Harding enters Twilight Classic
Harding women’s cross-country will take on 29 other teams at the 2015 Memphis Twilight Cross-Country Classic on Saturday at 9:20 p.m. The Lady Bisons enter the race ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA Division II Central Region Rankings. Harding is the preseason favorite in the GAC Coaches’ Poll. Entered teams: There are 30 teams entered in the 5K race, including three SEC schools (Alabama, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State). Arkansas Tech and Southeastern Oklahoma are the other two Great American Conference teams entered. Harding’s race history: Harding will be running in the Memphis Twilight for the 10th time since 2004 but last ran in the race in 2012. The Lady Bisons won the event in 2005 and 2006. Harding placed ninth of 21 teams in 2012. Harding’s top individual finisher was Janee Jones, who placed second in 2005. Lady Bison senior Ewa Zaborowska placed 10th in 2012. The men’s race is slated for 10 p.m. The Bisons enter the race ranked ninth in the USTFCCCA Division II Central Region Rankings. Harding was picked second in the GAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. East Central was the preseason favorite.
Little Rock edges Bears
Little Rock — The Central Arkansas Bears and Little Rock Trojans renewed their rivalry on Wednesday night, facing off for the first time since Sept. 5, 2012. The Trojans took advantage of a first-half goal and the Bears were unable to convert some promising second-half chances, leading to a 1-0 Trojan victory. Little Rock (3-2) controlled possession throughout the first half, breaking through in the 31st minute when Caitlin Eddy threaded pass through the middle to Jacqueline Borucki, who slammed it home for her first goal of the season. Central Arkansas (2-3) took just one shot in the second half, but got off seven attempts in the second half. Shelby Wilson gave the Bears their best chance in the 78th minutes, as she beat LR keeper Sara Small, but the shot caromed off the post. Dayna Mounie followed up a minute later, but Small made the save. Wilson led the Central Arkansas attack on the day, taking four shots, while Mounie, Kristen Ricks, and Jessica Pantuso each put a shot on goal. In goal, Anna Hughes made five saves during the first half, while Lauren Mercuri made six saves in the second half. Central Arkansas is back on the road on Sunday, heading to Tulsa to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.
Quick scoring lifts Hendrix
CLARKSVILLE — Two goals in a 44 second span in the first half was all the Hendrix College women’s soccer team needed to come away with a season opening win against University of the Ozarks on Tuesday. Hendrix returns to the field on Saturday when they travel to Tyler, Texas to face the Patriots of UT Tyler. Sophomore Zoe Corwyn scored the first goal in the 35th minute off a corner kick from sophomore Lucy Moore to make it 1-0. Moore’s goal 44 seconds later, off an assist from junior Symone Bennett, brought the score to its final margin at 2-0. Corwyn’s goal was the first of her career. Moore registered her third career goal and fourth career assist. Bennett’s assist was the first of her career. Sophomore Jordan Rausch made three saves and posted her fourth career shutout. Ozarks goalkeeper Megan Bradford made two saves for the Eagles.
Thomeczek saves Hendrix in scoreless double OT
CLARKSVILLE — Led by senior Jerry Thomeczek’s career high eight saves, the Hendrix College men’s soccer team fought to a scoreless draw in double overtime against University of the Ozarks in their season opener Tuesday. Thomeczek’s previous career saves high was five in his only other start, against Centenary last year. His effort along with the defense allowed the Warriors to remain in the game despite being outshot 20-3. Hendrix returns to the pitch on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala., against Huntingdon College with kickoff set for 3 p.m. Freshman Jacob Warren recorded Hendrix’ only shot on goal. Oscar Stjernquist and Sebastian Paredes also recorded shots. Thomeczek became the 12th Warrior to record a shutout in program history.
Hendrix wins season opener
CONWAY — The Hendrix College volleyball team returned to the court tonight for both their season opener and home opener at Grove Gymnasium against Central Baptist College. Hendrix took the first match 25-16, 25-11 and 25-12 and then improved to 2-0 in the second match, winning by a score of 25-14, 25-18,25-16. Freshman Brianna Kelly led the team in kills with 11 in the nightcap, while junior Holyn Duyck paced the team with 18 assists and senior Felicia Beeman finished with 14 digs in the opener. The Warriors return to the court this weekend, when they travel to the Elmhurst College Invitational in Elmhurst, Ill. First serve against Wheaton (Ill.) was slated for Friday and that will be followed shortly after by a match against UMass-Boston. Kelly also added nine kills in the first match, giving her 20 on the evening. Junior Allison Gaia (10), junior Marlee Matlock (15) and freshman Amber Melcher (12) also finished in double digits for assists on the night. Central Baptist’s Rebecca Lowe had 24 assists in the two contests for the Mustangs, who dropped to 1-7 on the season. Teammate Lenee Gibson tallied 22 digs and Payton Cope had 10 on the evening.
Hendrix falls in season opener
CONWAY — The Hendrix College field hockey team played their season opener Tuesday at Warrior Field against Southern Athletic Association foe Rhodes College. The Warriors return to the field on Saturday when they face Wooster College in the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis. Junior Gabryele Pochron made 32 saves for the Warriors, but her efforts were not enough as Rhodes won 13-0. The 32 stops for Pochron, including a first half penalty stroke stop, were the second most in school history. Pochron now has 495 career saves and trails Alyssa Havens’ Warrior record of 511 by just 16.