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Friday, 16 November 2012 10:15

BU and Bellevue Ready for Rematch

Ashley Sampson and the Wildcats are looking for its third straight trip to the National Championship final site Ashley Sampson and the Wildcats are looking for its third straight trip to the National Championship final site

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 14 seeded Baker University women's soccer team is set for a rematch of last year's NAIA Opening Round game as they host Bellevue University again this season in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round this Saturday, Nov. 17 at Baker's Liston Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. between the 12-6-1 Wildcats and the 13-3-1 Bruins. Live Stats and Live Video will be available at Fans will be able to access the live coverage by clicking on the multimedia tab at the top of the front page of the website, then selecting live video or live stats.

The first 50 Baker University students through the gate with a valid student ID will be admitted into the game free of charge, thanks to the Student Activities Council (SAC), Dean of Students Cassy Bailey, Student Senate and University President Dr. Pat Long's office.

The Wildcats claimed a 2-1 victory in the 2011 Opening Round match with a goal from Skylar Baker in the 36th minute and the go-ahead goal from Alix Schiraldi in the 52nd minute. Jordan Dolbin picked up the assist on both goals.

There will be 30 teams playing at 15 campus sites on Nov. 17. The 15 winners of the National Championship Opening Round matches, as well as host Mobile (Ala.), will advance to the 29th annual national championship final site from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Wildcats earned the No. 3 at-large bid into the tournament, while Bellevue earned an automatic bid by winning the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Tournament in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The Bruins have been on fire in its last 10 matches, going unbeaten in that stretch with a record of 9-0-1. The only blemish on that record was a 2-2 tie with Oklahoma Wesleyan at home on Oct. 27.

The Wildcats ended the season in the semifinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) tournament with a 3-1 loss on the road to the Ravens.

Baker features one of the top offensive players in the country in Jordan Dolbin, the senior midfielder ranks fourth in the nation in shots per game at just over six and ranks seventh in the country and first in the HAAC in total assists with 12.

The Wildcats defense has five shutout victories on its record with the last one coming on Oct. 27 in a 3-0 win over Culver-Stockton at home.

The Wildcats have scored 48 goals on the year compared to 42 by the Bruins and have taken 289 total shots, Bellevue has taken 284 total shots.

Rachel Theobald has collected 81 saves on the year and Bruins keeper Caitlin Steir has 63 saves.

The Bruins also feature MCAC Defensive Player of the Year Rebecca Fairlax, who is a junior defender out of Sheffield, England.
Baker has a solid defender of its own in First-Team All-HAAC sophomore Shelby Schiraldi.


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