Sports Digest October 2nd

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The Culver-Stockton College men’s soccer team ended a month’s worth of frustration with a 2-1 victory over Evangel University Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

The Wildcats, who had been shutout in their last six games and hadn’t won since a 4-2 decision over Avila (Mo.) Sept. 3, fell behind 1-0 in the first 10 minutes against the Valor.

However, C-SC’s Adam Fowler ended the scoring drought at 579 minutes with an unassisted goal in the 13th minute to tie the game 1-1.

That would be the halftime score as each team recorded eight shots in the first half. C-SC had the better opportunities with six shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The Wildcats turned up the heat in the second half and outshot the hosts 17-9 in the half and 25-17 overall. Thirteen of their 17 second half shots were on goal.

C-SC finally grabbed the lead in the 59th minute as Manuel Gavina netted his first goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage.

Goalkeeper Jack Gibson made that score stand up as he made five saves in the second half and seven saves overall to record the victory.

The Wildcats, now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, return to action this Wednesday, Oct. 6, at home against Graceland University. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ellison Poulton Stadium.

Montse Caparros recorded a hat trick and Jody Ellis added three assists as the Culver-Stockton women’s soccer team rolled to a 6-0 victory over Evangel University Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

The game was called with 30:25 remaining in the second half due to inclement weather.

The Wildcats improve to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Valor fall to 3-8 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

C-SC started fast and never took the foot off the gas pedal against the Valor.

Kirstin Jannin, with the help of the first Ellis assist, scored the first Wildcat goal in the fifth minute of the game.

Caparros, with an assist from Savannah Stauffer, added her first goal of the game and second of the year in the seventh minute and the Wildcats led 2-0 less than 20 minutes in.

Isabella Aranda netted her first two goals of the season, the first in the 12th minute and the next in the 32nd minute, to make it 4-0 at half-time. Ellis assisted on both of Aranda’s goals.

The Wildcats outshot Evangel 14-2 and held a 10-1 edge in corner kicks in the first half.

Caparros added an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute, and her third goal of the game in the 56th minute before the weather set in and delayed the game. Aranda assisted on Caparros’ third goal.

Ten minutes short of an official game, lightening persisted and both coaches agreed to end the game at that point after a call with Heart commissioner Lori Thomas.

C-SC finished with a 22-2 edge in shots, including a 13-0 advantage on goal.

Goalkeeper Trinity Register and the Wildcat defense recorded their fifth shutout of the season.

The Culver-Stockton College saw its four-game winning streak snapped with a 65-24 loss at Benedictine College Saturday afternoon in Atchison, Kan.

The Wildcats enter their bye week with a 4-2 overall record and will start Heart of America Athletic Conference divisional play Oct. 16 at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

After the Ravens missed a field goal on the initial drive of the game, C-SC marched 80 yards on eight plays and took a 7-0 lead after a 22-yard scoring pass from Jase Orndorff to Isaiah Eppinger.

Benedictine responded with an 85-yard drive to tie the game at 7-7.

On C-SC’s next possession, the Wildcats moved the ball to the Raven 16-yard line before seeing the drive end with a 33-yard field goal by Michael Velasco to give the visitors a 10-7 four minutes into the second quarter.

That is when things started going sour for the Wildcats.

The C-SC defense initially forced the Ravens to punt on the ensuing possession; however, a muffed punt gave the ball back to the hosts and they made the Wildcats pay with a touchdown to give Benedictine a 14-10 lead.

The C-SC offense answered with a nine play drive to the Raven 17 before it had to settle for another field goal attempt.

Velasco’s 34-yard attempt was blocked and the Ravens wasted no time, moving 80 yards on four plays to take a 20-10 lead.

The Wildcats, who had forced more turnovers than committed in the previous five games, committed their second turnover of the quarter when Orndorff was intercepted on the ensuing drive.

Benedictine took advantage and scored its third touchdown of the quarter just before halftime to take a 27-10 lead to the intermission.

The Wildcats began the third quarter by fumbling the opening kickoff and the Ravens recovered.

However, the Wildcat defense stood their ground and forced the Ravens to give the ball up on downs.

The offense then went to work cut the lead to 27-17 after a 15-yard touchdown reception by Mateen Johnson.

Benedictine responded three plays later with a 63-yard touchdown run to answer the Wildcat score to make the score 34-17.

After each team punted on their next possessions, the turnover bug hit the Wildcats again with their third fumble of the game.

Benedictine again took advantage and made the Wildcats pay with another touchdown and a 41-17 lead.

Benedictine added another touchdown before blocking a Wildcat punt and adding a fourth touchdown of the quarter and a 55-17 lead entering the final quarter.

C-SC’s defense did force a fumble in the fourth quarter and defensive end Aubre Sanders returned it for C-SC’s final score.

In all, the Wildcats turned the ball over four times while only forcing one miscue by the Ravens.

C-SC totaled 392 yards of total offense with 329 of those yards coming through the air.

Orndorff finished the day with 329 yards passing on 23 of 43 accuracy and tow scores.

The Wildcats were limited to 63 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Jordan Grant led the way with 69 yards on 15 carries. Orndorff was sacked three times.

Orndorff’s main target was Slayton Ochoa who had six receptions for 123 yards. Leading receiver Connor Perrine was held to one catch for six yards.

The Ravens totaled 594 yards of offense with 225 yards coming on the ground.

Benedictine quarterback Garrett Kettle rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He was 15-for-27 passing.

The Culver-Stockton College women’s volleyball team dropped its second match in as many days with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 loss at Mount Mercy University Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Wildcats fall to 6-12 overall and 2-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference while Mount Mercy improves to 8-9 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Heleine Filipe completed a pretty good weekend with a team-high 10 kills to lead C-SC. Filipe, who had nine kills Friday night at Clarke, totaled 19 kills in the last two games. She recorded a .250 hitting percentage Saturday and finished the weekend with a .361 hitting percentage.

Madison McClain added eight kills while Abby Godwin totaled four terminations. Sarah Wells had 14 set assists.

Veiauna Herman led three players in double figures in digs with 19. McClain registered 14 digs, while Wells recorded 10 digs.

The Wildcats return home this Tuesday, Oct. 5, to face Peru State College at Charles Field House. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.