Hornets soccer team picks up dramatic tournament victory

Senior Dan McClure scored on the seventh penalty kick Saturday morning to lift the Fulton Hornets soccer team to a 4-3 win over host Camdenton at the Laker Shootout.

Fulton forced the game into overtime when junior midfielder Jake Pierce scored on a penalty kick in the 34th minute of the second half.

After two 10-minute overtime periods, the game moved into the penalty-kick phase. McClure ultimately delivered the decisive kick to send the Hornets (8-6) to the dramatic triumph.

Pierce also scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute of the second half to help rally Fulton.

"It was pretty crazy, but we didn't freak out and we played calmly," Pierce said. "We were going through a rough stretch before the tournament, but this was a big win over the home team in their own tournament.

"That boosts team morale, which is vital during a 25-game season. We can't let our guard down."

Sophomore forward Zach Thomas added the Hornets' other goal on an assist from sophomore midfielder Peter Plakorus in the 32nd minute of the first half.

"It was a wild game," Fulton head coach Dave Milligan said. "I was really proud of the players. ... They handled the ups and downs of the game."

The Hornets opened tournament play Friday night with a 2-0 victory over West Plains. Fulton was able to redeem itself after a 2-0 loss to West Plains on Sept. 17 at the Springfield Parkview Tournament.

Plakorus provided the Hornets' first goal Friday night in the 37 minute of the first half, coming off an assist from Pierce. In the 13th minute of the second half, Pierce scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Jakob Hull.

McClure picked up his sixth shutout of the season. Fulton logged six shots on goal and had five corner kicks, while West Plains was limited to four shots on goal and didn't have any corner kicks.

"The kids were motivated," Milligan said. "They played with a lot of pride; they felt like they were just as good of a team as West Plains when they lost to them (in Springfield)."

The Hornets closed out play in the round-robin format against Lebanon on Saturday afternoon. Results were not available at press time. A win over Lebanon would have given Fulton the tournament championship.

Owls cross country team

takes fifth at Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. -- The William Woods University men, spurred by sophomore Ryan Meyer, took fifth place at the Emporia State University Planet Sub Invitational on Friday night.

In the women's division, junior Cheryl Held led William Woods to a 10th-place finish.

The William Woods men finished first among NAIA schools at the ESU Invitational. The field consisted of 25 teams that included four NCAA Division II schools, 14 NAIA schools, seven NJCAA schools and one NCAA school.

Meyer came in 10th individually with a time of 25 minutes, 42.35 seconds, and was third among all NAIA runners. Senior Jason Rose's time of 25:49.54 was 14th overall and fourth among NAIA runners.

Kansas Wesleyan's Nathan Mesta won the men's individual title in 25:08.62. NCAA Division II Missouri S&T captured the team championship.

Meanwhile, the William Woods women took fifth among NAIA schools Friday night. There were 22 teams in the women's field, including four NCAA Division II schools, 11 NAIA schools and seven NJCAA schools.

Held finished ninth overall and fifth among NAIA runners with a time of 18:48.76. Sophomore Amy Gangloff also placed 27th overall and 16th among NAIA runners in 19:24.54.

Tenley Determan secured the women's individual championship with a time of 17:29.79. NCAA Division II Northwest Missouri State won the team title.

Both William Woods squads compete Oct. 9 at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Border Wars.


New Bloomfield softball....3

HALLSVILLE -- Junior Chelsea Wiler's two-run single in the bottom of the third inning Thursday night was a highlight for the Lady Wildcats in their loss to the Lady Indians.

Sophomore Allison Werdehausen also singled in New Bloomfield's other run in the third.

Senior Megan Cockrum went the distance in taking the loss for the Lady Wildcats. Cockrum allowed all 13 runs -- only five earned -- on 13 hits and issued three walks.

New Bloomfield lost the junior varsity game 6-4.

The Lady Wildcats hosted Tuscumbia on Friday, but results were not available at press time. New Bloomfield closes out the regular season at California at 5 p.m. Monday.

Spalding (Ky.) University...............3

Westminster volleyball..................1

The host Lady Blue Jays put up a valiant fight against the first-place Lady Golden Eagles before bowing 25-21, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-22 in SLIAC play Friday night.

Sophomore outside hitter Molly Owens paced Westminster College (5-9, 4-3 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) with nine kills. Senior setter Erin Rustemeyer also chipped in with a team-high 19 assists, while sophomore outside hitter Alex Berry topped the Lady Blue Jays with 22 digs.

Spalding improved to 13-6 overall and stayed unbeaten in conference play at 6-0.

Westminster played SLIAC matches against Fontbonne University and MacMurray College on Saturday in Jacksonville, Ill. Results were not available at press time.

Columbia College..........................3

William Woods volleyball..............1

COLUMBIA -- The Lady Owls played the No. 8 Lady Cougars close, but were unable to pull off the upset in Thursday night's 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23 AMC loss.

Junior outside hitter Nicole Mannino directed William Woods University (9-9, 3-4 American Midwest Conference) with seven kills. Junior middle blocker Lauren Fleming and freshman outside hitter Nichole Lolohea contributed three blocks apiece.

Sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Henley and senior right-side hitter Brianna Rodriguez chipped in with 18 and 10 digs, respectively.

Sophomore setter Emily Nolte and freshman setter Sarah Wehmeyer both had 11 assists to guide the Lady Owls.

William Woods hosted matches against AMC opponent Harris-Stowe State University and Evangel University on Saturday at Anderson Arena. Results were not available at press time.

SCMS softball (8th)......................20

Southern Boone.............................3

ASHLAND -- The Lady Bulldogs raised their season record to 4-5 with Thursday night's rout.

South Callaway Middle School dropped the "B" game 15-0, completing its season at 1-6.

The Lady Bulldogs played in the North Callaway Tournament on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.


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