By Michael Haag | Sports Writer
Baylor soccer (3-2-0) shut out the University of North Texas (3-1-1) Thursday night with a score of 2-0. The Bears have handed the Mean Green its second loss on its home field since it opened in 2019. Baylor has now won two games in a row and is hitting its stride going forward into pre-conference play.
Junior midfielder Maddie Algya got things going with a free kick goal in minute 16. The free kick was set up due to a handball violation from North Texas. This is Algya’s second goal of the season.
Later in the first half, the Bears showcased great passing along the left sideline and sophomore forward Mackenzie Anthony shook loose with a one-on-one opportunity. After a nifty move to create separation from the defender, she perfectly placed the ball off the right post to score the second and final goal of the game. This gives Anthony her third goal this season.
The back line had a big boost tonight getting sophomore defender Chloe Japic back from injury, as she missed the last two games.
Graduate student goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt had her 34th shutout of her career tonight. This moves her into fouth all-time in Big 12 history.
Baylor head coach Paul Jobson was pleased with the consistency from the Bears tonight as they get into the groove of the season.
“I think tonight was a full 90-minute game where we started well and finished well,” Jobson said. “I thought we did a really good job of never backing down.”
Baylor heads into their next matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers (3-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the McClimon Soccer Complex.