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Baylor Soccer Heads up I-35 For Big 12 Play

Senior forward Molly Cameron returns home to Oklahoma for this weekend's games.

Senior forward Molly Cameron returns home to Oklahoma for this weekend's games.

Oct. 5, 2000

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Baylor (5-5-1, 2-2) at Oklahoma (7-5, 2-2)
Friday, October 6 * Norman, Okla. * 7 p.m. CT

The Bears travel to Oklahoma for two games, beginning with OU in Norman Friday night. The Bears and Sooners enter the weekend tied for third in the Big 12 at 2-2.

Oklahoma is led in scoring by Dallas native Jonette Coquat, a junior forward. Coquat has six goals and four assists on the season, tops on the club in both categories. She is tied for the Big 12 lead in game-winning goals with four.

Like Baylor, Oklahoma ranks in the lower half of Big 12 schools in all offensive categories but is among the leaders when it comes to defense. Sooner goalkeeper Jana Cunningham is first in the Big 12 in saves with 71, one more than Baylor goalie Dawn Greathouse. Cunningham is third the conference in shutouts with 3.5 and fourth in saves per game.

Baylor vs. Oklahoma, the series history
Baylor is 2-1 all-time against Oklahoma. The last meeting between the two teams came last October when the Bears beat the Sooners 2-1 in Norman. Gina Castellano scored with six minutes to go to break the tie and give Baylor the win.

Baylor (5-5-1, 2-2) at Oklahoma State (3-9, 0-4)
Sunday, October 8 * Stillwater, Okla. * 1 p.m. CT

The Bears continue their weekend tour through Oklahoma when they play OSU on Sunday afternoon.

The Cowgirls are in a tailspin, having lost seven games in a row, including all four Big 12 games this season. OSU will host Creighton Friday evening before playing Baylor on Sunday.

Oklahoma State enters the weekend ranked last in the Big 12 in every offensive statistic, and the OSU defense has allowed the most goals of any team in the conference.

Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, the series history
Baylor is 3-0-1 all-time against Oklahoma State. Last season, the Bears beat the Cowgirls in Stillwater, 4-0. Courtney Saunders scored twice to lead the Baylor effort. The one tie between the two teams came in 1996 in Baylor's first-ever Big 12 soccer game.

Last Time Out
On Friday, the Bears missed several opportunities and fell to Texas in Austin, 2-1. The Longhorns scored twice in the first 25 minutes. Baylor followed with a score by Rachel Kacsmaryk to cut the Texas lead to one at the half. Baylor had a goal in the 71st minute waived off when the Bears were called for offsides.

Sunday, the Bears continued their Sunday dominance as they upset No. 9 Texas A&M in Waco, 2-1. The Aggies took a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go in the first half. Emily Fukuchi scored 12 minutes into the second half to tie it, then took the lead on Gina Castellano's goal with four minutes to go in the game. The win was Baylor's fourth in a row over the Aggies.

Head Coach Nick Cowell
In 2000, head soccer coach Nick Cowell enters his second year leading the Baylor program after an eight-year stint as head coach at Trinity University in San Antonio. During that time, Cowell led his team to seven straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, including 49-straight conference game 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 following the 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons. 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.

Last season, in his first year with the Bears, he piloted Baylor to a 14-7-1 record overall. The Bears finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 6-3-1 record and made their second straight NCAA appearance, losing in the first round to SMU.

Molly, Molly and More Molly
Senior forward Molly Cameron has not only been Baylor's leading scorer this season, she was Baylor's only scorer through the first six games of the year. Cameron scored once in each of the first five games for a total of five goals, while no other Bear scored until game seven against Colorado College when Gina Castellano came through.

To date, Cameron has scored eight of Baylor's 14 goals, those eight goals tie her for second in the Big 12. Her two game-winning goals thus far this season tie her for fifth in the conference. She is tied for seventh in the Big 12 in points with 17.

Dawn Defense
Through the first 11 games of the season, goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse has compiled a goals against average of 1.52, including two solo shutouts and one combined shutout.

Greathouse leads all Big 12 goalkeepers in saves per game (6.36) . She is second in the conference in total saves (70) and tied for fourth in shutouts with three.

Freshman Frenzy
The Baylor soccer team has 15 true freshmen on the roster, and a large number of those are seeing significant playing time. Forward Emily Fukuchi became the first Baylor freshman this year to score with her goal against Iowa State (9/24/00), and her two goals tie her for second on the team this season. Midfielder Candace Reilly is fourth on the team in shots, and she and defender Melissa Humke have both started every game this season.

Midfielder Erin Freeman has six shots in her 11 games, including four starts. Cookie Day has started four times, Fukuchi has started three and Ryan Lee and Stephanie Dempsey have each started once for Baylor. Freeman, Day and Fukuchi join Reilly and Humke among the freshmen who have played in every game this season for Baylor.

Ten Baylor freshmen have played this season for Baylor: Day, Freeman, Fukuchi, Humke, Reilly, Casey Cleveland, Stephanie Dempsey, Emily Koch, Ryan Lee and Stephanie Wilcicki.

Castellano Comes Through in the Clutch
Senior midfielder Gina Castellano has scored two goals this season, but both have been game winners for the Bears. Her first gave Baylor a 2-1 lead against Colorado College in a game Baylor went on to win 3-1.

Most recently, Castellano's goal in the 86th minute against Texas A&M gave the Bears a 2-1 win over the ninth-ranked Aggies in Waco (10/1). The win was Baylor's first of the year against a ranked opponent.

For her clutch performance, Castellano was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1.)

Bears Among Big 12 Individual Leaders
In addition to the performance of seniors Molly Cameron and Dawn Greathouse, several other Bears also rank among the conference leaders.

Senior Gina Castellano is tied for fifth in the Big 12 in game-winning goals with two.

In conference games, freshman forward Emily Fukuchi is tied for fourth in the Big 12 in goals and ninth in points. Sophomore Tamura Crawley is tied for fourth and junior Rachel Kacsmaryk is tied for tenth in the conference in assists in conference play. Fukuchi and Kacsmaryk are tied for 11th in points per game in Big 12 action.

Baylor has the fourth-best defense in the Big 12, the Bears are fourth in the conference in goals allowed, goals allowed per game, saves and shutouts. Baylor has the fewest fouls of any team in the Big 12, as well.

Injuries Taking Toll on Bears
A variety of injuries has taken its toll on the Baylor depth chart this season. Included among the walking wounded:
Danielle Gurney -- out 6-8 weeks, MCL sprain
Jennifer Cavalle -- out for season, MCL tear
Rachel Kacsmaryk -- torn meniscus, awaiting results of MRI
Erica Lewis -- out for season, ankle ligament
Janae Potter -- out for season, medical
Katie Peterson -- out for season, recovering from knee surgery

M.C. -- Molly Cameron, Model of Consistency
Cameron scored in each of Baylor's first five games, tying the school consecutive-game scoring record. Her streak also set a record for most consecutive games to score in to start the season, breaking Courtney Saunders' previous record of three, set in 1996.

Baylor Places Two on Preseason All-Big 12 Team
The Big 12 Conference head coaches named senior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse and sophomore defender Tamura Crawley to the 2000 Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer team.

Last season, Greathouse was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. As a sophomore, she earned all-Big 12 first team and all-America honors. Crawley was one of five honorees from the 1999 All-Big 12 First Team.

Baylor Recruiting Class Ranked Among Best in Nation
The Baylor soccer team's 2000 recruiting class ranked 26th in the nation and fifth in the central region, according to Soccer Buzz.

Among the top recruits are freshman defender Cookie Day, last year's Dallas-Fort Worth high school player of the year, and freshman midfielder Erin Freeman, the San Antonio high school player of the year. Freshman midfielder Candace Reilly was named to the 1999-2000 Parade All-America team, while sophomore transfer Barbara Torres led Georgetown University in scoring as a freshman.

Rewriting the Record Books
Senior forward Molly Cameron and senior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse continue to stamp their names all over the Baylor record book.

Cameron ranks second on the Baylor career lists in points and goals, and third in assists. She has been a part of the team since Baylor added a varsity soccer program, Cameron played for Baylor the first three years, missed year four due to injury, and is the team's leading scorer this season in year five.

Greathouse joined the Bears for their second varsity season and has been the team's starting goalie since she set foot on campus. Greathouse holds every Baylor career mark for goalkeepers and the majority of the single season and single game records, as well.

What You Might Have Missed...
Molly Cameron's 11 shots against Colorado College (9/17/00) tie the sixth-highest single game shot total in Baylor history. Her two goals in that game made the first multi-goal game for any Bear since Courtney Saunders scored four goals against Texas Tech on Oct. 30, 1999... Freshman Emily Fukuchi scored her first collegiate goal against Iowa State (9/24/00)...

The Bears have not yet won a game on Fridays (0-4-1) but have lost only once in six tries on Sundays (5-1)... The Bears have scored first in four of their five wins this year...

 

 

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