By Jeffrey Swindoll
Baylor soccer hit some snags in the regular season, but closed the year in strong fashion. The Bears bowed out of the Big 12 tournament in the semifinals after finishing the regular season.
Excitement surrounds Baylor soccer ahead of the 2015 season. The Bears welcomed in a bright, new signing class earlier in this semester. Furthermore, the Williams Family Soccer & Olympic Sports Center is nearing completion.
The facility will serve as the new home for Baylor soccer along with tennis and softball. Players are thrilled to finally have a permanent home after going through a year in a temporary portable building serving as their locker room.
The Bears graduated a relatively small class of seniors in 2014, leaving shoes to be filled, but manageable enough for head coach Paul Jobson.
While the Bears have worked through spring training, playing various exhibitions, junior midfielder Bri Campos has been up to other things.Campos was one of 24 players selected for Mexico’s pre-2015 FIFA Women’s World in Canada.
Campos played with Mexico’s youth women’s teams on numerous occasions. This time, Campos trained at the highest level with Mexico’s senior women’s national team throughout March and April. In her previous tournament representing Mexico, Campos scored two goals in four games played. Much like Niya Johnson to the Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bears, Campos is the anchor to Baylor’s game-plan on the pitch.
Apart from Justine Hovden, Natalie Huggins, Alexa Wilde and Michelle Kloss, the Bears return nearly their entire starting lineup. Sophomore forward Sara Moghadas and junior midfielder Ashley York should be recovered from injury by the 2015 season rolls around in August. Baylor’s midfield and back-line will look relatively the same. Baylor’s front line of forwards will be the biggest change from 2014 to 2015.