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Soccer defeats OSU, ties OU in weekend

Oct. 10, 2000

Two honored for performances in Big 12 matches

By RISHI SRIRAM

Reporter

Rishi_Sriram@Baylor.edu

The Baylor soccer team continued its season-long Jekyll and Hyde performance this weekend in Oklahoma.

Baylor (6-5-2 overall, 3-2-1 in the Big 12 Conference) tied its highest offensive output of the season Sunday afternoon, beating Oklahoma State University 3-1.

The Cowgirls dropped to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in the Big 12.

The match followed Baylor's scoreless draw with the University of Oklahoma Friday night. The Bears have yet to win on Friday, while all six wins have occurred on Sunday.

'I don't know the answer to that,' junior midfielder Alyson Miles said. 'Last year we couldn't win on Sundays. It's not because we're not playing well. We're just having a hard time finishing.'

In the first half of Sunday's game, Baylor took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Whitney Barrett scored her first collegiate goal in the 33rd minute of play. Five minutes later, however, OSU forward Kim Graves tied the game at 1.

The Bears took complete control in the second half though, as freshman Emily Fukuchi scored two goals six minutes apart to push the Baylor advantage to 3-1.

Fukuchi now has four goals this season, and her efforts against the Cowgirls earned her Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors.

'It's taken her awhile, but she's gained confidence,' Miles said. 'Everyone on the team has been really supportive, and now she's realizing what kind of impact player she can be.'

Fukuchi did not score without help from her teammates. Freshman forward Candace Reilly assisted on the first goal, while Barrett continued to impact the game by assisting Fukuchi for the second score.

'We were ready to win a game, and we should have won against OU,' Miles said. 'We decided there was no way we were going to lose to them [Oklahoma State].'

Fukuchi is the first Baylor freshman to score four goals in a single season since Rachel Kacsmaryk and Alyson Miles in 1998. Kacsmaryk had five goals that year, while Miles totaled four.

The Bears struggled with the Sooners through double overtime Friday evening, but neither team could produce a score, tying 0-0.

Though Oklahoma outshot the Bears 20-16, senior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse got her fourth shutout of the season with nine saves. On the other end of the field, Baylor only had three shots on goal.

Greathouse was also honored by the Big 12, as she claimed the Defensive Player of the Week award.

Greathouse made 16 saves in the two games, and surrendered just one goal in 210 minutes of play.

The Bears continue Big 12 action this weekend against the University of Colorado Friday at 4 p.m. and at Texas Tech University Sunday at 1 p.m.

Since the Bears have yet to win a game on a Friday, Friday the 13th at Colorado might turn out to be Baylor's lucky day.