Fall Sports Preview
As the new school year begins, activities, clubs and athletics start up again also. Many teams have had several games, meets and/or tournaments, but are just now getting into conference play and need student support more now than ever.
Volleyball started their season with a bang, winning seven straight games, but on Friday September, 4th NCU lost their first game in a four-set battle versus Oregon Tech, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14. The Beacons blocked well, but had a season-low 0.151 attack percentage. The next evening the ladies had to face yet another CCC team, facing No. 16 Southern Oregon University who swept, 25-16, 25-18, 25-17. They are now 7-2 overall and 0-2 CCC, but will come back to Eugene this week to host No. 14 College of Idaho at 7pm on Friday and No. 6 Eastern Oregon at 5pm on Saturday. Come watch two quality games this weekend!
The Men’s Soccer team started their season with a forfeit win to Trinity Lutheran College, a 1-3 loss to The Evergreen State College, a 2-2 tie with Pacific University and a 1-7 loss to Linfield College. There were some valuable moments from all of the games though, including Junior Sergio Maldonado’s goal versus Evergreen, two goals against Pacific for both Freshman Tyler Farmer and Senior Isaiah Blake, and lastly another goal for Blake at Linfield. For an opportunity to cheer on the Men come watch them take on Simpson University at 3pm on Friday September, 11 at Mike Kelly Field in Springfield.
Women’s Soccer team’s first game was a 1-2 loss to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 0-1 loss versus Eastern Oregon, 0-2 loss Willamette University and a 0-3 loss to Oregon Institute of Technology. On September 2, they played a scrimmage versus Chemeketa Community College where they controlled the game for the entire first half, scoring a goal and holding CCC. The Storm claimed one goal late in the second half, but Junior Maddi Bartholomew saved the day scoring a goal with about fifty seconds left in the game. The Women play Warner Pacific College at Mike Kelly field on Saturday September 12 at 1pm, come support!
The Men’s Golf Team has four new members along with 4 returners. Their season kicks off with a tournament at Tokatee Golf Club, 54947 McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR hosted by New Hope on September 14th and 15th at 9am, along with facing the Deacon’s they will be golfing against Corban and New Hope, please come support the men in their first tourney of the year.
While the Volleyball team was in Klamath Falls last Friday, the Cross Country teams were making a statement in Fern Ridge at Richardson Park. Paul Adams from OIT took first individually for the men, but six straight Beacon runners followed, giving NCU an amazing team victory in the season-opening NCU Invitational. Finishing with 22 points, the Beacons comfortably beat the No. 15 Oregon Tech by 21 points and Rogue Community College by 50 points.
Our No.1 NAIA ranked Women’s Cross Country team also dominated the meet with a 16-45 victory over No. 8 Oregon Tech. Junior Alyssa Harmon won the individual title at 18:04, coming in one second ahead of junior Sierra Brown (18:05), Junior Shea Vallaire was third (18:08), followed by Michelle Fletcher with a personal record of 18:34. The CCC Sports Information Directors have named Harmon as the Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Runner of the Week for her performance on Friday. Both Cross Country teams will race again at the CCC Preview Meet at Corban University on September 18.
Please come support some of your classmates, friends, family and fellow Beacons while they glorify God through the talents he has blessed them with. All statistics and other information was obtained from http://gobeacons.com/.
Photo Credit: Ann Damian