Baker women’s soccer wins HAAC tournament, earn nationals bid
LIBERTY, Mo. – Taking a one-goal deficit into halftime didn’t faze the Baker University women's soccer team on Friday night. The Wildcats were ready to make history.
Kylie White got the scoring started just nine seconds into the second half to even the game at one apiece. Less than four minutes later, Jordan Dolbin scored what would end up being the game-winning goal on a spectacular set piece from just outside the penalty area.
With the victory, the Baker women qualified for the 2010 NAIA National Championship Series for the first time in school history.
“The victories we had this week over No. 5 Lindenwood, No. 1 Graceland and No. 2 William Jewell College speak for themselves,” said head coach Nate Houser. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”
Both Graceland and William Jewell were also receiving votes on the national scene. Graceland was ranked No. 6 nationally, while Jewell sits at No. 13 nationally.
Baker (11-5-4) will face No. 12 McKendree University (15-3-2) on Saturday in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening round. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. at McKendree University.
“We’re really excited to play in a first round game, said head coach Nate Houser. “We’re not traveling a far distance, hopefully we can get some Baker students and fans to travel so we can enjoy their support.”
The Wildcats own a 2-1-1 all-time record against the Bearcats. Most recently, the Baker defeated McKendree 1-0 in 2009.
Alix Schiraldi and Christine Janssens continue to lead the offensive attack for Baker. Schiraldi has 10 goals on the season, while Janssens follows closely behind with nine.
McKendree’s Sulyn Keomanivane leads the Bearcats with 12 goals on the season. Goalkeeper Liz Yanko ranks 24th nationally with .73 goals against per game.
here will be 32 teams participating at 16 different on-campus sites around the country on Nov. 20. The winners of the National Championship Opening Round games will advance to the National Championship final site Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 in Decatur, Ala.