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Baylor Scores Late to Tie Minnesota 1-1

Amanda McGrath's goal in the 90th minute forced the game into overtime.

Amanda McGrath's goal in the 90th minute forced the game into overtime.

Sept. 2, 2005

Box Score

WACO, Texas -- Trailing 1-0 with under a minute remaining, Baylor's Amanda McGrath connected on a shot from five yards out to send the game into overtime as the Bears pulled out a dramatic come-from-behind tie against Minnesota in action at Betty Lou Mays Field. With the tie, Baylor moves to 1-1-1 on the season as Minnesota goes to 1-1-1 on the year.

"I was proud of the way the team worked hard to earn the last goal," head coach George Van Linder said. "The team never gave up and we are steadily improving as we move forward with the season. I think we took a step in the right direction as we head into our game against Northwestern."

Neither team was able to get on the board in the first 45 minutes; however, Baylor's Ashley Holder made a pair of spectacular saves in the 29th minute to keep the score knotted at 0-0.

First, Holder made a diving save off a blast from the foot of Lindsey Schwartz, diving to her left to deflect the ball away. Still on the ground, Holder was able to fight off a point-black shot by Jamie Cheever off the rebound as the sophomore goalie turned away the Golden Gophers best opportunity of the half.

Minnesota finally broke in the 48th minute; however, as Schwartz's goal three minutes into the second gave the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. Off a corner kick by Clare Grimwood, Schwartz corralled the kick and hit a low shot past a diving Holder to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.

Baylor controlled play throughout the rest of the half, holding a 10-2 edge in shots in the second half, and finally tied the game as McGrath connected with 44 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Freshman Carolyn Lynch found an opening down the left side of the field and found Anna Schuch in the middle of the penalty box. Schuch proceeded to flick the ball back to McGrath, who launched a shot into the top left corner of the net from five yards out as Baylor sent the game into overtime.

 

 

The goal was the second of the season for McGrath as Lynch, also a freshman, tallied her first career assist.

Neither team managed a good scoring opportunity in the two 10-minute golden goal overtimes as Baylor battled to its first tie since the Bears tied Oklahoma State 2-2 on Oct. 10, 2004.

Tiffany Boshers led the way for Baylor, launching seven shots during the contest as the Bears out-shot Minnesota 19-11 for the game.

Holder made five saves for Baylor in the contest as Minnesota's Molly Schneider made three saves for the Golden Gophers in the tie.

Baylor will return to action in the Big 12-Big 10 Conference Challenge when the Bears host Northwestern on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 1:00 p.m.

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