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Women fall in tourney semifinals to Husker

Nov. 11, 1997

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By Martin Coco

Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor women's soccer season came to an end on Saturday as the Bears dropped a 4-1 decision to Nebraska in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in San Antonio.

The Bears were playing for the second day in a row, following Thursday's 4-2 opening-round win over Iowa State.

Baylor was only down by one at the half, but Nebraska went up 2-0 on a penalty kick early in the second half and never looked back. All four of the Husker goals, including two on penalty kicks, were scored by junior forward Kim Engesser. The Bears lone goal scorer was sophomore forward Molly Cameron, who scored off of a Courtney Saunders assist with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Baylor Head Coach Randy Waldrum said the game was a tight one in which Nebraska only outshot the Bears 14-13.

'We played really well until the second half,' Waldrum said. 'We had a lot of opportunities to score, but we gave up that penalty kick midway through the second half. The main difference was they finished their opportunities and we didn't.'

The Huskers went on to lose in Sunday's tournament final 3-1 to Texas A&M.

The Bears still have a slim chance at receiving a bid to play in the invitation-only NCAA Postseason Tournament, but Waldrum said he doesn't think his team will get an invitation. The Bears' second-year coach said he expects SMU, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Vanderbilt to get the bids from the NCAA Central Region. Baylor is currently ranked fifth behind those same four teams in the Central Region.

'Our shot at getting in is pretty slim,' Waldrum said. 'We really needed to beat Nebraska to get a bid.'

Baylor ends its second season on the Division I level with a 14-6-1 record, including an 8-4 mark in Big 12 play. Just a few days after being named as a First Team All-Big 12 performer, sophomore forward Courtney Saunders was named to the Big 12 Conference Tournament Team as well. Saunders tallied two goals and three assists in the team's two games.

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