Oct. 25, 2012
WACO, Texas -
The 15th-ranked Baylor soccer team will wrap up the regular-season portion of its schedule by welcoming TCU to Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field on Friday for a 7 p.m. match.
The Bears (13-1-4, 4-0-3) will be hosting the Horned Frogs (6-8-3, 1-4-2) for the first time as Big 12 foes and for the first time overall since 2004.
The match will have live stats via GameTracker on BaylorBears.com or follow @BaylorFutbol on Twitter for updates.
Tickets for the contest are $5, while Baylor students get in free to the match with a valid student ID.
Baylor is 8-0 at home and has allowed only two goals at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field this season. The Bears also started the 1998 season with an 8-0 home record, before finishing 8-1.
Overall, BU is unbeaten in its last 14 games dating back to a loss at 15th-ranked Long Beach State on Aug. 26.
Baylor is currently on an 10-match home win streak. The last loss for the Bears at home came on Oct. 21, 2011 versus No. 2 Oklahoma State, 1-0. The current streak is the second longest in program history. During the 1997 and 1998 seasons, BU won 13 straight at home. Since 2010, the Bears are 27-3-3 at home. Head coach Marci Jobson's complete home record is 36-10-6.
In regular-season finales, Baylor is 9-3-3, including a 2-0-2 mark in Jobson's tenure. When the last game of the regular season has been at home the Bears are 6-1-1. BU is unbeaten in the last four regular-season ending games with two straight victories.
The Bears lead the Big 12 in every offensive statistical category: shots (406, 22.56), points (113, 6.28), goals 41), goals per game (2.28), assists (31) and assists per game (1.72).
BU has outshot its opposition by a 406-111 margin and outscored them 41-9 in its 18 games this fall. The Bears are averaging 22.56 shots per contest with 41.9 percent of those coming on goal.
On the defensive end, Baylor has allowed the fewest goals (9) and has the best goals against average (0.47) in the league. The Bears also lead the Big 12 with 11 shutouts in 18 games, giving them a shutout percentage of .611. The 11 shutouts tie the program-record for most in a single season (1998, 2010, 2011).
This season, 17 BU players have at least two points, while 15 have at least one goal and 14 have one assist.
At 13-1-4 (.833), the Bears are off to their best start during Jobson's tenure. That mark just trails the best record through 18 games in program history as the 1996 squad was 15-2-1(.861). In each of the last three seasons, the Bears have opened at least 6-1-1.
Baylor is one of only six teams in the country to be in the top 21 in scoring offense (21st, 2.28), goals against average (fifth, .469) and shutout percentage (ninth, .611).
By winning the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday Dana Larsen, joined teammates Kat Ludlow, who won the Defensive Player of the Week award on Sept. 4, and Bri Campos, who claimed the Newcomer of the Week honor on Oct. 9, as Bears to be recognized by the Big 12 this season. It is the first time ever that Baylor has won all three of the league's weekly awards in the same season.
Baylor achieved its highest rankings of the season following last week's two wins. BU is at No. 15 in both the National Soccer Coaches Association and the Soccer America polls. The Bears are also ranked No. 19 in both the Soccer Times and the CollegeSportsMadness.com polls. In TopDrawerSoccer.com's projection of the NCAA Championship field, Baylor is No. 14. In the fourth edition of the NCAA RPI rankings, the Bears are still the top Big 12 team at No. 12.