• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway Univ. men’s soccer and women’s soccer win


The Midway University men’s soccer team scored two wins last week, while the women’s golf team won their match and the men’s golf team finished third in their match. Here’s a recap of all the action. Men’s Soccer The Midway University men’s soccer team picked up a pair of victories last week over Point Park (Pa.) and Carlow (Pa.) thanks to two game-winning goals in overtime. In their first game of the week on Thursday, Oct. 6, the Eagles, who are now 4-4-1 overall and 3-2 in the RSC, squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Point Park thanks to a golden goal from junior Max Bristow at the 93rd minutes of the first overtime. Midway followed that up with another thriller on Saturday, Oct 8, against Carlow. The Eagles escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Celtics, but this time it was junior Brad Wilson that netted the game winner in the 108th minute in the second overtime. Against Point Park on Thursday, both teams struggled to find the back of the net in a defensive battle. Midway outshot the visitors 11-8, including a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. It looked as though the Pioneers were going to take the lead in the first half when they had a shot on frame right in front of the net, but the Eagles were lucky as the ball bounced off the crossbar and out of play. The complexion of the match changed in the 73rd minute when the Pioneers had a player receive a red card, as they were forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match. After neither team scored in the first 90 minutes the game moved to a sudden death overtime period. The man advantage would pay off for the Eagles three minutes into the first overtime. Wilson played a ball into the box and connected with a wide open Bristow who finished it off and fired it past the keeper into the back of the net giving Midway the 1-0 victory. Christian Neira picked up his first shutout of the season in goal for the Eagles. The junior played all 93 minutes in goal and finished with two saves in the 1-0 victory. Then against Carlow, the Eagles were forced to play their second consecutive overtime game after their game was tied 2-2 after 90 minutes. The Celtics scored quickly as they took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. The Eagles had chances to equalize in the first frame, but couldn’t convert as Carlow took a 1-0 lead at half. The Eagles quickly answered in second half. Bristow played a perfect ball into the box and found freshman Carlos Pinto, who fired it past the keeper and into the back of the net. After the Celtics regained the lead at 2-1 in the 67th minute, the Eagles needed another equalizer late in the game. The Eagles got just that in the 76th minute when they were granted a penalty kick after Pinto was taken down in the box. Wilson stepped up to take the PK and fired it to his left past the keeper and into the back of the net, tying the game at 2-2. The game remained that way and after 100 minutes of play, the game moved to its second overtime period. With time running out and the finish of a tie game in sight, Wilson sent the Eagles into a frenzy. After a turnover, Wilson controlled and fired the ball into the back of the net in the upper left 90 for the game-winner, giving Midway the 3-2 win. Picking up the win and playing 108 minutes and five seconds in goal for the Eagles was Neira, who allowed two goals, but finished with three saves for Midway. Men’s Golf After finishing the opening round in third place, the Midway University men’s golf team held its ground and finished in third place at the UPIKE Fall Invitational at StoneCrest Golf Course. The Eagles finished with a team score of 309 in the second round for a two-day total of 613, which secured third place. Midway finished 16 strokes ahead of River States Conference foe, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) – who finished in fourth place with a 629 team score. Cumberland (Tenn.) won the event after it finished with an overall score of 596 (291-305). The host, Pikeville (Ky.) also finished with a 596 (299-297), but finished in second after a tie-breaker. Coming in as the top finisher for the Eagles was senior Cole Ballard, who followed up his 74 in the opening round with a 73 in Monday’s final round for a two-day total of 147. His 147 was good enough for a fourth place finish in the event. On his way to being named to the All-Tournament Team, Ballard poured in a tournament-high 28 pars over the two days. He also tallied one of only four eagles in the tournament. Coming in with the next best score for the Eagles was sophomore Brandon Cambron, who came out and shot a 79 in the second round for a two-day total of 154. He finished the tournament in a tie for ninth place overall. Finishing within one shot of each other were sophomore Austin Mitchell and senior Granville Hayes. Mitchell improved in his second round with a 77 after shooting a 79 in his first round. Mitchell’s overall score of 156 earned him a 12th place finish. Hayes on the other hand, didn’t fare as well in his second round, but finished the tournament in 13th place out of 38 individual golfers. The senior shot a 77 in the opening 18-holes and shot an 8-over, 80 in the final round for a two-round total of 157. The duo of sophomore Justin Graham and junior Logan Medley finished with an identical score in the tournament. Graham shot an 81 in the second round after a 78 in the first, while Medley improved in the second round with a 6-over, 78 after shooting an 81 on Sunday. The final two Eagles who were in action at StoneCrest were seniors NeShaun Gordon and Andrew Chambers. Gordon finished with a 168 (82-86) and Chambers finished with a 181 (90-91). Women’s Golf After taking a five-shot advantage into the second round, the Midway women’s golf team hung on to claim its third victory of the fall season at the UPIKE Fall Invitational at StoneCrest Golf Course. After tying their season low score with a 321 in the first round, the Eagles shot a 335 in Monday’s second round for a two-day total of 656 to claim the top team finish. The host, Pikeville (Ky.), struggled in the second round. The Bears couldn’t improve from their 326 in the opening round, as they shot a 346on Monday. Fontbonne (Mo.) came in third place with a 776 (375-401). Coming from behind and winning her second tournament of the year was true freshman Hannah Scroggins, who was in a tie for fourth after the first round with an 80, but the freshman fired a 6-over, 78 in the final round to win the tournament by one stroke. Coming in second place was junior Kathryn Lawler, who tied for the lead after shooting a 77 in the first round as she carded an 82 in the second to finish the tournament in second place. The duo of Scroggins and Lawler each tied the tournament high with four birdies over the two days. Lawler finished with 21 pars, while Scroggins poured in 18 pars in her tournament. Kayla Meredith was also in a tie for first after the first round as she finished the tournament in third place. The freshman carded a 77 in the first round and she followed that up with an 85 in her second round to finish with a two-day total of 162. Moving up four spots on the leaderboard and finishing in a tie for fifth place was junior Kelsey Whitehouse, who shot an 83 in the first round, but she fired an 81 on Monday for a two-day total of 164. Junior Chelsea Schack and sophomore Rylee Beard rounded out the scoring for the Eagles. Schack finished with a two-day total of 167 (81-86), while Beard finished three strokes behind her teammate with a 170 (80-90). The next best finisher for the Eagles was junior Amanda Cox, who finished in a tie for 11th place overall after she shot a 180 overall. She carded an 87 in her first round and added a 93 in the final round. Showing vast improvement in her second round was junior Mercedes Lane, who struggled with a 99 in the opening round, but she improved by 13 strokes in the second round, as she fired an 86 for a two-day total of 185 finishing in 14th place. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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