A roundup of college athletics from Arkansas.
Hendrix nets fourth shutout
CONWAY — Hendrix College earned their fourth shutout in five games with a 3-0 win over East Texas Baptist University at Warrior Field on Wednesday evening. The Warriors (7-2) got on the board in the 14th minute, when sophomore defender Melissa Miller intercepted a goal kick and found sophomore forward Evie Cannon for a goal. The Orange & Black went up 2-0 in the 37th minute when junior Lucy Moore blasted the ball into the net from 25 yards out after a pass from senior defender Symone Bennett. Stultz scored in the 49th minute when she knocked in Hagan Griffith’s shot that went off the crossbar. The Warriors were even with the Tigers (2-1-3) in shots at 17 and ETBU led 9-8 in shots on goal. Hendrix led in corner kicks 5-3. Stultz now leads the Warriors with six goals on the season. Cannon is third on the team with four goals. Moore netted her first score of the year. Miller leads Hendrix with six assists. Junior keeper Jordan Rausch recorded six saves in 80 minutes. Freshman Leah Crenshaw posted two saves. Senior defender Ashley Baker was responsible for a team save.
OBU wins first game of season
ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist won their first game of the conference season by a final of 2-0 over Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. Dina Harper and Alyssa Hardin scored as the Tigers improved to 1-4-1 on the season. The Tigers started off strong by scoring in the 4th minute. Kasey Smith passed the ball to Harper, who shot from 23 yards out to score her first goal of the season. The second Ouachita goal came in the 83rd minute from Hardin. Barbara Pascale crossed the ball into the box where Hardin was able to double the Tiger lead. Defensively, goalkeeper Erin Webster performed well by accruing 10 saves and leading the Tigers to a shutout.
Sutherland scores hat trick to lead Harding
SHAWNEE, Okla. — Bethany Sutherland scored her second career hat trick to lead Harding (4-2, 1-0) to a 3-0 win at Oklahoma Baptist (3-2, 0-1) on Thursday to open Great American Conference action. Harding took 19 shots in the game, 13 were on goal. Oklahoma Baptist took 11 shots and five were on goal. It was Oklahoma Baptist’s second loss of the season and it snapped a three-game winning streak. Harding improves to 8-11-0 in conference openers as it has won its last three. Sutherland scored her second, third and fourth goals of the season. Her hat trick marked the 20th hat trick in school history. Sutherland scored her first hat trick against East Central at home last season. Sutherland led Harding with six shots, all were on goal. Morgan Springborn and Hannah Wilhelm each picked up their first assist of the season. Ruth King led Oklahoma Baptist with three shots, two were on goal.
Hendrix drops decision to East Texas
CONWAY — Hendrix College lost a 1-0 decision to East Texas Baptist at Warrior Field on Wednesday night. After a scoreless first half, the Tigers (5-2) scored in the 48th minute when Aaron Lopez sent a pass to Joel Ramirez from the left side, who scored in the bottom right corner of the goal. The Tigers outshot the Warriors (2-5) 28-13 overall and 13-4 on goal. ETBU led in corner kicks 8-t. Junior keeper Nathan Myers tallied a season-best 12 saves. Ryan Mason, Ryan Stanowski, Mohammad Ali and Patrick Bell each recorded a shot on goal.
Oklahoma Baptist snaps Harding’s win string
SHAWNEE, Okla. - Two late Aaron Craig goals that came after Oklahoma Baptist went a man down were not enough to erase a four-goal deficit, and Harding men’s soccer had its school-record six-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss. It was the Great American Conference opener for both teams. Harding (6-2, 0-1) entered the game with a 540-minute shutout streak that ended in the 31st minute against Oklahoma Baptist (3-4-1, 1-0). Oklahoma Baptist added three more goals in the first 20 minutes after halftime. Oklahoma Baptist’s Michael Stewart received a red card in the 69th minute, and Craig was able to take advantage. A junior defender from Forney, Texas, Craig’s goals was his first of the season and second and third of his career. The goals came in the 83rd and 88th minutes and were Harding’s only two shots on goal in the game.
Tech’s Smith grabs weekly honor
RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference announced the league’s Men’s Golfer of the Week for the third week of the fall season. Arkansas Tech’s Austin Smith claimed that honor following his win at the Northeastern State Golf Classic. Smith scorched the Muskogee Country Club with rounds of 67, 66 and 70 to post a 10-under 203 total at the NSU Golf Classic for his first collegiate victory. His 203 total tied former Southern Nazarene All-American Michael Hearne’s record for low 54-hole total at any event in GAC history. He led the Wonder Boys to a team title in an event that featured six ranked teams.
UCA finishes runner-up
CHOUDRANT, La. — The University of Central Arkansas, led by sophomore Luis Obiols, finished as runner-up Tuesday at the Louisiana Tech Jim Rivers Intercollegiate played at Squire Creek Country Club. UCA shot rounds of 286-288-287 for a 3-under total of 861, trailing only Louisiana-Monroe (857). Obiols, from Dusseldorf, Germany, finished second overall with rounds of 72-69-70 for a career-low 5-under 211. Sophomore Lewis George was third, shooting 72-70-71 for a 3-under 213, also a career-low round at UCA. Both were named to the All-Tournament team. Junior Louis Tomlinson shot 73-75-68 for an even-par 216 and tied for sixth place. His 68 tied for low round of the day on Tuesday. Sophomore Alvaro Carol shot 69-74-78_221 and tied for 29th place, while sophomore Mason Keller shot 82-78-79_239 and finished 70th.
UAM place 11th at tournament
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello finished 11th at the Northeastern State Classic played this past Monday and Tuesday at the Muskogee Country Club. The Weevils combined for a three-round score of 876 (301-283-292). Joseph Lemieux and Kinley Lee were the top UAM golfers, as each placed in a tie for 22nd, shooting 216 after three rounds. Lemieux finished with scores of 73-71-72, and Lee finished with scores of 73-70-73. Freshman Wilson Powell added a score of 219 (78-71-70) for a T-36th finish, and fellow freshmen Jeffrey Whitson (226) and Jacobo Santacoloma (227) placed T-71st and T-78th respectively. Senior Bryan Witmer tied for 90th with a score of 233 as well.
Tech sinks competition
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys won the team championship and senior golfer Austin Smith won the individual championship at the Northeastern State Classic Tuesday afternoon at the Muskogee Country Club in Muskogee, Okla. The Wonder Boys survived a last round rally from Great American Conference counterpart Southwestern Oklahoma, who shot a 274 (-10) on the day to score an 840 (-12) for the tournament. However, Tech was able to take advantage of their commanding lead heading into the final day. The Wonder Boys shot an even par 284 to finish with an 838 (-14) and won the event by two strokes. Tech was one of just three teams to shoot even par or better on the final day and just one of two teams to shoot under par for the tournament. The NSU Classic Championship is the second tournament the Wonder Boys have won in the last six months after winning the Dave Falconer Classic in March. Smith, a Russellville native, won his first collegiate tournament after carding a final round 70 (-1) to finish the tourney with a 203 (-10) and win the event by two strokes over SWOSU’s Stefan Idstam.