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Soccer Hosts No. 2 Portland After Facing SMU

Jennifer Martin and the Bears host No. 2 Portland this weekend.

Jennifer Martin and the Bears host No. 2 Portland this weekend.

Sept. 14, 2005

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BAYLOR at SMU
Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m. • Dallas, Texas
Westcott Field
Live Stats: www.baylorbears.com

BAYLOR vs. NO. 2 PORTLAND
Sept. 18, 1:00 p.m. • Waco, Texas
Betty Lou Mays Field
Live Stats: www.baylorbears.com

BAYLOR SOCCER HOSTS NO. 2 PORTLAND AFTER TRAVELING TO FACE SMU
WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer returns to action this week for a pair of games, including a meeting with No. 2 Portland on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Betty Lou Mays Field. Before the Bears take on the Pilots, Baylor will travel to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 p.m.

"It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to host a team the caliber of Portland," head coach George Van Linder said. "We are extremely excited to be hosting one of the best teams in the country and the team is looking forward to the challenge. I think it will be a great opportunity for our fans to come see what should be an exciting college soccer match."

Baylor heads into the week with a record of 2-3-1 on the season after splitting a pair of games at the Horned Frog Invitational. Anna Schuch leads Baylor with eight points heading into the weekend as Schuch became the first Bears player since 1999 to record a hat trick in a game when she scored three goals in the 7-1 win over Northwestern State.

Portland, which moved up to No. 2 this weekend in the latest Soccer Buzz national rankings, enters the weekend with a perfect 6-0 record. The Pilots are led by pre-season Soccer Buzz National Player of the Year Christine Sinclair, who leads the team with 11 goals and three assists.

The Pilots have allowed only one goal on the year and have recorded shutout victories in five matches. Baylor's meeting with No. 2 Portland will mark the highest ranked opponent the Bears have faced since facing No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 27, 1998.

The meeting with the Mustangs marks the eighth time in school history the teams have met with SMU owning a 6-1 edge in the series. SMU has won five straight in the series with Baylor last claiming a 3-1 victory on Sept. 10, 1998,

SMU enters the weekend with a 4-3 record and is led by Kimber Bailey who leads the team with six goals and 12 points on the year.

NOTING THIS WEEKEND
• When No. 2 Portland visits Baylor this weekend, it will mark the highest ranked opponent the Bears have faced at Betty Lou Mays Field in school history.

Anna Schuch, who leads the team with eight points, recorded a hat trick in the win over Northwestern State, the first for Baylor since 1999.

• Baylor head coach George Van Linder coached for four seasons at SMU before taking over the Baylor program in 2003.

• Promotions for this weekend's game against the Pilots include a chance to win a Red River ski trip for four as well as dinner for two at Johnny Carino's.

WORKING THEIR WAY UP THE CHARTS
Several Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the leaderboards in the Baylor recordbook in 2005. Most notably, senior Tiffany Boshers begins the year ranked fifth in school history in career goals and career points.

Notable records:
Career Points: Tiffany Boshers (5th, 50)
Career Shots: Tiffany Boshers (4th, 187)
Career Goals: Tiffany Boshers (5th, 20)
Career Multi-Goal Games: Margaret Kaderli (t-7th, 1), Tiffany Boshers (5th, 2)
Career Multi-Assist Games: Tiffany Boshers (4th, 2), Anna Schuch (t-5th, 1)
Career Game-Winning Goals: Anna Schuch (t-10th, 2), Tiffany Boshers (t-8th, 3), Margaret Kaderli (t-10th, 2)
Career Saves: Ashley Holder (3rd, 133), Kristin Weegar (9th, 11)
Career Wins: Ashley Holder (t-3rd, 9)

Anna Schuch EARNS BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Baylor junior soccer player Anna Schuch was named offensive Big 12 Conference Soccer Player of the Week for her performance against Northwestern State the conference office announced Tuesday. It is the first time in her Baylor career the junior forward has been named conference player of the week.

Schuch earned the honor after scoring three goals in Baylor 7-1 victory over Northwestern State on Friday, Sept. 9. The hat trick was the first for a Baylor player since Oct. 30, 1999, when Courtney Saunders scored four goals in a win over Texas Tech.

The junior also added an assist to give her seven points in the victory, the most for a Baylor player since Saunders registered eight points in the game against Texas Tech. With the scoring outburst, Schuch is now Baylor's leading scorer on the season with eight points. For the week, Schuch recorded eight shots and registered a shot percentage of .375 while posting a shot on goal percentage of .625.

Tiffany Boshers AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS
Six games into the 2005 season, senior forward Tiffany Boshers ranks at the top of a pair of league categories, leading the league in shots and shots on goal. Through six games, Boshers ranks first in the league with 34 shots and 5.67 shots per game.

So far this season, the forward has connected for two goals and is tied for the team lead with two assists. Boshers' six points tallied this year ranks her second on the team.

BAYLOR SETS ASSIST RECORD IN 7-1 WIN OVER NSU
In Baylor's 7-1 win over Northwestern State, the Bears established a new school record with nine assists in a single game, topping the previous mark of eight assists in an 11-0 win over McNeese State on Oct. 15, 1996.

Several Baylor players stood out in the contest as Anna Schuch led the way with seven points in the win while Boshers added six points and Zonker recorded four points in the 7-1 victory. Schuch's seven points in the win was the most for a Baylor player since Nikke Hales had seven points in a win over San Diego on Sept. 3, 1999.

For her performance, in which Schuch connected for three goals, the junior forward was named Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week.

NEXT TIME OUT
Baylor will return to action on Friday, Sept. 23, when the Bears open Big 12 Conference play against defending co-champion Kansas at 7:00 p.m at Betty Lou Mays Field.

 

 

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