This week both the men’s and women’s teams competed. The women played against Southern Nazarene University Thursday, Sept. 19, and the men’s team played against Dallas Baptist University on Saturday, Sept. 22.
In the women’s game, both teams shot 14 times with the Eagles gaining momentum late, shooting four of 14 shots in the final six minutes. Junior Corina Marin recorded a shot on goal in the 89th minute, and Denise Bennett, a sophomore from Lewisville, TX, hit a shot in the 90th minute of play, to go with three shots on goal throughout the entire game. Unfortunately, none of the shots connected, and Southern Nazarene rode a mid-game goal to a 1-0 win over the Lady Eagles.
On Saturday night, the men’s team took to the road to play Dallas Baptist University. The Eagles took the lead early in the 21st minute of play when sophomore Thomas van der Meulen leapt over a Dallas defender to score off of a header. Jesus Garcia, a junior from Madrid, Spain, scored the game winning goal for the Eagles in the first minute of the second half off of a deflection, leading the team to a 2-1 conference road win.
Both women’s and men’s cross country competed Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, MO.
The women’s finished the meet in 19th out of the 29 teams racing. Sophomore Kenya Bailey led the Eagles, finishing 37th out of 283 with a personal best in the 5,000-meter, shaving 13 seconds off of her previous best time. Senior Addy Clift finished the race in 122nd, also cutting a chunk (30 seconds) off of her previous personal best.
The men’s team started the race off strong but faded towards the end, leading to seventh place finish out of the 27-team field, with a team score of 261. The Eagles’ top runners were freshman Owen Pearce, junior Caleb Bozarth, freshman Ethan Anthony, junior Colton Meyers and senior Kelton Reynolds, who all finished within 38.2 seconds apart.
The swim team competed Saturday, Sept. 22, at the first annual Sam Freas Invitational commemorating Oklahoma Baptist University swim coach Sam Freas who passed away late last year.
Freshman Cheyenne Parks displayed a standout performance for the women’s team. In her collegiate debut, Parks won the 200-yard freestyle and set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.37.
For the men, sophomore Bergen Davis and junior Derek Duckworth led the way. Duckworth recorded two runner-up finishes in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. Davis brought the Eagles their only individual win from the meet in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.95.