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Baylor Soccer Game 5 Recap: Bears Maul Cardinals

On Senior Night, the Bears sent their five seniors out with five goals as the Bears destroyed the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

Seniors Justine Hovden (20) and Alexa Wilde (7) go for the ball.
Seniors Justine Hovden (20) and Alexa Wilde (7) go for the ball.

Right from the get-go, the Baylor offense was in the Cardinals' end and there they would remain. Within the first minute, the Bears were putting pressure on the Cardinals' goal. At 1:25 into the game, Justine Hovden sent a perfectly-placed corner kick into the box where a wide-open Alexa Wilde was there to finish with the header. From there, the Bears put a choke hold on the match. Led by the senior Hovden, the Bears doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Freshman Precious Akanyirige finished off a Hovden cross that bounced about in the box before Akanyirige was able to slot the ball into the net.

Five minutes later, Hovden put in yet another well-placed corner kick where Bri Campos was able to find the end of the kick and punch the ball into the side netting to make the score 3-0. Campos earned her brace in the 22nd minute after rebounding her own shot that deflected off the defender and sliding it into the corner. Shortly thereafter, Baylor subbed out the majority of their starters; no sense in risking injury with the game well in hand.

Not much of consequence happened until the 83rd minute where freshman defender made her way up the field, corralled the ball, and chipped the ball over the UIW keeper to make the score 5-0 in favor of the home team.

All in all, the game was a mauling almost on the level of Baylor Football-SMU. UIW could do absolutely nothing on the offensive end. A weak opponent, yes, but the Bears looked incredibly good tonight. Way to go ladies!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Your 2014 seniors: Justine Hovden, Natalie Huggins, Michelle Kloss, Anja Rosales &amp; Alexa Wilde. <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Soccer (@BaylorFutbol) <a href="">September 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Player of the Game: Justine Hovden The senior was involved in three goals and was all over the opponent's final third the entire night.