Oct. 30, 2012
WACO, Texas -
The 14th-ranked and second-seeded Baylor soccer team will open its run in the 2012 Big 12 Soccer Championship by facing No. 7 seed Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
The Bears (14-1-4) and Cowgirls (11-5-3) will be the final game on the event's first day, which features four quarterfinal matches. The two teams met on Oct. 14 in Stillwater, Okla. and battled to a 0-0 draw.
Video from Wednesday's match against OSU will be streamed live by Big12Sports.com. The conference's official site will also provide live stats from the match. Updates will also be available @BaylorFutbol on Twitter.
Overall, BU is unbeaten in its last 15 games dating back to a loss at 15th-ranked Long Beach State on Aug. 26. That is the longest unbeaten streak in program history, passing the previous record of 11 set in 1996.
With no remaining undefeated teams in Division I women's soccer, Baylor is one of seven one-loss teams in the country (BYU, Denver, Navy, San Diego State, Stanford and UCLA).
The Bears lead the Big 12 in most offensive statistical category: shots (430, 22.63), points (117, 6.16), goals 43) and goals per game (2.26), while ranking second in two others: assists (31) and assists per game (1.68).
BU has outshot its opposition by a 430-114 margin and outscored them 43-9 in its 19 games this fall. The Bears are averaging 22.63 shots per contest with 42.3 percent of those coming on goal.
On the defensive end, Baylor has allowed the fewest goals (9) and has the best goals against average (0.44) in the league. The Bears also lead the Big 12 with 12 shutouts in 19 games, giving them a shutout percentage of .63. The 12 shutouts are a new program-record for most in a single season, besting the mark of 11 achieved in 1998, 2010 and 2011.
This season, 18 BU players have at least two points, while 15 have at least one goal and 14 have one assist.
At 14-1-4 (.842), the Bears are off to their best start during head coach Marci Jobson's tenure. That mark just trails the best record through 19 games in program history as the 1996 squad was 16-2-1 (.868). In each of the last three seasons, the Bears have opened at least 6-1-1.
Baylor is one of only four teams in the country to be in the top 25 in scoring offense (22nd, 2.26) and then in the top 10 in both goals against average (third, .445) and shutout percentage (sixth, .632).
Big 12 Championship Quick Notes
The second-seeded Bears enter the Big 12 Championship with their highest seed since 1998 when BU earned the event's No. 1 seed.
Baylor has been in nine of 16 Big 12 Championships and advanced past the quarterfinal round five times.
Under head coach Marci Jobson, the Bears will be making their third appearance in five years.
In the six years prior to Jobson's tenure, the Bears had played in just one Big 12 Championship.
In this year's quarterfinal, BU will face Oklahoma State, a team it has never met in Big 12 Championship play.
Baylor will be looking for its first win at the Big 12 Championship since Nov. 1, 2000.
The Bears have never won more than one game at the Big 12 Championship, but have played in the semifinal round in five of nine appearances.
The only current members of the Big 12 that BU has faced at the Championship are Iowa State and Texas.