By Parmida Schahhosseini
The message of committee scoring was heard loud and clear by No. 10 Baylor on its way to a 5-0 win over Northwestern State on Sunday. Baylor was aggressive outshooting Northwestern State 34 to five.
The underclassmen are productive once again as freshman midfielder Ashley York set up sophomore forward Bri Campos for her second goal of the season with a cross from the left side of the box.
“It’s awesome with games like these you can kind of tell from different positions that people can score,” Campos said. “It’s good for everybody to have their chance and going into harder games people are going to get momentum and confidence from these type of games.”
York wasn’t finished though, scoring two goals in the second half. York’s first goal was shot in acrobatic fashion as sophomore defender Anjadai Seals threw her the ball from the box. The second goal came off a left wing pass from junior forward Natalie Huggins.
While Baylor dominated both halves, the shots weren’t going in. Baylor had 21 shots in the first half, but only one went in. However, Baylor turned it around in the second half generating four goals off of 13 shots.
“I wasn’t pleased with how we were going about our finishing,” Baylor co-head coach Marci Jobson said. “I said that we aren’t going to get 20 chances very often and I thought we were lazy on our shooting. We were settling for half efforts instead of being determined to finish the ball. I thought at halftime they definitely made that adjustment. They came out fast and we got some young girls out there that are just going to have to learn that there are no breaks.”
The defense did its job with back-to-back shutouts. Northwestern didn’t get its first shot until the 29:29 mark, which went wide right. Junior goalkeeper Michelle Kloss had a relatively easy day as the defense only allowed five shots throughout the game.
In the second half Baylor got some distance courtesy of an own goal. York put pressure on the defense and passed it to senior forward Vic Hoffman whose cross was headed in by Northwestern State senior defender Danielle Harding.
Baylor put pressure on the opposing defense, and continuously attacked the ball. The bears took control of the game early and never let up, keeping possession the majority of the game.
“It’s a lot of fun out there because everyone on the team works so hard for everything,” York said. “There’s no way for you to not give everything you have because the girl next to you is doing the same thing. You get out there, you work hard and good things happen.”
In the 71st minute, freshman defender Emory Cason also scored after grabbing a deflection in the box and putting it in the net.
Baylor has won 13 straight home matches dating back to the 2011 season after a 1-0 loss to Oklahoma State. It was also been 364 days since Baylor has lost a match, which is the longest unbeaten streak in program history.
Baylor will play Washington at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Husky Soccer Stadium.