NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (August 25, 2012) -- The 24th-ranked Baylor women’s soccer team bounced back from an early own goal to post a 2-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday night at Matador Soccer Stadium. The Bears are off to the sixth 3-0 in program history and the second in the past three years.
Despite earning the victory, the game did not start out in Baylor’s favor. A little over six minutes into the contest, Baylor put itself in hole with an own goal. Junior Selby Polley was working to clear the ball back to goalkeeper Michelle Kloss, but it slipped past Kloss and inside the far post to give the Matadors the 1-0 advantage.
“The own goal was completely unlucky and there was nothing we could do about it except respond,” head coach Marci Jobson said. “My girls showed unbelievable resolve in the fact that they continued to fight and even stepped it up another notch.”
On the road for the second time this season, the Bears rebounded from the deficit with strong play. BU controlled the ball for much of the middle portion of the first half and racked up four shots in a six-minute stretch.
In the 29th minute, Baylor’s consistent offensive push yielded results when Cal State Northridge was whistled for a foul. Taylor Heatherly took the free kick from midfield and her pass into the box was headed in by Kat Ludlow. It is the second goal of the year for the junior and the third of her career.
The Bears and Matadors would go to the halftime break all knotted up at one, but to open the second half both teams came out attacking.
The Matadors had several opportunities to score including a chance in the 54th minute as CSUN leading scorer Stephanie Galarze received a cross and placed a shot on the frame that Kloss was able to block away.
Baylor’s second goal of the night also came following a foul by the Matadors in the 64th minute. Larissa Campos took the free kick from 40 yards out on the right side and senior Dana Larsen did the rest by heading the offering into the back of the net for her first goal of the year and 19th career score.
“I am proud of Dana to get the game winner as she came back from a rough first half and stepped her game up to another level,” Jobson said.
From that point, the Baylor defense would make the lead stand up by withstanding a free kick chance in the 69th minute, the Matadors only corner kick of the night in the 82nd minute and then a final scramble in the final minute.
“We scored on two great set piece goals, which we have been working hard on,” Jobson said. “Our team defense was outstanding and I am proud of the team’s resiliency.”
For the game, Baylor outshot Cal State Northridge, 18-9, including an 8-5 advantage in shots only goal. Karlee Summey paced BU with three shots, while Taylor Heatherly, Vic Hoffman, Larsen, Ludlow and Hadley Young all added two shots.
Kloss went the distance in the Baylor goal for the second time this season. Despite giving up the own goal, the redshirt sophomore had four saves.
The win is only the second victory for the Baylor program in the state of California, after previously being 1-8 in the Golden State. BU now leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 2-1.
Baylor has now won the first two road games of a season for the first time since 2003, while improving its road mark under Jobson to 12-16-6. With the victory, BU also ups its record when ranked to 25-14-3 and earns its first win as a ranked team since Nov. 3, 1999.
The Bears will now head south to face 15th-ranked Long Beach State on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Long Beach, Calif.