The Baker Orange

Soccer splits with Culver-Stockton

Story by Antonio Adgers, Writer

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The Baker University men’s soccer team prevailed over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday with a 2-0 score to improve its record to 5-6-1 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.

The Baker men scored their first goal in the 30th minute when junior defender Amer Didic put in a header off a corner kick from junior midfielder Austin Shiney. Then, in the 74th minute, junior forward Diego Ordonez scored a goal off of an assist from junior midfielder Robert Hoeven.

The Wildcats pressured the Culver goalkeeper with 15 shots during the game, six of which were on goal.

“I feel like we played well because we forced the situation on the attack for most of the game by going at them and creating opportunities,” senior forward Preston Phillips said. “We were able to get plenty of shots.”

This win gives the Baker men their first win against a team in the Heart of America Conference.

“It feels good to get the first conference win, especially after that unfortunate loss at Benedictine,” Phillips said. “Now, we’re just trying to mentally prepare ourselves for a tough MNU side.”

The women’s team fell to Culver-Stockton College 3-0 on Saturday at Liston Stadium. This loss puts the Baker women at 7-5 for the year and 0-2 in the HAAC.

The Baker women played strong defense the entire first half, going in to the halftime break 0-0. But in the second half, Culver-Stockton began to put immense pressure on the Wildcats’ defense. In the 67th minute, CSC scored its first goal. Then, in the following two minutes, the next two goals were scored as well.

This was the first home loss for the Baker women.

“It’s just an awful feeling to lose, period,” junior defender Jenna Carducci said. “But to lose at home in front of our parents, family, friends and classmates is something I would never want to feel again.”

The Baker women will face their long-time rival, Mid-America Nazarene University, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at home.

“We are ready to come out with energy and a positive attitude despite the loss,” Carducci said. “We’re coming out stronger and with more ideas to create a win. We refuse to accept another loss.”