Baker University sports roundup
Baker men grab share of 2011 HAAC title with draw against No. 6 Vikings
MARSHALL, Mo. – The Baker University men’s soccer team finished the 2011 regular season campaign undefeated Tuesday evening after playing to a 2-2 draw with sixth-ranked Missouri Valley College.
Missouri Valley got on the scoreboard first Tuesday evening thanks to a team goal just 22 minutes into the contest. Donnie George would strike back for the Wildcats just 28 seconds later to even the score.
“The men went behind for the first time this season on an own goal, but quickly answered 28 seconds later thanks to Donny George,” said head coach Nate Houser. “They stretched the lead to 2-1 heading into halftime, but Sean McAlister scored a great goal to tie the game.”
Seyed Amadodin put Missouri Valley back on top just four minutes later after he received a ball from Alberto Gomez and the game remained scoreless from that point forward until Sean McAlister struck in the 69th minute to even the score at 2-2.
Baker goalkeeper Matt Bickley played arguably his best game of the season, as he made three three critical saves down the stretch to keep Baker in the game. Bickley finished the game with seven saves.
“Both teams were a couple inches away on numerous occasions,” Houser added. “Missouri Valley hit the post a few times and we had chances on our end. It was a very good night of soccer by two very good teams.”
The Wildcats will garner the No. 2 seed in the 2011 HAAC Playoffs due to a tiebreaker in goal differential. Missouri Valley finished the season at +13 and Baker finished the season at +12.
Baker women defeat Missouri Valley for HAAC title
MARSHALL, Mo. – Ashley Ukena put Baker on the scoreboard first in the 34th minute on goal from Ashley Mauck and Alexa Fryer added an insurance goal in the 41st minute as Baker went on to win the 2011 HAAC Regular Season Conference Championship.
Goalkeeper Maggie Dupes made three saves in the contest to record her second shutout of the season.
Baker (11-3-1, 5-1-1 HAAC) will take the No. 1 overall seed entering the 2011 HAAC Conference Tournament. Brackets will be announced later this week.
"The ladies played a very good and motivated Missouri Valley team," said head coach Nate Houser. "We got a great goal from Ashley Ukena and a very brave effort from Alexa Fryer to go up 2-0. The girls played disciplined and in the moment in the second half. Maggie Dupes was huge on the penalty kick save and overall it was a great win to earn the number one overall seed."
BU volleyball team takes regular season HAAC crown
The Baker University volleyball team won its first regular season HAAC championship under head coach Kathy Allen Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over Peru State College.
Baker (24-10, 9-0 HAAC) won each of the three sets by a score of 26-24 in comeback fashion.
Senior Sydney Pemberton led the way offensively with nine kills, while Jasmyn Turner and Christina Delladio each added seven. Delladio also had nine blocks in the contest.
Junior Jana Boss finished the game with 32 assists and libero Brooke Allen added 16 digs, as Baker takes the No. 1 overall seed into the first round of the HAAC Playoffs on Saturday afternoon. Pairings will be announced later in the week.
Men’s basketball cruises to victory in season opener over Kansas Wesleyan
SALINA – For the second consecutive season, the Baker men’s basketball team opened its season with a victory over Kansas Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening 102-60.
Ben Steinlage led the Baker offensive attack with 19 points on an 8-for-8 shooting performance from the field. Three other players finished in double figures as Jordan Honore added 14, while Todd Ellis and Jack Shortell each added 12.
“Kansas Wesleyan was missing a couple players due to injury and I thought we did a good job wearing them down with our depth,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “It was a good team effort tonight, we’ve had some good practices, so it was good to see it carry over to our first game.”
Kevin Lyslaught led the Baker defense with seven rebounds and three steals.
Baker finished the game 40-for-65 from the field (61.5 percent) and 7-for-17 from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats return to action on Nov. 4 when they travel to Haskell Indian Nations University.
Sluggish offense plagues BU women in season opener
SALINA – The Baker University women’s basketball team dropped its season opener on Tuesday evening 74-51 to No. 4 Kansas Wesleyan University.
Rae Lynne Stewart (pictured) led the way offensively for Baker netting nine points on 2-for-3 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 shooting from the charity-stripe. As a team, Baker finished just 16-for-47 (34 percent) from the field and 2-for-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Rashida Simpson led the Baker defense with 10 rebounds and one block.
Turnovers were the story though as Baker committed an all-time high 38 turnovers. Kansas Wesleyan also outscored the Wildcats 32-16 in the paint.
Baker returns to action on Nov. 4 against Northwest Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. from the George F. Collins Center.
Wildcats to play host to Benedictine in home finale
Baker University will play host to No. 10 Benedictine on Saturday in the Wildcats’ home football finale at Liston Stadium. Kickoff for Senior Day is set for 1 p.m.
The Wildcats had an open date last weekend after defeating Culver-Stockton 71-21 on Oct. 22. The Wildcats (5-3 overall, 4-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) are 4-1 at Liston this season.
Benedictine (8-1, 6-1) is in a three-way tie with MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley for the conference championship. The Ravens are coming off a 25-10 victory over Avila. Their lone loss is a 49-39 setback to MidAmerica Nazarene on Oct. 22.
Baker leads the all-time series 14-12-1, including five consecutive victories.