Sept. 30, 2007
Senior defenseman Rose Zapata scored her first collegiate goal but it was too little too late as No. 20 Missouri handed the Baylor women's soccer teams its first home and Big 12 loss of the season, 4-2, at Betty Lou Mays Field on Sunday.
"I normally don't get those chances from the back," Zapata said. "They had just made a change in goal and I knew she was cold so I went for the shot and got it."
Zapata's goal came in the 77th minute of play and was the final goal of the day for either team as Missouri had already made four deposits.
The Tigers scored two goals in the first half, one credited to Kat Tarr and the other Alysha Bonnick, to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
Missouri handled the ball for a majority of the first half, as suggested by its 2-0 halftime lead, but the Bears never gave up, coming out strong in the first half.
On the kickoff, Baylor quickly drove deep into its own territory and fired an early shot, the first of nine for the Bears in the second half.
Despite the heavy surge of Baylor offense, Missouri went up 3-0 in the 59th minute on Kristin Andrighetto's goal before the Bears were able to respond.
"We were out-played in the first half and we didn't suggest otherwise during halftime," head coach George Van Linder said. "Our girls came out flat the start the game. We started to get in our own sort of flow during the second half, but we still made mistakes."
"I'm happy that our girls were able to show some fight in the second half and I think we were able to play right along side them for the last 45 minutes," Van Linder added. "I think if we can stick with this team we should be able to stick with the rest of the Big 12 on down the road; this is a good team we lost to today."
In the 63rd minute, Lara Doherty scored her second goal of the season after a free kick was shot off the crossbar by Pas Roscovius. Doherty picked up the rebound from four yards out and put the Bears on the board for the first time during the game.
Tarr scored her second goal on a penalty kick in the 76th minute before Zapata netted her first collegiate goal to end all scoring.
Senior netminder Ashley Noah recorded nine saves in the contest as her record fell to 6-3-2 with the loss. Noah is now just 10 saves shy of tying the Baylor and Big 12 record for most saves in a career.
Baylor was out-shot in the contest, 19-10, and a total of 27 fouls were committed, including four yellow cards.
The Bears will next be in action as the travel to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both games are slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.