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Soccer returns with two wins after rigorous trip

Oct. 17, 2000

By MINDY POEHL

Reporter

The Baylor soccer team gained two wins in a long road trip this weekend, improving its record to 8-5-2 overall and 5-2-1 in Big 12 Conference play.

The Bears defeated the University of Colorado 3-1 Friday and Texas Tech University 3-2 Sunday.

'This is one of the worst trips in the country in terms of logistics and travel,' Baylor head Coach Nick Cowell said. 'It's a nightmare trip.'

Freshman forward Ryan Lee agreed.

'We were a little jet-lagged and travelling was really stressful,' she said.

Senior forward Molly Cameron got the road trip off to a good start against the Buffaloes, scoring 10 minutes into the game to give Baylor a 1-0 lead.

The Bears took a 2-0 lead into the half after freshman Cookie Day notched her first collegiate goal and two minutes into the second half, sophomore Whitney Barrett completed Baylor's scoring off a pass from freshman Stephanie Dempsey.

The Bears finished their weekend sweep in Lubbock Sunday, knocking off the Red Raiders 3-2.

Barrett struck again in the 12th minute of the game, giving Baylor an early lead. Her third goal in as many games was the only scoring for either side in the first 45 minutes of play.

At the beginning of the second half, Lee scored on a pass from Gina Castellano, pushing the Baylor advantage to 2-0.

Texas Tech soon came back and tied the game with a pair of goals. Marie Valdez cut Baylor's lead in half in the 52nd minute, then assisted on Lindsey Wile's equalizer 20 minutes later.

Sixteen seconds after Wile's goal, however, Baylor freshman Emily Fukuchi scored the game winner.

'It was like a shove back in their face right after they scored,' Lee said. 'It gave us momentum again.'

Cowell agreed and was not surprised by Fukuchi's game winning goal.

'We were fortuitous to get that third goal after they scored their second goal,' Cowell said.

'She [Fukuchi] has the best technique on the team in terms of shooting the ball,' he said. 'Inside the penalty area, there is no better finisher.'

One reason Fukuchi has received so much playing time is because the team has been hit hard with injuries. Cowell named nine players who are out of action.

'We have no control over our injuries and we don't cry,' he said. 'But we are working very deep into the squad.'

The Bears have won four of their last five games, with a tie in between, and have not lost since Sept. 29.

Baylor returns home for the final two games of the regular season against Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday and against Kansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday.