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Women's soccer team sweeps pair from Tulsa, North Texas over past weekend

Nov. 4, 1997

over past weekend

By Martin Coco

Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor women's soccer team finished off its regular season with a pair of non-conference victories last weekend, shutting out Tulsa 4-0 on Friday and beating North Texas 2-1 on Sunday. The Bears will now carry their record of 13-5-1 into the Big 12 Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday in San Antonio.

Sophomore forward Courtney Saunders helped the Bears start the weekend off on a good note against Tulsa. Saunders scored Baylor's first hat trick of the year (three goals in one game) as the Bears jumped on top early. Baylor's lead was never seriously threatened as it went on to post the 4-0 shutout. The shutout was the seventh of the season for Baylor goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse. Bears Head Coach Randy Waldrum said the win was especially meaningful for him, since he was the head of Tulsa's soccer program for six years before coming to Baylor in 1996.

The final score of Sunday's win over North Texas may be a bit misleading. The Bears outshot UNT 21-7 and held the Eagles to just two shots on goal in the second half, but it took a goal late in the second half from sophomore Molly Cameron to give Baylor the win. After both teams battled to a scoreless tie at the half, the Bears took the lead early in the second half when Nikki Hales scored off of an assist from Cameron. Less than a minute later, North Texas' April Bonilla scored an unassisted goal to even the score at 1-1. The game remained tied at 1-1 until Cameron's goal sealed the win for the Bears with just over five minutes left in the game.

Waldrum said the team came out a little bit sluggish on Sunday.

'North Texas has a good team, but I feel like we're probably three or four goals better than them,' he said. 'I was honestly a little bit disappointed, other than the fact that we came away with the win.'

The Bears now turn their attention to Thursday's first-round opponent in the Big 12 Tournament, the Iowa State Cyclones. Baylor beat Iowa State earlier in the season 2-0, but Waldrum said his players will have their work cut out for them.

'Iowa State is a very physical, disruptive team, the type of team that takes you out of what you do best,' Waldrum said. 'We certainly did not have an easy time with them earlier this year.'

A win against Iowa State on Thursday will set the Bears up for a semi-final showdown on Friday with the nationally-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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