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LU-B men’s soccer team wins 18th straight at home

The Lindenwood University-Belleville men’s soccer team extended its home winning streak to 18 games Wednesday night in a 9-0 thrashing of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Metten de Jong scored two two goals for the No. 19-ranked Lynx, who are 18-0-1 at home since early 2013. Seven other LU-B players scored, including Leonardo Ferri, Juan Bourgeat, Sebastian Reyes, Guillermo Chinchilla, Enrique Garcia, Pau Juanico, and Leonardo Figueuredo.

The Lynx home winning streak reached 17 games with a 1-0 win over Spring Arbor their opener under new lights installed during the off season.

Ferri scored his third goal in as many games, capitalizing on a free kick in the 84th minute of the game.

Goalie Nicolas Nicolaci, the reigning AMC Defensive Player of the Week, picked up his first two shut-out wins of the season.

LU-B next plays Williams Baptist at home Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

WOMEN GET SECOND WIN

The LU-Belleville Lady Lynx were dominating in a 3-1 win over Central Baptist Mustangs in women’s soccer. The Lady Lynx (2-1) opened up American Midwest Conference play by beating first year member Central Baptist (0-3) behind two goals from Raven Loughridge and a third from Jessika Stiehr.

The Lady Lynx attempted 35 shots, 19 of which were on goal. Central Baptist goalie Kalynn Simpson made 16 saves, but the Mustangs could muster just five shots on the game, with just one on net.

STIFF COMPETITION

The Lindenwood University-Belleville volleyball team took part last weekend in the Hampton Inn Classic in Columbia, Mo., where four teams ranked in the top 23 nationally competed.

Those teams included No. 4 Viterbo University, No. 19 Wayland Baptist, no. 7 Lindsey-Wilson, and No. 23 Lewis-Clark State University.

The Lady Lynx finished 0-4 and won just one set during the tournament, 25-18 in the second set of their match with Wayland Baptist.

Several local players had shining moments in an otherwise dreary showing. Kenlea Herndon of East Alton had six killls and Wesclin’s Stephanie Cathcart had two solo blocks against Viterbo. In the third match loss to Lindsey-Wilson, Kaskasia College transfer Chelsea Crocker had 13 digs.

LU-Belleville was 1-5 as they headed to Oakland City University in Indiana for a match Wednesday. The final was not available at BND press time. The Lynx will be in Springfield, Mo. this weekend in the Evangel University Tournament.

LYNX ON THE LINKS

The LU-Belleville men’s golf team fired a tournament best 291 on the second day of a Labor Day Intercollegiate match played at Stone Wolf in Fairview Heights. The Lynx finished second by two strokes, however, to Freed-Hardeman University in the 12-team tournament.

Dillon Brasher placed third overall in leading LU-Belleville, which totally 900 shots in the three-day tournament. His third-day round of 68 (32-36) tied the low round of the tournament at four under par.

The women’s team finished in fifth place, led by Paula Vega, who shot back-to-back 87’s to place 10th overall.

CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their competitive season in the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird meet, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. Neither team competed with their top returners though, as head coach Chris Sandefur wanted to get an early look at how all the newcomers would compete.

Alyssa Flynn, a Dupo High School graduate, turned in a time of 18:16, finishing just inside the top-50.

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