Soccer tackles Iowa State, ends 7-game losing streakOct. 11, 2005
by JORDAN DANIEL,sports writer
Brittani Zonker blasted a 30-yard shot off the left post for the game-winning goal Sunday afternoon as the Baylor soccer team whirled past the Iowa State University Cyclones 2-1 at Betty Lou Mays Field.
The win for the Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak that began Sept. 11 with a loss to Boston University. In those seven games, Baylor scored just three goals. This lack of offense prompted Baylor head Coach George Van Linder to change the team's alignment so the Bears could be more aggressive.
Iowa State's Amy Flores started the afternoon's scoring in the 24th minute when she headed a cross from Amanda Purple past Baylor sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Holder.
Baylor responded in the 32nd minute when freshman midfielder Amanda McGrath rolled a shot past Iowa State goalkeeper Joanna Haig. McGrath's goal was her third of the season, tying her for second on the team behind Zonker's four.
Van Linder was satisfied with his team's response to adversity after they struggled to respond in Friday's loss to the University of Nebraska.
"The thing I like about today is that our kids came from behind," Van Linder said. "That was a huge, huge moment for us."
Zonker's goal came in the 75th minute after senior forward Tiffany Boshers found her in the middle of the field. Boshers finished with two assists for the game and leads the team with four assists on the year.
"We really have a desire to win and work for each other and play as a team," Zonker said. "I think the formation definitely helped because it's more of an attack and we back each other up more in this formation."
With only three games left on the schedule, both the coaches and players know it will be a challenge to make the postseason, but they feel they are up to the task.
"In the Big 12 there are 11 teams and we have to win five games," senior midfielder Kandyce Farr said. "Our backs are against the wall so it's either get it done or go home."
The Bears struggled to a 1-0 loss to Nebraska on Friday in front of an estimated crowd of 476 in Waco. Nebraska midfielder Jessie Bruch scored the only goal of the evening in the 68th minute when she took a free kick and booted it in from six yards out.
"I felt like we deserved that one on Friday," Van Linder said. "That was a tough one for us, so it was nice for us to finally get something to go our way."
The Baylor soccer team will hit the road this weekend as they face Oklahoma State University at 7 p.m. Friday in Stillwater, Okla. The Bears return to action again on Sunday as they will take on the University of Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Sunday in Norman, Okla.
"Winning is definitely contagious," Farr said. "With a taste of winning and the new system and confidence that we get after this we'll be fine."