WACO – Baylor soccer’s trademark Jobson defense was in full force in a 2-0 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Field. The Bears (2-0) allowed the Huskies (0-2) just one shot all day while Justine Hovden and Natalie Huggins provided goals on the offensive side.
Much like Friday’s first half in a win over Rice to start the 2014 season, Baylor dominated possession in the first half against HBU but did not take a lead into the break. BU held edges in shots (8-0), shots on goal (2-0) and corner kicks (5-0).
In the second half, sophomore goalie Sara Martinson took over for senior Michelle Kloss and made BU’s only save of the day on an easy shot. But it was after the Bears had taken control of the game on the scoreboard. In the 53rd minute, Hovden received a pass near midfield on the right sideline, turned on the jets to get past her defender, and beat HBU goalie Patty Walrath in a one-on-one situation from 10 yards out.
Later in the 84th minute, Sarah Moghadas used a nice nutmeg move while tight roping the end line on the right side of the net and helped get a deflected ball to Huggins, who was all alone on the left side of the goalie box. All the senior needed to do was settle the ball and chip it in for an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
“It was a great goal,” Baylor Co-Head Coach Marci Jobson said. “I think Justine [Hovden] is playing really well coming back from an injury. I’d like to see her 10 games from now at full strength.”
Overall, the Bears owned advantages over the Huskies in shots (16-1), shots on goal (5-1) and corners (11-0) on a very hot day that featured a water break for both teams at the 22-minute mark of each half.