Junior Emily Fukuchi assisted on both goals Friday night as the Bears beat Kansas, 2-1.
Oct. 4, 2002
WACO, Texas - Junior forward Emily Fukuchi assisted on both Bear goals as the Baylor soccer team slipped past regionally-ranked Kansas Friday night, 2-1, at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
The victory was the first conference win of the season for Baylor (7-4, 1-2 Big 12), coming after the Bears were swept on the road last weekend by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The win also snapped a three-game skid for Baylor, which had tarnished an impressive 6-1 start to the season.
Kansas (7-2-2, 1-1-1 Big 12), ranked eighth in the region, suffered just its second loss of the year, and the team's first defeat in Big 12 play after having defeated Colorado and tied Nebraska in Lawrence last weekend.
Friday night, Baylor struck quickly to take the first lead. Sophomore Kristen Ruef put away her first shot of the game at the 1:03 mark off a pass from Fukuchi to give Baylor a 1-0 lead. The goal was Ruef's team-leading fifth of the season.
The Bears missed a golden opportunity to double their lead 15 minutes later, when Ginny Rosario-Tull's shot following a free kick clanged off the crossbar, narrowly missing becoming Baylor's second score of the night.
When the Bears' initial energy rush waned, Kansas sophomore Lauren Williams came through to record her first goal of the year at the 24:31 mark, tying the game at 1-1 off assists from Lindsay Hunting and Rachel Gilfillan. That score held into the second half after a picture-perfect header from Kristin Ruef went just high over the Kansas goal near the end of the first period.
Seven minutes into the second half, the Jayhawks had an apparent go-ahead goal by sophomore Caroline Smith waived off by an offsides call. The Bears took advantage of that stroke of luck to take the lead for good at 54:58. Rosario-Tull, playing on the left side while left-footed Tiffany Boshers is out with an injury, gathered a pass from Fukuchi. After juking three Kansas defenders, Rosario-Tull found a clear shot past a diving Kansas goalkeeper into the lower right corner for the game-winning goal.
With the win, the Bears are now 12-3 at home since the start of the 2001 season, with two of the three losses coming to top-25 teams.
Fukuchi's two assists moved the junior into a tie for fifth-place in the Baylor record book for career points with 33, tying four-year letterwinner Britt Talley, who recorded nine goals and 15 assists from 1996-1999. Friday night was the first multi-assist game of her career. Fukuchi already ranks fourth on the Bears' career leaderboard for most goals.
Baylor plays the second match of a three-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m., continuing Big 12 play against Missouri at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.