By Zack Peñalva, Sports Editor
Both men and women were in action this week at the Asbury Shootout Tournament at Connemara Golf course in Nicholasville.
The men’s team took the top spot in the tournament, beating out Georgetown College, West Virginia Tech, Cincinnati Christian and Berea. The Eagles were led by a consistent performance from sophomore Matt McCurry, who finished both rounds of the tournament with a 73. McCurry’s score was good enough for second place overall, back five strokes from CCU’s Taylor Suggs.
On the women’s side, the Eagles finished in the middle of the pack at third out of six teams. Asbury junior Julie Spaulding finished fourth overall with scores of 78 and 81 in the tournament’s two rounds.
This was the golf teams’ first outing of the season, both men and women will be back on Oct. 2 for the Fall KIAC preview.
It was a successful trip to Pikeville, Ky for the women’s team as they left the victors in a 5-0 rout over the Bears. Any worries about not having goal scorers have been put to sleep as the Eagles have scored 17 goals in their first six games.
Against the Bears, five different players got on the score sheet. Senior Teryn Wright opened the scoring early in the first half, but it took until the second half for the Eagles’ high volume of shots to actually find the back of the net. When freshman Emiliy Hubbuch found the goal three minutes into the second half, it didn’t take long for the rest of the goals to pile on.
The women’s team now sits on a 4-2 record after four straight road wins. They will look to continue that run of form into their home game tonight against the University of Saint Francis.
An up and down season continues for Asbury volleyball as they lost on the road against University of the Cumberlands on Sept.15. The first set was a battle that eventually finished at 37-35 in favor of UC. The second set was also very close, but 14 team errors from the Eagles ultimately proved the difference on the way to losing the set 25-23. From there, it would always be an uphill battle and UC made sure to finish the contest off with a 25-20 win in the third set.
The Eagles return home tonight at 7 p.m. to take on West Virginia Tech.
The tables turned for the Eagles as they found themselves on the losing end of a 9-0 score line against Georgetown College. After administering a similar sweep to Berea back on Sept. 5, the Eagles looked outmatched against Georgetown.
Asbury sophomore Caitlin Conyers kept her first set against Georgetown’s Kaelin Roberts close, forcing a tiebreak before losing 7-5. Junior Alex LoPrinzi was the only Eagle able to get a win, taking her first set 4-6 before Georgetown’s Amanda Moore fought back to win the next set and the tiebreak.
The Eagles will travel to St. Catherine College for a match today at 4 p.m.
There was late drama in the men’s game against Missouri Baptist with an overtime penalty from sophomore Ryan Metcalf ultimately proving the decider in the Eagles’ 2-1 win. After leading most of the game through a goal from senior Craig Moberly, Missouri Baptist equalized with 18 minutes to go through Gerardo Espinoza. Tensions ran high as the game entered extra time, where one sequence of play around a late corner led to the game’s winning goal.
Missouri Baptist’s Thales Teixeira was ejected for a scuffle in the box and the foul led to Metcalf’s penalty. Metcalf saw his first effort saved, but the referee called for a re-kick after determining that a Missouri Baptist player had entered the box before the ball had been played. Metcalf buried his second attempt and ended the game after 99 minutes of play.
The Eagles will have some time to recover before traveling to Hanover College on Sept. 29.