Aug. 24, 2006
BAYLOR VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 7:00 PM
BETTY LOU MAYS FIELD
LIVE STATS: www.baylorbears.com
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 1:00 PM
LIVE STATS: NONE
BAYLOR SOCCER HOSTS NORTHWESTERN STATE TO OPEN 2006 SEASON
"We are excited to get the season underway. We are going against two quality opponents to start the season," head coach George Van Linder said. "After an entire off-season of hard work and preparation, I think the team is excited to get the season started. I think the team is extremely focused and understands how important it is to get off to a good start."
Baylor opens the season by hosting
The meeting with the Cougars, who finished 8-73 last season, marks the third time in school history the two teams have faced off in the regular season. Baylor owns a 2-0 edge in the series as Baylor claimed a 1-0 win over
Tickets to each contest can be purchased through the Baylor Ticket Office at 1-800-BAYLOR-U or by calling 254-710-1000.
NOTING THIS WEEKEND
Baylor is undefeated all-time against the Cougars and the Demons, owning a 1-0 mark against
Baylor welcomes 13 newcomers to this year's squad, the largest total for any Baylor team under head coach George Van Linder.
Baylor is 7-1-2 all-time in home openers at Betty Lou Mays Field with the Bears last home opening loss coming against
BAYLOR TO PARTICIPATE BIG 12-BIG 10 CHALLENGE
On the weekend of Sept. 1-3, nine Big 12 Conference schools will participate in the second-ever Big 12-Big 10 Challenge. Baylor will face
Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas will host a pair of Big 10 opponents that weekend while Baylor, Missouri and Iowa State will play on the road at participating institutions.Last season, the Big 10 Conference captured the Big 12-Big 10 Challenge with a record of 11-7.
WORKING THEIR WAY UP THE CHARTS
With only two seniors and 13 newcomers to this year's squad, only a few players on this year's roster have found their way onto the career record books. However, there are a few players on the 2006 roster making their way up the charts. Most notably, junior goalkeeper Ashley Holder, who enters the season ranked second on the career saves list with 223 for the season.
Career Points: Anna Schuch (11th, 26)
Career Goals: Anna Schuch (9, t-8th)
Career Multi-Goal Games: Anna Schuch (1, t-9th)
Career Game-Winning Goals: Anna Schuch (t-10th, 2)
Career Saves: Ashley Holder (2nd, 223)
Career Wins: Ashley Holder (3rd, 11)
NEWCOMERS PROVIDE DEPTH FOR 2006 SEASON
The 2006 version features 13 newcomers to the Baylor roster, the largest group of incoming players since head coach George Van Linder has welcomed to camp since he arrived with the Bears. Following is a brief capsule of each of the Bears new arrivals:
Kaitlyn Amos (5-5, MF,
Amos, a three-time first-team All-Super Centex selection out of
Beckah Brady (5-8, MF/F,
Brady, a four-year letter-winner at Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla., helped lead her high school team to the Oklahoma Class 5A state championship as a freshman as Jenks captured runner-up finishes during her sophomore and junior seasons.
Gianna Quintana (5-8, GK, St. Pius X High School, Albuquerque, N. Mex.)
Casarez-Quintana, a goalkeeper who lettered for four seasons at St. Pius X Catholic High School, joins Baylor after earning New Mexico District 4A Player of the Year honors following her senior season. For her play her senior year, she earned all-district and all-metro honors while earning first-team all-state honors at goalkeeper.
Lara Doherty (5-7, MF,
Doherty comes Baylor after a stand-out career at
Megan Humke (5-5, Def, The
Humke, the younger sister of former Baylor soccer player Melissa Humke, comes to Baylor as a member of the ODP state and regional teams.The captain of her club team, the Challenge '88, Humke earned all-district honors as a freshman and has attended numerous ODP regional camps.
Jackie Iacovelli (5-6, MF,
Iacovelli, who lettered for four seasons at
Betsy Kyle (5-6, MF,
Kyle, a four-year letter-winner at Saugas High School in Saugus, Calif., comes to Baylor after earning first-team all-Santa Clarita Valley and first-team all-Foothill League honors as a junior and senior. During her junior season, Kyle helped lead
Tara Lomas (5-7, MF/F, Terry Fox Senior Secondary School, Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada)
Lomas comes to Baylor after lettering for four seasons at Terry Fox Senior Secondary School. While at Terry Fox, Lomas was named most valuable player during her junior and senior seasons and was named the school's most inspirational player as a sophomore. Lomas has played club soccer with the Poco FC Premier Women's Team as well as in the Vancouver Whitecaps U-17 Super Y League, where she was selected to the all-star team as a sophomore.
Nicky Smith (5'8, MF/Def, Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas)
Smith entered her senior season at Cedar Park High School as a returning high school All-America selection and was the team captain after being named first-team all-district following her junior season. Smith, who was named team defensive most valuable player as a junior, also earned first-team all-region and first-team all-Centex honors following her junior and senior seasons.
Elena Sutherland (5-6, Def-TR, LSU, Sugar Land, Texas)
Sutherland, who transferred to Baylor from LSU, joins the Bears after two solid years at LSU. Last year with the Tigers, Sutherland appeared in 19 games with six starts as a sophomore playing primarily as a forward. On the season she scored four goals, including two in a victory over Southern.
Nichol Watson (5-5, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas)
Watson, an early graduate who enrolled early at Baylor to practice with the team in the spring, comes to the Bears soccer program as a member of the North Texas ODP team. The Baylor freshman has played club soccer for the Defeaters Soccer Club out of Dallas.
Lauren Ann Weathers (5-10, Def, Cypress Creek High School, Houston, Texas)
Weathers, a 2006 Houston Chronicle Pre-season Player to Watch, was a four-time first team all-district selection with Cypress Creek High School. A member of the all-region team, Weather played club soccer with the Texas Premier Football Club and was the team's leading scorer for three consecutive seasons.
Katie White (5-6, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas)
White, who graduated early from A&M Consolidated High School and enrolled early at Baylor, comes to the Bears after a stand-out career with Challenge FC in Houston. The Baylor freshman, who only played club soccer at the high school level, was a member of one of four ODP regional teams in the country.
DEFENSE MOST EXPERIENCED POSITION ON FIELD AT START OF SEASON
With 13 newcomers on the 2006 squad, many areas on the field will likely see an increase in depth; however, the defense will be the most experienced on the field as Baylor heads into the season. Starters Rose Zapata, Megan Sherrell, Laura Brock and goalkeeper Ashley Holder all return from a squad that allowed only 32 goals last year and was considered one of the strongest defensive groups in the conference.
Holder enters the season as one of the top goalies in the Big 12 Conference as the junior currently ranks second on Baylor's career list in saves after leading the conference with 125 last season.
Sherrell and Zapata return to form one of the most formidable duos in the conference as the pair has played and started in all but one contest during their careers at Baylor.
Finally, the return of Brock, who missed most of last season due to a knee injury, should provide Baylor with one of the most feared backfields in the league. Brock had started and played in every game of the 2005 season before suffering the season-ending setback against Boston.
BETTY LOU MAYS FIELD
The 2006 season marks the seventh year for the Baylor soccer team at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The former Baylor Soccer Stadium was named during the 2000 season in honor of the late Betty Lou Mays of Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Mays was the wife of Troy Mays, a 1945 graduate of Baylor; the two were longtime supporters of Baylor Athletics.
Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field is set in the plush backdrop of the Brazos River on University Parks Drive. The field is part of the Jim and Julie Turner Riverfront Athletic Park, which includes Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium and the Baylor Tennis Center. All four venus share the parking lot with the Ferrell Special Events Center.
NEXT TIME OUT
Baylor will travel for a pair of games as part of the Big 12-Big 10 Soccer Challenge. Baylor will face Indiana on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7:00 p.m. before travelling to take on Purdue on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 1:00 p.m.