Sports Digest September 17-18

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The Culver-Stockton College women’s soccer team suffered its second straight heart-breaking loss Saturday night at nationally-ranked Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

Three days after falling to eighth-ranked Central Methodist (Mo.) on a penalty kick in the 76th minute, the Wildcats battled 23rd-ranked Benedictine to a scoreless tie through regulation Saturday at Legacy Field.

However, in the overtime, the Ravens sent a free kick towards the C-SC goal. Wildcat goalkeeper Trinity Register fought her way through a flock of players near the goalie an the ball slipped through her hands an into the net for the game-winner in the 98th minute giving Benedictine a 1-0 victory.

The Ravens outshot the Wildcats 13-7 overall, including the only two shots in overtime. Of the seven Wildcats shots, only two were on target. Meanwhile, Benedictine put eight of their 13 shots on target with Register making five saves, including several superb saves that helped keep the game scoreless in regulation.

The Wildcats, now 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the Heart, returns home this Tuesday night to face Mount Mercy University at Ellison Poulton Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Benedictine College netted a goal in each half to earn a 2-0 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory over the Culver-Stockton College men’s soccer team Saturday night in Atchison, Kan.

The Ravens opened the scoring in the 23rd minute on a goal by Girma Kassa. Benedictine outshot the Wildcat 6-2 in the firs half despite having more corner kicks (2-1) in th half.

The Ravens made it 2-0 in the 51st minute of the game as Kassa scored his second goal of the game. The Wildcats were outshot 4-3 in the half and 10-5 in the game. C-SC did hold a 3-1 edge in corner kicks in the half and a 5-2 advantage overall in the contest.

Joaquin Cordoba recorded two shots, both on goal, to lead the Wildcat offensive attack. Adam Fowler recorded the other Wildcat shot on goal. Goalkeeper Jack Gibson registered two saves among the four shots he face on target.

The Wildcats, now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Heart, return to action this Tuesday, Sept. 21, against Mount Mercy University at Ellison Poulton Stadium. Game time is slated 7:30 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton College football team forced three turnovers and limited Missouri Valley to 69 yards rushing in cruising to a 52-28 victory over the Vikings Saturday afternoon at Gregg-Mitchell Field in Marshall, Mo.

The victory is the third straight for the Wildcats to improve their record to 3-1 overall. Missouri Valley drops to 2-2 this season as it sees its winning streak snapped at two.

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards on 10 plays ending with a one-yard touchdown run by Jordan Grant for a 7-0 lead.

The Wildcat defense set the tone early, forcing the Vikings to punt of their first two possessions.

The C-SC offense was forced to punt on its second possession and then gave the ball up on downs on its third possession early in the second quarter.

That is when the game turned and it was the defense that did the turning.

MVC quarterback Darrion Cole threw a backwards pass out in the left flat to running back Kenneth Sanford.

Sanford thought it was an incomplete pass; however, C-SC cornerback never stopped on the play and picked up the live ball and scooted 48 yards for the first defensive touchdown of the year and a 14-0 lead for the Wildcats.

The Viking offense could do nothing after that as the Wildcat defense stuffed the offensive attack of the Vikings, forcing two more punts and the end of the half on MVC’s last three possessions.

Meanwhile, the Wildcat offense was clicking on all cylinders after the scoop and score by Hurd.

Connor Perrine scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 48-yard pass from Jace Orndorff to make it 21-0 Wildcats, and then, Grant culminated a 70-play, nine-play drive with his second one yard run to make it 28-0 at the intermission.

The defensive intensity continued at the start of the second half when, facing a third-and-13 from their own 36-yard line, linebacker Pat Robinson sacked and stripped Cole for a fumble. Dalton Huffman picked up the loose ball and was finally taken down at Viking 17-yard line.

After an offside penalty on the hosts, Grant bulled his way in from the 12-yard line for his third touchdown on the day and a 35-0 lead.

The Wildcat defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and the Wildcats didn’t waste time making it 42-0.

On the first play of the drive after the punt. Orndorff found Perrine streaking down the left sideline and hit him in stride for an 82-yard touchdown pass.

The Vikings finally got on the board with an eight-play, 66-yard drive midway through the third quarter, but the Wildcat offense answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard run by Curtis Blain III to make it 49-7.

C-SC’s Michael Velasco, who was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra points, drilled a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to account for the C-SC scoring. MVC scored three touchdowns in the quarter against the Wildcat second and third team defense, making the final score and stats look closer than they really were.

In fact, MVC garnered 354 total yards in the game, including 285 yards passing. However, the Wildcats held the Vikings to just 126 total yards through three quarters. MVC had 210 yards passing in the fourth quarter alone after recording 75 in the first three periods.

Jeremiah Fergerson led the defense with seven tackles while Robinson totaled is tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. Huffman had five stops and the fumble recovery.

Offensively, Orndorff was economical with 12 completions on 18 attempts for 282 yards and two touchdowns. His main target was Perrine, who had five receptions for 164 yards and the two scores.

C-SC will celebrate Homecoming next Saturday, Sept. 25, against Central Methodist University at Ellison Poulton Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. The Eagles moved to 3-1 on the season with a 44-0 victory over Graceland Saturday in Fayette, Mo.

The Culver-Stockton College women’s volleyball team suffered a Heart of America Athletic Conference setback to William Penn University 25-14, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 at Charles Field House Friday night.

Madison McClain recorded her fifth double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats, finishing with 10 kills and 13 digs. Gabi De Jesus Colon also registered a double-double with 13 set assists and 11 digs. De Jesus Colon also had three service aces.

Abby Godwin added nine kills while Heleine Filipe totaled seven terminations for the Wildcats. Ali Scott and Taylor Coley each had five kills. Sarah Wells led C-SC with 15 set assists.

Defensively, Filipe and Ashleigh Brawley garnered five blocks each as Filipe had one solo and four blocks assists, while Brawley tallied five block assists. Veiauna Herman led the back line with a match high 23 digs.

The Wildcats, now 4-10 overall and 1-3 in the Heart, will step out of conference play next Tuesday, Sept. 21, and play Iowa Wesleyan College in a non-conference match. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.