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11.19.11 | W Soccer

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11.19.11 | Women's Soccer

No. 18 Baker powers past No. 22 Bellevue in NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round

Skylar Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – A persistent and steady attack paced No. 18 Baker University past No. 22 Bellevue University (Neb.) Saturday afternoon at Liston Stadium. With the victory, Baker earned its second straight trip Decatur, Ala., for the final round site of the 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships.

Skylar Baker put the Wildcats on the board first with a goal in the 35th minute when Bellevue goalkeeper Caitlin Stier gave up a short rebound on Jordan Dolbin’s blast from 35-yards out.

“I thought we created our own luck today,” said head coach Nate Houser. “The elements played a part for both teams, but I really don’t think there was an advantage for either team.”

Baker took a 1-0 advantage into halftime, while outshooting the Bruins 18-4.

Just six minutes into the second half Baker struck again thanks to another ball into the box from Jordan Dolbin to Alix Schiraldi.

“We put ourselves in the right places today,” Houser added. “Instead of sitting on the lead we went out there and attacked them. I couldn’t be happier for the girls.”

Bellevue added their only tally of the game in the 74th minute when Meredith Shuman struck from 40-yards out on a ball that caught the downwind and sailed over the head of Baker goalkeeper Rachel Theobald.

Baker (14-3-1) outshot Bellevue (14-2-3) 20-11 overall in the contest, but were even in shots on goal at five apiece.

The Wildcats move on to the final round of 16 in Decatur, Ala., where they will face Martin Methodist (Tenn.) for the second consecutive season on Nov. 28.

View the box score here.

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