Nov. 8, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Less than a week removed from a Big 12 Championship title, the 11th-ranked Baylor soccer team will take on Arizona State in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championship on Friday at 8 p.m. (CT) in Tempe, Ariz.
The third-seeded Bears (17-1-4), who are unbeaten in their last 18 matches, will be playing in their second straight NCAA tournament, after earning the Big 12's automatic bid. The Sun Devils (10-8-2) will welcome BU to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, after closing the season with four straight wins.
Friday's match vs. Arizona State will not have an audio or video broadcast. TheSunDevils.com will provide live stats via GameTracker for the match. In-game updates will be available @BaylorFutbol on Twitter.
If Baylor wins its first round match, the Bears will advance to the NCAA's second round for a second straight season. BU would face the winner of Georgetown (15-3-3) and Virginia Tech (13-5-1). The second-round match will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 at a site to be determined.
Team Quick Notes
Overall, BU is unbeaten in its last 18 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. The Bears have won six straight. Baylor's 17 wins on the season tie for the most in program history (1996).
With no remaining undefeated teams in Division I women's soccer, Baylor is one of four one-loss teams in the country (BYU, San Diego State, and Stanford).
The Bears lead the Big 12 in every offensive statistical category: shots (486, 22.09), points (140, 6.36), goals (52) and goals per game (2.36), assists (36) and assists per game (1.64).
BU has outshot its opposition by a 486-145 margin and outscored them 52-11 in its 21 games this fall. The Bears are averaging 22.09 shots per contest with 41.8 percent of those coming on goal.
On the defensive end, Baylor has the nation's No. 1 defense with a .471 goals against average. The Bears have allowed the fewest goals (11) in the Big 12 in over 2088 minutes of play. BU also leads the Big 12 with 13 shutouts in 22 games, giving them a shutout percentage of .59. The 13 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 16 have at least one goal and 14 have one assist.
At 17-1-4 (.864), the Bears are off to their best start during head coach Marci Jobson's tenure and the best start in program history. That mark edges the previous best record in program history as the 1996 squad was 17-3-1 (.833). In each of the last three seasons, the Bears have opened at least 6-1-1.
BU is one of only three teams in the country to be in the top 15 in scoring offense (15th, 2.36), goals against average (first, .474) and shutout percentage (eighth, .591).
NCAA Championship Quick Notes
Baylor earned the program's fourth NCAA Championship bid and its first automatic selection to the tournament, after capturing the 2012 Big 12 Championship on Sunday.
After only receiving an invite to the NCAA Championship twice in the first 15 years of the program (1998, 1999), Marci Jobson has led BU to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances.
Last season, BU got its first-ever win in NCAA Championship play with a 3-0 victory over Texas State in Waco (Nov. 12).
The Bears will be looking for their first win on the road in NCAA action as BU fell in its only other road trip for an NCAA match at SMU, 4-0, on Nov. 10, 1999.