Oct. 25, 2002
AMES, Iowa -
The Baylor soccer team saw its chances for postseason play dimmed Friday night as the Bears lost to Iowa State in overtime, 4-3.
As has been their pattern for much of the season, the Bears (7-8-2, 1-6-2 Big 12) struck early. Sophomore Ginny Rosario-Tull put Baylor on top 1-0 six minutes into the game, the sixth time the Bears have scored a goal within the first 10 minutes of action.
That lead didn't last long, as Iowa State (6-9-1, 3-6 Big 12) bounced right back to reclaim the lead. Sophomore Nikki Gamble, the Cyclones' leading scorer this season, tied the game at 17:01. Four minutes later, Iowa State took the lead on a goal by freshman Deb Benakis. That lead held into the half.
Thirty seconds after the start of the second half, Baylor sophomore Kristin Ruef recorded her team-leading seventh goal of the year to tie the game at 2-2. Redshirt freshman Tiffany Boshers added her fifth goal of the year seven minutes later to give Baylor the lead once again.
This time, the lead looked like it would hold up. The Cyclones, however, had other ideas, and with just 24 seconds left in the game, sophomore Kelly Burke came through with a game-tying goal to force overtime.
In OT, it took just under four minutes for Iowa State to claim the victory. ISU freshman Kristina Baumann recorded her third goal of the season, unassisted, at the 93:50 mark to give the Cyclones the win.
The loss, coupled with the victory for Iowa State, means the Bears will not qualify for the 2002 Big 12 Tournament. This season will mark the first time in the program's seven-year history that Baylor has not qualified for the conference tournament.
Rosario-Tull's goal Friday moved her into seventh place alone in the Baylor recordbook for career points with 30, snapping a tie with Alyson Miles, who had 28 points from 1998-2001. Next on the list: Britt Talley (1996-99) and teammate Emily Fukuchi, who each have 33 career points.
Ruef also moved into a tie for sixth in program history in career goals, with nine. She is tied with Miles, Talley, Gina Castellano
(1997-2000) and Rachel Kacsmaryk
(1998-2001). Rosario-Tull is next on the list, in fifth place with 12 career goals.
Ruef, the team's leading scorer this season, and senior Tamura Crawley, a three-time All-Big 12 selection, both did not start the game but instead came off the bench.
Baylor will hang around the Hawkeye State for a 1 p.m. game Sunday against Iowa, then close out the season Nov. 1 in Lubbock against Texas Tech.