Tiger Athletics Preview: Soccer & Cross Countryby Adam Ledyard
(10/3/13) – A 6-0 win in their match against LeTourneau last Thursday was a great start to the conference season for the East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer team. Their second game of the previous weekend against UT-Tyler, was postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for October 31st.
Head coach Paul Grant talked about what the win did for his team: "I thought they did well. Off the two-week hiatus, it took us awhile to get going against a good LeTourneau team. Once we got things going in our direction, I think things went well.”
This weekend, ETBU travels to Clarksville, Arkansas on Thursday, October 3rd for an American Southwest Conference match against the University of the Ozarks, then continues the road trip on Saturday, October 5th, in Richardson, Texas against UT-Dallas. Ozarks enters the match on October 3rd with a record of 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the ASC.
Ozarks is shooting .169 this season while holding opponents to a .208 shot percentage. Ozarks also puts .554 percent of their shots on goal, while opponents shot .607 on goal. They are led in scoring this year by Victoria Romero with 10 goals. Mary Eoff and Codie Freeman have almost equally split time in goal this season, with Eoff making 41 saves and posting a 2.60 GAA while Freeman has made 28 saves and has a 3.83 GAA.
UT-Dallas enters their match with ETBU at 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the ASC. Dallas is coming off a 5-1 loss to Hardin-Simmons in their last match on the 28th of September. The Comets are led by Sarah Borg’s four goals this season. Brittany Best has played the majority of the season in goal for Dallas, making 25 saves and garnering a 2.73 GAA.
"We still have the same routine,” said Grant when asked about preparation for this weekend. "We are doing the little things that we need to do. Every game is big. You continue to do the little things, and you continue to grow on those things.”
ETBU returns home on October 10th for their first ASC home match against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
PREVEIW: ETBU vs. Ozarks, UT-Dallas
SOCCER (M): MARSHALL, Texas (10/3/13) – Another rain out followed a close loss for the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team this past weekend, as they opened American Southwest Conference play. ETBU lost to LeTourneau 2-1 and inclement weather washed out the contest on Saturday against UT-Tyler. The contest against UT-Tyler has been rescheduled for October 31st.
ETBU will step back into conference play this weekend with trips to Clarksville, Arkansas to play University of the Ozarks on October 3rd, then over to Richardson, Texas for a contest against UT-Dallas on October 5th. Ozarks and UTD are currently the top two teams in the ASC, so this weekend will be a test for coach Paul Grant’s squad.
"Coming off not playing for two weeks hurt a little bit, but to be honest, we had a great first half,” said Grant. "We need to continue to grow so that we can get the ship going the right way.”
Ozarks enters their match with ETBU holding a record of 6-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 in ASC play. Ozarks beat Howard Payne 6-2 in their most recent match on September 28th in Clarksville. Ozarks is shooting .217 on the season while holding opponents to a .136 shooting percentage. Thomas Mills leads the Eagles with seven goals on the season and Austin Benner has played all but one game in goal, making 50 saves and garnering a 1.41 GAA.
UT-Dallas has a record of 7-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the ASC and are ranked as the number 12 team in the nation. UTD tied Hardin-Simmons 0-0 in their most recent contest on September 28th, which followed a 10-0 win over Howard Payne two nights before. UTD has a shooting percentage of .179 with a shots-on-goal percentage of .482 this season, while holding opponents to a league low .038 shooting percentage and a .430 percentage in shots-goal. The Comets are led by Michael Darrow’s 12 goals and Steven Nicknish has played the majority of the season in goal, making 23 saves and having a 0.23 GAA.
Grant commented about this weekend’s matches: "Traveling is always tough. Both teams are tough with two different styles of play. You try to train for both throughout the week, but at the end of the day, you have to do what you do best.”
ETBU returns home on October 10th for their first home ASC contest against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
PREVIEW: Centenary Invitational
By Erik Holth
CROSS COUNTRY: MARSHALL, Texas (10/3/13) – The East Texas Baptist University men’s and women’s cross country teams will get back on the track this weekend with a trip to Shreveport, La., for the Centenary Invitational. In the most recent meet at Hardin-Simmons, the men’s team finished fifth out of five teams and the women finished fifth out of seven teams that participated, including a couple of Division II schools.
"We had some tough conditions last weekend,” said head coach Natalie Bach-Prather, talking about the storm that draped Texas on Saturday. "The race got delayed an hour-and-a-half due to rain. It was a good workout. Many parts of the course were under water, and a couple of people lost a shoe.”
The meet at Centenary will the second of four straight weekend meets for both teams. Landon Price has finished in the top 20 in each meet this season so far for the men. Shelby Sparks was the top finisher for the women’s team last week, and Shelby Taylor was the top finisher the week before.
Coach Bach-Prather talked about the upcoming meet and how her team prepares in between: "We are going to taper a little bit this weekend due to the beating up our kids took this weekend. Everyone is a little tired, but we still have some good speed. I’m looking forward to this weekend because the course is a fantastic course and hopefully it will be dry.”
The cross country teams will be back in Louisiana the next weekend, for a meet at Division I Northwestern State.