Local college briefs

September 16, 2013 

Men's golf

Cougars finish 10th in tournament

NORMAL -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's golf team shot a final round 292 Monday to climb four spots, finishing 10th of 15 teams at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate. The Cougars finished with a combined 887 for the 54-hole tournament.

SIUE trailed Western Illinois by just a single stroke for ninth place. Arkansas State and Bradley tied for seventh place just two strokes better than the Cougars at 885.

Loyola edged Purdue by a single shot (868 to 869) to claim team honors. Host Illinois State finished third at 870.

For the Cougars, Taylor Cox was the only golfer to appear in the top 20. Cox carded rounds of 72-75-73 to finish tied for 19th at 220. Taylor White and William Leaf each finished at 223 to tie for 38th. Dalton Charboneau (225) tied for46th. Mitchell Homb (231) tied for 66th.

Loyola's Nick Wilenborg, Bradley's Seth Trolia, and Western Illinois' Nick Steffens tied for the top spot with a 214.

The Cougars are back on the course Friday in the annual alumni match, held at Arlington Greens in Collinsville.

Men's soccer

McKendree falls to Southern Indiana

LEBANON -- The McKendree University men's soccer team held an early 1-0 lead, but gave up a late goal and dropped a 3-2 decision to University of Southern Indiana on Sunday.

The Bearcats fall to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with the loss, and will host William Jewell College on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

McKendree took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on a goal by sophomore forward Alex Ridsdale on a pass from freshman defender Callum Kiddell.

The Bearcats held onto the lead until the Eagles tied it in the 83rd minute on goal by Caleb Mathers. USI extended its lead to 2-1 in the 87th minute on a goal by Stephen Tuma, but McKendree tied the game in the 89th minute on a header by junior midfielder Cody Fritsche to send it to overtime.

The game appeared to be headed to a second overtime, but a goal by Southern Indiana's Corey Fundenberger off a pass by Kevin Minor in the 95th minute ended the game 3-2.

Sophomore goalkeeper Scott Armistead had eight saves in the loss and fell to 2-2 overall on the season.

LU-Belleville earns third consecutive victory

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's soccer team was looking for their third straight victory when they hosted Judson University. They got it with a 3-1 victory.

Early in the first half the Lynx jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Cesar Acosta scored from 23 yards out in the 11th minute. Acosta dribbled through the Eagles defenders and found a crease for his third goal of the season.

The Lynx would add to their lead later in the first half, Leonardo Ferri scored after the Eagles defense could not clear the ball. Ferri knocked the ball into the lower right hand corner of the goal for his first career goal as a Lynx.

The Lynx would take a 2-0 lead into the half.

In the second half, the Lynx would extend their lead to three goals when Cesar Acosta made a nice crossing pass to Jesus Ahumada for the goal. Acosta picked up his third point of the game, while Ahumada picked up his second goal of the season.

The Eagles would score in the 69th minute to cut the deficit to two, but that is as close as they would get.

Julio Zaldiver was credited with the win in net picking up seven saves. Johan Sundberg and Acosta led the Lynx with five shots apiece.

With the win the Lynx move to 3-1-2, while the Eagles pick up their first loss of the season falling to 3-1.

Women's soccer

Late goal lifts Cougars over Bears

EDWARDSVILLE --Senior Erin DiGiovanni tapped home the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to six games thanks to a 1-0 win over Missouri State Sunday at Korte Stadium.

"Missouri State is always a well-organized team, and very well coached," SIUE coach Derek Burton said. "They're tough to break down defensively. We did a good enough job of keeping them at bay and not giving them too many opportunities and in the end we got one late."

The Cougars are now 5-1-1 overall and haven't lost (5-0-1) since dropping the season-opener on the road at Kansas City.

DiGiovanni ran on to a Tory Pitts cross and then beat Missouri State goalkeeper Jessica Perry with the shot. The goal is the second of DiGiovanni's career.

"We just try to keep things steady and keep working," Burton said. "They did keep working; it ended up paying off with two people who came off the bench that connected for a goal which was really nice."

Perry finished with five saves in goal for the Bears (2-7-0). Jennifer Pelley made just a single save for SIUE. She racked up her 13th shutout as a Cougar and is now tied for 3rd on the school's all-time list.

Bearcats play to tie after double overtime

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's soccer team played its second overtime game of the weekend on Sunday, playing to a 0-0 tie against University of Southern Indiana in double overtime.

The Bearcats are now 3-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the GLVC, and will host William Jewell College on Friday at 5 p.m.

McKendree held a 20-10 advantage on shots, including a 7-2 edge in the overtime periods, in the contest, but couldn't find the back of the net. Senior midfielder Amy Cassidayled the Bearcats with four shots on the day.

Senior goalkeeper Maggie Dudas had two saves in the contest and moved her record to 2-1-1 overall on the season.

Women's tennis

Cougars shine at SIUE Fall Invitational

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's tennis team won four singles flights and a doubles flight to close out the SIUE Fall Invitational.

Lexi Aranda, Mia Frogner, Sierra Halverson, and McKenzie Thomas all won their singles flights for the Cougars at the SIUE Tennis Courts. SIUE completed the weekend with a 15-4 record in singles matches.

"I thought we had a strong weekend," said SIUE coach Jason Coomer. There's obviously always room for improvement. If you told me on Friday before we started that's where we would be, I would have taken it."

Aranda, a freshman, bested Evansville's Marketa Trousilova Saturday 6-1, 6-3. Both players had entered the day undefeated at No. 2 singles.

Frogner, also a freshman, handed Evansville's Kelsey Costales a 6-0, 6-1 defeat in the final No. 4 singles match of the tournament for both players.

"Lexi and Mia have had a great first couple of weeks of their collegiate career. We do expect them to contribute to this lineup."

Halverson and Thomas wrapped up the No. 6 and No. 7 singles flights with a pair of wins on Friday. Halverson gave up just one game in her two matches.

"I played loose and confident. It seemed like the balls were going where I wanted them. Overall, everyone did fantastic," said Halverson.

Aranda and Halverson teamed up to win the No. 2 doubles. The duo won all three of its doubles matches and downed Evansville's Costales and Mina Milovic 8-3 in Saturday's final match.

The Cougars continue their practice schedule next week and will look forward to the ITA Central Regional Championships to be held in Norman, Okla., Oct. 17-20.

Volleyball

Lynx move to .500 with victory

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville volleyball team evened its record at 5-5 with a 3-0 sweep against St. Louis College of Pharmacy by the scores of 27-25, 25-20, 25-21.

It was the second-consecutive sweep for the Lady Lynx (5-5), but the Eutectics (2-5) did not make it an easy victory, reaching the 20-point mark in all three sets.

The Lady Lynx found themselves one point away from handing the first set to the Eutectics, down 24-20 in set one. But a 7-1 run put Lindenwood - Belleville back in control, taking the set, 27-25, to gain a 1-0 lead over STLCOP.

Both teams rallied in set two, but LU-Belleville's offense would outlast the Eutectics, hitting .216 compared the Eutectics .050 hitting percentage. The Lady Lynx went on for the 25-20 win to take the match into a third and final set.

With a confident hold on set three, the Lady Lynx were up 19-12 when the Eutectics snuck from behind to produce a 5-0 run and pull within two points of LU-Belleville, 19-17. The Lady Lynx answered, stopping the run and going on for the set and match win, 25-21.

The sweep is the second-consecutive for LU-Belleville, having swept Brescia last Friday in its first home win of the season.

Chelsi Hummert recorded her second-career double-double with 28 assists and 14 digs against the Eutectics. Kelly Shields reached double-digits kills with 10, posting a team-high .276 hitting percentage. Taylor Boyer produced on defense, recording a team-high 19 digs.

Bearcats drop two matches in tourney

WARRENSBURG -- The McKendree University volleyball team dropped both of its matches at the Peggy Martin Challenge hosted by the University of Central Missouri. The Bearcats were defeated by host Central Missouri in Friday's opener, 3-0, before falling at the hands of Winona State University in the nightcap.

McKendree slips to 1-5 on the season.

Senior libero Maddie Kelly had a busy day in the back row for McKendree as she handled 31 digs in the two matches. That includes an 18-dig effort in the Winona State contest. Senior outside hitter Maureen Nesbit (Althoff) was the leading hitter on the day for the Bearcats with 11 attacks, seven of which also came against Winona State.

Against Central Missouri, McKendree was facing the No. 7-ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Jennies had not lost a set entering the contest, and kept that perfect mark intact by defeating the Bearcats in three sets, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-15.

Freshman outside hitter Bailey Kampwerth (Mater Dei) led the offense for McKendree with seven kills, while freshman middle hitter Sophie Fairman (Staunton) connected for five attacks. Freshman setter Breanna Howe handed out a team-best 12 assists, and freshman setter Rebecca Nauman was close behind with 11 sets.

Against Winona State, McKendree built early leads in each of the final two sets, but could not hold off the Warriors who won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-18.

Winona State rolled to a nine-point victory in set one before McKendree jumped out quickly in the second set. The Bearcats scored the first five points of the contest, with Nesbit, Kampwerth and sophomore outside hitter Hannah Wessel (Waterloo Gibault) posting kills during the early run. McKendree led 12-9 before the Warriors used a 7-1 run to grab the lead for good at 16-13. The Bearcats scored the next two points to pull within one before Winona State took control and slowly pulled away for the win in the set.

McKendree scored five of the first six points in the third set and held its lead until the middle portion of the set. A pair of kills by Rachel Poland gave the Warriors a 17-15 and they never trailed the remainder of the match.

Nauman posted a double-double in the effort for McKendree with a team-high 12 assists to go along with 10 digs.

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