Oct. 24, 2004
WACO, Texas-The Baylor soccer team held a 2-1 lead heading into halftime; however, Missouri rallied for two second half goals to defeat the Bears 3-2 in action at Betty Lou Mays Field. With the loss, Baylor falls to 6-9-2 overall, 2-6-1 in the Big 12 Conference, as Missouri improves to 7-9-1, 5-5-0 in conference play.
The Bears took their first lead midway through the first half when Tiffany Boshers scored unassisted. Taking a ball up right field, she beat the defense to score from the top of the penalty box. The goal was Boshers' eighth of the season as she leads Baylor in scoring.
Mizzou struck back almost instantaneously, scoring a goal of its own just 24 seconds later. Kristen Heil struck a shot that was deflected off the Bear goalpost. Jennifer Nobis recollected the ball to slip it past Baylor goalkeeper Ashley Holder to even out the score.
Baylor regrouped to score a second goal with just under four minutes remaining in the first period. Lofting a long ball over the Tiger defense, Bethany Vick fed Anna Schuch inside the Mizzou 18-yard box to put the Bears up 2-1 heading into intermission.
Coming back strong in the second half, the Tigers finally capitalized on one of their first 12 corner kicks. Lobbing a ball into the Baylor goal box, Heil hit a header that struck the post. Before Holder could get control of the loose ball inside the box, senior Shea Swoboda swooped in to tap it over the endline and score her third goal of the season.
Melissa Peabody utilized another Missouri cornerkick opportunity to put in Mizzou's third goal of the game and the eventual game-winner. With just 10 minutes remaining, Karen Bauer sent a ball into the Baylor penalty area where it was forced out by the Bear defense. Peabody corralled the loose ball and struck a low shot that found its way past Holder and into the net to give the Tigers the lead.
Overall, Mizzou outshot Baylor 20-to-11 during the game, including a 12-to-7 shot on goal differential.
Holder, who leads the Big 12 Conference in saves per game, made eight saves in goal for Baylor in the loss.
The loss, the seventh one goal loss of the season for the Bears, meant Baylor will not qualify for the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The season is not over for the Bears, however, as Baylor closes out the season on Friday, Oct. 29, when BU travels to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech.