• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway’s Miller-Riney named NAIA Player of the Week

MIDWAY’S WOMEN’S GOLF team won its second tournament of the season, when it captured the River States Conference Fall Preview at Lassing Pointe Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26 and 27. Team members shown are, front row, from left, Kayla Meredith, Chelsea Schack and Mercedes Lane; back row, Katie Coyle, Kathryn Lawler, Hannah Scroggins, Rylee Beard, Kelsey Whitehouse and Otis Smith. (head coach) (Photo courtesy Midway athletics)

Junior Kindsay Miller-Riney has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday, Sept. 25. It was announced one day prior that Miller-Riney had won her third straight River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. One day later she was named the NAIA Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The Bardstown native took home her first-ever national weekly award. It also is the first national weekly award won by a Midway University student-athlete in its history. In three games, Miller-Riney recorded seven goals and one assist, which gave her 15 total points on the week. Miller-Riney ranks No. 1 in four different categories in the NAIA: goals per game (2.8), game winning goals per game (0.6), points per game (6.2) and shots on goal per game (4.6). She also ranks second in the nation in total goals with 14, ranks third with 31 total points through five games, ranks sixth in the nation in shots per game (6.4) and ranks 12th in total game winning goals with three. In other sports action at Midway: Women’s Golf For the second time this fall season, the Midway women’s golf team took home first-place finish in a tournament when it won the River States Conference Fall Preview at Lassing Pointe Golf Club, which was held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26 and 27. The Eagles finished the tournament with a three-round total of 994, good enough for first place by 28 strokes. Indiana University East finished in second place with a three-round total of 1,022, while Asbury (Ky.) claimed third with a 1,031. Midway finished with a 335 in the opening round and led by nine strokes over IU East, but the Red Wolves made it interesting when they cut the deficit to one stroke after two rounds. The Eagles, however, wouldn’t be denied as they fired a season-low 321 in the final round. “This was a great victory for our ladies,” said Midway head coach Otis Smith. “They fought through tough, cold and rainy conditions on Monday and played some really good golf. They got off to a bit of a slow start to finish the second round, but came through in the clutch to beat a very good IU East team. I couldn’t be more proud of these ladies. They played inspired golf in the final round and finished with our lowest score of the year so far, 321.” Coming in first place and claiming the individual medal was junior Kathryn Lawler. The Georgetown native came out and struggled in the second round with an 85, but she bounced back with a 76 in the final round to win the tournament by four strokes over Bre Nowak who finished with a 243 overall. Speaking of bouncing back, freshman Hannah Scroggins did just that on Tuesday. Scroggins shot a 90 in the first round, but she finished with an 82 in the second round and fired a 76 in the final round to climb up the leaderboard and finish in fourth place. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were sophomore Ryle Beard and junior Chelsea Schack. Beard finished the tournament in sixth place after she finished with a three-round total of 253 (83-84-86). Schack finished one spot behind Beard in a tie for seventh after she had a 52-hole total of 255 (84-88-83). Junior Kelsey Whitehouse and freshman Kayla Meredith both finished the tournament on a high note. Whitehouse shot back-to-back 89s in the first two rounds, but she fired an 81 in the final round to finish with a 259 to finish in ninth place. Meredith on the other hand, finished with a 92 and a 90 in her first and second rounds, but came out and got back on track in the final round with an 83 to finish in 13th with a 265 overall. Senior Katie Coyle and junior Mercedes Lane were the final two Eagles in action. Coyle finished the tournament with a three round total of 268 (91-87-90) and Lane finished with an overall score of 275 (92-90-93). Tennis Under the leadership of first year head coach Joe Reyes, the Midway University women’s tennis team is off to a perfect 3-0 start after picking up two victories last week against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and Oakland City (Ind.). In their first match of the week against Mount St. Joseph on Monday, Sept. 26, the Eagles ran their record to 2-0 after a 7-2 victory. Midway followed that up with another win on Friday, Sept. 30, when it defeated Oakland City 6-1 at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center. Against Mount St. Joseph, the Eagles held a 2-1 victory after picking up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 three doubles. The Lions got on the board after won No. 1 doubles 9-8 after winning the tie-breaker 7-3. Meanwhile at number two doubles, junior Erin Pigman and senior Kennedy Bowman picked up an 8-5 victory. Sophomores Elizabeth Toth and Diana Burkee gave the Eagles the lead after a win at No. 3 doubles. Senior Gabby Meis, Bowman and Toth each picked up victories in straight sets in singles competition, while freshman Madison Chambers and Pigman fought back from a set down to win their respective matches to clinch the victory. Midway followed up its win over Mount St. Joseph with a 6-1 victory over Oakland City later in the week. Before the match begun, the Eagles were granted a 2-0 lead after the Mighty Oaks didn’t have enough to play No. 3 doubles and number six singles. Pigman and Bowman extended the Eagles’ lead to 3-0 after they won easily at No. 2 doubles. Toth ran the lead to 4-0 after she picked up a win in straight sets at number five singles. Clinching the match for the Eagles and giving her team the 5-0 lead it needed was Bowman. Bowman picked up a win in straight sets at No. 4 singles. The final victory for the Eagles came from Meis at No. 1 singles. Meis was able to battle off the top player from the Mighty Oaks as she won 6-2, 6-2 to give the Eagles the 6-1 lead. Both Pigman and Chambers had their match cut short due to rain at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Pigman won the first set 6-2 and the second set was tied at 3-3, while Chambers won the first set in her match 7-5 and held a 3-2 advantage in the second set. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sport Information Director)

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