On the way go spoiling Senior Day, Oral Roberts ended the hopes of the University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team to make the Southland Conference tournament with a double-overtime victory Friday at the Bill Stephens Complex.
The Bears (10-7-1, 2-5-1) needed a victory over the Golden Eagles (11-6-2, 5-3) to overtake McNeese State for the sixth and final spot in the postseason tournament.
"It’s an extremely tough loss," said first-year coach Jeremy Bishop. "Because of the result, because it ended our season, because it’s Senior Day. It’s tough. But I think at this point we have to reflect a bit and realize that we had a good season and we gave ourselves a chance. The only way to move forward is to look at the positives."
ORU’s Megan Giles fed Allison Hall, who scored from 12 yards out in the 102nd minute to end the game.
The Golden Eagles scored in the sixth minute Kayla Keller collected a pass from Giles and slipped it into the net. The Bears were unable to respond until the 82nd minute, when Emma Reed threaded a pass through two levels of ORU defenders and found Kristin Pollard, who put it away to tie the game at one.
"That’s a really good team we played today," said Jeremy Bishop. "I wouldn’t be surprised if they do some serious work in the tournament."
Central Arkansas took eight shots during the match, placing four shots on goal. They were led by Brooke Johnston, who placed two of her three attempts on target. Oral Roberts attempted 11 shots on the day, placing four on goal.Kelsey Gochnauer made two saves and allowed two goals. For the Golden Eagles, Helen Erb played 90 minutes in net, making three saves and allowing one goal.
The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team maintained a half-game lead in the Southland Conference race Thursday night and avenged one of their three defeats in the process.
In the match at the Prince Center, UCA defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 17-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-18.
For the night, the Sugar Bears (23-3, 11-2) hit .280, led by Heather Schnars, who hit .480 on her way to 14 kills. Jessica Hays led Central Arkansas in kills, collecting 18 to go with four digs, an ace, and an assist. Scout Brooks chipped in with 12 kills, nine digs, a block, and an ace. Marissa Collins keyed the Sugar Bear offense, dishing out 46 assists and tallying 12 digs, an ace, and a block.
The Islanders (16-8, 8-4) hit .240.
The Sugar Bears return to action at 4 p.m. against Sam Houston State, which is 10-2 in the league race.
UCA CROSS COUNTRY
BEAUMONT, Texas _ The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country squads both turned in fifth-place finishes Friday at the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships at Tyrrell Park here.
The UCA men placed two runners in the top 10 in their 8K race, while the women had three runners in the top 25 at the 6K distance.
UCA junior Amos Gerber finished seventh in 24:14.7, while freshman Edward Limo was right behind in eighth in a time of 24:24.1 Freshman Albert Maeder was next in 34th place (25:58.9), while sophomore Connor Ryan was 38th (26:11.5). Freshman Corentin Louis finished 43rd (26:22.5), freshman Ryan Davidson was 47th (26:37.5) and junior Jeremiah Fleeman was 50th (27:04.3). UCA’s No. 5 finish was its best since moving to NCAA Division I and joining the SLC in 2006.
McNeese State won the men’s race with 25 points, followed by Lamar (66), Stephen F. Austin (80), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (90), UCA (130), Sam Houston State (165), Oral Roberts (231), Northwestern State (240) and Southeastern Louisiana (243).
On the women’s side, Stephanie Simpson, a sophomore from Chicago, ran a 22:18.0 to finish 14th overall. Junior Erika Setzler of Conway was 17th in a time of 22:31.9, while junior Kayla Nehus was 21st (22:37.2).
Senior Courtney Efurd finished 27th (23:03.1), while freshman Jill Carson was 41st (23:42.2), senior Megan Effinger was 45th (24:08.0), and junior Emily Carroll was 47th (24:15.2). The fifth-place finish was UCA’s top finish since moving to NCAA Division I and joining the SLC in 2006.
Stephen F. Austin won the meet with 56 points, edging Sam Houston State (58). Lamar was third (80), followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (82), UCA (120), McNeese State (148), Nicholls State (173), Oral Roberts (204), Northwestern State (206) and Southeastern Louisiana (265).
The NCAA South Central Regional will be held Nov. 9 in Fayetteville.
ST. JOSEPH BASKETBALL
St. Joseph split two varsity basketball games against Academics Plus at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center on Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) lost, 44-41.
Caroline Dail had 12 points and seven rbounds. Morgan Kordsmeier added nine, Taylor Welch eight and Abbey Kordsmeier five.
"The girls fought hard all game," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. "I was proud of our effort. We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We just got too many turnovers."
The Bulldogs (3-0) had it easy with a 67-26 romp. Andrew Beck had 17 points and Cole Schichtl, 10 and five rebounds. Other statistical leaders were: Drew Bates, seven points; Dylan Schrenkenhofer, seve and eight rebounds. Nash Nichols, five points; Andrew Kordsmeier, six rebounds; Landon Enderlin, four assists; William Fields, three assists; and Taylor Schrenkenhofer, three steals.
In junior boys, St. Joseph won, 45-34. Noah Bray had 19 points, three steals and two assists. Owen Echols addede 12 points. Nathan Hambuchen had six. Landon Bruich had four points and eight rebounds. Dvid Beck had four points and six rebounds.
GUY — Guy-Perkins senior girls basketball team, consisting of seniors Cari Beth Halk, Victoria Rodgers, and Coyja Hood; juniors Alexis Hogan, Ashley Hicks, and Ashley Ray; and sophomores Abagail Smith, Morgan Hooten, and Ericka Rimmer and freshman Alli Brown, opened the season with three straight victories.
The Lady Thunderbirds opened with a 71-63 victory over West Side of Greers Ferry on the road. Brown led with 31 points while Rodgers had nine. Hogan and Smith each scored eight.
The Lady Thunderbirds used a second-half surge to power to a home victory, 78-56, over Rural Special. Smith had 20 points and seven reoubnds. Brown added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hogan had 13 points and nine rebounds. Halk had 12 points, Rodgers, five; Ray, four, Hicks, three and Hood, one.
Against South Side of Bee Branch on the road, Guy-Perkins won, 71-57. Smith led all scorers with 19, followed by Rodgers with 16; Hogan, 13, and Brown, 12.
The Faulkner County Falcons opened their 2012-2013 homeschool basketball season with 50-49 come-from-behind victory Thursday night over Christian Ministries Academy in Hot Springs.
Mark Baker hit a 10-foot baseline jump shot with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win. The Falcons tied the game at 38 at the end of the third quarter.
Trent Wolf led the scoring with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Carter Mayo added nine points. Daniel McNair had eight points and Baker had seven. Grant Ragland had six points and five assists and Colton Ferrell added four points.