Harding falls to No. 6 Northeastern State

SEARCY — Northeastern State sophomore Joel Mendoza scored the game-winning goal in the seventh minute of the second overtime to lift the 6th-ranked RiverHawks to a 2-1 victory over Harding on a muggy Tuesday night in MIAA play at the Stevens Soccer Complex.

The victory kept Northeastern State unbeaten at 4-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the MIAA. Harding dropped its second straight and fell to 2-3-2 overall and 1-2-0 in conference.

After a scoreless first half, Northeastern State took a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute.

The RiverHawks held the lead until the 85th minute. A foul 10 yards outside the box left Harding with a free kick. Junior Jacob Stevens stepped up and hammered home the free kick into the upper right corner for his second goal of the season, both on free kicks from the same area.

Neither team scored in the first overtime despite the RiverHawks outshooting the Bisons 6-0 in the 10-minute period.

In the second overtime, Northeastern State junior Juan Peralta’s square pass eluded two Bison defenders and found a sprinting Mendoza, who lifted the ball over the hard-charging Peterson for the game-winner.

The Bisons will return to action Friday with their longest road trip of the season. Harding will drive 636 miles to Fayette, Iowa to take up Upper Iowa in MIAA action.


Red Wolves being practice next week

JONESBORO — The 2013-14 Arkansas State University men’s basketball team will get an early start on preparations for its upcoming season as the Red Wolves will conduct their first official practice next on Oct. 8 with the implementation of a new NCAA rule.

Arkansas State, under the direction of sixth-year head coach John Brady, will hold its initial practice on Oct. 8 from 3-6 p.m. (CT) in the Convocation Center on the A-State campus and all Red Wolves’ fans are invited to attend. A-State will have over 30 practices leading up to their exhibition opener Saturday, Nov. 2, against Henderson State at the Convocation Center.

The Red Wolves square off against Arkansas-Monticello Tuesday, Nov. 5, in a home exhibition tilt before officially starting their regular season with a Nov. 11 non-conference game at JacksonState. The regular-season home opener for A-State takes place Nov. 13 with Tennessee-Martin providing the opposition.

The Red Wolves have eight letterwinners returning from last season’s 19-12 team, including top scorer in senior guard Ed Townsel (13.1 ppg.). A-State also welcomes back sophomore guard Cameron Golden (7.4 ppg.) and senior forward Kendrick Washington (7.1 ppg. and 4.6 rpg.). Joining the trio will be three talented senior transfers in forward Kirk Van Slyke, guard Melvin Johnson III, and guard Brandon Reed, who earned 2009-10 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Freshman of the Year recognition while at A-State.

A season ago, A-State also claimed its second SBC West Division Championship title in three years with a first-place 12-8 conference division ledger. The Red Wolves’ 19 victories represented the program’s most since the 1997-98 campaign and marked the 15th time in the last 17 seasons in which A-State has achieved double-digit single-season wins.


Limo earns SLC weekly honor

CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas senior Edward Limo was named the Southland Conference Cross Country Men’s Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Limo, from Eldoret, Kenya, won the Rhodes College Invitational last Saturday in Memphis, beating a field of 173 runners. He covered the 8,000-meter course in 24:42, leading UCA to a second-place finish overall out of 27 teams.

The UCA men’s and women’s squads will be in action this weekend at the annual Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.