Soccer keeps clean slate for OctoberOct. 24, 2000
Team wins 5, ties 2 games in month
By RISHI SRIRAM
The Baylor soccer team has gone undefeated throughout the month of October.
The Bears finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over the University of Missouri on Friday and a 1-1 tie against the University of Kansas after double overtime on Sunday.
Baylor's record now stands at 9-5-3 overall and 6-2-2 in the Big 12 Conference. With other conference teams playing this weekend, however, the Bears do not yet know their final Big 12 standing.
'We really needed a win [against Kansas] to secure the third spot in the Big 12 tournament,' senior Molly Cameron said. 'We just have to wait and see what A&M does now.'
A pair of freshmen led Baylor to its victory over Missouri on Friday. Freshman Cookie Day scored the first goal off a pass from sophomore Whitney Barrett to give Baylor a 1-0 lead, and freshman Emily Fukuchi recorded her sixth goal of the season to put Baylor up 2-0 three minutes into the second half.
Missouri forward Adriene Davis sliced Baylor's lead in half five minutes later, but the Tigers were unable to score for the rest of the game, despite several strong offensive pushes.
Though Baylor's four-game winning streak was broken by the Jayhawks on Sunday, the Bears remained undefeated since losing to the University of Texas 2-1 on Sept. 29.
Kansas took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Brianna Valento scored in the 23rd minute of play. The Bears tied the Jayhawks when Cameron headed the ball into the goal off of an assist from freshman Stephanie Dempsey.
Baylor senior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse made two saves near the end of regulation to force the game into overtime, but neither team could score a goal after 30 minutes of overtime play.
'We were a step slow in the first half,' Greathouse said. 'It was very disappointing. I know that we could have taken it to them, and we didn't do that. It's something that we haven't really had a problem with this year, and it's something we dealt with last year. But I'm very proud of the fact that we came back.'
In the second overtime, Day received a concussion on a defensive slide. A CAT scan was negative, and her time of return will be evaluated this week.
'I think she just landed on her head,' Baylor head Coach Nick Cowell said. 'I was right there, but I didn't see any reason why she should be knocked out. She's had a couple of concussions in the last year. The more [concussions] you have, the longer you have to wait [to play].'
Baylor will get next weekend off before resuming play at the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio on Nov. 1 to 4.
'We need this rest time because we need our energy level back,' Cowell said. 'We need to regain some of our mental alertness, and we should be rejuvenated by next week.'
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