Sophomore Kristin Ruef scored Baylor's first goal of the year Friday night in a 3-0 season-opening win.
Aug. 30, 2002
WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer team outshot visiting Louisiana-Lafayette 21-1 Friday night, beating the Ragin' Cajuns 3-0 for a season-opening win.
The Bears (1-0) improved to 5-1-1 all-time in season home openers, while ULL (0-1) dropped its first game of the new year. Baylor dominated the game from the start, but struggled to score early. The Bears took 12 shots in the first half but failed to connect on any of them.
"There were a lot of nerves at the beginning," head coach Nick Cowell said. "We didn't adjust our style in the first half... Another day, we might have scored five goals in the first 20 minutes. That's soccer."
Six minutes into the second half, sophomore Kristin Ruef finally broke through for Baylor's first goal of the year, assisted by Candace Reilly. Freshman Sam Savage recorded her first collegiate goal later in the period, as her shot deflected off ULL defender Sara Vienberg and into the goal to up the Bears' lead to 2-0.
Four minutes later, a shot by Ruef was deflected by the visiting goalkeeper, Liza Presault, but junior Emily Fukuchi was there to push in the rebound for her first goal of the season, making the final margin 3-0.
Seven players made their first appearance as Bears, including starting goalkeeper Tanya Sena. Sena, who suffered a broken thumb late in the summer, was cleared by doctors on Thursday to play this weekend. With Baylor controlling the ball for most of the game Friday, Sena was forced to make only one save while collecting a shutout in her Baylor debut.
Fellow freshman Kandyce Farr and redshirt freshman Tiffany Boshers also started in their first collegiate appearances. Other first-time Bears to see action Friday night included freshmen Savage, Tiffany Haines and Bethany Vick, and junior transfer Kate Hensman.
Earlier in the day, Mississippi State defeated TCU 1-0 in the first game of the Baylor Labor Day Classic. The tournament continues Sunday, as TCU plays Louisiana-Lafayette at 4:30 p.m. and the Bears face the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.