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Soccer needs final push for NCAAs

Oct. 19, 2000



The regular season concludes this weekend as the Baylor women's soccer team plays host to the University of Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday and the University of Kansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Baylor is 8-5-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the Big 12 Conference. After last week's pair of victories, the Bears have a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten in their last five matches.

Baylor is ranked third among the eight teams vying for a spot in next month's conference tournament, but the starters won't get much rest this weekend because the team wants to qualify for post-season play.

'Making the Big 12 Tournament is good because the winner gets an automatic bid [to the NCAA tournament],' Baylor head Coach Nick Cowell said. 'But we also need to show well at the end of the season in order to convince the [NCAA] committee that we're a team that's peaking at the right time.'

Although Cowell is digging into his reserves because several players are injured, the team still has quite a few weapons. In goal, senior Dawn Greathouse leads the conference with 105 saves this season.

Senior forward Molly Cameron has nine goals, tied for third in the Big 12, and one assist on the year. Cameron is four goals behind Courtney Saunders' school-record of 69 goals.

Freshman forward Emily Fukuchi, who has five goals and one assist, has been excellent off the bench, and sophomore midfielder Whitney Barrett is enjoying a three-game scoring streak.

'We want to get into the NCAA tournament,' Cowell said. 'That's the larger goal, and in order to get there we pretty much have to win both these games.'

Missouri is holding steady at the .500 mark with an 8-8-0 overall record and a 4-4-0 Big 12 campaign. The Tigers have lost six of their last 10 games but are still ranked fifth in the conference.

Senior forward Nikki Thole has seven goals and six assists, and freshman forward Adriene Davis is close behind with six goals and five assists.

Baylor is 3-2 all-time against Missouri.

Kansas has a 7-9 overall record and is 3-5-0 in the conference. The Jayhawks are ranked seventh in the league, so a poor result could deny them a place in the Big 12 Tournament.

Colleen Colvin leads the Jayhawks with four goals and four assists, but four other players have double-digit point totals.

Baylor is 4-0 all-time against Kansas, but each game was a one-goal win.