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Baylor soccer to battle Dallas foe in NCAA tournament

Nov. 10, 1999

Women's soccer makes 2nd

trip to national showcase

By TRAVIS_THOLEN

Sports Writer

The No. 24 Bears will have a rematch with No. 19 Southern Methodist University Mustangs with post-season life on the line. This is the second trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 4-year-old women's soccer program.

The Mustangs won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament over Fresno State in double-overtime to clinch a home first-round game. Earlier this season, the Mustangs came into Waco and upset then-No. 14-ranked Bears, 1-0.

'It is not a revenge thing; the NCAA Tournament is what we have been working for this whole year,' junior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse said. 'We want to finish this season hot and have a good send off for the seniors.'

Greathouse kept the Mustang offense off the board until the final minutes in the team's first meeting. With less than two minutes remaining, Mustang forward Sarah Harvey received a centering pass from Tara Comfort and knocked the ball off the left post for the score. All night, Greathouse blocked the Mustang shots with 10 saves and a couple of diving deflections.

'The main problem is not getting caught in transition,' Bears head Coach Nick Cowell said. 'When we turn it over, they use that split-second speed to go down and score.'

Comfort leads the Mustangs with nine goals and six assists. Teammate forwards Laura Snyder and Harvey have eight and seven goals, respectively.

The three forwards have run fast breaks against the opposition with ease and seem to take advantage of turnovers. Mustang goalkeeper Becca Leif has started every game and has a goals-against average of 0.83 with 11 shutouts.

'They are very good with transition action, but with the speed and confidence of our defenders, we should keep them in check,' Greathouse said.

Sophomore midfielder Juli Goin has recovered from her deep thigh muscle bruise from last week's action. She sat out the regular season match-up due to a red card infraction but will be ready to start today.

'We have to stay focused, especially when we handle the ball in the midfield,' Cowell said.