SOC defeats Florida, 2-1 – Baylor University Athletics

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider

AUSTIN, Texas – Michelle Lenard was disappointed with how her Baylor football team responded after allowing the opening goal in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Wisconsin.
This time when the Florida Gators (1-2-0) scored an tying goal in 81st minute, the Bears (1-1-1) responded in a good way.
Take a centering pass from the second year Haven Terryjunior midfielder Gabby Muller fired a 15-yard shot that found the top right corner of the net with just under two minutes to play for a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“To fight back after giving up the EQ, with little time on the clock, I’m really proud,” said Lenard, who earned his first victory at Baylor after winning 200 games and 13 conference championships in 14 seasons at Dallas Baptist. .
“It shows a change in mentality from our last game. . . . I’m happy for the team. I thought we deserved to win. It would have been really disappointing if this game went the other way. I think that we have played well, from the start.”
Even in a scoreless first half, Baylor dominated the game with a 7-1 advantage in shots, three of which were on goal.
Florida made a tactical change in the second half, switching to a 4-4-2 format, and put a lot of pressure on the Baylor defense and goalie. Lauren Traywick.
“Overall, I think (Traywick) handled the game pretty well,” Lenard said. “They didn’t have a lot of good chances, but she made the saves she needed early on. She played well with her feet and was able to control the changes in momentum that happened throughout the game. match.”
The Bears went up the board in the 12e minute of the second half, during the transfer of DBU Ashley Merrill header in a goal from the middle of the area on a corner perfectly placed by Maddie Algya. It was Merrill’s first goal at Baylor and 33rd of her career.
“The first is a corner kick, which we worked hard on, and we finally executed it,” Lenard said. “It was a good serve (from Algya). Ashley is good at it, she timed it well and was in the end.”
Florida’s constant pressure finally broke Baylor’s pipes, with less than 9½ minutes left, when Tessa Barton’s shot went off the right post. The ricochet went all the way to the back, where Alivia Gonzalez fired a shot over Traywick and into the right side of the net.
“I’m going to have to go back and watch the movie, because I thought (Traywick) had it covered and it went through his fingertips and hit the post,” Lenard said of the first contact. by Barton. “And how (Gonzalez) scored from that angle, I don’t know. Going back to watch the video will be helpful in discerning that.”
The Gators had three more shots in the final eight minutes, but Mueller got the go-ahead goal from Mueller at 88:02.
“I’m really glad Gabby finished that one,” Lenard said. “We know she can finish. We challenged her to put more in the box, and she did, and had a fantastic finish.”
Traywick recorded two saves in the second half and also picked up his first win.
Ending the weekend in Austin, Baylor will face top-ranked North Carolina (3-0-0) at 12 p.m. Sunday. The Tar Heels beat the Texas Longhorns, 2-0, in Thursday’s last drink and led the series with Baylor, 2-0-1.
“We attack better. In this game we created chances, but we were taken advantage of in the counterattack moments,” Lenard said. “The UNC will be clinical if we are not organized to counter-press. And then, when we are in a low block, we have to be more organized, because we too often get out of our form when we are close. of our own purpose.”

THE SUMMARY

AUSTIN, Texas – Baylor Soccer’s last-minute goal pushed the Bears past Florida, 2-1, Thursday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium to save the head coach Michelle LenardBU’s first victory.


The Bears fought back in the first half, shooting the Gators 7-1, but were unable to capitalize in the first 45 minutes.


Coming out hot in the second half, Maddie Algya sent a shot in the 48e minute but the ball sailed just over the net. Baylor struck first as Ashley Merrill ball head on a free kick in the 57e minute, on a corner from Algya.


Baylor held off the Gators until the 81st minute, when they scored to tie the match at one each.


Do not fall without a fight, in the 89e minute, Gabby Muller found in the top right of the net on an assist from Haven Terry take the lead and secure victory.


The Baylor defense only allowed three shots on goal, with the starting keeper Lauren Traywick save two backups.


Nine Bears recorded shots during the game, with a season-high four on the boot of Blythe Obar.



STRONG POINTS

BEST QUOTES
Michelle Lenard on the first win of the season…
“It feels good, I’m happy for the team. I thought we deserved to win. It would have been really disappointing if this game went the other way. I think we played well, from the start. We We controlled the first half. I didn’t create enough good chances, but I controlled. In the second half, we started to create better chances, we finally scored a goal. adjustments on the fly. I think that will come with experience. We have a lot of young players there. And then, to fight back after giving the goal, the equalizer, with little time on the clock, I “I am really proud. It shows a change in mentality compared to our last game. I’m really happy that Gabby is finishing this one, we know she can finish. We challenged her to put more in the box, and she did, and a fantastic finish.”

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