule began with a road win over conference opponent Oklahoma. The Bears then beat Trinity in the lone home match of the spring before tying Houston Baptist on the road. Next, the team traveled to Lubbock, Texas, where they beat a nationally-ranked Texas Tech team. Baylor capped off the short season with a victory at North Texas.
Finally, a major purpose of the banquet was to honor the seniors of the team: Kate Beaudoin, Larissa Campos, Taylor Heatherly, Vic Hoffman, Alex Klein, Kat Ludlow, Selby Polley and Karlee Summey. This group of seven saw the program reach unprecedented levels of success during their four years. These seniors were an integral part of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, two of the most successful in Baylor soccer history. The legacy they pass down to the current players and those who will join the program in the future is one of hard work, belief and success.
This spring, the younger girls proved that they have bought into the legacy that the seniors have left behind. Now, they need to translate their hard work and belief into success when it counts in the fall.