Oct. 7, 2004
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***PDF OF BAYLOR SOCCER GAME NOTES ATTACHED***
BAYLOR vs. OKLAHOMA
Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m.
Betty Lou Mays Field Waco, Texas
BAYLOR vs. OKLAHOMA STATE
Oct. 10, 1:00 p.m.
Betty Lou Mays Field Waco, Texas
BEARS RETURN HOME TO FACE PAIR OF CONFERENCE FOES
WACO, Texas-The Baylor soccer team (4-6-1, 1-3-0) looks to rebound from a pair of tough conference losses over the past weekend when the Bears host Oklahoma (4-4-3, 0-3-0) and Oklahoma State (9-2-1, 1-2-0) at Betty Lou Mays Field. Baylor will face the Sooners at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, before meeting the Cowgirls at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10.
"This weekend is critical in determining where we will finish in the Big 12 standings," head coach George Van Linder said. "Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are good teams and we will need to play our best in order to win."
Oklahoma enters the contest looking for its first conference win of the season. The Sooners dropped a pair of one-goal contests over the weekend, falling at Texas 1-0 before losing at Texas A&M 2-1. Baylor owns a 3-2-2 edge in the series after the teams played to a 1-1 tie last year.
Oklahoma is led by Savannah Scott, who leads the team with four goals and nine points. The Sooners also feature Lauren MacIver, who is sixth in the conference with 38 shots on the year.
After going ten straight games without suffering a loss, Oklahoma State dropped a pair of conference contests in its last two outing, falling to Texas and Texas A&M. The Cowgirls will look to rebound against the Bears and have won the last two contests against Baylor, winning last season 3-0.
The Cowgirls are led by Adriane Radtke, who ranks fourth in the conference with seven goals on the season. Oklahoma State's Nikki Wojtowicz also provides an offensive spark for the Cowgirls as she leads the league with 12 assists on the year.
Tickets for each home contest are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased through the Baylor Ticket Office by calling 710-1000 or 1-800-BAYLOR-U.
LAST TIME OUT - BAYLOR FALLS TO NO. 11 KANSAS
WACO, Texas-The Baylor soccer team fell behind early to No. 11 Kansas and was unable to recover as the Jayhawks defeated the Bears 3-0 in action at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. With the loss, Baylor falls to 4-6-1 on the season, 1-3 in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas improved to 11-2-0 and 3-1 in the conference with the win.
Kansas got on the board early in the match, as senior midfielder Amy Geha drove down the field and slipped a pass to forward Caroline Smith in the corner. Smith crossed a pass over to sophomore Jessica Kilpatrick, who fired the ball into an open net for her first tally of the season.
The Bears managed to put some pressure on the Jayhawks at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second; but, Baylor was turned away by the Jayhawk defense and goalie Meghan Miller, who made a pair of spectacular saves during the Bears push to tie the game.
Smith and the Jayhawks added the final two goals of the day in the game's 81st minute. At the 81:03 mark, Smith was able to convert on a pass from Geha for her fifth goal of the season.
Just 48 seconds later, KU collected its third tally. Junior forward Jessica Smith drove in one-on-one with Baylor goalkeeper Ashley Holder, who took out Smith and was issued a red card. Caroline Smith was elected to take the penalty kick and beat Baylor's new goalkeeper, Kristin Weegar, for the final goal of the game.
Due to the red card, Holder will be force to sit out Baylor's next game against Oklahoma.
Kansas managed to out-shoot Baylor 15-7 on the day as the Jayhawks held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
Holder made seven saves in the loss as Miller made four saves in recording the win for the Jayhawks.
WORKING THEIR WAY UP THE CHARTS
Several Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the leaderboards in the Baylor recordbook in 2004. Most notably, senior Ginny Rosario-Tull begins the year ranked fourth in school history in career goals and tied for fifth in career points.
Career Points: Ginny Rosario-Tull (4th, 51), Tiffany Boshers (t-7th, 33)
Career Shots: Ginny Rosario-Tull (4th, 176), Krostin Ruef (8th, 91)
Career Goals: Ginny Rosario-Tull (4th, 21), April Robertson (t-7th, 9), Kristin Ruef (7th, 11), Tiffany Boshers (6th, 13)
Career Multi-Goal Games: Margaret Kaderli (7th, 1), April Robertson (t-5th, 2), Ginny Rosario-Tull (4th, 4)
Career Multi-Assist Games: Kristin Ruef (t-5th, 1), Tiffany Boshers (t-5th, 1), April Robertson (t-5th, 1), Ginny Rosario-Tull (t-5th, 1), Anna Schuch (t-5th, 1)
Career Assists: Ginny Rosario-Tull (t-8th, 9)
Career Game-Winning Goals: April Robertson (7th, 3), Ginny Rosario-Tull (7th, 3), Kristin Ruef (t-8th, 2), Anna Schuch (t-8th, 2)
Career Game-Winning Assists: Brittani Zonker (t-8th, 3)
Transfer sophomore forward Anna Schuch has made an immediate impact in her first few games as a Bear. The transfer from Saint Louis is currently tied for the team lead in goals (4) and assists(4) and leads the team in points (12).
The sophomore had her best game as a Bear in the win over TCU. In the 5-2 victory over the Horned Frogs, Schuch scored a goal an added two assists as Baylor improved to 2-2-1 on the season. Schuch also scored the game-winning goal against Texas, a shot from 15 yards out 18 seconds into overtime.
NEWCOMERS PROVIDING A SPARK
The 2004 season has seen newcomers play a prominent roll in the success of the Baylor soccer team. So far this year, six players new to the Baylor soccer team have seen action in every game, including five who have started in each contest. Two of the top three goal scorers on the season are new to the Bears, as Anna Schuch leads the way with four goals on the season as freshman Margaret Kaderli is second on the team with three. Transfer Jennifer Martin has also had an impact on the offensive side of the ball as the junior is tied for second on the team with three assists.
Newcomers have had a tremendous impact on the defensive side of the ball as well. Baylor freshman Ashley Holder has started in goal every game for the Bears, establishing a school record with 15 saves in a single-game with her performance against Notre Dame. In addition, freshman Megan Sherrell has started every game for Baylor at the defender position.
Following a weekend that saw her make twenty saves against a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, goalkeeper Ashley Holder was named to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week the website announced. Holder, who also earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, made 12 saves in a 1-0 loss to Texas A&M before making eight stops in a 2-1 Baylor win over No. 22 Texas.
The selection marks only the second time in school history a Baylor player has been named to the website's national elite team. Former Baylor player Ryan Lee was the first Bear to be selected to the national elite team of the week, earning the honor the week of Oct. 21, 2001.
NEXT TIME OUT
Baylor hits the road for a pair of Big 12 Conference contests as the Bears travel to Boulder, Colo. to face Colorado on Friday, Oct. 15, before heading to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1:00 p.m.