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Sunday, 29 September 2013 16:15

Baker Opens HAAC Season with Victory

Krista Hooper had a hat trick on Saturday scoring all three of Baker's goals Krista Hooper had a hat trick on Saturday scoring all three of Baker's goals

CANTON, Mo. – The No. 25 ranked Baker University women's soccer team opened up the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season with a 3-2 road victory at Culver-Stockton College on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Krista Hooper did all the scoring for the Wildcats and recorded a hat trick with her three goals. She now has six goals scored on the year, which leads the squad.

The Edmonton, Canada native scored two of her goals in the first half and then scored the game winner in the second half to keep Baker unbeaten in its last five matches.

Baker is 3-0-2 since its last loss back on Sept. 8, a 3-1 road loss at NCAA Division II McKendree.

Brittney McMahon scored in the 27th minute to tie things up at 1-1 and then just five minutes before the half Stephanie Adelman knocked home a goal past Baker's Rachel Theobald to send the game into halftime tied at 2-2.

The Wildcats also had to make a goalkeeping change for the first time this season, as Kylie Currie came in for the injured Theobald and recorded three saves as she didn't allow a goal.

Baker attempted 13 shots on the day, while CSC took 11. All-American defender Shelby Schiraldi had two shots on goal and Allison Haddad took three shots. Shiraldi also had an assist on one of Hooper's three goals.

With the win, Baker improved to 5-3-3 and 1-0 in the HAAC, while CSC fell to 5-5 and 0-1 in the conference.

Baker will next take on No. 11 ranked Graceland University next Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. on Baker's Homecoming.



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