The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team thought that Monday's season opener would be played in the friendly confines of its own home pitch. But wet weekend weather left the field in less than playable conditions, causing Fulton to make a last minute venue change to the the home field of its opponent, the Southern Boone Eagles.
But you'd never know that all this happened, since Fulton got the 2-0 opening win over Southern Boone on Monday night. The Lady Hornets (1-0) faced only three shots on goal while senior goaltender Liz Foreman shooed away six shots to get the shutout.
"It was an excellent team effort for our first game considering we had a last minute change of venue," Lady Hornets head coach Kati Wallace said.
Junior forward Lola Weiss got the first - and ultimately game-winning - goal at the 22 minute mark off the first half. The tally came off an assist from sophomore stopped Anna Fink.
A little over 20 minutes later, senior center midfielder Kara Henry scored unassisted at the 43 minute mark of the first half to finish off the scoring. In total, Fulton completed 15 shots on the goal of Southern Boone.
The Lady Hornets junior varsity team lost by the score of 2-0 to Southern Boone on Monday night. The varsity team will play again tonight at 5 when they host Montgomery County.
Fulton boys golf places third in home triad
The Hornets hosted Boonville and Eldon in a triad at Tanglewood Golf Course on Monday afternoon, shooting a team score of 177 to place third. Boonville and Eldon took the top two spots, shooting 160 and 174 respectively.
Senior Jordan Kelley was the low player for Fulton with a round of 42 to lead the four Hornet golfers. Sophomore Josh King was one stroke behind him at 43 while junior Glen Ripsch shot 45 and sophomore Justin Vann had a 47. Boonville's Hohn Skelton was the lone medalist for either squad with a par 36.
"It was the first match of the year and you could kind of tell," Fulton head coach Pat Kelley said. "Boonville is awful good and we competed well with Eldon."
"There's room for improvement and we had kids who didn't shoot what they're capable of but they'll improve and so will our team scores.
The junior varsity Hornets won their triad against Boonville and Eldon with a team score of 225 on Monday. Freshman JoeRyan Anderson led the way with a low score of 51. Both teams play again next Tuesday at Mexico.
William Woods golf teams finish fourth and sixth in weekend invitational tournament
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - Both teams opened up their 2011 seasons with upper half finishes in the Eagle Invitational this past weekend. The nationally ranked women's team finished in a tie for fourth place while the men's team placed sixth.
Four of the nine teams competing were in the most recent NAIA top 25 poll, as William Woods tied with No. 20 Northwood University. Each team finished with a two round total of 668. NCAA division one squad Boston College won the event with a score of 623 while NAIA No. 2 Shoeter University flanked them with a score of 656 and No. 4 Embry-Riddle finished above the Owls with a 663.
Junior Jada Bennington and sophomore Lindsey Johnson were the high scorers for William Woods with 12th place finishes of 165. Junior Ashlee Daly scored a 168 to finish 16th, freshman Jamie Palermo scored a 170 to come in 19th and sophomore Naomi Starr came in 27th with a score of 176.
The men's competition featured two top 25 teams out of the 11 squads on hand. The Owls shots a three round total of 911 to finish right in the middle at sixth place.
Senior Austin Waibel was the low finisher for William Woods with a 223 to finish 11th. Freshman Warren Crow came in 21st with a 227, junior Bobby Mayer had a 21st place finish with a score of 229 and junior J.D. Nash came in 36th place with a total of 232. Freshman Andrew Davis rounded out the William Woods players with a 50th place score of 240.
Both teams will host the William Woods Spring Invitational starting next Monday at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Westminster track team gets three high finishes at Central Methodist Track and Field Open
FAYETTE - Freshmen runners Sarah Koestner and Sarah Ogar each placed high at last Saturday's Central Methodist Open Track and Field Meet. Koestner finished fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:26.79. Koestner also finished sixth in the 1500 meter jaunt with a finish of 4:59.05.
Ogar finished seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:29.06 and tenth in the 400 meter at 1:04. Sophomore Victor Stichnot came in seventh place in the 3000 meter steeple chase in a time of 11:30.20 while sophomore Kaily Downey came in 21st in the 1500 at a time of 5:36.71. Outdoor action continues for both teams on April 1 at the Missouri Relays in Columbia.