Nov. 15, 2012
WACO, Texas -
The 11th-ranked Baylor soccer team will continue its run in the 2012 NCAA Championship by squaring off against 14th-ranked Georgetown in the second round on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The neutral site match played at Fetzer Field, the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels, will be the first-ever contest between Baylor and Georgetown.
The third-seeded Bears (18-1-4), who are unbeaten in their last 19 matches, will be making their second straight appearance in the second round, after downing Arizona State, 3-1, on Friday in the first round of NCAA action.
The Hoyas (16-3-3), who beat Virginia Tech, 3-2, in overtime on Sunday to advance to the second round, earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship, after making the final of the Big East Championship.
Friday's match vs. Georgetown will not have an audio or video broadcast. GoHeels.com will provide live stats via GameTracker for the match. In-game updates will be available @BaylorFutbol on Twitter.
If Baylor wins its second round match, the Bears will advance to the NCAA's third round for the first time in program history. BU would face the winner of No. 13 North Carolina (11-5-2) and Illinois (10-8-4). The third-round match will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon (CT) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Team Quick Notes
At 18-1-4 (.870), Baylor's 2012 squad owns the best record in program history. That mark edges out the 1996 team, which was 17-3-1 (.833).
Overall, BU is unbeaten in its last 19 games dating back to a loss at 15th-ranked Long Beach State on Aug. 26. That is the longest unbeaten streak in program history, besting the previous record of 11 set in 1996.
The Bears have won seven straight games, since a tie versus Oklahoma State on Oct. 14. The seven-match win streak is the longest in program history, passing the six-straight contests won by the 1998 squad.
Since the end of the regular season, Baylor is averaging three goals per contest (12 goals in four games). During the regular season, BU averaged just 2.26 goals per game and only 1.38 goals per match in Big 12 play.
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 (501, 21.78), points (148, 6.43), goals (55), goals per game (2.39), assists (38) and assists per game (1.65).
BU has outshot its opposition by a 501-145 margin and outscored them 55-12 in its 23 games this fall. The Bears are averaging 21.78 shots per contest with 42.7 percent of those coming on goal.
On the defensive end, Baylor has the nation's No. 2 defense with a .496 goals against average. The Bears have allowed the fewest goals (12) in the Big 12 in over 2184 minutes of play. BU also leads the Big 12 with 13 shutouts in 23 games, giving them a shutout percentage of .57. 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.
BU is one of only four teams in the country to be in the top 15 in scoring offense (12th, 2.39), goals against average (second, .496) and shutout percentage (15th, .565). The other teams are Marquette, SFA and UCF.
In the latest release of the national polls, BU is ranked No. 11 by the National Soccer Coaches Association, No. 9 by Soccer America and No. 10 by Soccer Times. In TopDrawerSoccer.com's projection of the NCAA Championship field, Baylor is No. 6, while ranking No. 9 in the NCAA RPI listings.
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 Nov. 4.
After only making the NCAA Championship field twice in the first 15 years of the program (1998, 1999), Marci Jobson has led BU to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances and consecutive first-round wins.
Last season, BU got its first-ever win in NCAA play with a 3-0 victory over Texas State in Waco (Nov. 12, 2011), while this year BU picked up its first NCAA road win with the 3-1 victory over ASU (Nov. 9, 2012).
The Bears will be looking for their first berth in the NCAA Championship's third round, after falling in their only other second round appearance in 2011 vs. North Carolina, 5-0, in Gainesville, Fla.