Women’s soccer picks up fifth tie

Story by Lauren Bechard

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A scoreless match against MidAmerica Nazarene University gave the No. 23 Baker women’s soccer team its fifth tie of the season on Wednesday.

Junior captain Shelby Schiraldi said tying is fine with her, but she thinks anybody is crazy who wouldn’t rather have a win.

“I would take a tie over a loss any day, but we really just have to find the extra effort to get a win at this point,” Schiraldi said.

Baker outshot MNU 16-14 and freshmen Keely Atkin and Allison Haddad each took four shots to lead the team. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Theobald kept a tight watch on her goal as she recorded six saves during the game.

Schiraldi says in order to pull out a victory, she would like to see the team play to its fullest potential each time it steps on the field, from start to finish.

“We kind of come out slow, and then we build up to our potential,” Schiraldi said. “If we start out and play the entire 90 minutes the best we can, we can get the goals that we need and win.”

The Wildcats are now 1-0-2 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play after the game on Wednesday. Schiraldi says HAAC action is “up for grabs for anybody right now.”

“Teams are battling and everyone is starting to even out,” Schrialdi said. “I’m pretty confident in where we stand. We just need to start getting wins.”

On Saturday, the Wildcats will take on the Benedictine Ravens, who are currently 1-2 in conference play.

Last year, Baker and Benedictine squared off on three separate occasions, with the Wildcats coming up short each time. Schiraldi says this time around will be completely different.

“We play a lot different than we did last year and so do they,” Schiraldi said. “We know that they have speed. Coming into this game, we will have to match it and keep up the pace, but mostly we will need to play our own game and not worry about what they’re doing.”

The game will take place at 5 p.m. on Baker’s home field at Liston Stadium.