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Soccer takes tourney title

Sept. 3, 2003

By Jacob Ford, reporter

Bethany Vick scored the game-winning goal during sudden death overtime giving the Lady Bears a 4-3 victory over a physical University of North Texas team on Sunday night during the championship game of the 2003 Baylor Labor Day Classic.

Sophomore Vick finished the goal, set up by senior forward Emily Fukuchi, at the 6:05 mark in the first half of overtime. Baylor is now 2-0 for the season.

'It somehow got through and it still got there, I don't know how,' Vick said, describing her game-winning goal.

Junior midfielder April Robertson began the final play of the game with a cross into Fukuchi.

Fukuchi slid into the box, beating the Mean Green goalie to the ball. She passed it to Vick, who then hammered it into the back of the net.

Between the two teams, five goals were scored in the first 15 minutes, setting them up for a shootout.

The second half, however, proved to be a defensive battle with no goals scored.

The Mean Green struck first with a goal by junior Jessica Koschmann in the fourth minute of the game. Junior forward Ginny Rosario-Tull answered for the Lady Bears with a header set up by sophomore midfielder Tiffany Boshers four minutes after the first goal.

UNT junior Melinda Pina quickly regained the lead for against the Bears at the 8:18 mark. Tull tied the game 2-2, gaining her second goal of the game. The Lady Bears took their first lead of the game at the 12:46 mark when Fukuchi fired in her own rebound for a goal.

'We were a little frustrated the first half,' Baylor head Coach George Van Linder said. 'We felt like we weren't playing our style.'

Van Linder made several adjustments during halftime, and the Bears allowed no goals and only two shots in the second half.

'Before the second half started, coach said, 'Nobody scores four goals in your house with family and friends here, so don't let them score another one,' ' Tull said.

Senior defender Melissa Humke knew they had to match UNT's physical play.

'We went in hard on tackles, because we were soft at first,' Humke said.

The game against North Texas was Baylor's second game this weekend. Friday night, the Lady Bears defeated the Eagles of Eastern Washington 2-0. Van Linder's debut showed that the Bears could control almost every aspect of the game.

'We feel like we are on a good progression for where we need to be,' Van Linder said after Friday night's victory.

Tull and Boshers were the goal-scorers for the Lady Bears while senior goalkeeper Monica Housden posted her first shutout this year. Boshers led a strong midfield that dictated the play of the game.

Tull finished the tournament with three goals to lead the team.

The Lady Bears will play Friday at the University of Houston.