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    Page 10 • Monday, September 28, 1998
A&M falls to Hartford
• Questionable non
call gives 11 th-ranked
Hawks 2-1 victory
over A&M
The Battalion
After an energy depleting overtime win over
SMU Friday night, the No. 10 Aggies hosted the
11th ranked Hartford Hawks.
Hartford, after suffering losses to national
powerhouses such as North Carolina and Duke
in the early season, was not to be overlooked by
the Aggies.
An early second half penalty kick by Heather
Wiebe put the Aggies ahead by one.
But two goals by the Hawks in the middle of
the second half was enough as the Hawks held
on to a 2-1 win.
It was a defensive battle in the first half that
made it difficult for either team to grab the
“They are very physical and never let up on
pushing the ball down the field,” sophomore
midfielder Heather Wiebe said.
Hartford forward Maria Kun was able to
squeeze by the defense and get a shot off on
standout goalkeeper Melanie Wilson.
However, just as she fired, senior defender
and team captain Emily Elias made a slide tack
le which resulted in the missed shot.
Sophomore midfielder Nicky Thrasher said
the team was unable to take advantage of
missed opportunities.
“We just could not capitalize on our at
tempts,” Thrasher said.
The second half started off with a heavy of
fensive attack by the Aggies.
A rough tackle by Hartford defender Sandra
Doreleijers on Aggie forward Katie Offutt in the
50th minute drew a yellow card.
This in turn gave A&M a penalty kick inside
the box.
Heather Wiebe took the shot and scored as
Hartford goalie Ingrid Sternhoff was unable to
defend the kick.
“I am very confident in making penalty
kicks,” Wiebe said. “I never go any certain way
when 1 kick.”
Just eleven minutes later, as Hartford made
offensive substitutions, Hartford’s Maria Kun
scored on a deflected shot off Claire Elliot and
tied the game in the 61st minute.
As the Hawks kept the Aggie offensive play
ers frustrated, the Hawks took the ball down-
field and scored on a questionable non-call.
Hartford midfielder Signe Andersen appeared
offsides but kicked the ball past A&M goal
keeper Melanie Wilson to take the lead.
Thrasher scores A&l
goal in victory over SI
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Junior goalkeeper Melanie Wilson records a
save in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Hartford.
The goal put Hartford up 2-1, the final score
of the game.
A&M looks to get back on track this week as
they now get ready to face Nebraska in what is
the start of their Big 12 games.
Coach G. Guerrieri said A&M has a lot of work
to do if the Aggies expect to beat Nebraska.
“We need to work on some bits and pieces
of our game in preparation for the Corn-
huskers,” Guerrieri said. “They are a tough and
physical team which will demand our top game
to be played.”
Just when it appeared that the
Aggies could not buy a goal, sopho
more forward Nicky Thrasher
blasted a shot into an open net in
the 14th minute of overtime as the
No. 10 Texas A&M Soccer Team de
feated the Southern Methodist
Mustangs 1-0 at the Aggie Soccer
Complex Friday.
Thrasher’s shot ended a frantic
sequence in overtime in which
sophomore forward Alison Peters
saw her shot on an open goal
bounce off the post.
Thrasher was in the right place
at the right time and kicked the
rebound of Peters’ shot into the
goal for her first golden goal of
the season.
The Aggies dominated the
game, outshooting the Mustangs
19-10, but failed to put the ball in
the net in regulation.
Coach G. Guerrieri said he was
happy with the way the team re
bounded after a tough loss to
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Doak Walker dies of complications at age 71 Prairie View students celebrate win over Langs!
DENVER (AP) — Doak Walker,
the 1948 Heisman Tbophy winner
who starred on two NFL champi
onship teams and was paralyzed in
a skiing accident earlier this year,
died Sunday at 71.
Walker died at Routt Hospital in
Steamboat Springs, the ski resort,
about 100 miles from Denver
where he had lived.
The hospital said the cause of
death was complications from the
paralysis, which he had fought
with the same determination he
showed on the football field.
Walker was injured Jan. 30 when
he hit a change of terrain, was
thrown into the air and slammed to
the ground. The injury made it dif
ficult for him to even talk.
He had regained some of his
ability to talk through rehabilita
tion, during which he received
thousands of letters and faxes from
well-wishers and fans worldwide.
“His eyes would come alive, his
expression was wonderful, he was
able to talk in short phrases,” said
Rod Hanna, a family spokesperson.
The accident that robbed him of
the use of his arms and legs was es
pecially tragic for a Hall of Fame
football player known for his
breathtaking scoring runs.
Walker, born and raised in Dal
las, ended his football career in
1956 after a legendary four years at
SMU and six years with the Detroit
Lions. He is immortalized by the
annual Doak Walker Award, which
honors the nation’s top college
running back.
“I don’t think he had any peers.
He was the last of the great single
wing tailbacks,” said Jim Sid Wright,
who also played at SMU in the ’40s
but not with Walker. “He was the best
all-around tailback that I ever saw.”
The buses rolled up to the gym in
the predawn darkness.
Prairie View A&M’s football
team had made this trip back to the
campus many times over the years.
Only now, whoops and cheers
from dozens of students broke
the silence.
On this day, when not even
buzzing, ravenous mosquitoes
could keep students away,
Prairie View A&M had every
right to call itself that strangest
of things — a winner.
Its 80-game losing streak, an
NCAA record that began nine years
ago, was finally, mercifully, over.
"I always believed. I never gave
up,” Charles Sloan said Sunday,
recalling how Prairie View lost all
67 games while he pursued his un
dergraduate and master’s degrees.
The frustration ended Saturday
night with a 14-12 victory over
Langston in Oklahoma City.
By the time school president
Charles Hines got wind of the vic
tory, students had deposited a
goalpost from the nearby football
stadium on his othenv
cured front lawn.
“The dog started h
said Sunday. “I looked
there they were.”
His wife, Veronica,jo
dents in their cheer, “W
rooting for? P-V-U!”
As usual, many of the
6,000 students on this a
miles northwest of 1
left for the weekend.
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crops to join the party.
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