WACO, Texas -
In its final matches before Big 12 Conference play starts, the Baylor soccer team (6-1-1) will host SMU (3-3) on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a road trip to face Houston Baptist (3-3-2) on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The action of Friday's match against SMU will be live audio streamed on BaylorBears.com. The audio feed is free and will start 10 minutes prior to kickoff. The official website of Baylor Athletics will also provide live stats via GameTracker or follow @BaylorFutbol on Twitter for updates. On Sunday, live stats will be provided by HBUHuskies.com and can be accessed through a link on BaylorBears.com.
On Friday, the first 250 fans to the game will receive a free custom-designed soccer scarf.
In eight games this season, Baylor has outshot its opposition by a 191-39 margin. The Bears have had at least 10 shots in every game and are averaging 23.9 shots per contest.
Baylor currently leads the Big 12 Conference in most offensive and several defensive categories. On the offensive side, the Bears rank first in shots (191), points (58), goals (21), goals per game (2.62), while ranking second in assists (16) and assists per game (2.00). On the defensive end, Baylor has allowed the fewest goals (3) and has the best goals against average (0.38) in the league.
Baylor has now opened three straight seasons with a 6-1-1 start. On Friday, BU will be looking to match the best beginning to a season under head coach Marci Jobson. The 2010 squad opened 7-1-1. The best start in program history came in 1996 when the Bears started 12-1-1.
After a win and a tie last week, Baylor is ranked No. 18 by CollegeSportsMadness.com and receiving votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, while being listed at No. 30 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's projection of the NCAA Championship field.
The last time out, Baylor blanked UTSA, 4-0. Despite playing a scoreless first half, the Bears recorded their fourth game of the year with at least three goals. Dana Larsen scored her fourth goal of the season just 32 seconds into the second half, before Natalie Huggins added her second score of the year only 10 minutes later. Hanna Gilmore and Katie Daigle would score late in the game to seal the victory. The BU defense held UTSA to only two shots in the game.
Baylor has shown a big improvement in its play at home in the last two season. Since 2010, the Bears are 22-3-3 at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. Jobson's complete home record is 31-10-6.
This season on the road, Baylor is 3-1-1 and under the direction of Jobson BU is 13-17-7 in road contests. Last season, the squad went 4-1-1 on the road, which marked the most wins for the BU program since the 2000 squad also had four.