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Men’s soccer falls in second round

Story by Lauren Bechard

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Although its season ultimately came to an end, the No. 13 Baker men’s soccer team kept things interesting in the second round of the NAIA national tournament in Montgomery, Ala..

Trailing 2-0 against No. 4 seeded Ashford University well into the second half of the match on Monday, the ‘Cats were able to make a comeback to send the game into overtime.

Freshman Jordan Thacker knocked the first goal home for the Wildcats after 73 minutes of play, and sophomore Austin Shiney made the game-tying goal with just six minutes left in regulation.

With 0:44 remaining in overtime, however, Ashford was able to find the back of the net for the third time to score the winning goal and take a 3-2 victory over Baker.

As the ‘Cats were outshot by Ashford 26-14, it was a busy day in goal for Matt Bickley. The senior racked up 14 saves in his final game for BU.

Seniors Ben Coyle and Andy Griffin each took three shots during the game. Coyle and Griffin represented the Wildcats this season as the goal leader and shot leader, respectively.

Ashford and Baker met at the start of the 2013 season when the ‘Cats defeated Ashford 2-1 in overtime. Unable to repeat the triumph, the Wildcats ended the year with an overall record of 15-6-2.

Baker was one of four teams to represent Heart of America Athletic Conference in the national tournament, and ended HAAC play with a 4-1-1 record. MidAmerica Nazarene University, Missouri Valley College and Benedictine College remain in the playoffs and will each compete in their second round games on Wednesday.