Sept. 9, 2002
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vs. McNeese State (0-4) * Waco, Texas * Wednesday, Sept. 11 * 7 p.m. CT
at #18 Arizona State (1-1-2) * Tempe, Ariz. * Friday, Sept. 13 * 8 p.m. CT
at Northern Arizona (1-3) * Flagstaff, Ariz. * Sunday, Sept. 15 * 1 p.m. CT
Coming off four straight wins to open the season, the Baylor soccer team will look to continue that streak this week, beginning with a rare mid-week game Wednesday at 7 p.m. against McNeese State. The Bears then hit the road for a pair of games in Arizona, playing nationally-ranked Arizona State Friday night in Tempe and Northern Arizona Sunday in Flagstaff.
McNeese State will head to Baylor with an 0-4 record after suffering two losses in the Nike Post City Classic, hosted by South Alabama. The Cowboys brought back seven starters but just eight letterwinners from last season, when they finished 4-11-1 overall (4-7-1, 6th Southland).
Baylor is 1-0 all-time against McNeese State, having defeated the Cowboys 11-0 back in 1996.
Arizona State opened the season ranked 22nd in the nation, but are just 1-1-2 beginning the week after tying Denver 1-1 on Friday and losing in overtime to SMU 2-1 on Sunday. The Sun Devils finished 10-8-1 a year ago (4-4-1, 5th Pac-10).
The Bears lost 3-0 to Arizona State on Opening Day 2001 in the only previous meeting between the two teams.
Northern Arizona, meanwhile, is 1-3 on the year, with their only win having come against Central Michigan. Sunday's game will be the home opener for the Lumberjacks, who went 6-10-2 (1-4-1, 6th Big Sky) last year. Sierra Cristiano leads NAU with four goals and nine points on the season.
Baylor has never faced Northern Arizona.
Last Time Out
Seniors Tamura Crawley and Whitney Barrett provided all the scoring the Bears needed Friday night as Baylor pulled out an overtime win over the Rice Owls, 2-1, at Rice Track/Soccer Stadium.
Rice scored on a direct kick just 5:17 into the game, and that lead held until the 73rd minute, when Crawley scored her first goal of the year to even the game at 1-1. Just over five minutes into overtime, Barrett sent the Bears home happy with the game-winning goal, her first score of the season.
Junior Candace Reilly pushed across two goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime period, as Baylor defeated Southwest Texas Sunday night, 3-2.
Reilly put Baylor on top early, scoring her first goal of the season just 12:26 into the game. Southwest Texas came right back, tying the game less than five minutes later and taking the lead just over a minute into the second half at 2-1. Crawley tied the game with under nine minutes remaining, and with 3:35 remaining in the second OT period, Reilly put the ball into the net for the game-winning shot.
Crawley Charging Baylor Offense
Three-time All-Big 12 defender Tamura Crawley has contributed more to the Bears than just anchoring their defense early this season. Through four games, Crawley is tied for the team lead in goals, assists and points -- despite having started all four games on defense and spending only limited time at the front.
On the road at Rice (9/6), Crawley scored her first goal of the year, tying the game at 1-1 with just over 11 minutes to go; the Bears went on to win in overtime. Two days later against Southwest Texas, she repeated the feat, scoring with 8:13 left to again tie the game and force overtime. In the second overtime period, Crawley assisted on the game-winning goal.
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.
Ruef leads the team in shots, having taken 20 shots (12 shots on goal) in the team's first four games. To put that in perspective, Candace Reilly led the Bears in shots last season with 35 shots in 18 games.
Bears Among Big 12 Statistical Leaders
As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 in shots, ranks second in goals and points is fourth in goals-against average, through games of September 9.
Baylor individuals among the Big 12 leaders, through games of September 9:
Tamura Crawley: t-5th in goals (2), t-5th in goals per game (0.50), t-7th in points (5), t-8th in pts per gm
Candace Reilly: t-5th in goals (2), t-5th in goals per game (0.50), t-7th in points (5), t-8th in pts per gm
Ginny Rosario-Tull: t-7th in shots (13), t-9th in shots per game (3.25)
Kristin Ruef: 2nd in shots (10), 2nd in shots per game (5.00)
Tanya Sena: t-4th in saves (11), t-4th in saves per game (2.75), t-4th in shutouts (1), 5th in GAA (0.94), t-6th in shutouts per game (0.25)
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 Shots: Candace Reilly (t-7th, 73)
Career Goals: Emily Fukuchi (4th, 11), Ginny Rosario-Tull (9th, 8), Whitney Barrett (t-10th, 7), April Robertson (t-10th, 7)
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)
Career Game-Winning Goals: Emily Fukuchi (6th, 3)
Career Game-Winning Assists: Candace Reilly (6th, 4), Tamura Crawley (t-7th, 3), Emily Fukuchi (t-10th, 2)
Most Games Started, Career: Tamura Crawley (9th, 62)
Consecutive Games Played: Tamura Crawley (t-6th, 63) -- has appeared in every game during her career
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.