Men’s soccer ends game in 1-1 tie

Story by Lauren Bechard

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The Baker University men’s soccer team showed up at Liston Stadium on Monday evening looking for its first home win of the season.

Two overtimes and 110 minutes of play later, the Wildcats ended in a 1-1 tie with No. 12 Columbia College.

“We believe we can compete with any team in the country,” senior Cameron Zimmerman said. “I think that showed in our fight (Monday) night.”

Columbia took the lead in the 25th minute of the game with a goal that slid past senior goalkeeper Matt Bickley.

The Wildcats couldn’t even the score until the second half, when junior Andy Griffin stepped up for a penalty kick, sending it home and tying the game at 1-1.

Monday night marked the second game in a row in which Griffin ripped a penalty kick past the opposing team’s keeper to put Baker on the scoreboard.

“We all know when he steps up, he’s going to make it,” Zimmerman said. “We wouldn’t want anybody else to take that kick.”

Griffin’s first penalty kick of the season came against Oklahoma City University on Saturday, when the ‘Cats fell 4-3 in overtime.

The Wildcats have taken three of four games to overtime this year, which leads Zimmerman to think the concentration needs to be better on the field during regulation.

“We’ve dug ourselves some holes during some games, but we’ve shown that we aren’t going down without a fight,” Zimmerman said.

Baker will have another chance to win on its home field at 7 p.m. Friday, when the Wildcats take on Concordia College at Liston Stadium.

“We have a young team and we are learning as we go,” Zimmerman said. “We get a lot of support so we don’t want to let our fans down, but if we play with the same intensity as we did (Monday) night, we will be able to defend our home turf.”