Sept. 20, 2007
Baylor's women's soccer team returns home for the first time since Sept. 2 to open a four-game homestand beginning on Friday as the Lady Bears welcome Iona to Betty Lou Mays Field for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The team will wrap up the weekend with a 1:00 p.m. match against Delaware on Sunday.
Baylor enters the weekend with a 4-2-1 record and is coming off of its first two losses of the season. After sweeping past Jacksonville (Sept. 7) and Stetson (Sept. 9) at the Kick Out Cancer Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., the Lady Bears struggled in California, dropping a 2-1 contest to Cal State Northridge (Sept. 14) before getting shut out by Long Beach State (Sept. 16).
Now, Baylor turns its focus to keeping its home winning streak alive.
"We got away from doing some of the small things we need remember in order to win," head coach George Van Linder said referring to he teams' most recent road trip. "I thought we looked a little flat and we've worked hard in practice this week to get back on track."
Iona (1-6-0) comes in after dropping a match on Tuesday (3-0) on the road to Army. The Gaels started the season 0-5 before picking up a 1-0 win over NJIT on Sept. 15. Making their seventh road appearance of the season, the Gaels have just three goals on the season, all coming during second-half play.
Delaware (3-2-0) will play Friday against UT-San Antonio before facing Baylor on Sunday. The Blue Hens have been out-scored 7-1 in their two losses, but have out-scored their opponents 10-0 in their three wins. Currently, Delaware is being led by senior Emily Sammis who has a single-season, career-high, three goals, including one game-winner.
Baylor has never faced Iona or Delaware in school history and is looking to keeps its perfect home record in tact this season after opening up 2-0 with wins over Louisiana-Lafayette (Aug. 31) and Texas State (Sept. 2). In addition, the Lady Bears have out-scored their opponents 6-0 at Betty Lou Mays Field this fall.
NOTE: Sunday's contest between Baylor and Delaware can be heard live on BaylorBears.com with play-by-play announcer Heath Nielsen and color-commentator Justin Stottlemyre.