The Central Arkansas Bears wrapped up non-conference play on Sunday as they handed the Arkansas State Red Wolves their first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory at the Stephens Complex. The Bears improved to 5-2-1, their best start to a season since 2012 (8-2-0).
The Bears became the first team this season to find the back of the Arkansas State net twice in a game, as the Red Wolves entered the night allowing just 0.60 goals per game.
Sophomore Hadley Dickinson netted her first goal of the season in the first half and senior Camille Bassett collected her third on the year to lead the Bears to victory in the second half.
unior Connie Awuku-Darkoh collected two assists while Bassett and freshman Gracie Hair both collected one each.
The Bears defense held the Red Wolves off senior goalkeeper Lauren Mercuri as they only landed two shots on goal.
Coach Jeremy Bishop was very pleased with his team's non-conference success heading into conference play this weekend.
"We have played competitive games against teams that won their conference or have been to their conference tournament and to come out that 5-2-1 is really good for our group," Bishop said. "We just have to let this successful non-conference run help build our confidence because now the real season starts."
The Bears got their offense started early as junior Jordan Slim threatened with a quick shot on goal in the second minute of the match. Four quick minutes later, the Bears struck first after Dickinson launched a shot from 16 yards out and planted it in the top left corner of the goal.
The goal did not fluster the Red Wolves as sophomore Sarah Sodoma quickly responded in the eighth minute when she found her shot from 18 yards out finish in the bottom left corner to tie it 1-1.
Central Arkansas came out in the second half on the attack as they tacked on three more shots on goal.
Their fourth one in the 62nd minute proved vital as Bassett was set up by an impressive combination from Hair and Awuku-Darkoh.
Bassett played a header from Awuku-Darkoh and finished it into the bottom left corner to give the Bears the 2-1 lead.
The Bears will look to carry their non-conference success over Friday as they open conference play against Sam Houston State University at 7 p.m. the Stephens.
Brezette guides Warriors at SAA Preview in Tennessee
Sophomore Ben Brezette led the way for Hendrix as the Warriors opened the 2018 season by taking part in the men's golf Southern Athletic Association Preview at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee.
Brezette carded an opening round of 73 followed up by a 76 second round performance for a 149 total (+5) for a T-30 finish.
As a unit, Hendrix shot 308 and 318 in the two rounds for a combined total of 626 (+50). Oglethorpe's Jacob Arnett came out on top, individually, with a 136 total (-8).
Dennis, Easterling, Penny lead the way for Warriors at Rhodes Classic
The Hendrix women's golf team opened up the 2018 season by taking part in the annual Rhodes Classic held by Southern Athletic Association rival Rhodes on Sunday.
After heavy moisture delayed parts of the opening round on Saturday, all competitors were able to complete the first round Sunday, however, the second round was canceled due to heavy rainfall and will not be made up.
Junior Emelia Dennis led the way for the Warriors after carding a 95 (+44) and finished in a tie for 40th place.
Westminster steals match in Conway
Following an impressive 2-0 victory over University of the Ozarks on Thursday, the Warriors looked to improve to 3-1-0 on the young season but had a date with Westminster College (Missouri) first.
Unfortunately, a goal at the 28:02 mark for the Blue Jays helped Westminster leave Conway with the 1-0 victory.
Senior Sydney Blevins and junior Hagan Griffith combined for a total of 10 shots and four shots on goal on the day.
Goal by Heeb pushes Warriors past Oberlin
After suffering a setback in Ohio Saturday, goals from freshman defender Talitha Joustra and senior midfielder Holly Heeb helped the Warriors take down the Oberlin College Yeo Women in a non-conference contest on Sunday afternoon.
The goals from Joustra and Heeb are their first of the season and Hendrix's first victory on the young season.