Local college sports briefs

October 1, 2013 

Men's cross country

Bearcats harrier wins Maryville Open

LEBANON -- McKendree University senior Blake DeLong continued his dominance on the cross country course in 2013 by winning the Maryville University Open at Buder Park in St. Louis.

DeLong was the top runner among the 60 entrants in the field. He covered the course in a winning time of 26:11.9, and was nearly 20 seconds in front of the runner-up in the event. DeLong, who was an All-Great Lake Valley Conference performer in 2013, has finished in the top five in each of the Bearcats' three races this season.

Freshman Dylan Hartley also earned a top-10 finish for McKendree. Hartley crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 28:12.6.

Overall, McKendree took third place out of eight teams entered in the Maryville Open. Host Maryville took top honors, followed by Hannibal-LaGrange University.

McKendree will return to action Oct. 12 at the Gibson Family Invitational, which is hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Men's soccer

McKendree falls at No. 7 Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The McKendree University men's soccer team lost its second-straight game to a ranked opponent in a 2-0 loss at No. 7 Drury University.

The Bearcats fell to 2-5 overall and 0-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Coference with the loss.

The host Panthers got all the scoring they neeed in the first half, scoring goals in the ninth and 22nd minutes.

McKendree held Drury to no shots in the second half and had chances to score on shots from sophomore defender Connor Cassidy and freshman forward B.J. Tucker, but were unable to convert either chance for a goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Scott Armistead fell to 2-5 overall in the loss and had three saves.

Women's golf

McKendree earns fifth-place finish

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's golf team collected a fifth-place finish Monday in the Midwest Shootout held at Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo. The two-day tournament was hosted by Maryville University.

The Bearcats were consistent throughout the course of the 36-hole event, shooting an opening-round 331 on Sunday before following up with a 326 over the final 18 holes on Monday. McKendree was 22 strokes behind Rockhurst University and the University of Southern Indiana, who tied for the top spot in the field at 635. Rockhurst won the scorecard tiebreaker to take home first place.

Sophomore Lynae Mathews (Mascoutah) rolled to her second consecutive top-10 finish of the fall season as she grabbed sixth place in the final standings at the Midwest Shootout. Mathews closed the tournament with an overall score of 158 and saved her best for last as she carded a 76 in the final round on Monday. Senior Taylor Landers (Salem) tied for 17th place overall with a 165.

McKendree will return to the course Saturday at the University of Illinois Springfield Fall Invitational. The two-day tournament will be staged at Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield.

Women's soccer

Cougars battle to draw with Belmont

EDWARDSVILLE -- For the third time in four games, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer team nplayed extra time, drawing with Belmont 1-1 in double overtime Sunday afternoon in Ohio Valley Conference play at Korte Stadium.

Both schools are 0-1-1 in the OVC. SIUE is 6-2-3 overall, while the Bruins are 2-5-2.

The Cougars outshot the Bruins 21-8 overall Sunday and finished the weekend with 44 combined shots, but just a single goal.

"We're doing well creating opportunities," SIUE coach Derek Burton said. "It's definitely disappointing that we're not putting the ball in the back of the net in relation to the number of chances we're creating."

After playing a scoreless first half, it was the Bruins who got on the board first. Katie Proud chipped a pass over the SIUE defense for Amy Jo Anderson in the 58th minute. SIUE goalkeeper Jennifer Pelley came off her line and Anderson lined a shot to Pelley's right, scoring at the far post to make it 1-0 Belmont.

The Cougars answered almost exactly 10 minutes later. It was the 68th minute when the Cougars earned one of nine corners on the day. Michelle Auer delivered a perfect ball to the back post. Tory Pitts was waiting and hit a half-volley shot over Belmont goalkeeper Nicole Berner to make it 1-1.

Depsite eight more second-half shots, the Cougars weren't able to find the game-winner and the match went to overtime at 1-1.

SIUE remains at home for a pair of OVC games this weekend. Eastern Kentucky is in town Friday. Morehead State comes to Edwardsville Sunday.

"Home next weekend and we'd like to start off with a good performance and score a couple of goals," Burton said. "Getting our first win in conference is a focal point for us moving forward."

Bearcats snap skid, beat Miners

ROLLA, Mo. -- The McKendree University women's soccer team got all the scoring it needed in the first half on Sunday in a 3-0 win at Missouri S&T.

The Bearcats improved to 4-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference following the victory, and will host University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in a GLVC contest.

McKendree got on the scoreboard, 1-0, in the 24th minute on goal by freshman forward Alyssa Reiniger (Collinsville) off a pass from sophomore forward Alyssa Patterson (Triad). Reiniger's goal was the first of her collegiate career.

The Bearcats appeared to be headed into the half with a one goal lead, but sophomore Lauren Mantei scored on a pass from junior midfielder Mary Geiger (Althoff) in the 43rd minute to make the score 2-0 at the break.

Senior midfielder Amy Cassiday scored off an assist by senior defender Allie Hayes in the 87th minute to score the final goal of the contest and earn the 3-0 win.

Senior goalkeeper Maggie Dudas had two saves in the win and improved to 3-2-2 overall on the season. It was also her second shutout of the season.


Bearcats fall to No. 18 Truman State

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. --The McKendree University volleyball team had upset on its mind during its Sunday match at Truman State, but the host Bulldogs were able to hold off the Bearcats in four sets. Truman State, ranked No. 18 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II poll, won by scores of 20-25, 25-13, 25-16 and 25-19.

With the loss, McKendree moves to 2-10 on the season and is now 1-3 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action. The Bearcats will host non-conference play at the Harry M. Statham Sports Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. when Lindenwood University comes to town.

At Truman State, sophomore outside hitter Hannah Wessel (Gibault) posted a double-double for McKendree with a team-high 13 kills to go along with 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Maureen Nesbit (Althoff) added eight attacks with 13 digs. Freshman setter Aubry Dickmann (Edwardsville) registered a team-best 20 assists, while senior libero Maddie Kelly (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Timberland) notched 25 digs from the back row. Freshman middle hitter Sophie Fairman ( Staunton) was in on five assisted blocks for the Bearcats.

McKendree went toe-to-toe with Truman State in the first set and took control in the later stages to jump in front of the Bulldogs. The score was tied 16-16 when freshman outside hitter Bailey Kampwerth (Breese Mater Dei) put down a kill to spark a run of three straight points for McKendree. The Bearcats never trailed the remainder of the set as the Bulldogs committed three straight unforced errors late in the contest.

Truman State bounced back quickly, using runs of 8-3 to open the second set and 7-1 to close it out to tie the match at a set apiece. The Bulldogs never trailed in the third set as they grabbed a 2-1 lead in the contest. McKendree grabbed its last lead of the afternoon at 14-13 in the fourth set thanks to a kill by Wessel. From there, Truman State scored the next seven points and pulled away for the victory.

Ali Patterson led a balanced attack for Truman State (8-5, 3-1 GLVC) with 13 kills, while Abby Heise and Allie Brak each connected for 12 attacks. Meghan Zimmerman handed out a match-high 46 assists for the Bulldogs.

Women's cross country

McKendree finishes second in meet

LEBANON --The McKendree University women's cross country team raced to a second-place finish Saturday morning at the Maryville University Open in St. Louis.

The Bearcats were topped only by host Maryville in the final standings. A total of eight teams competed in the event. This marks the highest finish of the 2013 season for McKendree.

Individually, McKendree had a pair of runners who placed in the top 10. Freshman Karis Johnson led the way by taking sixth place out of the 57 runners at the meet. Johnson crossed the finish line in a final time of 24:09. Senior Lauren Ewart (Triad) placed 10th in the final standings with a time of 24:53.1.

McKendree will compete Saturday at the Greater Louisville Open in St. Louis.

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