By Greg DeVries
The Baylor women’s soccer team returned from its road trip with a win and a draw.
The first game was a 0-0 draw against the North Texas Mean Green. North Texas is undefeated on the season, so the Bears expected a tough game.
“Tonight was a battle of two hard-nosed soccer teams,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “Our defenders all played great, but we need to start the game better. North Texas is a battling team and to defeat a team like that we need to play physical soccer for the entire game.”
Neither team was able to record a shot on goal in the first half, but Baylor had a good chance to score in the second half after junior midfielder Karlee Summey served the ball into the middle off of a corner kick. Junior midfielder Selby Polley directed the shot toward frame but couldn’t score her first goal of the year.
Sophomore forward Natalie Huggins also struck the ball from distance, but the Mean Green goalkeeper was able to come up with the diving save.
Baylor recorded 16 shots to Texas State’s 6, but the game remained scoreless after full time and two overtime periods.
“We had a lot of great chances to score, but their goalkeeper played great,” Jobson said.
North Texas has not been beaten at home since September 2010.
The Bears ran through The University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners on Sunday with a 4-0 victory despite going into halftime with a 0-0 tie.
Summey assisted the first two goals to senior forward Dana Larsen and Huggins.
Junior defender Kat Ludlow also assisted on Larsen’s goal.
The goal was Larsen’s team-leading fourth of the season.
Senior midfielder Hanna Gilmore and freshman defender Katie Daigle recorded goals of their own before full time.
Senior forward Lisa Sliwinski assisted on Gilmore’s goal by playing the ball to her fellow senior. The ball hit the crossbar and dropped into the back of the net.
“We played with good tempo for 90 minutes and were able to wear them down,” Jobson said. “We kept doing the same things we always do and were able to finally break them. It was really good to see the ball in the back of the net in the second half.”
The Roadrunners were only able to record two shots during the game. The shutout marked Baylor’s sixth of the season and fourth in a row.
The Bears are now 6-1-1 on the season while the Roadrunners dropped to 1-5.
The Bears will next take on the SMU Mustangs at 7 p.m. Friday at home.
The Mustangs are 3-3 on the season but are coming off of a 2-1 win at TCU in which SMU scored on a 30-yard shot in the last few seconds to secure the win.