SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Using four second-half goals from four different players, the Baylor soccer team blanked UTSA, 4-0, on Sunday night at the UTSA Recreational Sports Complex.
"We played with good tempo for 90 minutes and were able to wear them down," head coach Marci 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."
Baylor (6-1-1) stayed unbeaten all-time versus the Roadrunners and improved to 3-1-1 on the road this season by posting its sixth shutout and fourth match with at least three goals.
After failing to score in Friday's 0-0 draw at North Texas, the Bears were again held without a goal in the first half against UTSA (1-5). However, the 155-minute offensive drought was snapped quickly in the second half.
Only 32 seconds into the second period, Dana Larsen collected her fourth goal of the season. The senior forward was left in a one-one situation with UTSA goalkeeper Katarina Pus following a pass from Karlee Summey. Larsen made quick work of the opportunity by slipping a shot into the back of the net to get Baylor on the board first. It was Larsen's 22nd career goal, while Summey collected her first assist of the season.
The offensive intensity would continue for BU with three more shots in the next 10 minutes. In the 56th minute, the pressure around the net resulted in a corner kick for the Bears by Summey. Defender Kat Ludlow was the recipient of Summey's corner and she promptly headed the offering past Pus for a 2-0 Baylor advantage. For the year, Ludlow now has four goals, while Summey joins Jordan Hatler as the only other BU player with two assists in one game.
For the Bears, the scoring became contagious as Hanna Gilmore followed the lead of Larsen and Ludlow by netting a goal in the 79th minute. In a senior-to-senior connection, Lisa Sliwinski setup Gilmore's shot that bounced off the cross bar and into the goal. It was the first goal for Gilmore and the first assist for Sliwinski.
A little less than two minutes later, defender Katie Daigle pickpocketed a UTSA player and fired a shot from 20 yards out that gave Baylor the final score in the 4-0 victory. It was Daigle's second goal of the season.
During the first 12 minutes of the match, neither team put up a shot. In the remaining 33 minutes of the first half, BU racked up six shots, including three on goal. The Baylor defense held UTSA to only a single shot in the first period.
For the game, Baylor outpaced UTSA in shots (24-2), shots on goal (15-1) and corner kicks (13-0). Michelle Kloss collected the win in goal for BU by playing the first 81:32 of the game, before being relieved by Meredith Stark.
The Bears now lead the all-time series versus UTSA 6-0-1, while Jobson is 5-0 against the Roadrunners. For the last three seasons, Jobson's squads have started the season with at least a 6-1-1 record.