Oct. 12, 2004
Welcome to BaylorBears.com's third entry of "The 91st Minute with April Robertson," a weekly journal throughout the soccer conference season by the senior midfielder. Join Robertson each week as she takes fans behind the scenes of the 2004 Baylor soccer team and shares her take on last week's game, this week's opponent and more.
Robertson, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, has played in every game for Baylor throughout her career and is a two-time academic all-conference selection. During her career, she has scored nine goals, three for game-winners and has also added seven assists.
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OKLAHOMA AND OKLAHOMA STATE
Hello! This was our third weekend in Big 12 season play, and it proved once again how tough and competitive this conference has become. There is never an easy game--never an assumed win. In the overall plan for the season, this week was a rebuilding week in the weight room. We did a pool work out on Monday and a modified lifting set on Wednesday. It was nice to feel strong, having the whole week without sore legs.
We opened the weekend Friday night against Oklahoma. Coming into the game we had no other plans but a win. We knew that OU was a very direct team offensively, and had watched film and were prepared. In front of our home crowd we began a rough game. We had multiple great scoring opportunities in the first ten minutes that left me feeling optimistic about the outcome of the game, despite the fact that goals weren't just falling yet. Then, before we could find the back of the net, OU scored one from just inside the box. Though frustrated, we did not let down, and Tiffany (Boshers) found the near post to tie it up. Unfortunately, before the half ended, OU was able to put one more in that proved to be the game winner.
This was a hard loss to swallow, made even more painful by its possible post-season consequences. Every weekend we check all the other teams' records, wondering in dismay if the Big 12 tournament could be slipping from our grasp. Doing everything in our power to assure that that didn't happen, we were in the locker room Saturday morning to watch film on Oklahoma State and get a run through of the formation and line-up that we would be playing on Sunday.
We also got to spend some quality time together on Saturday night as we were invited to eat in the end zone with the Baylor Bear Foundation. We enjoyed some good food and company, as we entertained about a dozen kids, and spoke to many faithful Baylor supporters.
It was back up in the locker room at 11:30 a.m. to suit up for our next match against OSU. The cloud cover kept it cool as we once again began a very physical match. We settled back into our style of play this game as we were stringing together passes to build up the field. On a ricocheting ball, OSU scored their first goal from within the box to put them ahead 1-0 at half time.
However, we were not yet defeated, and came out ready to play the second half. Another goal from a penalty kick increased the lead, but we were able to answer on a great offensive build-up that was finished by Jennifer Martin. Adrenaline running high, and playing offensively-minded, Jessica Hutton put in our second goal to tie the match.
Our legs began to tire, but not our hearts, as we fought on, continuously creating scoring opportunities throughout the end of the game, and into double overtime. Unfortunately, we again could not connect the final shot. Though we did not get the win we were looking for, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit showed the courage and perseverance that all great teams must have.
With our eyes on the goal before us, and the end of season tournaments not too far ahead, we will fly to Colorado and Nebraska this weekend looking for nothing less than two wins.