Baylor soccer (5-0-1) earned a solid 1-0 road victory on Friday night over the hosting Portland Pilots (2-5-0) to open play in the Nike Portland Invitational at Merlo Field.
Controlling the pace in the match, the Bears led in total shots (24-7) and shots on goal (7-3), including a 13-2 advantage in shots taken in the second half.
Jennifer Wandt (3-0) worked her third-consecutive solo shutout, with the Baylor team extending a streak of 457 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Bears cracked the scoreboard in the 36th minute with a foul called on the Pilots inside the penalty box, setting up for a penalty kick taken by Aline De Lima.
The senior midfielder laced her shot into the right top half of the net, giving the Bears the lead and standing as the gamewinning goal.
*Aline De Lima scored her first goal of the season, the fifth in her Baylor career.
*Jennifer Wandt earned her third-straight solo shutout in goal, starting in just the third match of her career.
*Baylor’s one goal allowed through the first six matches is the fewest allowed by a Baylor team since 2013.
STAT OF THE MATCH
.917 – Baylor’s win percentage through six matches in 2017, tying the 2013 and 1996 teams for the best start to a season in program history.
QUOTES OF THE MATCH
“Going into it, we’ve focused on this weekend being two really big tests for us with some really great opponents and being ready to step up to the challenge. They obviously did that tonight and I’m proud of that. They had a never say die mentality, even being up 1-0. Sometimes teams can feel too comfortable with that or worry too much about losing that lead. I think all night we just kept going after it and it could have been two or three, if not for a couple of hair misses. It could’ve been a whole other group of goals.” – Baylor head coach Paul Jobson
Baylor closes out play in the Nike Portland Invitational on Sun., Sept. 10, facing Washington at 2 p.m. CT at Merlo Field.