A View from the Sidelines with George Van Linder

Sept. 12, 2006

This last weekend was a difficult one for Baylor Soccer. It was our second week on the road and we certainly challenged ourselves by playing the defending national champions in their home opener. It was a great experience for our team, there w\ere 3,600-plus fans right on top of us. We knew Portland and Washington would be a challenge; but, the team is very disappointed with the results this past weekend.

The start of the season has not been exactly what we expected. In each game we have had a couple of individuals play well but haven't put it all together yet. We have also been a bit unlucky with a couple of bad bounces, great saves by a goalkeeper, etc. We are getting much better and I think fans will notice a much better team when they see us back home for our next five games on the schedule.

This weekend we face UT-San Antonio. They are a first year program and they have done very well for a new program, in fact they won this past Sunday, 7-0. They will not be fazed by playing Baylor, a Big 12 school as they have faced three Big 12 schools already and have played some other strong in-state programs. Many of their players are based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and I know they will have a lot of friends and family at our game. Our opponent on Sunday, Samford, out of Alabama, was a team that reached the NCAA Championships last year and advanced to the second round. At the moment, they are 7-1 and will face Auburn on Friday night before coming out to visit us.

For our home opener we had a great crowd and we look forward to coming back and playing in front of our family and friends and encourage everyone to come out Friday night at 7:00 when we face UT-San Antonio and then again on Sunday at 1:00 agains Samford.

Sic'em Bears! George Van Linder



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