The Baker Orange

Women’s soccer ties again, searches for win

Story by Lauren Bechard

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Midway through their regular seasons, the Baker University soccer teams took a break from Heart of America Athletic Conference play.

The Wildcats headed to Nebraska, where they took on the Hastings Broncos on Wednesday.

A 1-1 draw against the Broncos would give the BU women’s team its sixth tie of the season.

“We are really tired of tying,” junior Alexa Fryer. “We just want to win.”

Fryer said her team came out with high energy and had plenty of opportunities at the start of the night.

The game was scoreless until Hastings scored the first goal during the 65th minute.

Just three minutes were left on the clock when Fryer took advantage of a crossed ball from teammate Taylor Baum. One touch behind the defense and the forward ripped a shot past the Hastings goalkeeper to send the game into overtime.

“We don’t quit,” Fryer said. “We always put up a good fight. We’re all willing to learn and continue and move forward together.”

Fryer and freshman Allison Haddad led the team with three shots apiece. Hastings outshot Baker 21-12, though, and junior goalkeeper Rachel Theobald recorded a season high 10 saves during the game. The Wildcats are now 5-4-6 on the season

The Wildcats will take on Avila University at 6 p.m. Saturday at Liston Stadium. The team may have a challenge ahead of it as the Eagles have a 13-0-1 record on the season.

“We’re stoked about (the game),” Fryer said. “We’ve played some challenging teams this season and I think we’ve rised to the occasion each time. We just want to get a good win in and prove ourselves.”