Klein scores winning goal for Baker against Park

Story by Kyle Davis

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Park University has not had good luck facing Baker’s men’s soccer team the past two meetings.

First, Baker beat Park in overtime of the first round of the 2008 NAIA National Playoffs and Tuesday the Wildcats came away with another overtime victory.

With nine seconds remaining in the second overtime, and a fourth tie looming overhead for Baker, freshman Richard Klein scored a goal to put the No. 14-ranked Wildcats ahead for good 3-2.

“This definitely was a great test for the mentality of our team,” junior Matt Griffin said. “We kind of found it once again that if we put in the honest effort, good things will come our way.”

Park took an early lead, scoring in the first five minutes, and led 1-0 at halftime. Klein scored the first of his two goals to even the score before senior Matt Germain added a goal 10 minutes later to give the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead. The two goals by Klein were his first of the season.

Park did not waste time and found the equalizer less than a minute later with a goal by Ramone Palmer, his second of the match, and went into overtime tied 2-2.

Griffin said this game could have made or broke the Wildcats’ season, and a loss could have destroyed the mentality of the team. He added that everyone showed great character and the win turned the team around.

Next up for the Wildcats is Missouri Valley College on the road at 3 p.m. Saturday. Baker improved to 9-1-3 on the season and is 2-1-2 in the HAAC.