- Ada, Oklahoma

October 14, 2013

ECU soccer team knocks off Harding

Ada —      The East Central University soccer team claimed a 3-2 win over Harding in Great American Conference action Friday at Lady Tiger Field.

     The Lady Tigers (2-8, 2-1 GAC) saw goals from three different players and assists from two more. Senior Ashley Bradford earned her second goal of the season and the game-winning goal. Redshirt freshman Taylor Lowe earned the win in goal, stopping eight shots.

     The Bisons (2-7, 1-3 GAC) earned the first goal of the match at 9:19 in the first half.

     Junior Kourtney Holleman tallied ECU’s first goal of the match at 24:43. Holleman sent in a shot from the top of the box off a corner kick by junior Taylor Graves.

     The match remained knotted at one after the end of the first half. At 56:51 in the second half, the Lady Tigers took their first lead on a goal from junior Milan Galloway. Galloway ran down the left side and sent in a shot off the top of Harding’s goalkeepers hands.

     The Bisons tied the game up just over 11 minutes later. ECU kept fighting and took the final lead of the match at 75:53.

     Bradford earned her second goal of the season on a quick shot on the right side of the goalie box after she received a cross from junior Katie Glutz.

     Harding kept the pressure up the rest of the match with seven shots, including four on goal. However, Lowe stopped all four shots she saw, and the Lady Tigers earned the 3-2 win.

     ECU wrapped up the regularly scheduled home season today when the Lady Tigers host league-leading Ouachita Baptist at 1 p.m. at Lady Tiger Field. The match is the annual Senior Day affair, where the Lady Tigers will honor seniors Ashley Bradford, Stephanie Flores, Susana Galvez and Katelynn Harper before the start of the match.

Men’s cross-country

finishes second at OBU Invite

     SHAWNEE —  The East Central University men’s cross-country team made the most of their last meet before the Great American Conference Championship, claiming a second-place finish, out of 10 teams Saturday at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational.

The Tigers were led by senior Will Baldwin, who finished seventh individual in a time of 25:46.00.

Junior Enrique Jiminez was the next to finish, with a time of 26:29.00 and finished 16th. Sophomore Arturo Nava and freshman Richard Mora finished two seconds apart for 20th and 21st. Nava finished in 26:47.00 and Mora in 26:49.00.

Freshman Tyler Baxter was 61st (28:53.00), sophomore Zacharie Jeandemange was 68th (29:29.00), and freshman Austin Piccolo was 84th (31:10.00).

The Tigers will now have a week off to prepare for the 2013 Great American Conference Championship, Oct. 26 in Russellville, Ark.

Women runners finish fifth

     SHAWNEE — The East Central University women’s cross country team finished fifth out of nine teams Saturday at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational.

Junior ReGina Germaine had a strong race for the Lady Tigers, finishing fourth individually in a time of 19:13.00 in the 5k race.

Freshman Hannah Taff was the next to cross the finish line for ECU, earning 35th in a time of 20:55.00. Fellow freshman Brittany Ferguson was two seconds behind Taff, finishing in 20:57.00 (37th).

Freshman Karen Mendez was 42nd, in a time of 21:20.00, freshman Kimberly Lucero was 44th (21:30.00), freshman Taylor Coss was 49th (21:46.00) and sophomore Kortney Ceballos was 58th (22:49.00).

The event was the final race for the Lady Tigers before the Great American Conference Championship, Oct. 26 in Russellville, Ark.

Volleyball falls twice in day two of Missouri Southern State Invite

     JOPLIN, Mo. – The East Central University volleyball team dropped its final two matches of the Missouri Southern State Invitational Saturday afternoon in Joplin.

     The Lady Tigers (6-12) first fell 3-0 (24-26, 15-25, 24-26) to Missouri Western State and then lost 3-0 (23-25, 11-25, 11-25) to Southwest Baptist.

     ECU was led by senior Danielle Essix, with 14 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Hayley Gerken added 13 kills and four block assists, while senior Noelle Cope added 11 kills and nine digs.

     The Lady Tigers will continue their string of five non-conference matches, Tuesday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Fort Smith, Ark., to battle with Arkansas-Fort Smith at 6 p.m. ECU will then return home for two conference matches over the weekend against Arkansas-Monticello (Oct. 18) and Southern Arkansas (Oct. 19).

Volleyball drops two matches Friday

     JOPLIN, Mo. – The East Central University volleyball team dropped the first two matches of the Missouri Southern State Invitational on Friday, falling 3-0 to both Pittsburg State (16-25, 10-25, 11-25) and No. 13 Washburn (15-25, 19-25, 23-25).

     The Lady Tigers (6-10) were led by senior Sarah Nelson. Nelson tallied 12 kills and a .250 (12k-4e-32ta) hitting percentage. Sophomore Hayley Gerken added 14 kills and five digs.

Pittsburg State 3, ECU 0                                        

     In the opening match of the day, the Lady Tigers were led by Nelson, who tallied six kills. ECU struggled to find its offensive power in the match, hitting -.056 (21k-27e-107ta) to a .298 (38k-10e-94ta) mark by the Gorillas (7-10).

     PSU opened the first set with a 5-0 run and never allowed the Lady Tigers to garner more than two points in a row in the rest of the set on a way to a 25-16 win.

     The first set opened with the first six points toggling between teams, but again the Gorillas used a large run to earn an advantage and kept the momentum on their side for a 25-10 win.

     ECU opened the third set with a 2-0 run but saw the lead quickly disappear. The Gorillas tied the set at two and after a quick back-and-forth battle, PSU went on a 3-1 run to take control for good. The Gorillas went on to win 25-11.

No. 13 Washburn 3, ECU 0

     The second set of the day saw ECU led by Gerken, with nine kills. The Lady Tigers did better on the offensive side, hitting .143 (34k-19e-105ta).

     In the opening set, the teams split the first four serves before the Lady Tigers used a 4-1 run to earn a lead. The Ichabods (17-3) kept fighting and tied the set at six. The teams traded points over the next four serves before Washburn used a 5-0 run to take control of the set for good, on the way to a 25-15 win.

     The Ichabods used a 7-0 run at the start of the second set to take an early lead and control of the set. The Lady Tigers used several runs in the middle of the set to try and get back in, but they were unable to overcome the deficit and fell 25-19.

     Washburn took an early 5-1 lead in the third set and kept the momentum on their side with several small runs. ECU kept the set close but could not get closer than two points the rest of the set and fell 25-23.

Women’s golf preparing for GAC Preview

     ADA – The East Central University women’s golf team will play its second tournament in as many weeks in Oklahoma City when the Lady Tigers participate in the GAC Preview. The event is being hosted by Southern Nazarene today through Tuesday at Lake Hefner South.

     While this is the second trip to Oklahoma City for the Lady Tigers, it will be the first for all five participants at Lake Hefner South in their collegiate careers.

     Seven of the 10 women’s teams from the Great American Conference will be in attendance. ECU will be competing against Arkansas-Monticello, Harding, Henderson State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State.

     ECU will be bringing a group that consists of one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Three members of the group have participated in all three previous fall events for the Lady Tigers.

     Freshman Molli Taylor currently leads ECU with an 80.3 average after three tournaments. Junior Lindsey Lunceford has an 81.5 average after three events, and senior Megan Dutton has an 83.0 average after three tournaments.

     Junior Payton Taylor and sophomore Madison Myers will each be participating in their second tournaments of the season. Payton Taylor averaged an 88 in her first two rounds, and Myers shot an average of 87.