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Women's soccer enter postseason

Nov. 6, 1997

Women's soccer enters postseason

Baylor Bears will face sixth-seeded Cyclones in San Antonio

By Martin Coco

Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor women's soccer team begins postseason play today, opening up the second annual Big 12 Women's Soccer Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones, at 5 p.m. at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio. Baylor, which has the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will face the sixth-seeded Cyclones for the second time this season. The Bears beat Iowa State 2-0 on Sept. 28.

Baylor finished the regular season with a 13-5-1 record, including 7-3 in the Big 12, while Iowa State's record stands at 11-7-0 and 4-6 in the Big 12.

Leading the Bears into the tournament will be sophomore forward Courtney Saunders, who finished the regular season with 15 goals and 5 assists, good for 35 points. Saunders was named to the 1997 First Team All-Big 12 Conference team, which was announced on Tuesday. Another member of Baylor's offensive front line, sophomore Molly Cameron, was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

According the Baylor Head Coach Randy Waldrum, the Big 12 Tournament will be Baylor's best chance at getting a bid to the postseason NCAA Tournament.

'Realistically, we've got to beat Iowa State and Nebraska the next day to have a shot,' he said. 'We are a team on the bubble right now, but there are a lot of those teams. All we can do is get the wins and let the committee do the rest.'

But the Bears aren't looking ahead to that just yet. They have to worry about Iowa State first. Waldrum said the Cyclones' physical style of play will be a factor in the game, and his team is not taking the Cyclones lightly.

'We did not have an easy time when we beat them earlier this year,' he said.

The winner of today's match will advance to Friday's semi-final to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, currently the No. 7-ranked team in the nation.

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