Sept. 8, 2002
WACO, Texas - Slugging through a drenched field and intermittent showers, junior Candace Reilly pushed across two goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime period, as the Baylor soccer team defeated Southwest Texas Sunday night, 3-2.
The win improved Baylor's record to 4-0 on the young season, the best start the Bears have had under fourth-year head coach Nick Cowell. The Bobcats, meanwhile, dropped to 1-2 on the year.
Reilly put Baylor on top early, scoring her first goal of the season just 12:26 into the game. Redshirt freshman Tiffany Boshers and sophomore April Robertson each picked up assists on the play, as Robertson redirected Boshers' pass to Reilly for the score and the early lead.
Southwest Texas, however, came right back. Junior Allison Crain notched her third goal of the year at the 17:07 mark to tie the game, and the match went into the half at 1-1.
Junior Kiki Van Etten put the Bobcats on top just over a minute into the second half, as she scored her first goal of the year. Van Etten's goal, the first by a SWT player other than Crain all season, gave Southwest Texas their first lead at 2-1.
That margin looked like it might hold up for the visitors, but with time winding down and the Bears needing a spark at the front, Cowell moved all-Big 12 defender Tamura Crawley up to forward for the final minutes. The move worked, as Crawley recorded her second goal of the year (fourth of her career) with under nine minutes remaining to tie the game. Freshman Bethany Vick received her first collegiate assist, as her shot deflected off Bobcat goalkeeper Kristen Tutt and right to Crawley for the score.
The first overtime went by scoreless, but with 3:35 remaining in the second period, the Bears pushed a ball in close to the net. A shot by Crawley rolled across her foot, but right to Reilly, who put the ball into the net for the game-winning shot.
At 4-0, the Bears hold their best record to start a season since 1998, when Baylor went on to win the Big 12 Conference title. The Bears started 5-0 that season; they also began the year 5-0 in 1996, their inaugural season.
Baylor returns to action again Wednesday, as the Bears host McNeese State at 7 p.m.
NOTES: The win marked the Bears' second straight overtime game. Baylor defeated Rice in Houston on Friday night in the first overtime period, 2-1... Sunday's game marked the first multiple-goal game of Reilly's career... Baylor has outshot its opponents in all each game this season; in four matches, the Bears have outshot the opposition 86-24.