A tough weekend ended with another difficult loss for UIW Women as they fell to a 3-0 loss against the might of Baylor on Sunday night at Betty Lou Mays Field. Despite the result, the positives were there as UIW showed great improvement from just a year ago when UIW fell to a 7-1 loss to Baylor.
It took just two minutes for Baylor to open the scoring after a strong cross from Raegan Padgett perfectly found Lauren Piercy. That allowed the Bears’ forward to take the lead after a powerful header beat the keeper and opened the scoring.
From there, Baylor continued to attack as they kept on peppering the UIW goal, and in that the second cardinals keeper. Haley Nelson was brought in just nine minutes in, but showed no sign of being cold, as she made two huge saves in the half to keep it just 1-0 at the half.
But the break seemed to help Baylor, and again two minutes in to the half they were able to double their lead through yet another header. This one came through Precious Akanyirige who got a header easily away and gave the Bears a crucial two goal cushion.
In the 56th minute the Cardinals had their best chance to get a goal back in to the match as they got their only shot on target for the match. Ana Campa was able to find space and shoot but it was easily saved by Sara Martinson in the Bears goal.
All chances of UIW getting back in to the match went away just a few minutes after that chance when they were reduced to ten. Annika Fields was shown a straight red-card for her challenge, killing off UIW’s chances.
Despite the numerical disadvantage UIW held on well defensively throughout the final half-hour of the match, with Nelson making five big saves. But the pressure was always going to tell and two minutes from time Baylor made it three when Jackie Crowther sent in a cross for Ashley Thornhill to wrap up the strong win for Baylor.