Hutton's Game-Winner Gives Soccer OT Victory

Sept. 23, 2007

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It took just 44 seconds into the second overtime for senior Jessica Hutton to end the game as the Baylor soccer team improved to 4-0 at Betty Lou Mays Field on Sunday with a 2-1 win over visiting Delaware.

The Bears' Megan Sherrell continued to lead the team, picking up her own rebound in the 21st minute and beating Delaware's E.J. Goldman to give Baylor (6-2-1) a 1-0 lead. The goal was the fifth of the season for Sherrell and gives her 17 points (5g, 7a) on the season; she leads the team in all three scoring categories.

Sherrell's five goals matches Baylor's 2006 leader, Anna Schuch, and her 17 points is the most by an individual since Tiffany Boshers collected 19 points in 2005.

"Sherrell continues to do great things for us up front," head coach George Van Linder said. "Her quickness and athleticism allows her to do things with the ball that defenders don't expect."

Baylor controlled much of the first half, firing eight shots to Delaware's one, but the Fightin' Blue Hens came out strong in the second half, out-shooting the Bears 6-1.

One of the Blue Hens' shots came from Amy Pickard, who found the back of the net in the 68th minute to knot the game at one. Pickard's goal was the first allowed by Baylor at Betty Lou Mays Field during the 2007 season as the Bears have out-scored their opponents 11-1 at home this season.

The score remained tied through the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.

With both teams fighting for possession and battling through fatigue, a total of three shots each were taken in the first overtime period.

After a short break, the two teams returned to the field, but not for long. Just 44 seconds into the second overtime, Hutton gained possession of the ball at the top of the 18-yard box with her back to the net. After a few quick moves, Hutton found a gap and fired a one-timer past Goldman for the win.

The win, Baylor's sixth of the season, matched the Bears' win total from a year ago and brought and end to their non-conference schedule with a 6-2-1 mark.

Hutton's goal kept Baylor's home winning steak alive and pushed it to four games, the most consecutive home wins to start a season since the 1998 squad went 8-0 at home during the regular season. It was also Hutton's second game-winner of the season.

Sherrell was assisted by sophomore Beckah Brady, who picked up her first assist of the season in her ninth appearance off the bench for Van Linder. Hutton's goal was the four of the season as Baylor, led by Sherrell with five goals, has four members of the squad with four or more goals.

For the match, Baylor out-shot the Blue Hens 13-10 as senior Ashley Noah earned her sixth win of the season, matching her win total from 2006. Noah, who was credited with five saves in the contest, is one win shy of matching her single-season, career-high, and is now just 26 saves short of breaking a Big 12 and Baylor record for most saves in a career.

The Bear's will next be in action as they open Big 12 Conference action at home against Kansas (1-7-1) under the lights on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Baylor is 5-5-1 all-time against the Jayhawks and have lost the last four meetings. Kansas has out-scored Baylor 5-0 in the last four meetings with the Bears being held without a goal since Oct. 4, 2002.

Baylor will wrap up the weekend with a Sept. 30 meeting with Missouri (6-2-0) at 1:00 p.m.

"Today's win was real big for our program as we enter conference play next weekend," Van Linder said. "Kansas is a team with a record that doesn't speak for its caliber of play and Missouri will be a tough match. Our girls know the physical demand that comes with being a part of the Big 12 and hopefully they will be mentally and physically ready to come out strong on Friday."

Both games of Big 12 opening weekend can be heard on with Heath Nielsen and Justin Stottlemyre beginning 10 minutes prior to start time.



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