Oct. 10, 2006
After winning consecutive conference games, we felt we had something to prove going into the Nebraska game. The team believed if we are going to be a force in the conference race, then we need to put together four to five consecutive wins. Nebraska was coming into the game with things to prove as well as the Huskers had uncharacteristically lost a couple of games they felt they should have won.
Heading into the weekend, we knew it would be a tough match. The last three games between Baylor and Nebraska had been decided by a one goal margin. The fact the game was going to be at Nebraska in front of its great fans was another challenge. The morning of the game, the Lincoln newspaper announced some of the standout players from Nebraska were going to play after sitting out previous contests because of injuries. While Nebraska was just getting over its injury bug, we had our first serious injury of the season as we left one of our starters back at home for the contest. Katie White, a freshman midfielder who has started and played in every game this season, hurt her ankle and was unable to make the trip. Despite playing on the road, battling some injuries and playing a quality opponent, we were confident we could come away with a win.
In the first twenty minutes Nebraska came out with its usual fast paced style. We felt if we could weather the storm and just calm things down, we could start taking control of the game. Sure enough, at the 31st minute, senior Missy McConnell scored as we were able to take the lead.
Missy was able to come off the bench and really calm the team down as she has done a great job of providing a spark and senior leadership throughout the year. I felt like we played better at the start of the second half as we started to control the game much more than the we did in the first half.
However, with 10 minutes to go, Nebraska scored the game-tying goal. As neither team could finish the game in regulation, we were confident heading into overtime and come away with a point or a victory. Unfortunately, the Huskers managed to score just a minute into overtime off of a corner kick. Nebraska takes a lot of pride in their corner kicks and they had quite a few during the game we were able to clear; but, they executed the first corner of overtime perfectly and connected for the game-winning goal. We were upset we were unable to come away with a result; however, I think the team showed it is capable of winning any game the rest of the season.
Our next contests might be the most important of the season. This weekend is our last weekend at home for 2006 as we are going to honor our two seniors, McConnell and Anna Schuch. Senior Weekends is an emotional time as Missy and Anna, who are currently the team's top two leading scorers, will close out their home careers. We would love nothing more than two send the two out with a pair of victories.
On Friday night, we face Oklahoma State who is currently second in the Big 12 standings and has lost only one conference game so far this season. On Sunday, we face Oklahoma, who is currently just one point above us in the Big 12 standings. We have a lot of reasons to put on a good show and play our best as these contests will go a long way in determining where we finish in the Big 12 standings.
We hope the many, great Baylor soccer fans will be able to make it out to the field this week and help us recognize our seniors and cheer on the Bears in two very important Big 12 games!
George Van Linder