• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway University men’s soccer team gets first win

KINDSAY MILLER-RINEY was named River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her play from Sept. 5 to 11. (Photo courtesy of Midway Univ. Athletics)

It was a historic week for Midway University’s men’s soccer team, as it won for the first time in the program’s history when it defeated Cincinnati Christian (Ohio). The team followed that up with its first home game as well. Meanwhile, the women’s team remained undefeated with a win over Kentucky Christian University. Here’s a recap of the games. Men’s Soccer It was a historic week for the Midway men’s soccer team after it earned its first victory in program history. The Eagles, now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the River States Conference, opened the week with a 3-0 shutout win over conference foe Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Then on Saturday, Sept. 17, Midway played its first-ever home game against Marian (Ind.). First, in the game against Cincinnati Christian, the Eagles picked up an important 3-0 conference victory on the road. The Eagles scored their first-ever goal off a free kick by senior Joe Jessop. He lined up the free kick from about 30 yards out, then bent it around the wall and past the goalkeeper into the back of the net for the score. Then in the 32nd minute, junior Max Bristow found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Callum Kemp. The Eagles took the 2-0 lead into the locker room. Not long after intermission, Midway was back to its scoring ways. The ball was played into the box and junior Harry Kirwan headed it to find a cutting junior Brad Wilson, who slipped one past the keeper giving the visitors a 3-0 advantage. Junior Christian Neira and senior Colby Bicksler combined to complete the shutout for Midway. Neira picked up the win and made three saves, while Bicksler played the final seven minutes in goal. The Eagles then returned home for their first-ever home game on Saturday, Sept. 17. But, the Knights of Marian spoiled the occasion, as they defeated Midway 2-1. The Knights scored early in the third minute, taking a 1-0 lead over the home team. The Eagles had good chances to equalize in the first half, but couldn’t convert, as they faced a 1-0 deficit at intermission. Marian added a goal in the 57th minute to extend its lead to 2-0. The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with two minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the game. Jessop played a ball into the box and found a cutting Kemp who ripped the ball past the Knights’ goalkeeper and into the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1. The Eagles tried to equalize in the final 2:42, but were unable to do so and Marian came away with the 2-1 win. Neira made a valiant effort in goal for Midway, but was stuck with the loss. He allowed the two goals, but made six key saves to keep his team in the game. Neira was matched by the Knights’ keeper, Caleb Gmyrek, who finished with nine saves for Marian. Women’s Soccer The Midway women’s soccer team moved its record to 2-0 on the season on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when it defeated Kentucky Christian University 8-1. The high-powered Eagles’ offense scored 10 goals in the first game against Johnson (Tenn.) and followed that up with eight more against KCU for 18 on the season. The Midway defense has also been solid on the season allowing one goal in 180 minutes. After scoring four goals in her first game as a Midway junior, Kindsay Miller-Riney did it again, as she scored four more goals against Kentucky Christian. Miller-Riney now has eight goals on the season to go along with her two assists. Freshman Larissa Cussins got the scoring started against KCU with a goal, with an assist by senior Haley Ennis. Ennis would find her name in the scoring column for the Eagles by scoring the next goal off a pass by senior Sara Herbert. Ennis would also add another assist on one of Miller-Riney’s four goals. After Miller-Riney scored her fourth goal of the game off an assist by junior Ciara Weir, freshman Rachel Lewis took off on a breakaway and scored an unassisted goal for Midway. The final goal came when sophomore Dana White served a ball to freshman Hala Ayyash, who was cutting across the box and finished with the first goal of her collegiate career. Getting the starting nod and picking up the win in goal for the Eagles was senior Lauren Schuster (Boston, Ky.). Schuster allowed one goal while making a save in the first half. Junior Emily Belt and freshman Rebekah McKee split time in goal in the second half. Belt played the first 38 minutes, while McKee played the final seven minutes. Along with the win, Midway’s Miller-Riney was tabbed RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her play from Sept. 5 to 11. Miller-Riney, who transferred to Midway from St. Catharine over the summer, earned her first RSC weekly honor of her career. She has also won the same honor at SC for the Mid-South Conference on Nov. 2, 2015. The Bardstown native appeared in one game last week for the Eagles and finished with four goals and two assists in her team’s 10-0 win against Johnson (Tenn.) in their season opener on Thursday, Sept. 8. (Information courtesy Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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