Monday, August 29, 2016

Baker Womens Soccer Shuts Out Bethany to Open 2016


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – In the season opening match against the Bethany College Swedes, the number 13 ranked Baker Wildcats came away with a 1-0 victory.

The game was a much tougher task for the Wildcats than last year’s 8-0 win over the Swedes.

Baker was held scoreless until 10:54 to go in the second half, when freshman Erica Esch came off of the bench to score via a Taylor Baum assist.

Baker’s defense dominated, allowing just four shots from Bethany all contest. The ‘Cats had possession for much of the first half, outshooting Bethany 7-2, with four shots on goal compared to Bethany’s one.

BU had three shots on goal in the first seven minutes of the game, but were all saved by Bethany’s Jovana Canales.

Krista Hooper led the Wildcats with four shots and two shots on goal, equal to Bethany’s team total.

Esch’s goal came on her only shot of the game, and Baum’s assist comes after having two all of last season.

In perhaps their best goal-scoring opportunity of the night, Bethany’s Haley Harris had a chance to answer Baker’s goal just minutes after it had occurred, but the shot soared high of the post.

Another shot on goal by Bethany with just 2:45 remaining was saved by Baker’s Rachel Hunt, the Swedes final opportunity of the game.

The Swedes dropped to 0-2-0 following the loss, and a previous loss to (RV) MidAmerica Nazarene University.

The Wildcats are now 1-0, and will take on seventh-ranked Westmont College on Sunday at 7:00 pm inside Liston Stadium.

 NAIA Women's Soccer Box Score

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Bethany (Kan.)000
Baker (Kan.)011

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