WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Baylor soccer team is in the middle of a tight race in the Big 12.
The Bears (6-3-3, 2-1-0 Big 12) are one of four teams with two wins and one loss in conference play. Liz Kooiman recorded Baylor's first hat trick since 2010 in the Bears' 4-2 victory last Thursday over West Virginia, which suffered its first conference loss.
"Every win in the Big 12 is a big win," senior forward Raegan Padgett said. "It's hard to win in the Big 12. We took advantage of being at home, played some really good soccer, some of the best we played."
"Obviously, you gain some momentum from some big wins at home, and then having a week to kind of get yourself back in order so to speak and get your mentality right again is good," Baylor head coach Paul Jobson said. "I think the schedule is set up well for us for that. To go on the road after a great win like that is good. I think we're in a good place."
Six games remain in the regular season, including two on the road this week at TCU Thursday night and Oklahoma Sunday afternoon.
"Hopefully we keep on playing how we've been playing and then add onto it, then we can win some more," junior midfielder Eva Mitchell said.
The Bears scored four goals in the second half against the Mountaineers. Twelve of their 17 shots were on goal, and that's the highest efficiency (70.6%) Baylor has had all season.
"I don't think we've peaked just yet and we really don't want to," Padgett said. "We still have a lot of season left to play and hopefully a lot of postseason. We're still just progressing each game and we feel really good about where we are."
"We've been road warriors," Jobson said. "We've had ups and downs and experienced everything you can on the road so far this year. I think we're definitely prepared at this point."