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Friday, 08 November 2013 21:29

Baker Advances to HAAC Semifinals

Austin Shiney and the Wildcats will take on No. 2 Benedictine next Tuesday Austin Shiney and the Wildcats will take on No. 2 Benedictine next Tuesday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 3 seeded Baker University men's soccer team will advance to the HAAC Conference Tournament semifinals after defeating No. 6 seeded Avila University, 3-2, on Friday night in the First Round of the HAAC tournament at Liston Stadium.

With the win Baker will now take on No. 2 seeded Benedictine on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Atchison, Kan., in the HAAC semis.

The Wildcats and Ravens ended in a 2-2 tie back on Oct. 12 inside Liston Stadium.

Baker scored the first two goals of the match on Friday night, as Andy Griffin was the recipient of a beautiful pass from Chris Tuso and Griffin found the back of the net to put BU up 1-0.

Richard Klein then scored in the 32nd minute off of an assist from Jordan Thacker. Avila made it interesting in the 40th minute just before halftime with a goal from Felipe Garcia.

Baker took just three shots in that first frame, while Avila attempted three as well. Out of halftime, Preston Phillips gave Baker a nice cushion with a goal in the 55th minute on another Tuso assist.

With the game seemingly out of reach, Avila clawed back and scored in the 77th minute on a goal from Louis Gallagher to bring the Baker lead to within just one, 3-2.

But Baker's defense tightened up and went home with the victory. Matt Bickley finished the night with four saves.



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