Baker University weekend sports roundup
No. 3 Baker men set to host Oklahoma Wesleyan in opening round
The Baker University men’s soccer team will host Oklahoma Wesleyan University in the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday.
Baker (17-1-1 and the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament) was the first at-large selection in the field of 31. Oklahoma Wesleyan (14-4-2) qualified with an automatic berth after winning the 2011 Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
The Wildcats handed the Eagles their last defeat in the regular season on Sept. 27 by a score of 4-2. Baker jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, thanks to goals by Ethan Bauer, Andy Griffin and Cameron Zimmerman. Donny George sealed the game in the 85th minute, netting a goal off a throw-in by Sean McAlister.
Following their defeat to Baker, Oklahoma Wesleyan finished the regular season 8-0-2. The Wildcats are coming off a 2-1 defeat to MidAmerica Nazarene in the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Game.
Senior Tom Lowndes (Cardiff, Wales) and junior Odaine Sinclar (Kingston, Jamaica) lead the Baker offense with six goals and nine goals, respectively. Lowndes also leads the team with 25 points on the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bickley (Overland Park), the Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year continues to lead the Baker defense, currently ranking seventh nationally with a goals against average of .650.
Game time for the contest will be released on Monday afternoon.
No. 18 Baker will host No. 22 Bellevue (Neb.) in opening round
The Baker University women’s soccer team will begin its quest to defend its historic 2010 NAIA Fab Four run with a showdown against 22nd ranked Bellevue (Neb.) in the 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday.
Baker (13-3-1) received an automatic berth into the field of 31 after defeating Graceland University in the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Game. Bellevue (14-1-3) also received an automatic berth into the field after winning the 2011 Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
The Wildcats enter play riding a five-game winning streak, with their last defeat coming against No. 16 Hastings College on Oct. 18. Bellevue enters play with a two-game win streak. Its only loss of the season came to unranked Vanguard on Sept. 17 by a score of 3-0.
Senior forward Alix Schiraldi (Lenexa) continues to lead the Baker offensive attack with 13 goals on the season. She also leads the team with 33 points and 5.1 shots per contest. Junior Jordan Dolbin (La Mirada, Calif.) ranks second on the team with 17 points and leads the team with 2.6 shots on goal per contest.
Senior goalkeeper Maggie Dupes (Fallbrook, Calif.) is currently averaging 3.42 saves per contest with a goals against average of 1.30.
Game time for the contest will be announced on Monday afternoon.
Baker women defend HAAC tournament crown
The Baker University women’s soccer team defended its Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship with a 2-1 victory over Graceland on Saturday at Liston Stadium.
“It feels good to vindicate what we did in the regular season,” said Wildcat head coach Nate Houser, who's Wildcats shared the regular-season conference title with Graceland.
The Wildcats rallied after surrendering a goal a minute into the contest when Gisela Arrieta connected from 15 yards out.
“If we settled down after that first goal, I thought we would be in good shape,” Houser said.
Senior midfielder Skylar Baker scored in the 26th minute on an assist from senior midfielder Ashley Ukena for a 1-1 tie.
In the 60th minute, Ukena scored the decisive goal on a breakaway from 25 yards out after an assist from senior Alix Schiraldi.
Baker outshot Graceland 13-11. Goalie Maggie Dupes recorded one save for Baker.
Men’s soccer falls to MNU in HAAC title game
MidAmerica Nazarene jumped out to a two-goal lead and never looked back Friday night, handing the Baker University men's soccer squad its first loss of the 2011 season.
Trent Remmich put the Pioneers on the board in the 11th minute after he was rewarded a penalty kick on a foul committed by Tom Lowndes inside the Baker box.
MNU didn’t strike again until the 61st minute when Luke Pontin received a ball inside the box off a corner kick, giving the Pioneers some much needed momentum.
The Wildcats climbed back into the game in the 75th minute when a loose ball in front of the MNU net when off a Pioneer defender into their own goal.
Riding the wave of momentum, the Wildcats outshot MNU 4-0 in the final five minutes of the contest, but were never able to tally the equalizer.
Baker (17-1-1) outshot MidAmerica Nazarene (13-7-1) 11-6 in the contest.
Baker men improve to 4-1 with 70-42 victory over rival Ottawa
Coming off a tough loss on Friday evening, the Baker University men’s basketball team bounced back Saturday with a 70-42 victory over Ottawa University.
A balanced offensive attack was key as the Wildcats had five players score in double figures. Todd Johnston led the way with 13 points, while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-4 from beyond the arc. Kevin Lysaught had 11 points with seven rebounds while Brandon Moore, Jack Shortell, and Ben Steinlage each added 10 apiece.
The defense was the story though as the Wildcats held Ottawa to just 16-for-54 (29 percent) from the floor and 2-for-10 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
“I was happy we were able to put together two solid halves today,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “I thought our defense was terrific.”
Baker (4-1) returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) for a 7 p.m., tipoff.
Wildcats drop first game of the season to St. Mary’s
A 15-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Baker men’s basketball team Friday evening, as it dropped its first game of the season to the University of St. Mary (Kan.), 79-76.
Three players scored in double figures for the ‘Cats as Ben Steinlage led the way with 15 points. Todd Johnston and Jordan Honore each added 14 and 12 points respectively.
Samer Jasser led Baker on the glass with 10 rebounds and one block.
Ottawa outlasts Baker women 65-61
Two players scored in double figures for the Baker University women's basketball team Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as Ottawa hung on to defeat the Wildcats 65-61.
Alisha Fanshier led the way with 16 points while shooting 7-for-16 from the floor. Gloria Atanmo pulled down nine rebounds and 14 points, just one board shy of her first double-double of the season.
Baker (1-4) finished the game 24-for-61 (39 percent) from the field and 3-for-11 (27 percent) from beyond the arc.
Ottawa (1-3) finished the contest with three players scoring in double figures as Amber Ramsey led the Braves with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Baker returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it faces Park University (4-0) at 6 p.m.
Volleyball squad falls in HAAC title game
No. 2-seeded MidAmerica Nazarene upended top-seeded Baker University 3-0 on Saturday in the Heart of America Athletic Conference volleyball championship at the Collins Center.
The Pioneers (28-7) defeated Baker (26-11) 25-18, 33-31, 25-20 to snap the Wildcats’ winning streak at 15 matches and receive the conference’s automatic berth in next week’s NAIA tournament.
Baker, which finished 9-0 in the HAAC during the regular season, hadn’t lost since Sept. 23. MidAmerica Nazarene has won six in a row since a 3-1 loss to Baker on Oct. 18.
No. 24 Baker crushes Graceland in season finale, 50-14
LAMONI, Iowa – With the hopes of the NAIA playoffs still on the line, the Baker University football team knew it needed to win big Saturday afternoon – and the Wildcats did just that with a 50-14 victory over Graceland.
Baker (7-3, 6-3 HAAC) got on the scoreboard first as Scott Meyer finished off a seven play 36-yard drive to put Baker ahead 7-0 with 8:03 on the clock in the first quarter. Meyer would add another score four minutes later on another seven play 56-yard drive.
Xavier Lewis added to the total as he capped off a seven-play 47-yard drive just before the end of the quarter.
Baker opened up the second quarter with a safety against the Yellowjackets to push the score to 23-0. Kyle Rooks would touchdown just three minutes later to put Baker ahead 30-0.
Andrew Kimrey drilled a 41-yard field goal with 3:24 on the clock before the break, but the Wildcats managed to get the ball back, going 36 yards in just under three minutes as Jake Morse scored on a quarterback keeper to give the Wildcats a 40-0 lead at halftime.
Baker opened the second half with a 47-yard field goal by Kimrey, before Graceland finally got on the scoreboard with a 77-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Saunders to Rayshawn Brown.
Baker quickly responded with a nine play 55-yard drive four minutes later as Morse scrambled into the end zone.
Graceland got on the scoreboard one more time late in the fourth quarter as Saunders and Brown connected again, pushing the final score to 50-14.
John Babb finished as the Wildcats leading rusher with 23 carries for 102 yards. Meyer had 12 carries for 74 yards with two touchdowns.
Morse finished the game with 60 yards, completing 7-of-14 attempts with two keeper touchdowns. Baker finished the game with 351 yards of total offense. Graceland (1-9, 1-8 HAAC) finished the contest with 173 yards of total offense on 57 plays.