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Soccer Welcomes North Texas, Houston

Freshman Staz Salinas

Freshman Staz Salinas

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Sept. 18, 2008

 

The Baylor soccer team, winners of three of its last four, wrap up the home portion of non-conference play this weekend, as the Bears (3-3-0) host North Texas (4-1-0) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Houston (3-1-0) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Field. This weekend will finish off a six-straight home games for Baylor, who are 3-1 so far on the homestand.

“This weekend will be a great test against two quality opponents,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “I think these games will really help get us prepared for conference play and is a great opportunity to see how where we are as a team.”

Baylor split a pair of games last weekend, falling to Arizona State, 1-0 on Sept. 12 and bouncing back to defeat UTSA, 3-0 on Sept. 14.

The Mean Green enter the Friday’s match with a 4-1-0 record after going 2-0 at home this past weekend. North Texas earned a 1-0 victory over East Tennessee State on Sept. 12, and then picked up a convincing 2-0 victory over Lamar on Sept. 14. Junior midfielder Kendall Juett leads the charge with eight points (three goals, one assist), while sophomore goalkeeper has started all five games, allowing five goals and garnering one shutout.

The Cougars venture in to Waco with a 3-1-0 record but have not played a match since Sept. 5 due to Hurricane Ike. Friday, Houston will take on Texas State before making the trek to Waco. Freshman Jessica Zavalza leads the Cougars with six points (three goals), while senior Shelby Scott has been solid in goal, giving up just two goals in four games.

Live stats for each game will be made available for each game via www.baylorbears.com by clicking the gametracker link. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on baylorbears.com as Heath Nielsen and Kyle Cornish form the Baylor soccer broadcast team with pre-game beginning approximately 10 minutes before kick-off.

Friday is Family Fun Night at Betty Lou Mays Field, as fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for just $20. It is also Military Appreciation Night with all military personnel and their families can receive a ticket for $2 with a military ID. In addition, the first 200 fans will receive a free hot dog. Sunday, fans will receive Team Autograph Cards and the team will be available for autographs after the match.

SCOUTING NORTH TEXAS

The Mean Green enter the Friday’s match with a 4-1-0 record after going 2-0 at home this past weekend. North Texas earned a 1-0 victory over East Tennessee State on Sept. 12, and then picked up a convincing 2-0 victory over Lamar on Sept. 14. Junior midfielder Kendall Juett leads the charge with eight points (three goals, one assist), while sophomore goalkeeper has started all five games, allowing five goals and garnering one shutout.

SCOUTING HOUSTON

The Cougars venture in to Waco with a 3-1-0 record but have not played a match since Sept. 5 due to Hurricane Ike. Friday, Houston will take on Texas State before making the trek to Waco. Freshman Jessica Zavalza leads the Cougars with six points (three goals), while senior Shelby Scott has been solid in goal, giving up just two goals in four games.

LAST TIME OUT: BAYLOR SHUTS DOWN UTSA

Sophomore Lotto Smith scored 1:05 into the game and the Bears never looked back, as Baylor blanked UTSA, 3-0 on Sept. 14 at Betty Lou Mays Field.

Just 1:05 into the first half, Smith got the only goal the Bears would need. After receiving a pass at the top of the box, junior Megan Humke made a beautiful touch pass through the box to Smith who rifled a left footed shot into the upper portion of the net from 10 yards out for a 1-0 Baylor lead.

The Bears put the game away in the 68th minute as Smith notched her second goal of the game with a fantastic one-on-one display. The Austin, Texas, native dribbled past three Roadrunner defenders before striking a well placed left footed shot in the back of the net for her third goal of the season and a 3-0 Baylor lead.

LOTTO’S THE TICKET

Baylor forward Lotto Smith broke through for two goals on Sept. 14 in a 3-0 win over UTSA. Head coach Marci Jobson has high hopes for the talented sophomore, and that performance could be the beginning.

Her two goals marked the second time Smith has scored two goals in a game during her career, as she also registered a pair during a 6-2 win on Sept. 7, 2007 at Jacksonville

OFFENSIVE NUMBERS

Baylor had an offensive outpouring for the ages on Sept. 7 against Prairie View A&M. Ten players recorded at least a point in the game, as the Bears’ 10 goals were the most by Baylor since an 11-0 home win over McNeese State on Oct. 5, 1996. In addition, it was the most shots taken by a Baylor team since registering 37 against Oklahoma on Oct. 19, 2003. The school record for shots is 40, which occurred on Sept. 14, 1997 versus Kansas.

FAGAN EN FUEGO

Fagan has scored four goals with two assist so far in 2008. She entered the season with just two points for her career (two assists) and now has 10 on the season.

FINALLY FOR FAGAN

Fagan played 53 games, and finally, on her 54th game as a Bear, she accomplished it... A goal... two of them to be exact. The Walnut, Calif., native, scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Presbyterian on Aug. 31. Fagan has spent the majority of her career as a midfielder, but has been moved to the forward position in 2008 under first year head coach Marci Jobson.

HOME SWEET HOME

Beginning on Aug. 31, Baylor will play six-straight home games and nine of its next 10 in the friendly confines of Betty Lou Mays Field. The Bears will play its first three conference games at home against Texas A&M, Iowa State and Nebraska.

YOUTH IS BEING SERVED

Baylor welcomes 10 freshmen to the 2008 roster with nine coming from the state of Texas. Christine Clark is the lone player from outside the Lone Star State, coming from Littleton, Colo. Including redshirt freshman goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst, 41 percent (11-of-27) of Baylor’s roster are freshmen.

I’LL BE MISSING YOU

Baylor has been without two key cogs so far this season. Senior midfielder Amanda McGrath is still rehabbing a knee injury she suffered six games into the 2007 season. The Sugar Land, Texas, native has played in 42 games during her career, scoring eight goals and notching four assists.

Junior midfielder Nicky Smith has also been out of the lineup so far in 2008 due to injury. During her first two seasons, Smith played in 37 of 38 possible games, registering three assists.

ROAD WOES

The road has not been kind to the Baylor soccer program of late. The Bears have dropped four-straight road games dating back to a loss to Iowa State on Oct. 21, 2007. Baylor’s last road win was a 4-0 blasting of Nebraska on Oct. 19, 2007.

BETTY LOU MAYS FIELD

The 2008 season marks the 10th year for the Baylor soccer team at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The former Baylor Soccer Stadium was named during the 2000 season in honor of the late Betty Lou Mays of Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Mays was the wife of Troy Mays, a 1945 graduate of Baylor; the two were longtime supporters of Baylor Athletics.                                      

Thanks to a generous gift from the Troy Mays Foundation, the Baylor soccer program has seen a number of improvements to Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, as over $250,000 worth of improvements were made to the Bear's home soccer stadium in 2007.                                       

Through the gift, a gated fence has been placed along the perimeter of the stadium to enclose the soccer field. The fence is supported by a number of brick-laid posts that are similar to those seen around the Baylor campus.                    

In addition, a brick façade has been placed around the stands and the press box. The improvements give the facility more of a "stadium-feel" and is the latest in a long list of upgrades to Baylor's home soccer facility.

BAYLOR SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2008 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

For the third time in program history, Baylor soccer games will be broadcast on BaylorBears.com as audio for the Bears as six contests will be broadcast on BaylorBears.com. 

The live, audio feed is free for users; however, interested listeners will have to sign up for a free username and password at baylorbears.com in order to access the broadcast if they do not already have one.

Baylor opens the broadcast season with a home match against Prairie View A&M on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:00 p.m. In addition, broadcasts can be heard for contests against UTSA (9/14), Houston (9/21), Texas A&M (9/28), Nebraska (10/5) and Oklahoma (10/19).

Heath Nielsen and Kyle Cornish form the Baylor soccer broadcast team as pre-game for all matches will begin approximately 10 minutes before kick-off.

BAYLOR SOCCER BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sept. 7 - Prairie View A&M - 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 14 - UTSA - 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 21 - Houston - 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 28 - Texas A&M - 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 5 - Nebraska - 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 19 - Oklahoma - 1:00 p.m.

NEXT TIME OUT

Baylor will hit the road for the first time in six games, traveling to Texas State on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. and then opening up Big 12 play at home on Sept. 28 against Texas A&M at 7:00 p.m.

 


 

 

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