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Soccer Hits The Road For Rivalry Games

Oct. 7, 2010

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RV  Baylor (9-3-1, 2-2) at No. 10 Texas A&M (9-3, 2-1)
Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 | 7:30 p.m.
College Station, Texas | Aggie Soccer Stadium (3,500)
RV  Baylor (9-3-1, 2-2) at Texas (7-3-2, 0-2-1)
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 | 7 p.m.
Austin, Texas | Myers Soccer Stadium  (20,000)

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The Baylor soccer team (9-3-1, 2-2) will hit the road for a pair of rivalry games, taking on No. 10 Texas A&M (9-3, 2-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Texas (7-3-2, 0-2-1) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

The Bears, who are receiving national votes for the first time since 2001, are coming off two home conference wins over Nebraska (2-1) and Colorado (1-0). The victories marked the first back-to-back conference wins since 2007 and also propelled the squad to their best record since 2000.

"We are playing a pair of elite teams on the road this weekend and it’s going to be tough," head coach Marci Jobson said. “This young group has played a few road games now, so it will be exciting to see how they respond."

The Bears lead the conference in goals (37), goals per game (2.85), assists (30) and shutouts (9). Baylor has outscored their opponents 37-9 so far and are led by a pair of sophomores, Lisa Sliwinski (7 goals, 5 assists) and Hanna Gilmore (5 goals, 3 assists) who have both posted career-high points totals so far. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst leads the way with a 0.73 goals against average. She earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors this past week and was also named one of CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week.

The Aggies are coming off a 1-0 win at Kansas on Oct. 1. Two of A&M’s three losses have come against teams ranked in the top three on the season. Alyssa Mautz ( nine goals, one assist) leads the conference in shots per game (4.92), while as a team, the Aggies rank in second right behind Baylor in goals (30) and are tied at the top in assists. A&M holds a 12-4-1 advantage all-time in the series.

Texas enters the weekend with one win in its last four contests. The Longhorns defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 4-3 on Oct. 1 before dropping a 1-0 decision at Kansas on Oct. 3. UT is led by Kristin Cummins’ five goals, while Leah Fortune has four goals and four assists on the year. Texas leads the all-time series, 8-5-3, but has not defeated Baylor since 2007.



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