COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women's soccer team saw its six-game winning streak come to a end Tuesday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to No. 22 Baker.
Cougars coach John Klein said his team's performance reminded him of the team earlier in the season, when they outplayed most of their competition but couldn't find enough offense to secure victories.
"I liked how we played defensively, but we didn't quite get it done on the attack," Klein said. "I'll take ugly goals; I think we're looking too much for a pretty goal."
Not much was pretty about the game. The pink socks worn by the Cougars as a part of a Pink Out to raise awareness and money for breast cancer were more brown than pink by the end of the game. The field at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium was reduced to a muddy mess by rain earlier in the day.
The Cougars, down 1-0, managed to tie the game in the 62nd minute when sophomore midfielder Amanda Caldwell chipped the ball just past the outstretched hand of the Wildcats' goalkeeper and into the top corner of the goal. Caldwell celebrated by running down the field, leaping into the arms of freshman midfielder Kelli Westhues as her teammates surrounded her. Junior goalkeeper Amber Petty even got in on the celebration, joining the mob at midfield.
"When I got the ball, I thought I'd just hit and hope it went in," Caldwell said.
However, the Cougars were unable to keep the game tied. Baker scored in the 76th and 85th minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Cougars (9-8) now look forward to what is likely their biggest game of the season so far, a road matchup against conference rival Park University. The two are tied atop the American Midwest Conference standings, with Columbia College at 6-1 and Park at 5-0 within the conference. The winner of Friday's game will claim the regular season conference title and secure the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.