Aug. 28, 2009
Despite outshooting North Dakota State 15-4, the Baylor soccer team was unable to find the back of the net as the Bears tied the Bison, 0-0 Friday night before a crowd of 508 at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The tie keeps the Bears undefeated at 1-0-2, while NDSU moves to 0-1-1.
"Sometimes you just can't find the back of the net, but that's soccer," head coach Marci Jobson said. "We played much better in the second half and we had new kids step up tonight. I saw some things I liked, but we need to work on our finishing."
Freshman Dana Larsen was active early for the Baylor attack, firing off the first three shots, all on goal, to put the Bison on their heals. Baylor led the shot category, 6-1 at the end of the half but was knotted at zero.
Baylor continued to press in the second half, controlling most of game in the NDSU half of the field. Bison goalkeeper, Kalani Bertsch came up big time-and-time again, making 11 saves on the night.
With less than five seconds left in regulation, junior Lotto Smith got the ball on the left side of the box and blasted a left-footed shot that was saved by Bertsch to keep the game tied heading into overtime.
The Bears had great opportunity to end the game in the 99th minute, as freshman Hanna Gilmore headed a ball from eight yards out, but her shot was pushed over the top of the goal by Bertsch to keep the game scoreless.
Freshman Larissa Campos kept up the Baylor attack in the second overtime, only to see two of her four shots on the night sail wide of the net.
The Bison nearly ended the game in the 106th minute on a shot from Megan Dean, but freshman Lisa Sliwinski leaped into the air and headed the ball clear, saving it from reaching the back of the net and keeping the game tied.
Baylor placed 12 shots on goal in the 110 minute game, while Bison managed just two. Larsen and Campos led the way with four shots a piece, while Gilmore added three.
The Bears will have a week off before their next match, as they travel to McNeese State on Sept. 4 at 4:00 p.m.