Soccer teams fall in conference openers

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The men’s and women’s soccer teams were defeated by Benedictine College at the start of Heart of America Athletic Conference play on Saturday in Atchison.

An early loss

The women’s soccer team fell to Benedictine 3-0 on Saturday in Atchison. This loss breaks Baker’s three-game win streak and drops the ‘Cats to 7-4 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.

The Wildcats started out slowly and the Ravens took advantage by scoring all three of its goals in the first 21 minutes of the game.

“It wasn’t our best game,” junior defender Jenna Carducci said. “It was definitely an improvement in the second half.”

Baker kept the ball away from its goal in the second half, only allowing two shots on goal, which senior keeper Rachel Theobald saved.

“I think the work ethic and effort was at a good place even with the loss,” Carducci said.

The women will take the field again at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Liston Stadium against Culver-Stockton.

Win streak snapped

The men fell to Benedictine 1-0, cutting a four-game win streak for BU and bringing its record to 4-5-1 on the season.

The Wildcats outplayed the Ravens for the first 20 minutes of the game, keeping the ball on the opposing side of the field. Then, in the 35th minute, junior midfielder Robert Hoeven was issued a red card and disqualified from the game.

At this point, the Baker men had to play the rest of the game with only 10 men on the field; in the 47th minute Benedictine took the lead 1-0.

Sophomore midfielder Keaton Anchors believes his team could have beat the Ravens if they had a full 11 players on the field.

Although the Wildcats had eight shots on goal, three more than the Ravens, the men could not take advantage of the opportunities they had.

“We had a few wide open shots that we just missed and it gets frustrating,” Anchors said. “In the future, if we get those in, we can win.”

The men will be back in action against Oklahoma Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.