The Baker Orange

Hooper helps Wildcats push past Park

Story by Lauren Bechard

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With less than a minute left to play, the Baker University women’s soccer team was looking at its fourth loss of the season. That is, until freshman Krista Hooper saved the day.

The clock had ticked down to 27 seconds when Hooper shot the ball into the back of the net past the Park University goalkeeper to tie the game and send it into overtime, where the ‘Cats won 3-2.

“Personally, I just kept thinking ‘we have to score, we have to score,’” Hooper said. “We all knew we had to keep pushing and couldn’t let them win without a fight.”

Five minutes into the second overtime, the game-winning goal came off Hooper’s head after a corner kick from junior Shelby Schiraldi.

The goals were Hooper’s first and second of her collegiate career, and she believes that they came at just the right time.

“I was starting to get pretty frustrated that I hadn’t scored yet,” Hooper said. “I really wanted to start scoring and contributing, so I’m really happy about my goals.”

Sophomore Shaylynn Eldridge-McMillan scored Baker’s first goal of the night right before halftime.

As a whole, Baker outshot Park 29-9 with 15 shots on goal. Junior Alexa Fryer led the team with six shots, Hooper took five and freshman Keely Atkin took four.

“We are getting better every game,” Hooper said. “I think the goals will start coming and we will start getting lucky now that we are shooting a lot more.”

On Wednesday, Baker will travel to McPherson College to take on the Bulldogs at 5 p.m.