Women’s soccer earns third tie

Story by Lauren Bechard

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By allowing Ottawa University to score in the first four minutes, the Baker University women’s soccer team had to fight for survival for the rest of the game.

After two overtimes, the match ended 1-1 on Tuesday, resulting in the Wildcats’ third tie of the season.

“Tying is better than losing, but we definitely are looking for wins,” junior Shelby Schiraldi said. “Winning is the ultimate goal and we shouldn’t settle for anything less, which we are capable of.”

It wasn’t until the final five minutes of regulation that junior Ashley Mauck would connect with a corner kick from Schiraldi to tie things up and send the game into overtime, where the team picked up its intensity.

“By the end of the game, we definitely had a lot of momentum,” Schiraldi said. “It comes down to giving everything you have to put the ball in the back of the net.”

The Wildcats had many opportunities to score during the game as they outshot Ottawa 18-7, but Schiraldi said the fact that they were late to pick up the pace cost them in the end.

“By the end of the game, we were playing pretty well, and I believe we could’ve had a better outcome if we played that way the entire game,” Schiraldi said.

Baker will begin its Heart of America Athletic Conference schedule as it takes on Culver-Stockton at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Canton, Mo.