A View from the Sidelines with George Van Linder - Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2006

On Friday night, in front of one of the biggest crowds we have had this fall, we lost a tough one to Texas A&M by a score of 1-0. We were disappointed with how we came out in the first half, we played a bit tentative and were against the wind as well. Being tentative is what cost us what would end up being the only goal of the game.

In the second half, we played with much more intensity and we had the wind; but, it was too little, too late. As a team we were frustrated we had a great crowd and we could not show them a Baylor win. We certainly had our chances.

Sunday night we had a great crowd again and we were determined to give them a victory. We certainly started the game off with the effort we needed to win the game. We had a couple of good chances early and we were able to get a nice goal from Anna Schuch who is playing very well right now. Texas had some chances as well and our goalkeeper and the rest of the Baylor defense did a great job in the first half holding them off.

In the second half, we made a couple of mistakes we do not usually make and Texas was able to get a couple of goals. We also had a couple of players other than Schuch get some chances to score and we failed to convert. At the end, we fell short for the weekend and it was difficult for the team to accept. We all felt if those are truly two of the top teams in the country, than we certainly are capable of being among the top teams as well; however, our record does not show that we are a top team as of yet. However, the effort from the players this weekend was certainly that of a top program. We vowed as a team to keep up this type of effort the rest of the Big 12 season, whether we are playing at home or away.

This weekend, we have Iowa State at home. They started off the Big 12 season with a win over Nebraska which is very impressive. Iowa State did well last year and I am sure they are determined to prove last season was no fluke. If we have any type of advantage it is that we are playing at home. On Sunday, we travel to Missouri, which is always a very tough place to play. We talked to the Missouri coaching staff in August and they were concerned about how they would do this year with some key players out for the season. However, the Tigers have defeated five Big 10 teams this year, so we know we are going to have our hands full.

Overall, we were disappointed with the 0-2 start in the Big 12 part of the season. However, those two opponents were opponents the league coaches and the national pollsters felt were clearly the best in the conference. We have eight games left in the season and we can still have a very respectable conference season and the team this week is going to work hard to make sure we have a conference record all the Baylor fans will be proud of.

Sic'em Bears!



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