WACO, Texas – No. 9 Baylor used a goal in each half to push past Boise State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Field. In their final tune-up before Big 12 play, the Bears (7-0-2) extended their nation-leading and program-record unbeaten streak to 30 matches, 16 at home.
Baylor got on top of the Broncos (5-3-2) in the 29th minute as a free kick by Taylor Heatherly from the right wing from 45 yards out was headed in by Kat Ludlow from the left post to the right side of the net. The goal marked Ludlow's second career game-winner – both have come this season.
In the second half, a touch pass from the middle of the box by Natalie Huggins to the left side put a charging Karlee Summey one-on-one with the goalie from 15 yards out and Summey blasted a shot by the right side of the goalie for her first goal of the season in the 50th minute.
Earning the win, BU goalie Michelle Kloss made four saves in posting her sixth shutout of the season.
*Both of Kat Ludlow's career game-winning goals have come this season.
*Ludlow scored her third goal this season and seventh of her career, six of which have been headers.
*Taylor Heatherly notched her second game-winning assist of the season as she now has six career assists, two this season.
*Karlee Summey scored her first goal of the season and seventh of her career.
*Natalie Huggins picked up her first assist of the season and sixth of her career.
*Baylor is 7-0-0 when scoring first this season.
*Baylor is 7-0-0 when leading at half this season.
*Baylor has not allowed a goal at home in its last seven matches, dating back to last season.
*Baylor is the only Big 12 team that has not lost a match in 2013.
*Baylor is off to its best start of the Jobson era at 7-0-2 and second best start of all-time (1996).
*Baylor is in a season-long six-match home stand - and is 2-0-1 thus far - the 0-0 tie last Sunday with McNeese State ended home winning streak at a program-record 14 matches, breaking the 13-match streak in 1997-98.
*Baylor has a program-record 16-match unbeaten streak at home and has not had a loss in the last 703 days at Betty Lou Mays Field. BU's last home loss was Oct. 21, 2011, against Oklahoma State (1-0).
*Baylor is unbeaten in a program-record 30 straight matches and has not had a loss in the last 393 days. The streak is the longest active streak in the country. BU's last loss came Aug. 26, 2012, at Long Beach State (2-1).
*Baylor has shutout its opponent in the first period of every game this season and has done so in 13 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. The last team to score in the first period against Baylor is Texas Tech on Nov. 2, 2012, at the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio.
*Baylor has not given up a goal in the first period at home in 15 straight matches. The last team to score in the first period at Betty Lou Mays Field is Oklahoma on Oct. 23, 2011.
*Baylor held edges over Boise State in shots (15-6), shots on goal (7-4) and corner kicks (4-3).
*Baylor ranks No. 9 in Top Drawer Soccer's poll this week, No. 9 in BennettRank, No. 13 in NSCAA, No. 15 in Soccer Times, and No. 18 in Soccer America.
STAT OF THE GAME
2 – The amount of game-winning goals that Kat Ludlow has this season and the amount of game-winning assists Taylor Heatherly has this season.
TWEET OF THE GAME
@AwaitedReturn: "@BaylorFutbol #Baylor #Soccer taking care of business!! 2-0"
"We found a way to get it done against a good, scrappy team. Boise State plays with a lot of heart and fight and has some really good players. I'm pleased with the ability we had to scrap with them and score two nice goals." – BU Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson
Baylor continues its home stand by beginning Big 12 play next weekend on Sept. 27 against Oklahoma and Sept. 29 versus West Virginia.