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September 17, 2012

Jeff's Sports Corner: CU athletes stay busy in fall competition

PRINCETON — We’ve got a lot of Concord information to get to, courtesy of the Concord Sports Information Office, so let’s get started.

The Concord University women’s soccer team opened up West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play by losing to West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-0, Saturday night.

Fiona Mearns, Kari Simon, Erika Hoff and Abby Barber all recorded shots for the Mountain Lions. Goalie Kaitlyn Wasylko stopped seven shots and allowed both goals in 90 minutes of play.

Concord (0-3-1, 0-1 WVIAC) fell behind early when Olivia Peduzzi scored for West Virginia Wesleyan (2-1-1, 1-0 WVIAC) just two minutes into regulation. Neither side could gain an advantage for the remainder of the half until Megan McCoy scored off of a Heather Sanders pass at 43:26 to give West Virginia Wesleyan a 2-0 lead that it would take into half-time.

The Mountain Lions put pressure on the Wesleyan defense in the second half when Mearns, Simon and Hoff all put shots on goal within 10 minutes of each other, but none of the attempts were able to find their ways into the back of net.

For the game, Wesleyan held 16-4 and 2-1 advantages in shots and corners, respectively.

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Concord University volleyball (3-6) dropped two matches on Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Wilmington University. CU fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in the morning, 3-1, and suffered the second loss to Kutztown University, 3-2.

CU didn’t make it easy on the Hawks in the opening match. They came out on top by keeping the lead and winning the first set, 25-22. The Mountain Lions played IUP close the rest of the match, but lost the last three sets 25-21, 27-25, and 25-16.

Sophomore Sarah Jones led the team in kills with 15, also notching nine digs and three blocks. Junior Jasmine Sutherland was second in the match with kills at five. Sutherland and Becca Lovejoy both beat their previous season-highs in blocks with five each. Brytni Willis racked up 17 digs, seven kills, three aces (a match-high) and one block for Concord against IUP.

The Mountain Lions were able to steal two sets from  Kutztown in their afternoon match-up. CU took set one (25-21) and set three (25-18) from the Golden Bears, but Kutztown was able to sneak away with the win by capturing set two (25-22), set four (25-18), and set five (15-12).

Willis posted a double-double vs. Kutztown after nailing a career-high 17 kills during the match along with 12 digs, two blocks, and an ace. Jones was a threat at the net with 15 kills, 14 digs, three aces, and one block.

Libero Lindsey Smith played hard on defense Saturday, ending up with a career-high 29 digs on the day. Setter Nikki McMillan matched her season-high with two 21-assist matches.

The Concord University women’s volleyball team lost a pair of 3-1 matches Friday at the Wildcat Invitational in New Castle, Delaware.

The losses drop Concord’s record to 3-4 on the year.

The Mountain Lions began the day losing to University of the Sciences 25-16, 18-25, 15-25 and 15-25 before ending the day with a 2-18, 23-25, 13-25 and 20-25 defeat against West Chester University.

Sarah Jones led Concord with a total of 22 kills and five blocks on the day.  Willis finished second on the team with 14 kills while also serving three aces. Lovejoy chipped in nine total kills in the two matches.

Nikki McMillan totaled 30 assists.

Concord won the first set vs. the University of Sciences, but quickly fell behind in the second set and did not lead for the remainder of the match vs. the school from Philadelphia.

In their second match of the day, the Mountain Lions once again jumped out to a 1-0 advantage before falling in three consecutive sets to West Chester.

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The Concord University men’s soccer team improved to 1-1-1 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Bluefield College Thursday night at the East River Soccer Complex. With the loss, Bluefield’s record drops to 1-3-0.

Sophomore Cameron Russell scored the first Mountain Lion goal of the season early in the second half while senior Richard Vincent added an insurance goal late in the contest to secure the win for Concord.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Hamilton ended the game with three saves for his second shutout of the season. Hamilton is now 1-0-1 on the season.

As a team, Concord out-shot Bluefield 11-9. Vincent led CU with a team-high three shots. Russell, sophomore Caleb Bone and junior Sebastian Escobar all added two shots apiece.

Neither side was able to score in the opening 45 minutes of action, but Russell broke the 0-0 tie when he scored off of a pass from junior Tyler Farrar at the 61:56 mark in the second half.

The Mountain Lion defense continued to play strong while the offense put one more goal on the board when Vincent scored an unassisted ball with 11:29 remaining in the game. Bluefield did not get a shot off in the final 12 minutes of the second half as Concord cruised to the multi-goal win.

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The Concord University volleyball team recorded a hitting percentage of .352 en route to a 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 23-25, 25-21) victory over UVA-Wise Tuesday night in the Carter Center. The victory was the Mountain Lions’ first home-opening win since 2009.

Concord improved its record to 3-2 on the season with the victory. UVA-Wise fell to 0-5 after suffering the loss.

Sarah Jones led the way with a match-high 15 kills to go with three digs and three blocks. Jones hit .536 for the match.  Sutherland and Lovejoy each added six kills while  Willis chipped in five kills and a match-best 10 digs. Nikki McMillan passed out 21 assists with Amanda Walker totaling 13 assists of her own.

Lindsey Smith served up an impressive six aces in the four-set victory. Allie Pennington (three aces) and Willis (two aces) also had solid serving nights.

Concord began the night’s opening set trailing 3-0, but regrouped to go on a 10-1 run to take a 10-4 lead. The Cavaliers cut the lead to as little as four points, but never mounted a serious threat in the opening set, as CU cruised to the 25-16 victory.

The Mountain Lions dominated the second set, winning 25-12, and seemed poised to shutout the visitors in the third, but UVA-Wise had other plans in mind. The Cavilers battled back in the third, eventually coming away with a 25-23 win to make it a 2-1 match. However, Concord wasn’t about to let their home-opener slip away. Despite a late rally by UVA-Wise, The Mountain Lions were able to pull out a 25-21 win the fourth set to close out the match with a 3-1 win.

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The Concord University women’s soccer team ended its weekend with a 2-1 loss to Kutztown University Sunday afternoon at Anderson Field. The loss drops Concord’s record to 0-1-1 on the season. Kutztown improved to 1-1-0 with the victory.

The Mountain Lions were led by Alyanna James, who scored her first goal of the season and third of her career, Sunday. Kari Simon also registered one shot on the afternoon. Goalie Kaitlyn Waslyko played all 90 minutes for Concord, stopping seven Golden Bear shots.

Concord played Kutztown even for the opening 35 minutes until Rae Carpenter snuck a shot past Waslyko to give Kutztown a 1-0 lead that it would keep heading into half-time.

The Mountain Lions responded early in the second half when James came away with a goal at the 46:10 mark in the game to tie CU with Kutztown at 1-1. However, the tie game would be short lived as Taylor Higgins scored the go-ahead goal just 48 seconds later for Kutztown. Concord was unable to respond and Kutztown hung on for the narrow 2-1 victory.

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Speaking of soccer, here’s some Princeton Middle School results, courtesy of A. Shrewsbury:

Kaitlyn Shrewsbury (Princeton Middle School) scored the first goal of the season for the Princeton Tigers against rival PikeView Panthers, on Sept. 5. The final score was 1-1 for the JV team.

Yorel Scott, of Princeton Middle School, scored the first goal of the season for the Princeton Tigers against rival PikeView Panthers on Sept. 5, for a final of 1-0 win for the Princeton Middle varsity team.

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Here’s my NFC South predictions: I see the Atlanta Falcons finishing first over the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Atlanta has faltered in the playoffs, but has had nothing but winning seasons since Mike Smith became head coach and Matt Ryan the quarterback. Because the Panthers are still growing and the Saints being coached by interim guys, I’m going with Atlanta to win.

The Panthers, provided Cam Newton continues to improve at quarterback, plus improvements defensively, may be the rising team in the NFC this year.

The Saints got their suspended players back, at least temporarily, but there have been too many disruptions this year for them to finish higher than third, despite the presence of Drew Brees at quarterback.

The Buccaneers have a new coach in Greg Schiano, formerly of Rutgers University. They added a wide receiver in former Charger Vincent Jackson and a new running back in first-round pick Doug Martin, Unfortunately, they are in a tough division.

Let me know what you think by writing me c/o Jeff’s Sports Corner, P.O. Box 1199, Princeton, WV, 24740. I can also be reached at delimartman@yahoo.com or jharvey1@frontiernet.net or on Facebook

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