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Soccer team gets Nebraskaas 'prize' for 1st-round win

Nov. 4, 1999

By TRAVIS THOLEN

Sports Writer

The Baylor women's soccer team got revenge on the University of Texas Longhorns Wednesday with a 2-0 win in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

And what do the No. 22 Bears get as a reward? A second- round date with the No. 4 University of Nebraska Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. today at the Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio. Nebraska disposed of Texas Tech, 10-1, Wednesday.

According to Baylor's head Coach Nick Cowell, his Bears pose a threat to any team because of its capable offense. Wednesday, team scoring leader and senior forward Courtney Saunders knocked in her career-high 18th goal of the season and teammate senior midfielder Nikki Hales started the scoring with her ninth goal of the season.

The added offensive punch came with the late victories the Bears were able to put together.

'I think we have our swagger back,' Hales said before tournament play began.

Saunders expects a showdown with the Cornhuskers and said with the team feeling good about their focus at the moment, anything is possible.

To start off the season, the Cornhuskers defeated the Bears in Lincoln, Neb., 3-0 with 14 more shots-on-goal than Baylor. And throughout the season, Nebraska has steamrolled over the opposition, posting an 18-1-1 record.

Nebraska's only loss came at the Stanford Tournament in mid-September when they fell, 1-2, to the current No.1 Santa Clara University.

'They [Nebraska] are a step above everybody else in the conference,' Cowell said. 'The longer the game goes, the better chance we have of beating them.'

The Cornhuskers have combined to outscore the Big 12 teams 60-4 and beat a couple of conference opponents by double figures.

Baylor is almost equal with Nebraska when comparing scoring opportunities, as the Bears outshot Texas 28-6 with 14 on-goal.

Junior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse registered her fifth shut out of the season while the Longhorns feebly challenged her with zero shots-on-goal.

'We dominated the shots, which shows we dominated the game,' Cowell said.