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No. 6 BU Comes From Behind to Tie No. 15 Ottawa

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The No. 6 ranked Baker women’s soccer team came from behind in the second half to secure a draw with the No. 15 ranked Ottawa University Braves on Tuesday night, 1-1.

 

With the tie, Baker moves to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Braves start their 2017 campaign, 0-0-1.

 

Despite a strong offensive attack in the first half by Ottawa, Baker keeper Rachel Hunt was able to record five saves, she would finish the night with ten, while Ottawa keeper Kodie Johnson recorded five.

 

In the second half a converted penalty kick by Ottawa’s Caroline Jenkins gave the Braves the 1-0 lead with 36 minutes remaining.

 

Senior forward Megan Johnson tied the game up for the Cats with a clutch goal with just three minutes remaining in the second half off of the assist from Erica Esch.

 

Both teams would go scoreless in double overtime and earn the 1-1 draw.

 

The Braves offense recorded a total of 28 shots with 11 shots on goal. Both Johnson and Esch led the Cats offensively, each with two shots on goal. Johnson had five total shots on the evening. Esch, Kady Dieringer and Kara Knapp each had two.

 

Baker will next travel to Columbia, Kentucky and face No. 5 ranked Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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No. 17 Men’s Soccer Defeats Ottawa, 6-2

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The No. 17 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team defeated Ottawa University, 6-2, on Tuesday evening, moving to 2-0 on the year.

 

The six goals scored are the most by the Wildcats since, September 26, 2015, when they defeated Culver-Stockton, 7-3, in Canton, Missouri.

 

Reigning Heart Defensive Player of the Week Gonnie Ben-Tal had two goals on the night in the 55th and 63rd minute, while Blake Levine had a big night by recording three assists.

 

Levine’s first came in the 31st minute on a goal by Joe Houlihan, his next came on Ben-Tal’s goal in the 63rd minute and the last came in the 71st minute on Jordan Gomez-Nix’s first goal of 2017.

 

Austin Halsey scored the ‘Cats first goal of the game in the 13th minute with the assist coming from Steeve Pouna and Cory Mitchell provided Baker with the sixth goal of the night in the 84th minute. Andres Cooper also had an assist, on Ben-Tal’s goal in the 55th minute.

 

The Wildcats attempted 20 shots overall with 14 on goal, while Ottawa took 11 shots. Nick Riggle spent all 90 minutes in goal for Baker and recorded three saves, while allowing two goals. 23 different ‘Cats played in the game.

 

Baker will next take on No. 6 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. inside Liston Stadium, then faces No. 4 University of Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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Kegan Schumann Selected Heart Defensive Player of the Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas Baker University junior linebacker Kegan Schumann earned the first Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor of 2017, announced on Monday.

 

The Fairview, Kansas native had 10 total tackles to lead all Wildcats, as he collected six solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

 

The No. 2 ranked Baker defense held No. 23 William Penn to just 181 total yards in the ‘Cats, 31-27 victory.

 

Baker has now won 18-straight against the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 10-straight inside Liston Stadium.

 

The Wildcats will next face No. 9 ranked Grand View on Saturday, September 2 at 11 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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Gonnie Ben-Tal Earns Heart Defensive Player of the Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas Baker University junior defender Gonnie Ben-Tal earned the first Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award of 2017, announced on Monday.

 

The New York, NY native was key in Baker’s 2-0 shut out victory over USAO on Saturday, in the ‘Cats season opener.

 

He helped the defense with several clear outs and held the Drovers to just eight total shots and only four on goal.

 

The Wildcats will next travel to Ottawa University on Tuesday, Aug. 29 to take on the Braves at 7:30 pm.

 

Then BU hosts two Top 10 teams this weekend, as they take on No. 6 Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 pm and No. 4 University of Northwestern Ohio on Monday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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August 26, 2017

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No. 2 Baker Survives over No. 23 William Penn, Clark Becomes NAIA’s All-Time Leading Scorer

 

BALDWIN CITY, KansasThe No. 2 ranked Baker University football team survived its season opener against No. 23 William Penn on Saturday, as they took down the Statesmen, 31-27, inside Liston Stadium.

 

Logan Brettell connected with Cornell Brown on a 61-yard touchdown reception with 1:33 to go in the game to give Baker the final blow to beat William Penn.

 

Clarence Clark nailed a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the second quarter and those three points gave him 526 for his career passing David Ruter of Sioux Falls becoming the NAIA’s all-time leader in scoring. Clark now has 36 touchdowns, 190 PAT’s and 40 field goals.

 

Mike Grossner now has 99 wins in his 14-year career, now just one shy of 100. He would become the second football coach in Baker history to eclipse 100 wins, as Hall of Fame head coach Charlie Richard leads all Baker coaches with 123 victories.

 

The Wildcats have now won 18-straight against the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 10-straight games at home.

 

Baker had 387 total yards on the day and allowed just 181 yards, as WPU ran for 128 and threw for 53 yards.

 

2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell, threw for 264 yards and three toucdowns on 18-of-35 passing and threw one pick.

 

Eric Cooper was 2-of-9 passing for 23 yards and one touchdown. Landon Decker forced a fumble and recovered the fumble for Baker’s only forced turnover.

 

JD Woods led Baker in rushing in his first game as a Wildcat with 91 yards on 25 attempts and scored a touchdown.

 

Nate Pauly played in his first game as a Wildcat and scored with 12:24 to go in the first quarter on a 4-yard pass from Brettell. Brown’s other TD came on a 10-yard touchdown reception with 12:10 to go in the 4th quarter.

 

Keegan Schumann and Grant Elston each led Baker in tackles with 10 and Indie Allen, Aderio Ammons and Decker all had two tackles for loss.

 

The Wildcats will next take on No. 9 ranked Grand View on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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USAO Upsets No. 6 Baker in Season Opener

 

BALDWIN CITY, KansasThe No. 6 ranked Baker University women’s Soccer team began the 2017 campaign with a 2-1 loss against the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma inside historic Liston Stadium, as the Drovers spoiled new head coach Mark Sheldon’s first game as Baker head coach.

 

The game was a battle on the defensive side of the ball, as both teams went into halftime scoreless.

 

Baker’s Megan Johnson broke the tie in the 63rd minute with a goal, then 14 minutes later the Drover’s answered with a goal of its own by Jordan Cleveland to tie the game 1-1.

 

The game headed into sudden death overtime and eight minutes into the period, a Baker foul inside the box gave USAO’s Cristina Ramos a shot to win the game with a PK. 

 

She was able to execute on the kick, giving the Drover’s the 2-1 win over the Cats, as she snuck the ball past keeper Rachel Hunt.

 

The Drover’s had a total of five shots on goal, and Baker senior keeper Rachel Hunt recorded three saves on the night.

 

The ‘Cats took 10 shots on the day with seven on goal, Kady Dieringer led the way with three shots.

 

The ‘Cats will next travel to Ottawa, Kansas to take on the No. 15 ranked Ottawa University Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5:00 p.m.

 

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No. 17 BU Wins Season Opener over USAO

 

BALDWIN CITY, KansasThe No. 17 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team opened the 2017 season with a 2-0 win over the Drover’s of USAO inside Liston Stadium on Saturday.

 

Steeve Pouna put Baker on the board first with a goal in the 32 minute. The goal came off of an assist from Blake Levine, who placed the ball perfectly off of a corner kick. 

 

Andres Cooper followed that up with a goal of his own, nailing a 30-yard strike in the 41st minute to give the Cats’ a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

 

Baker attempted 10 shots on the night, while the Drovers took eight. Owen Connelly led the way for USAO with four shots, white three on goal.

 

In his Baker debut, keeper Albert Ciroi had four saves in goal including a diving stop as time expired. Senior forward Blake Levine led the way in shots for BU with three.

 

Baker will next travel to Ottawa, Kansas to face the Ottawa University Braves on Tues. Aug 29 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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From The American Red Cross: The Red Cross disaster team will be in Douglas County Kansas (Lone Star) Franklin County Kansas (Ottawa area) and Miami County Kansas (Hillsdale and Paola) handing out clean up kits to those affected by the flooding that occurred on Monday. If you are need of a cleanup kit or Red Cross services please contact the Kansas Capital Chapter at 785-234-0568

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No. 2 Baker to Open 2017 vs. No. 23 William Penn

 

BALDWIN CITY, KansasAfter arguably one of the greatest seasons in its storied program, the Baker University football team will begin the 2017 campaign ranked No. 2 in the country, and opens up against No. 23 William Penn on Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m. inside historic Liston Stadium.

 

All fans are asked to wear orange to the game, as we ‘Orange Out’ Liston Stadium!

 

The Wildcats are coming off of a season in which they posted a school-record mark of 14-1 and played in its first NAIA-FCS National Championship game since 1986.

 

The Wildcats return the NAIA National Player of the Year in senior quarterback Logan Brettell, who led the NAIA in passing yards in 2016 with 5,073 and total yards with 5,371. He is Baker’s all-time leader in total passing TD’s with 64.

 

Brettell became the University’s first-ever NAIA National Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year award winner.

 

2016 NAIA All-American running back Cornell Brown is also back for the ‘Cats. The Baldwin City, Kansas product had a school record 31 touchdowns scored in 2016 and led the country in receptions with 95.

 

Baker’s all-time leading receiver Clarence Clark is back for his senior season. The Phoenix, Arizona native leads Baker in total career receptions with 185 and career receiving yards with 3,045.

 

Josh Kock is back for his senior season. The senior defensive lineman was named the 2015 and 2016 Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

 

The Wildcats led the country in turnover margin in 2016 at +23 and return nine All-Conference award winners from a year ago.

 

2016 Heart Coach of the Year Mike Grossner is back for his 14th season at the helm of the program. Grossner is just two career wins from 100 at Baker, as his 98 wins are second-most in program history.

 

Baker is 2-2 all-time against the Statesmen, but have won the last two meetings.

 

The Wildcats defeated WPU, 41-7, last season in Oskaloosa, Iowa and took down the Statesmen, 48-13, inside Liston Stadium in 2015.

 

BU has a 17-game winning streak against members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and have won nine-straight games at Liston Stadium.

 

The Statesmen began 2016, 0-3, then rattled off seven-straight wins before falling to nationally ranked Grand View, 29-20, in its season finale. William Penn shared the 2016 Heart North Conference Championship with the Vikings and went 7-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

 

WPU is primarily a running team on offense, as they ran for 3,228 yards in 2016 and threw for just 473.

 

Quarterback Eric Cooper is back for his senior season. He ran for 249 yards last season and threw for 288. He accounted for four touchdowns last season.

 

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