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Soccer's road trip last of season but important

Oct. 13, 2000



The Baylor women's soccer team begins its final road trip of the regular season today as the Bears take on the University of Colorado at 4 p.m. and Texas Tech University at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

With a 6-5-2 overall record and a 3-2-1 record in the Big 12 Conference, the Bears are well placed for a berth in next month's league tournament. Based on the regular-season standings, the top eight teams advance to the tournament. Baylor is ranked fourth, with 10 points, but needs to be careful as the regular season ends next week.

'We think, with our four regular-season games to go, we could win them all or we could lose them all,' Baylor head Coach Nick Cowell said. 'None of them are gimmes for anyone, and there's not that much to choose between any of the teams.'

The Buffaloes and Red Raiders each have six points but are ranked eighth and ninth respectively, so the Bears should expect a fierce weekend.

'Colorado and Tech are playing for a place in the playoffs, so this is a do-or-die thing for them,' Cowell said.

Injuries are still plaguing the Bears as junior forward Rachel Kacsmaryk is out indefinitely with a bruised kneecap. Senior forward and co-captain Molly Cameron suffered a bruised instep last Friday and sat out Sunday's game, but she will be back in action.

The team's confidence was further boosted on Monday. Senior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for allowing just one goal and making 16 saves in the two games in Oklahoma, and freshman forward Emily Fukuchi received Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for scoring twice against Oklahoma State.

Colorado is 6-8 overall and has a 2-4 Big 12 record with five losses in the last six games. The Buffaloes' key player is senior forward Melissa Cartmell, who has six goals and two assists.

Last season the teams played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime.

Texas Tech is 4-10 overall but also 2-4 in the Big 12 and is led by five goals and two assists from junior forward Carrie Graham. But the team's defense is porous, having allowed 28 goals in 14 games.

Baylor has never lost to the Red Raiders, with four victories coming by a combined score of 14-4. Last year the Bears pummeled the Red Raiders 5-2 in Waco.