Sept. 5, 2002
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at Rice (0-2) * Houston, Texas * Friday, Sept. 6 * 7 p.m.
vs. Southwest Texas (0-1) * Waco, Texas * Sunday, Sept. 8 * 7 p.m.
After opening the season 2-0 for the first time since 1998, the Baylor soccer team aims to continue that winning streak this weekend in a pair of non-conference matches. The Bears head down to play Rice Friday at 7 p.m., then return to Waco to host Southwest Texas Sunday at 7 p.m.
Rice opens its home season against Baylor on Friday after losing twice on the road in the team's opening weekend. The Owls fell on the road to then-No. 5 Texas A&M on Friday, 4-1, and to Houston on Sunday, 2-1. The Owls return all 11 starters from last season, when they finished 7-9 (5-3 in WAC play) in the program's first season.
Last season, Baylor defeated Rice 3-1 in Waco. The Bears outshot the Owls 21-2, and April Robertson, Sarah Dearing and Whitney Barrett each contributed goals for Baylor.
Southwest Texas also begins the weekend winless after dropping the team's opening game to Texas-El Paso on the road, 2-1. The Bobcats head to Lubbock to play Texas Tech on Friday before coming to Waco for Sunday's match against the Bears.
SWT finished last season 14-7 overall, including a 10-2 conference record en route to the Southland Conference championship. Ten of 11 starters and 23 of 28 letterwinners return from that team. Baylor has never before faced the Bobcats.
Last Time Out
Baylor outshot visiting Louisiana-Lafayette 21-1 Friday night, beating the Ragin' Cajuns 3-0 for a season-opening win. After going scoreless through the first half, sophomore Kristin Ruef finally broke through for Baylor's first goal of the year six minutes into the second period. Freshman Sam Savage recorded her first collegiate goal later in the period, and junior Emily Fukuchi finished off the scoring to make the final margin 3-0.
Seven players made their first appearance as Bears, including Savage and starting goalkeeper Tanya Sena. Sena, playing with a cast on her right hand thanks to a broken thumb suffered late in the summer, became the first Bear in program history. to record a shutout in her collegiate debut.
The Bears struck back quickly after falling behind in the second half to pull out a 2-1 victory over Mississippi State Sunday night. After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs struck first in the second period, but the Bears responded quickly. Just over a minute later, redshirt freshman Tiffany Boshers corralled a loose ball and redirected it into the net to tie the game at 1-1. Less than eight minutes later, junior Ryan Lee scored her first goal of the year, heading in a pass from Ginny Rosario-Tull to put Baylor on top to stay.
Sena Stands Out in Debut
Freshman goalie Tanya Sena shut out Louisiana-Lafayette on opening day, making her the first Bear in school history to record a shutout in her first collegiate appearance -- and all while playing with a cast on her right hand, thanks to a broken thumb.
Sena broke her thumb late in the summer, making her availability a question until the day before the Bears' first game. Sena's status became even more important after returning redshirt freshman Mel Pannell re-injured her shoulder, an injury that eventually led to her retirement.
Bears Add Goalie Housden to Stable
After much haggling, the Bears welcomed junior goalkeeper Monica Housden to the team in week two of the season. Housden, a junior transfer from North Texas, is coming off a season in which she recorded a 0.83 goals-against average and earned second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
In two seasons with the Mean Green, Housden appeared in 37 of team's 40 games. She leaves North Texas as the program's career leader in shutouts (12.5) and saves (202). A junior from Denton, Texas, Housden started 21 of her team's 22 games as a true freshman in 2000 and notched back-to-back shutouts against Centenary and Texas Tech in her first two collegiate games. Her eight shutouts as a rookie were a team single-season record. She also voted a team co-captain as a sophomore.
Housden has also been selected to try out for the Mexico National Team World Cup Qualifiers in late October, which may cause her to miss some of the Bears' late season games.
Ruef Roughing Up Opponents
After finishing her rookie season tied for sixth on the squad in scoring with six points (two goals, two assists), sophomore forward Kristin Ruef notched her first goal and assist of the season on Opening Day against Louisiana-Lafayette and leads the team in points through the first weekend.
Ruef also leads the team in shots, having taken 12 shots (seven shots on goal) in the team's first two games. To put that in perspective, Candace Reilly led the Bears in shots last season with 35 shots in 18 games.
Working Their Way Up the Charts
Several current Bears are making their ways up the leaderboards in the Baylor recordbook this season. Most impressively, junior Emily Fukuchi ranks fourth in school history in career goals and eighth in career points. Sophomores April Robertson and Ginny Rosario-Tull have already impacted the career leaderboards, while senior Tamura Crawley is quickly moving up the charts for games played and games started.
Career Points: Emily Fukuchi (8th, 27)
Career Goals: Emily Fukuchi (4th, 11), Ginny Rosario-Tull (9th, 8), April Robertson (10th, 7)
Career Game-Winning Goals: Emily Fukuchi (6th, 3)
Career Game-Winning Assists: Candace Reilly (6th, 4), Tamura Crawley (t-8th, 2)
Career Multi-Goal Games: April Robertson (t-4th, 2), Ginny Rosario-Tull (t-4th, 2)
Career Multi-Assist Games: Ryan Lee (t-4th, 2), Kristin Ruef (t-5th, 1)
Most Games Started: Tamura Crawley (9th, 61)
Consecutive Games Played: Tamura Crawley (7th, 61) -- has appeared in every game during her career
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Mel Pannell, one of the Bears' top recruits a year ago, has retired after learning that she would miss her second straight season after reinjuring her right shoulder during the summer. Pannell played in Baylor's season opener last season, but dislocated her shoulder in the 80th minute and had surgery in October to correct the problem.
Pannell worked her way through nine months of rehabilitation, but reinjured her shoulder late in the summer and had total reconstructive surgery in August. The procedure would have kept her out of action for at least six months before any return to action could have been considered.
Crawley Named Preseason All-Big 12 -- Again
Senior defender Tamura Crawley was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by the league's coaches for the third straight season in 2002. Crawley earned All-Big 12 second-team honors in 2000 and 2001 after being named to the conference first team in 1999. She has earned Preseason All-Big 12 accolades as a sophomore, junior and now as a senior.
Baylor Picked Seventh in Big 12 in Preseason Poll
Baylor was picked to finish tied for seventh in the Big 12 Conference this season as the league's coaches compiled their annual preseason poll. After advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago, Texas A&M was picked to win the 2002 Big 12 title, followed by defending conference champion Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. The Bears were picked to tie with Colorado, while Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Texas Tech round out the standings.
The Bears finished the 2001 season in seventh place in the Big 12 and lost in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to then-No. 9 Nebraska.
Head Coach Nick Cowell
In 2002, head coach Nick Cowell enters his fourth year at the helm of the Baylor soccer team. He has steadily built a program that consistently rates as one of the best in the Big 12 Conference.
In Cowell's first year at Baylor, the team finished 14-7-1 overall and placed fourth in the conference with a 6-3-1 mark. In 2000, the Bears again finshed fourth in the Big 12 and compiled an overall record of 10-6-3. The 2001 season was marred by injuries and saw the Bears finish 8-10 overall (4-6 Big 12, seventh in the league). Under Cowell, the team has made one NCAA appearance (1999) and barely missed out on another (2000).
Prior to coming to Baylor, Cowell spent eight years as head coach at Trinity University in San Antonio. During that time, he led his team to seven straight conference titles, including 49-straight conference victories and six trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
At Trinity, Cowell's success resulted in him being named the SCAC Coach of the Year five times. In 1992, he garnered Regional Coach of the Year honors. Prior to his work at Trinity, Cowell was at The College of Wooster where he had a 22-11-4 record in two seasons. He led the Lady Scots to the North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1990. Following that season he was named the NCAC and Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Coach of the Year.
Cowell began the 2002 season ranked 19th in career winning percentage and 25th in career wins among active coaches at four-year colleges, with a career record of 171-64-16 (.713).
Cowell Adds Pair of Assistant Coaches
Head coach Nick Cowell welcomed one old friend and one new friend into the Baylor coaching staff for this season as he added assistant coach Courtney Petrie and volunteer assistant coach Rich Stoneman.
In Petrie, Cowell is rejoined by one of his former stars. A 2000 graduate of Trinity, she played two seasons (1997-98) under Cowell at Trinity. During her career at Trinity, Petrie was the starting goalkeeper for the Tigers as they won two conference titles and made three straight NCAA D-III tournament appearances. She held opponents to a 0.24 goals against average in 1999 and compiled a career GAA of 0.36, setting both school and conference records.
Petrie joins the Bears from the University of Akron, where she spent the past season as assistant women's soccer coach. She also spent the past year working with the Greater Akron Premier Club, where she coached the under-14 team and served as goalkeeper coach for the entire club.
Stoneman, meanwhile, becomes the first volunteer assistant to work with the Bears under Cowell. Stoneman played four years of soccer at Oklahoma Christian before graduating in 1999. He participated in MLS tryouts in 1997 as he was invited to combines for the Dallas Burn and Kansas City Wizards, and spent three years playing in the United States International Soccer League with the Oklahoma City Slickers, Tulsa Roughnecks and Carolina Shamrocks.
Stoneman spent the 2000-01 season as assistant women's soccer coach at East Central University in Ada, Okla., as the team advanced to the conference tournament for the first time in team history. He also has extensive experience with club and high school soccer.
Petrie will work specifically with the goalkeepers in addition to assisting with recruiting and other day-to-day office activities, while Stoneman will assist with coaching goalkeepers as well as with video analysis and other training drills. The pair joins second-year assistant coach Rj. Anderson on the staff.
Bears in the Pros
Former Baylor all-America goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse completed her second season as a member of the Woman's United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2002. Greathouse, an all-American for Baylor in 1998, spent all of 2001 and part of 2002 season with the Washington Freedom. She appeared in five games for the Freedom early in the season, but was released and signed by the San Jose Cyber Rays, with whom she completed the rest of the season.
Greathouse is one of three Baylor-related players to have participated in the WUSA's first two seasons. Courtney Saunders, a1998 all-American at Baylor, spent the inaugural season with the Philadelphia Charge, while former assistant coach Rebecca Hornbacher was a member of the Boston Breakers in 2001.
Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
The 2002 season marks the fourth year for the Baylor soccer team at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The former Baylor Soccer Stadium was retitled 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.
The stadium seats 3,000 fans, making it the largest soccer-only facility in the Big 12. Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field is 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 the Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium and the new Baylor Tennis Center. All four venues share the parking lot with the Ferrell Special Events Center.