Baylor Soccer Wins Home Opener vs. Purdue, 5-1
Baylor soccer won a 5-1 match over Purdue in its home opener on Friday evening at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The Bears (2-1-0) scored two goals in the first eight minutes to leave the Boilermakers (1-2-0) unable to recover.
After a one-hour and 25-minute lightning delay to start the game, Baylor wasted little time jumping on top of Purdue. In the fourth minute, Julie James captured a Purdue turnover in its own end at the top of the box and hit Sarah King on the left wing for a goal to the top right corner.
Four minutes later, Bridget Hamway lobbed a midfield pass over the top of the defense to Lauren Piercy. After a scramble for the ball between a defender, goalkeeper and herself, Piercy came out with it and fired from the right wing into an empty net for a 2-0 lead.
BU made it a 3-0 lead in the 21st minute as King was on the giving end this time. Her cross from the left wing hit Ariel Leach in the box and she fired a shot through traffic to the right side of the net for the goal.
Purdue cut into the lead with a goal in the 23rd minute, but after halftime, the Bears quickly regained all momentum. In the 47th minute, Emory Cason made a run up the left wing and passed to Piercy in the middle of the box for a finish to the right side of the net. Five minutes later, Cason dropped a long pass into Raegan Padgett for a breakaway goal to the right side of the net for the final goal of the game.
*Baylor is 2-1-0 or better to start a season for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
*Baylor scored its most goals in a game since an 8-0 win over UTSA in Waco on Sept. 13, 2015.
*Baylor trails the all-time series against Purdue, 2-1, and the Boilermakers claimed a 2-1 win last season in West Lafayette, Ind. – the teams met in Waco for the first time on Friday evening.
*Baylor is 17-2-2 all-time in home openers and 8-1-0 under the Jobsons.
*Baylor is undefeated in 14 of its last 17 matches, dating back to the 2015 season.
*Baylor is 31-2-3 when scoring first since 2013.
*Sophomore forward Sarah King scored her first goal of the season and third of her career while also adding her first assist of the season and 11th of her career for her 17th career point.
*Sophomore midfielder Julie James had her first assist of the season and second of her career for her 10th career point.
*Sophomore forward Lauren Piercy scored her second and third goals of the season and eighth and ninth of her career for her 19th career point, marking her first career multi-goal game.
*Senior defender Bridget Hamway had the first assist of her career for her first career point.
*Sophomore forward Ariel Leach scored her first career goal for her first two career points.
*Senior defender Emory Cason notched her first two career assists for her first two points of the season and fourth career point.
*Freshman forward Raegan Padgett scored her first career goal for her first two points.
*Junior goalkeeper Sara Martinson picked up her second win of the season and 11th of her career.
STAT OF THE GAME
4 – The minute Baylor scored its first goal, and four minutes later, scored its second.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Yeah, we talked about that in the locker room before the game – that we needed to set the tone early [after the lightning delay]. That we needed to continue that for 90 minutes, and I think we did that. I think that we came out early, set the tone, went at them right away and never backed down.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson
Baylor closes its home opening weekend with a 5 p.m. CT tilt versus Incarnate Word on Sunday.