Oct. 2, 2002
Baylor returns to Waco this weekend for the team's first home Big 12 Conference games of the year. The Bears are 22-5-2 at home against Big 12 opponents through the program's first six seasons (10-4-1 in three seasons under Cowell). Senior Tamura Crawley has moved into fourth place in the Baylor record book for consecutive games played with 69. Crawley has appeared in every game Baylor has played during her four years, starting all but one match.
Ashlie Mihalcin's first career goal couldn't close the four-goal gap that Kansas built en route to upending the Buffs 5-1 in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The four-goal deficit was the largest since KU shutout Colorado 4-0 a year ago in Boulder. Kansas' Caroline Smith's score in the sixth minute was the quickest goal scored against the Buffs all season. Colorado had two scoring chances in the final minutes of the second overtime period, but couldn't convert either as the Buffs tied Missouri, 2-2, in their first overtime game of the season. The Buffs would hold off Missouri and take the 1-0 advantage into the break for just the third time this season, first since a 1-0 halftime edge over Wyoming on Sept. 6. Senior Meghan Swanzy scored her first goal of the season as her shot in the 32nd minute went between the legs and under the gloves of Missouri keeper Megan Duncan. Colorado took a season-high 22 shots while allowing Missouri to take an opponent season high 23. The Buffs return to Boulder for a four-game homestand, beginning with No. 8 Texas A&M on Friday and No. 4 Texas Sunday. It marks the first time in the program's history that a pair of top-10 ranked teams will be in Boulder the same weekend.
After scoring only one goal in 71 shot attempts over a four-game span, Iowa State converted two of five shots at Texas A&M. Iowa State held a 60-23 shot advantage over Massachusetts and Fairfield at the UMass Classic, but the Cyclones were outshot 63-13 by Texas A&M and Texas a week later. ISU holds a 139-130 advantage in shots over its opponents this season. Freshman Kristina Baumann tallied her second goal and second assist of the season against Texas A&M. Baumann leads the team with 33 shots and is second in scoring with six points. Junior goalkeeper Beth Chapman recorded a career-high 11 saves at Texas A&M on Sept. 27. With her 66th career start against Texas on Sept. 29, Iowa State senior defender Tiffany Belz moved into fourth place on the ISU all-time career games played chart.
Kansas soccer defeated Colorado, 5-1, and tied 18th-ranked Nebraska, 1-1, in front of two record breaking crowds at SuperTarget field. The crowd of 714 on Friday vs. Colorado set a new attendance record for soccer, but that record would be shattered by 147 the following game on Sunday vs Nebraska, when 861 fans would show up. KU had never beaten or tied the Huskers in eight previous matches. Freshman Caroline Smith scored three goals and had an assist on the weekend to lead the Jayhawk scorers. Smith had the game-winner against Colorado and the lone goal in the Nebraska match. She leads the Big 12 Conference with 10 goals scored and 23 points. KU's two leading scorers, Smith and sophomore Rachel Gilfillan both hail from the state of Minnesota and were both Miss Soccer in Minnesota their senior seasons in high school. KU is 1-4-1 all-time against Baylor, beating the Bears for the first time last season, 3-0, and 4-2 all time vs Texas Tech, defeating the Red Raiders, 3-2, a season ago.
The Tigers played their fifth overtime game, including their fourth double overtime match, of the 2002 season. Fifty percent of Missouri's contests this season have been determined in post-regulation play. Freshman Amber Swinehart scored her fourth goal of the year against Colorado. Likewise, Missy Peabody picked up her fifth assist and Adriene Davis scored her third goal. Midfielder Karen Bauer was honored as the Varsity M Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 23-29. Varsity M is a branch of the Missouri Alumni Association comprising of former Missouri athletes.
Senior Christine Latham scored the Huskers' only goal and became the school's all-time points leader as Nebraska tied Kansas, 1-1, Sunday afternoon at SuperTarget field in Lawrence, Kan. The goal was Latham's seventh of the season and brought her total career points to 147, overtaking former Husker Meghan Anderson (146). The tie against Kansas marks the first time a Husker team has tied three games in one season. Latham also dropped in two goals in a 4-0 shutout of Missouri Friday night. Senior Kori Saunders began the scoring for Nebraska 13 minutes into the game against the Tigers when sophomore Jenna Cooper sent her the ball off a corner kick. Freshman Nikki Baker scored her second career goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. The Huskers return home to open their Big 12 home schedule against Texas and Texas A&M this weekend.
The Sooners came from behind to beat Baylor, 4-2, on Friday night and blanked Texas Tech, 4-0, on Sunday to open Big 12 play. Oklahoma recorded the first hat trick in the program's history when preseason All-Big 12 forward Logan Womack iced the Baylor game with three goals. Womack is now tied with former Sooner Jonette Coquat for the OU career goals scored record at 26. Senior Krissy Dawson also contributed three goals over the weekend with her score against Baylor and two against Tech. Freshman Lauren MacIver wrapped up the scoring for the Sooners with two goals against the Red Raiders. OU has six shutouts in 10 games this season and remains undefeated at home. Oklahoma steps out of conference action to host TCU on Friday night before traveling to Iowa State on Sunday.
Oklahoma State remained undefeated through the first week of Big 12 action, defeating Texas Tech and Baylor, both by a score of 2-0. Sophomore defender Marcela Nov notched her first goal of the season in the second period against Tech. On Sunday, junior forward Jere Boykin was the hero of the game, coming off the bench to score both OSU goals. Sophomore midfielder Nikki Wojtowicz snagged her 10th assist in 10 games on Boykin's first goal to keep her average at 1.00 per game. At 10-0, the Cowgirls have equaled the win total of the 1996 squad and need just one more to post the best record in program history. The Cowgirls have recorded four consecutive 2-0 shutouts, dating back to the Northeastern State contest on Sept. 18. Senior goalkeeper Kat Doud has posted five shutouts and holds a personal-best 0.32 goals against average.
With a win and a tie over the past week, Texas concludes its longest homestand of 2002 (4 games) with a 3-0-1 mark. The Longhorns are now unbeaten at home (5-0-1) so far this season as well as over their last four matches (3-0-1). Additionally, Texas has three shutouts over its last four contests. The Texas offense has scored 15 goals over its last three matches while helping the Longhorns to a pair of 7-0 victories over that span. Of note, UT is now tied for first among all Big 12 teams in goals scored (26) despite playing in one less match than eight of the 11 conference squads. Texas is also well ahead of its goal-scoring pace from 2001 when the Horns only had 20 goals through the first nine matches of the year. Texas' defense not only posted its fourth shutout of the 2002 campaign on Sept. 29 against Iowa State, but has now allowed only seven goals through nine matches, including one in the last 418 minutes of action, while accounting for 10 points over the last eight contests.
Of the six matches this season, A&M has played five nationally-ranked opponents and has a record of 2-3 against them. All three of the losses were outside the friendly confines of the Aggie Soccer Complex. 47 of A&M's 73 points this season have come from a freshman or sophomore. Even freshman goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak contributed with an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over Iowa State. Senior midfielder Heather Ragsdale is on fire. In just six games, she has four goals and three assists and has tallied a goal or an assist in all six matches. The A&M defense has been outstanding the last five matches, allowing just three goals. The defense is allowing a stingy 7.8 shots per match while the offense is taking 21.5 per game. In the last five matches the Aggies have outshot their opponents, 143-24.
Texas Tech has spent the better part of September on the road. The Red Raiders kicked off the season in Syracuse, N. Y. The team then opened up at home by hosting Southwest Texas State and West Texas A&M. The team has spent the last three weekends on the road and will return home this weekend to face Missouri and Kansas. With the losses to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma over the weekend, Texas Tech's record against Oklahoma schools under Coach Oskam drops to 7-7.