Oct. 11, 2002
WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer team led sixth-ranked Texas A&M for 83 minutes Friday night, but a late Aggie goal tied the game before the two soccer teams battled to a 1-1 tie through double overtime in front of the largest regular-season crowd in Baylor soccer history.
Sophomore Ginny Rosario-Tull scored her third goal of the season just 1:33 into the game following a free kick by junior Candace Reilly, giving Baylor (7-5-1, 1-3-1 Big 12) the early lead. That shot would prove to be the only Baylor shot of the first half, while Texas A&M (9-3-1, 3-0-1) managed 10 shots in the first period. The Bears got off two more shots in the second half and a total of three in overtime, but were still outshot by the Aggies 25-6 on the night.
Baylor had at least two chances to add to its lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the game, but none of the Bears' late shots found the net. Instead, it was Texas A&M junior Kristen Strutz who connected on a header with 5:17 left in the game, tying the match at 1-1 and forcing overtime.
The Bears came out rejuvenated in overtime, and each team had legitimate chances to end the game. In the end, neither team was able to score and the match concluded in a tie.
"In the second half, we played like we were trying not to lose," Baylor head coach Nick Cowell said, "and we stopped doing the things that got us there in the first place."
Junior Monica Housden played the entire night in goal for Baylor, making her fourth start. She recorded 11 saves, the highest total for any Bear this season, but could do nothing to stop the lone Aggie goal.
Friday's match marked the first time the Aggies had failed to defeat an unranked opponent this season; Texas A&M's three losses came against then-No. 2 Stanford, then-No. 11 California and then-No. 1 North Carolina.
The crowd of 1,488 bested the previous regular-season record crowd of 1,372, set Sept. 3, 1999 in the first game played at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field (then named Baylor Soccer Stadium). The largest crowd to see Baylor play at home came April 18, 2001, to see the Bears play the Mexico Women's National Team; 1,810 fans attended the 3-1 Bear win.
Baylor defender Tamura Crawley did not start Friday night but did come off the bench early in the first half, snapping a streak of 43 consecutive games started. The senior has appeared in every game during her three-plus seasons at Baylor and has started all but two of those games.
Baylor now heads down Interstate-35 to Austin to square off against third-ranked Texas Sunday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Baylor's six shots on the night were the team's fewest of the season... Rosario-Tull moved into a tie for seventh place on the Baylor career points leaderboard with 28 points, matching the total set by Alyson Miles between 1998 and 2001.