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Soccer Heads North to Open Big 12 Play

Jennifer Martin and Baylor head north to face Kansas and Missouri.

Jennifer Martin and Baylor head north to face Kansas and Missouri.

Sept. 22, 2005

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Sept. 23, 4:00 p.m. • Lawrence, Kan.
Jayhawk Soccer Complex
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Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m. • Columbia, Mo.
Walton Stadium
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WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer team (2-5-1) returns to action this week when the Bears open Big 12 Conference play this weekend at Kansas and at Missouri. The Bears will take on the Jayhawks on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4:00 p.m. before traveling to face the Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1:00 p.m.

Baylor's match with the Jayhawks was originally scheduled to take place in Waco; however, due to the cancellation of Baylor classes and events this weekend due to the threat of Hurricane Rita, the Bears match against Kansas will take place in Lawrence.

"We are extremely excited about opening conference play," head coach George Van Linder said. "This is what we have been working towards all season and I think the team realizes the importance of each match we play from here on out."

Kansas enters the contest with a record of 4-3-1 after splitting a pair of games last weekend. The Jayhawks blanked UC Irvine 4-0 last weekend before falling to Purdue 3-1. Kansas is led by forward Caroline Smith who leads the team with four goals and 10 points on the year. In the net, Kansas features Colleen Quinn. In six games this season, Quinn has posted a goals against average of 0.98 while making 25 saves on the season.

After facing the Jayhawks, Baylor will travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri as the Tigers enter the weekend with a 5-2-1 record after splitting a pair of games last weekend. Missouri defeated the College of Charleston 1-0 before falling to No. 17 Cal Poly 1-0 to close out the week.

The Tigers are led by Aria Hudetz as the forward leads the team with four goals on the season. Missouri also features Jennifer Nobis who ranks second in the conference and leads the league with five assists on the season.

Although Baylor dropped matches to Kansas and Missouri last season, the Bears own a 5-3-1 advantage in the series against Kansas while being 5-6 all-time against Missouri.

Laura Brock, who started the first six games of the season at defender, will miss the rest of the year with a knee injury.

• Baylor has lost the last four against the Tigers, with the last win coming in the series in 2000, a 4-3 overtime win at the Big 12 Tournament.

• Baylor's match against Kansas was originally scheduled to take place in Waco; however, was moved to Lawrence due to the threat of Hurricane Rita.

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, 52)
Career Shots: Tiffany Boshers (4th, 196)
Career Goals: Tiffany Boshers (5th, 21)
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 (2nd, 154), Kristin Weegar (9th, 11)
Career Wins: Ashley Holder (t-3rd, 9)

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.

Eight 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 per game. Through eight games, Boshers ranks first in the league with 43 shots and 5.38 shots per game.

So far this season, the forward has connected for three goals and is tied for the team lead with eight points on the season.

Baylor will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30, when the Bears travel to Austin, Texas, to face in-state rival Texas at 7:00 p.m.



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