Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2004

Baker sports roundup

September 23, 2004

Football (2-1, 2-1)

Baker's offense and defense made all the right moves as the Wildcats scored 15 points in the final quarter to defeat Missouri Valley College 21-17 Saturday in Baldwin City.

The Wildcats were down 10-0 in the first quarter and 17-6 after three quarters, but fought back from both deficits.

The defense pinned Missouri Valley deep in its own territory late the third quarter and the Vikings' punt could not reach Baker territory. The Baker offense marched 40 yards in six plays, capped off by quarterback Brian Sheppard's 1-yard keeper for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Sheppard then found senior Luke Thompson of Olathe in the end zone for a two-point conversion to close the gap to 17-14.

Missouri Valley tried to answer, but freshman DJ Carter of Houston leapt high to pick off a pass at the Baker 25-yard-line and returned it 31 yards to the Viking side of the field. On Missouri Valley's next drive, Thompson forced the quarterback to fumble and senior linebacker Jeremiah Gress of Lawrence recovered at the Viking 35-yard-line. On the next play, junior wide receiver Ryan Pitts of Carson, Calif., jumped over a Viking defender to grab Sheppard's pass and fell out of bounds at the one-yard-line. Senior running back John Reeves of Palestine, Texas, scored the winning touchdown on the next play.

Pitts finished with five catches for 74 yards and scored Baker's first touchdown by outjumping another defender at the back of the end zone in the second quarter. Sheppard, a junior from Destrehan, La., passed for 172 yards with no interceptions and 26 net rushing yards. Reeves had 123 yards rushing.

The Wildcats are tied for second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 2-1 record. Baker's next foe will be MidAmerica Nazarene University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Olathe. The Pioneers were picked to win the conference in the preseason coaches poll, but are tied for fourth with a 1-1 record.

Men's Soccer (4-2-1, 2-0)

Baker has steamrolled it's last four opponents by a total score of 22-1 over an eight-day stretch.

The 'Cats started the impressive streak on the Sep. 11 weekend in Iowa by beating Morningside College 4-1 on Saturday and ranked Si Tanka College 7-0 on Sunday.

The Wildcats had no more mercy this weekend, pulling away from Central Methodist University 4-0 Saturday in Baldwin City with three second-half goals and dominating Culver-Stockton College 7-0 Sunday in Canton, Mo.

Baker will be tested this weekend by traveling to William Jewell College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and hosting Park University at 2 p.m. Saturday. Baker renews a rivalry with Ottawa University on Monday with a 3 p.m. match in Ottawa and continues conference play by challenging Missouri Valley College at 4 p.m Wednesday in Olathe.

Women's Soccer (1-5, 1-1)

For the first four games of the season, Baker was a talented team that couldn't find the back of the net. Senior Alex Williams of Olathe changed all of that on Saturday and her teammates followed through on Sunday.

After Baker tallied just one goal in the first four games of the season, Williams scored three in the first half alone against Avila University in Baldwin City on Saturday. Junior Britt Strick of Prairie Village added a fourth goal on a penalty kick as the Wildcats raced to a 4-1 halftime lead.

However, the usually stingy Baker defense allowed three goals in the second half and another at the 97:52 mark of overtime for a 5-4 Avila victory.

The Wildcats took no time to mourn the loss and suddenly found an abundance of scorers. The first goal of the game was the first of Lawrence junior Kristin Bock's career. Culver-Stockton answered quickly with a score on a penalty kick, but senior Amy Freedman of Overland Park scored the winning goal 25 minutes into the game. The Wildcats continuted to score about every 10-15 minutes for the rest of the game. Freshman Whitney Rinck of Lee's Summit, Mo., had two goals and sophomore Andrea Jerousek of Olathe had two assists.

The Wildcats faced a tough test Wednesday at William Jewell College, but results were not available at press time. The women play Southern Nazarene University at 3 p.m. Saturday in Bethany, Okla., then renew a rivalry with Ottawa University at 5 p.m. Monday in Ottawa. The Wildcats continue conference action by challenging Missouri Valley College at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Marshall, Mo.

Cross Country

Baker faced tough conditions and an even tougher field at the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

The six-kilometer women's race and eight-kilometer men's race were the first races of such a distance for Baker's seven freshmen. The windy and hot weather combined with an extremely crowded field featuring 293 other women and 323 other men to create a difficult setting for newcomers and experienced athletes alike.

Junior Jessica Barrand of Topeka led the women's team, placing 103rd in the college division with a time of 26:01. Freshmen Megan Vogel of Arapahoe, Colo., and Joanna Schafer of Soldier, Kan., placed 165th and 166th respectively with identical times of 27:19.

Freshman Andrew McGregor of Overland Park led the men by placing 203rd in a time of 31:48. Freshman Jeremiah Harp of Kansas City, Mo., was close behind in 211th place and a time of 32:08.

Baker will face a friendlier arena on Saturday when it hosts the Wildcat Invitational at 10 a.m. at Baldwin City Course.

Volleyball (5-8, 1-1)

Baker nearly pulled off an amazing upset versus Pittsburg State University Saturday at home, but folded 3-1.

The Gorillas were ranked No. 11 in the previous NCAA Div. II poll and won the first game 30-23. Baker put up a tougher fight before falling 30-26 in the second game. The Wildcats earned a 30-28 victory in the third game, but fell 30-27 in the fourth game to lose the match.

The Wildcats resumed conference action Tuesday when it hosted Central Methodist University, but results were not available at press time. Baker will play in the MidAmerica Invitational Friday and Saturday in Olathe, then travel to Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday to challenge Evangel University in a 7 p.m. match-up.

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