By Greg DeVries
After defeating Nebraska and McNeese State over the weekend, the Baylor soccer team moved to 5-1 on the season.
The women allowed just three shots in the two games and did not give up a goal.
In the 17th minute of the first game, senior forward Dana Larsen put the Bears on the board first.
A booming punt from sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Kloss sailed by the Nebraska defense.
Larsen was able to settle the ball and shoot across her body to the inside of the net.
The Cornhuskers were forced to play a man down after Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stephens earned a red card by taking out junior forward Alex Klein.
Stevens ran out of the box and tried to slide for the ball, but Klein beat her to the spot.
Klein hit the ground, and the referee reached into his pocket and revealed an ejection for Stevens.
“One [on] one, going for goal, the keeper should come out, but I wasn’t really sure what she was going to do, so I was just running forward hoping to try and score,” Klein said.
It appeared as though the Bears had taken a 2-0 advantage when senior midfielder Lisa Sliwinski headed the ball into the back of the net.
The assistant referee had his flag raised, signaling that Sliwinski was offside, and the goal was taken off of the board.
Sliwinski scored a goal that counted with about four minutes left in the half.
After stealing the ball from the Nebraska defense, Sliwinski hit a left footed shot into the back corner of the net to extend Baylor’s advantage to 2-0.
“[The offsides call] maybe put a little fire under me,” Sliwinski said. “It is frustrating when you do the work and then it’s called back.”
Junior midfielder Karlee Summey scored her first goal of the season in the 63rd minute of play.
Summey settled the ball with her left foot, and struck the ball towards the near post.
The ball passed the goalkeeper, hit the post, and crossed the line for Baylor’s third goal of the game.
The Bears held on and the game ended 3-0 against the former Big 12 foe.
“I didn’t think this game was going to be a 3-0 game going into this. I thought this was going to be a bloodbath,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “We didn’t let up. We kept hammering away, and I think our pressure ended up taking their hearts out.”
The scoring was plentiful for Baylor in its second game of the weekend.
McNeese State proved to be less than threatening for the Bears.
The Cowgirls only recorded one shot in the Bears’ 5-0 victory.
“Sometimes when you have a great Friday game, you can lose your focus on Sunday, but we did a good job coming out and being us and putting them away,” Baylor soccer head coach Marci Jobson said. “This was also a great opportunity to rest some girls that will play high minutes later in the season.”
Junior defender Kat Ludlow earned her third goal of the season
in the first half.
Such stats helped her earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Ludlow, Summey and sophomore forward Natalie Huggins all recorded first-half goals.
Senior forward Michelle Hagen and sophomore midfielder Anja Rosales earned second-half goals to seal the deal for the Bears.
“This was a good weekend for us on goal scoring and to give the girls some confidence,” Jobson said. “I think Lisa [Sliwinski], Natalie [Huggins] and Dana [Larsen] all gained confidence, which will help us in the coming games.”