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Baylor Soccer Preview: Texas Tech & Rice

Senior defender Melissa Humke enters her last games of her Baylor soccer career. She has started 62-63 games since her freshman season.

Senior defender Melissa Humke enters her last games of her Baylor soccer career. She has started 62-63 games since her freshman season.

Oct. 30, 2003

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Baylor Wraps Up 2003 Season
vs. Texas Tech (3-12-1, 2-7 Big 12) * Waco, Texas * Friday, Oct. 31 * 7 p.m.
vs. Rice (8-7-1, 5-2 WAC) * Waco, Texas * Sunday, Nov. 2 * 7 p.m.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will head into Waco for the last conference game of the season for the Bears. The Red Raiders are ranked one spot ahead of the Bears in 10th place. Last week, Tech knocked-off Missouri giving the Red Raiders their third win on the season and second in conference. Their only other conference win came against Kansas, when they beat the Jayhawks 3-2 in Lubbock.

Freshman Jennifer Vasquez leads the Red Raiders with four goals on the season, her latest, a game-winner against Missouri last weekend. Defensively for Texas Tech, both Megan Knauss and Beth Lippert have seen time in the net this season. Knauss has started in 11 of the games allowing 35 goals while making 78 saves. Lippert has started in four games, making 24 saves and allowing 15 goals.

The Rice Owls will come into Waco on Sunday for the final match for the Bears in the 2003 season. Rice, a member of the Western Athletic Conference, is led by junior Sarah Yoder who has scored five goals and recorded one assist on the season. In the net for the Owls, Lauren Shockley has started all 16 games, while only allowing 12 goals and recording 55 saves.

Last Time out
* FRIDAY: Baylor 1, vs Missouri 2
The Bears out shot Missouri and controlled the ball for much of the game, but ended up not being enough as the Bears dropped their ninth game on the season Friday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.

Coming into the game, the Bears and Tigers were tied for eighth in conference play. The win boosted the Tigers past the Bears, into sole possession of seventh place.

Baylor (6-9-1, 1-6-1 Big 12) got on the board early in the second minute when junior forward Ginny Rosario-Tull knocked in a shot past Missouri goalkeeper Megan Duncan giving the Bears an early 1-0 advantage. Rosario-Tull received a pass from teammate Kristen Ruef from 10 yards out and knocked in the shot over Duncan's head. It was Rosario-Tull's ninth goal of the season, her first since scoring against TCU on Sept. 14, ten games ago.

Missouri (8-8-1, 2-5-1 Big 12) quickly scored the equalizer when junior forward Kristen Heil beat Baylor goalkeeper Monica Housden knotting the score at one. Sophomore forward Jennifer Nobis placed the ball nicely on Heil's foot, who then placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the net in the 27th minute.

Heil wasn't done with her scoring campaign, scoring her second goal of the night in the 55th minute. Heil dribbled the ball all the way from 30 yards out and beat Housden when she fired a shot into the left side of the net. It was Heil's eighth goal of the season, a goal which proved to be enough to beat the Bears.

Defensively, Housden recorded one save on the night, raising her save total on the season to 72. For the Tigers, Duncan was tested far more recording, seven saves on the night, all of which came in the second half.

* SUNDAY: Baylor 1, vs Iowa State 1
The Baylor soccer team watched its post-season hopes wash away against Iowa State in a 1-1 decision Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field on the Baylor campus.

For the second year in a row, the Bears (6-9-2, 1-6-2 Big 12) and Cyclones (5-8-4, 2-5-2 Big 12) went to overtime as the Bears drew their second tie of the season. Last season, the Bears suffered a 4-3 loss in Ames, Iowa, in overtime. The Bears lead the all-time series 6-2-1.

After a scoreless first half, junior forward Kristin Ruef beat Iowa State goalkeeper Beth Chapman, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute of the game. Ruef received a long pass through the middle from senior midfielder Ryan Lee, then dribbled the ball around Chapman, burying the shot in an open net. It was Ruef's second goal of the season, both coming in the last three games since moving to the forward position against Oklahoma. Ruef recorded a team-high seven shots on the day, giving her 13 shots in the last three games.

The Bears were able to hold off a strong Cyclone charge until the 88th minute when forward Amy Flores knocked in a shot over Baylor goalkeeper Monica Housden. Flores received a pass from Kristina Baumann and fired in the equalizer from 15 yards out, knotting the score at one goal apiece. It was Flores' fourth goal on the season and fourth assist for Baumann.

Despite each team only scoring one goal, both goalkeepers had a busy afternoon. For the Bears, Housden recorded nine saves in the games, improving her season total to 81. On the opposite end of the pitch, Chapman recorded six saves on the day, being challenged twice in the first overtime period.

Bears Among Big 12 Stat Leaders
Three Bears rank among the Big 12 individual statistical leaders, through games of Oct. 26. The complete list of individuals:
Monica Housden: t-7th in shutouts (3), 2nd in saves (81), 3rd in saves per game (4.76), 9th in goals-against average (1.56)
Ginny Rosario-Tull: t-5th in game-winning goals (3), t-6th in goals (9), t-6th in goals per game (0.53), 5th in shots (57), 4th in shots per game (3.53), t-10th in points (20)
Tiffany Boshers: t-9th in shots (52), 8th in shots per game (3.06)

Air Force \Goal Ranks Among Fastest in NCAA History
Air Force's Sunday night goal, scored just 14 seconds after Baylor's third goal of the night was good enough to rank in the NCAA top 10 fastest consecutive goals by an opposing team. Freshman forward Missy McConnell scored the final Baylor goal at 86:46 Sunday night against Air Force. The Falcons immediately responded when sophomore forward Hilary Robbins knocked in a rebounded shot to beat Baylor goalkeeper Monica Housden. The goal places them in a three-way tie for eighth place all-time.

Baylor Picked 10th in Big 12 in Preseason Poll
Baylor was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 Conference this season as the league's coaches compiled their annual preseason poll. Texas was picked to win the 2003 Big 12 title, followed by defending conference champion Texas A&M and defending conference tournament champion Nebraska. Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State placed ahead of the Bears, with Texas Tech rounding out the field in 11th place. The Bears finished the 2002 season in 10th place in the Big 12.

Bears in the Pros
Former Baylor all-America goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse completed her third season as a member of the Woman's United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003. Greathouse, an all-American for Baylor in 1998, spent all of 2001 and part of 2002 season with the Washington Freedom. She appeared in five games for the Freedom early in the season, but was released and signed by the San Jose Cyber Rays, with whom she completed the rest of the season. Greathouse spent all of 2003 with San Jose, appearing in two games.

Greathouse is one of three Baylor-related players to have participated in the WUSA's first three seasons. Courtney Saunders, a1998 all-American at Baylor, spent the inaugural season with the Philadelphia Charge, while former assistant coach Rebecca Hornbacher was a member of the Boston Breakers in 2001.

Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
The 2003 season marks the fifth year for the Baylor soccer team at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The former Baylor Soccer Stadium was retitled during the 2000 season in honor of the late Betty Lou Mays of Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Mays was the wife of Troy Mays, a 1945 graduate of Baylor; the two were longtime supporters of Baylor athletics.

The stadium seats 3,000 fans, making it the largest soccer-only facility in the Big 12. Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field is is set in the plush backdrop of the Brazos River on University Parks Drive. The field is part of the Jim and Julie Turner Riverfront Athletic Park, which includes the Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium and the Baylor Tennis Center. All four venues share the parking lot with the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Head Coach George Van Linder
George Van Linder is in his first season as head coach of the Baylor women's soccer program in 2003.

He comes to Baylor from SMU, where he led the Lady Mustangs to four straight conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Under Van Linder, SMU finished in the Top 25 three times and compiled a four-year mark of 59-21-10 (.711) and a conference record of 24-3-2 (.862).

In 2002, SMU finished with a 13-6-4 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as well as winning its fourth-consecutive WAC championship. The Mustangs finished the year with a No. 20 national ranking by the NSCAA.

Van Linder was named the 2000 WAC coach of the year after leading the Mustangs to a 13-5-1 record and their second-straight conference title. In 1999 he led SMU to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 17 national ranking with a final record of 17-6-1. For his team's outstanding accomplishments, Van Linder was tabbed Central Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz at the conclusion of the season.

Prior to his stint at SMU, Van Linder spent five seasons at Butler, the final three (1996-1998) as head coach of the women's program. He was named the 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year after he led Butler to the MCC regular-season and tournament championships. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 22 in the final poll, the highest national ranking in program history.

Van Linder also has worked extensively with the Olympic Development Program. He coached the Indiana youth squad from 1994-98. He spent 1999 and 2000 working with the North Texas ODP team. Van Linder led the 2000 squad to a second-place finish at the national championships. With his proven success as an ODP coach, Van Linder has spent the last four years working with the top high school players in the Southeast as the Region III Olympic Development Staff Coach.

Van Linder is a native of Galesburg, Mich., and a 1990 graduate of Western Michigan University where he played on the soccer team for two seasons. He and his wife, Chris, are expecting their first child early in the soccer season.

Van Linder Adds Assistant Coaches
Head coach George Van Linder added two other new faces to the Baylor coaching staff for this season with the hiring of assistant coaches Jean Delaski and Mario Rincon. Delaski comes to Baylor from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she served as head women's soccer coach for five seasons. During that time, she led the Jaguars to four conference tournament appearances. Delaski was named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year in 2000.

Prior to her time at IUPUI, Delaski played four seasons at Butler University (1993-1996), where she first played under Van Linder as a senior. A four-year starter, Delaski was a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference defender in 1995 and helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back MCC titles in 1995 and 1996. Delaski spent the 1997 season as a graduate assistant at Butler under Van Linder before taking the head job at IUPUI.

Delaski also has worked as an assistant coach for the Indiana Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program from 1997-2002 and served as director of the IUPUI Soccer Camp for three years. She played in the women's USISL pro league for the W-1 Jackson Calypso during the summers of 1997 and 1998. During the summer of 1999, she competed with the Indiana Blaze. Rincon joins the Baylor program from Duke, where he spent the 2002 season as an assistant with the Blue Devil women's soccer team. At Duke, Rincon's responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, travel and working with the team's goalkeepers. His 2002 Blue Devil recruiting class was ranked eighth in the nation.

Prior to Duke, Rincon spent one year as an assistant with the Miami women's soccer program. His coaching resume also includes three years as a women's assistant at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., three years as head boys' coach at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, and years of club coaching with the Team Boca Soccer Club. Additionally, Rincon has worked as a member of the Olympic Development Staff in Florida (1997-2000, 2001-2002) and in North Carolina (2002-2003).

Rincon also served one year as a team administrator and scout for Major League Soccer's New York/New Jersey Metrostars. During that time, he assisted in evaluation for the MLS draft and advance scouting, as well as coordinating the team's travel arrangements.

 

 

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