Athletics Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:39:07 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker, Avila End in 1-1 Tie Alec Feist scored the game-tying goal on Friday for the Wildcats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the Baker University men's soccer team trailing, 1-0, and under a minute left in regulation, freshman Alec Feist busted through and scored a tying goal for the Wildcats to force overtime.

After 20 minutes of overtime, Baker and Avila, ended in a 1-1 tie. Baker moved to 5-7-3 and 1-2-2 on the year, while Avila currently stands at 8-6-2 and 1-3-1.

Felipe Garcia ended the 0-0 tie with a goal in the 49th minute with the assist going to teammate Louis Gallagher.

But Feist was able to find his way onto the field in the second half and made a difference with a goal in the final minute.

Baker attempted 17 shots on the day with seven on goal, while Avila attempted 11 and five on goal.

Patrick Rydberg collected four saves in his 110 minutes in goal for Baker, while Jesus Revilla had six saves for Avila.

14 different Wildcats attempted a shot in the match and Amer Didic, Keaton Anchors and Matt Hamm all led the way with two apiece.

Baker will end the HAAC regular season next week with two home matches against No. 14 ranked Missouri Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and Central Methodist on Saturday, Nov. 1 for Senior Night.



]]> (Tyler Price) M Soccer Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Women’s Soccer Takes Road Win from Avila Shelby Schiraldi scored the game-winner on Friday against Avila

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University women's soccer team earned a tough road win at Avila University on Friday afternoon, with a 1-0 victory to improve to 10-5 and 3-2 overall.

Under the direction of former Baker alum and former women's soccer assistant coach and player Sara Matthews, the Eagles fall to 6-8-2 overall and 1-4 in the HAAC.

The lone goal of the match came in the 11th minute when Shelby Schiraldi scored her third goal of the season.

Baker attempted 14 shots on the day with nine on goal, while Avila attempted eight with four on goal.

Shea Myer had a busy day for Avila with her seven saves and Rachel Theobald recorded the shutout for Baker with four saves.

Schiraldi led all players with five shot attempts, while Jenna Carducci had three and Megan Johnson took two.

Baker has now won three-straight matches and will next take on Missouri Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.



]]> (Tyler Price) W Soccer Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Signs Two-Sport Athlete Olivia Brees Olivia Brees signing her letter of intent with head softball coach Jamie Stanclift and her family

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University volleyball and softball team announces the signing of Olivia Brees of Jefferson West HS in Meriden, Kan., and will welcome her to both squads in the Fall of 2015.

Brees will join the volleyball team as a middle blocker and as a pitcher for the softball team. She is the younger sister of Baker senior outside hitter Taryn Brees.

Olivia will graduate from Jefferson West this Spring after an impressive career as a three-sport athlete.

She was an All-State First Team League pitcher in 2014 and led her squad to a Sub-State Championship.

On the volleyball court she was a Big 7 All-League First Team performer and earned Second Team All-State honors.

She also lettered in basketball and was an All-State Honorable Mention selection. She also earned a spot on the National Honors Society and was named the Jefferson West Athlete of the Year in 2014.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Softball Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Wrestling to Begin Season Ranked No. 16 2014 133-pound national champion Bryce Shoemaker returns to Baker in 2014-15

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team will begin the 2014-15 season ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 poll, announced this week.

Baker will open up the season on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the University of Oklahoma Quad in Norman, Okla.

This Friday, Oct. 24 the Wildcats will compete on its home mat in the Collins Center in the inaugural Black and Orange Dual, as Baker will put one Wildcat up against another Wildcat in a home dual.

The Black and Orange Dual will begin at 7 p.m., but prior to the dual, the wrestling program will honor its 2014 NAIA Scholar-Athlete Dustin Turner, along with 2014 NAIA All-American Nick Haugen, and the programs first-ever NAIA National Champion Bryce Shoemaker.

Bryce Shoemaker (133 pounds) of Baker (Kan.), Joe Cozart (157 pounds) of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Stephen Loosbrook (197 pounds) of Benedictine (Kan.) are the only No. 1 individuals not associated with a top-five program. Shoemaker and Cozart both won their first national title last season, while Loosbrook finished runner-up to Jesse Hellinger of Dickinson State (N.D.).

Notes (all information dates back to 2000-01 season): Grand View's (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 22nd all-time, which ranks second of all programs since 2000-01 ... The Vikings have held the top spot in 17-straight polls ... Former member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while Notre Dame is third with 14 ... Nine programs have appeared in the Top 20 for at least 20-consecutive polls, led by No. 6 Campbellsville's (Ky.) and No. 3 Great Falls' (Mont.) current run of 72-straight polls, dating back to 2005-06 ... No. 4 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (63) ... Grand View (2013-14), Notre Dame (2010-11) and Lindenwood (2006-07) are the only programs to spend an entire season ranked No. 1.

For a look at the entire Top 20 poll, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) M Wrestling Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 2 Baker at No. 20 MNU Tabbed NAIA Game of the Week Baker's defense is the NAIA's leading scoring defense allowing just 12.9 points per game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football teams game this Saturday, Oct. 25 at No. 20 MidAmerica Nazarene has been selected this week's NAIA Football Game of the Week.

The contest was chosen by fans from all across the country on the NAIA's official Facebook page. 220 fans "Liked" the NAIA photo that featured BU and MNU which was 54 more than the second place game of No. 11 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 9 St. Xavier (Ill.).

The game will kick off at 2 p.m. inside the Olathe District Activities Center off of the campus of MNU in Olathe, Kan.

The Wildcats, who are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the NAIA at 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC, holds a one-game lead in the league standings over MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley, which both sit with 4-1 conference records.

Since 1999, the all-time series has been dominated by MidAmerica Nazarene, as the club boasts a 13-1 record. Additionally, the Pioneers have not lost to Baker at home since falling, 38-0, in 1996.

Last season, Baker snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 37-20 win. The Wildcats were led by then-senior running back Dillon Baxter, who churned out 138 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

Defensively, Baker held MidAmerica Nazarene to a season-low 233 yards of total offense, including only 58 yards rushing.

Baker is 3-0 against ranked teams this season with wins coming against then-No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.) (20-12), then-No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) (31-30) and then-No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) (27-21).

The Wildcats have won 15-straight regular-season contests dating back to 2013. The program's last regular-season loss came at Benedictine (Kan.), 42-28, on Sept. 21, 2013.

Baker enters Saturday leading the NAIA in scoring defense (12.9), while ranking sixth in total defense (263.7), 13th in rushing defense (111.4) and 14th in passing defense (152.3). The Wildcats have held their opponents to 14 points-or-fewer in five-of-seven games this season, including a 41-0 shutout of Graceland (Iowa) on Sept. 27.

Freshman linebacker Keith Loneker has emerged as a key cog in the Baker defense this season. The Lawrence, Kan., native leads the team with 53 tackles (21 solo), while ranking second on the team in fumble recoveries and fourth in tackles for loss.

Freshman defensive lineman Josh Kock has been equally impressive. He currently is tied for the team lead with senior defensive end Andre Jolly for the team lead in tackles for loss with nine. Jolly is the team leader with 6.5 sacks.

Senior defensive back Mike Stevenson leads a talented secondary with four interceptions on the year – ninth-best total in the NAIA.

Offensively, Baker has had three different individuals play considerable time at quarterback this season. Freshman Logan Brettell played a majority of the minutes last Saturday in the Wildcats' 45-3 win against Avila (Mo.). He completed 73 percent of his throws for 202 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.

Junior Jake Heller and sophomore Nick Marra have also seen time under center this season for Baker.

Wide receiver Ladai Shawn Boose has been the primary target for Wildcat quarterbacks this season, as he leads the team in catches (26), receiving yards (390) and receiving touchdowns (4).

Tailbacks Camren Torneden and Adonis Powell lead the Baker rushing attack with 423 and 366 yards each, respectively. Powell, who was playing in his first game in more than a month last Saturday vs. Avila, ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns.

MidAmerica Nazarene has been on an upswing of late, returning to the Top 25 following a marquee win against then-No. 7 Missouri Valley, 20-17, on Oct. 11. The game was part of the Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Last weekend, the Pioneers dismantled Evangel (Mo.), 52-7, on the road.

Running back Javon Taylor posted his third 100-plus yard performance against the Crusaders, tallying 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Covina, Calif., native leads the team in rushing with 684 yards and rushing touchdowns with eight. His best performance of the season came against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Oct. 4, as he rolled for 220 yards and three scores in the loss.

Quarterback Trent Hedlund leads the passing attack with 1,271 yards passing and nine touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Fields has been Hedlund's favorite target so far this season with 20 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns.

Overall, the offensive unit for MidAmerica Nazarene is averaging 32.7 points and 375.5 total yards per game.

Similarly to Baker, MidAmerica Nazarene has shown a strong defense all season, ranking among the top 20 nationally in pass defense efficiency (85.2), opponent first downs (102), scoring defense (18.2), total defense per game (296.0) and rushing defense per game (121.5).

Linebackers Luke Elam and Justin Vargas captain the defense for the Pioneers. Elam leads the team with 46 tackles (28 solo), while Vargas is second with 40 tackles (17 solo).

Defensive lineman DeMarco Kemp leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss, while Mason Matthews owns a team-high four sacks.

Fans can catch the game online for a $5 fee at, but fans can hear a live internet audio broadcast for free also at


]]> (Tyler Price) M Football Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Women’s Golf Ends Fall with Fourth Place Finish at Park Invite Rebecca Holder and the Wildcats ended the Fall season on Tuesday at the Park Fall Invite

PARKVILLE, Mo. – The Baker University women's golf team ended its Fall season on Tuesday afternoon with a fourth place finish out of 11 teams at the 2014 Park University Fall Invite at the National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Mo.

In the first round that was played at the National Golf Club, Baker shot a team round of 387, then followed that up in round two with a 340 at The Deuce at the National Golf Club.

Rockhurst took home first place and they were followed up by second place Kansas Wesleyan and third place host Park.

Lindsey Mateer led the 'Cats with a two round score of 168 and sixth place finish. Bailey Gibson and Bailey Rockers each finished in the Top 25, as Gibson finished T-16 with a 179 and Rockers was T-22 with a 186.

Rebecca Holder finished in T-36 with a 105 and 89 and Emma Tinsley was 49th with a 108 and 96.

Golfing as individuals were Jade Brake who took home 56th and Morgan Miller was 63.



]]> (Tyler Price) W Golf Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Mauck Captures HAAC Player of the Week Honor Ashley Mauck and the Wildcats are now 9-5-0 on the year

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University senior midfielder Ashley Mauck captured her first HAAC Offensive Player of the Week honor of 2014 on Monday after two game-winning goals last week.

Mauck netted the match-winner in both contests for Baker last week, which improved to 9-5-0 overall on the season.

She had one goal in the wins over both MidAmerica Nazarene and Graceland to give her 10 goals for her career.

Baker will next hit the road to take on Avila, this Friday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.


]]> (Tyler Price) W Soccer Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Graceland Captures First HAAC win over Baker Austin Shiney and Baker will take on Avila on Friday at AU

LAMONI, Iowa – The Baker University men's soccer team lost 2-1 on Saturday at Graceland for the Yellowjackets' first HAAC victory of the season.

With the win, GU improved to 3-10-1 and 1-3 in the HAAC, while Baker fell to 5-7-2 and 1-2-1 in the conference.

Graceland attempted 20 shots with 10 on goal which made for a busy night for Baker goalkeeper Patrick Rydberg who had eight saves.

Trenton Thielfoldt scored in the first minute for Graceland with an assist coming from Haden Heverling.

Kyle Young tied things up 1-1 in the 8th minute with a goal, but Matheus Miranda scored his second goal of the year in the 45th minute to take home the victory of Graceland.

Five Wildcats attempted two shots on the day including Young, Austin Shiney, Preston Phillips, Blake Levine and Matt Hamm.

Baker will next take on Avila on Friday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.



]]> (Tyler Price) M Soccer Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Women’s Soccer Earns Road Win at Graceland Jenna Carducci had a goal and an assist on Saturday

LAMONI, Iowa – The Baker University women's soccer team earned a big Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) victory on Saturday with a 3-1 road win over Graceland.

Baker improves to 9-5 on the year and 2-2 in the HAAC, while Graceland fell to 8-6-1 and 2-2 in the conference.

The game went scoreless in the first half until Krista Hooper scored in the 53rd minute with an assist from Shelby Schiraldi.

Then Ashley Mauck put Baker up 2-0 with a goal in the 62nd minute with the assist coming from Jenna Carducci.

Daniela Gonzalez closed the gap with a goal in the 63rd minute, but Carducci put the game away in the 74th minute with another goal to put Baker up 3-1.

Baker attempted 17 shots on the night, while Graceland attempted 11. Keeley Atkin led all players with seven shots with three on goal. Schiraldi took three as did Mauck.



]]> (Tyler Price) W Soccer Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Keeps Perfect Record with 45-3 win at Avila Andrew Augsburger scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass on Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team kept its perfect record in tact on Saturday, as they rolled past Avila, 45-3, to move to 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC.

With the win, Baker improves to 14-0 all-time against Avila and the Eagles fall to 3-4 on the year and AU has lost four straight after beginning the year 3-0.

The 'Cats led 28-0 at the half after three rushing touchdowns by Adonis Powell of 13, 16 and seven yards and T.J. Holtrop caught an 8-yard pass from Logan Brettell.

Then Brettell began the third quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run and Andrew Augsburger caught a 29-yard pass from Jake Heller for the final score of the game for Baker.

Avila tacked on a field goal in the 4th quarter to put the score of a final of 45-3. Danny Spencer knocked in a 40-yard field goal for Avila.

Baker accumulated 426 total yards, while allowing just 148 and the Wildcats recorded 25 first downs to just nine by Avila.

Powell finished the day with 109 yards rushing and those three touchdowns, while Augsburger led the team with four receptions for 59 yards.

Brettell was 19-of-26 from the field for 202 yards and a touchdown, while Heller was 6-of-14 for 67 yards and the one touchdown.

Baker had two interceptions one from Duane Sims and the other from Linebacker Blake Winslow. Keith Loneker Jr. had three tackles for loss and seven tackles and Andre Jolly had another sack and five tackles.

Baker will next take on MidAmerica Nazarene next Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in Olathe, Kan., at the Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC).



]]> (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500