Aug. 23, 2012
WACO, Texas -
The 24th-ranked Baylor women's soccer team will put its undefeated record on the line as the Bears travel to California this weekend to face a pair of Big West opponents. The Bears tangle with Cal State Northridge on Friday at 9 p.m. (CT) in Northridge, Calif., and then turn around to face 15th-ranked Long Beach State on Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT) in Long Beach, Calif.
The Bears are off to the eighth 2-0 start in program history (1996, `97, `98, 2002, `03, `07 and `10) and second under Marci Jobson
, after opening up the 2010 campaign 3-0. BU's longest win streak to open a season is five, which has occurred three times (1996, `98 and 2002).
Baylor is ranked No. 24 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. It is the first time that the Bears have cracked the top 25 in any of the three major polls since November 10, 1999. BU is also receiving votes in the SoccerTimes.com poll and listed at No. 32 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's projection of the NCAA Championship field.
The last time out, Baylor handled Northwestern State, 5-0, on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. Five different Bears scored goals as the BU defense held the Lady Demons held without a shot in the home-opening contest.
Baylor has steadily become a better road team under the direction of Jobson, including a 4-1-1 mark in road action last season. The four wins were the most for the BU program since the 2000 squad also had four. In total, Jobson's teams are 11-16-6 in road games during her four-plus years in Waco.
Since the creation of the program in 1996, wins have been hard to come by for the Bears when they travel to California. Baylor is 1-8 all-time in the Golden State, but this will be the first time that BU has played a game in California under Jobson.
Baylor has played 41 games as a ranked team in program history with all of those coming in three seasons from 1997-99. In those 41 games Baylor is 24-14-3.