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Soccer faces first defeat

Sept. 10, 2003

By Jacob Ford, reporter

Coach George Van Linder and the Lady Bears soccer team suffered their first loss of the season to the University of Utah in overtime Sunday night.

Utah's Lauren Field, a junior forward, finished off her hat trick with a header on a corner kick from teammate Missy Dennis, a senior forward, with 1:54 left in overtime to lead the Utes to victory 3-2.

The Bears (3-1) walked off Baylor's Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field disappointed but grateful they came close to beating the Utah team that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.

'It's a good loss if there is such a thing,' Van Linder said.

Monica Housden, a senior goalkeeper, faced 12 shots and 11 corner kicks in goal.

'There is no doubt in my mind that this team, this year, will definitely bounce back,' Housden said.

Field scored her first goal in the first half, taking the early lead for Utah. On the kickoff after Field's goal, Ginny Rosario-Tull, a junior forward, penetrated the Utah defense and dribbled around freshman goalkeeper Kaycie Zimmerman for her sixth goal of the season.

Tull leads the Lady Bears in scoring and averages more than one goal per game.

Baylor took the lead with a shot by senior midfielder Candace Reilly in the 57th minute of the second half. Reilly settled the ball and fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal, well out of Zimmerman's reach. The goal was Reilly's first of the season.

Field tied the score 2-2 with a shot from 40 yards out that soared over the head of Housden.

The Lady Bears play next in Fort Worth as part of the Texas Christian University Tournament this weekend.

The Lady Bears face the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at 2:30 p.m. Friday and TCU at 1 p.m Sunday.