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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Baylor hands Kansas soccer its first loss of the season

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The fifth-ranked Kansas soccer team lost its first match of the season on Friday night, falling 2-0 to Baylor in Waco, Texas.

The win was the first of the season for the Bears, who improved to 1-1-3 while KU dropped to 3-1-0.

The loss ended a 12-match unbeaten streak against Big 12 foes dating back to last season.

After winning three 1-0 games to open the season, the Jayhawks surrendered their first goal of 2020 when BU’s Mackenzie Anthony scored an unassisted goal at the 20-minute mark of the first half.

Anthony's goal was the first first-half goal conceded by the Jayhawks in eight games dating back to the 2019 Big 12 semifinals against Oklahoma State.

Baylor's Taylor Moon made it 2-0 Baylor in the 54th minute of the second half on an assist from Anthony.

Kansas out-shot Baylor 9-3 in the second half (and 10-9 for the game) but couldn’t get one in the net.

“Baylor is a physical team and you have to match that and we let them push us around," KU coach Mark Francis said after the match. "In the second half, we competed better and created some chances.”

The all-time Kansas-Baylor series is now tied at 12-12-2, with BU owning a 7-2-2 advantage in Waco.

The Jayhawks will return home to host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. next Friday at Rock Chalk Park.

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