SXU sports summary

Tie binds Cougars in women’s soccer opener

  Opening night was not a lost cause for St. Xavier University’s women’s soccer team.
  However, there was no thrill of victory awaiting the Cougars, either.
  Senior midfielder Marissa Graves’ goal in the 77th minute of regulation off an assist from sophomore midfielder Brittany Kroening pulled SXU even with host Freed-Hardeman University Friday, but the tie couldn’t be broken in two extra periods. Thus the Cougars settled for a 1-1 draw in Henderson, Tenn.
  The Lions notched their score in the 48th minute, with midfielder Darby Miskelly converting a pass from forward Sydney Dubiel. After creating the stalemate SXU had a chance to decide things in its favor before the end of the regulation, but Stagg grad Julia Gawlick’s shot banged off the crossbar.
  The Cougars outshot Freed-Hardeman 21-12, but the latter held an 8-4 edge in on-goal attempts. Senior Cassie Pullia took half of SXU’s shots, two of which required stops by the Lions’ keeper. Freshman Alex Perry and senior Danielle Koncius (Stagg) shared the netminding chores for the Cougars and registered seven saves between them.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Mixed bag for Trolls in opening week

  TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28   Two Trinity Christian College sports teams entered the 2014 fall season with recognition from NAIA poll voters, but neither emerged unscathed from the opening week of play.

  The Trolls women’s soccer squad, which went 16-4-2 and made an appearance in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships last season, were just outside the top 25 in the national preseason poll but were among the programs receiving votes. That, however, meant nothing to Viterbo University on Saturday as it edged Trinity 3-2 in LaCrosse, Wis.
  The V-Hawks tallied twice in the match’s first 90 seconds and were up 2-1 at intermission, the Trolls having sliced their deficit in half on sophomore Cassidy Bosselaar’s goal in the 23rd minute. Senior Kayla Diemer assisted on the marker.
  Trinity needed only three minutes of the second half to pull even with its hosts, doing so on freshman Brooklyn Celebron’s marker, which Bosselaar set up. That deadlock remained in place until the final minute, when Viterbo converted a rebound shot into the deciding goal.
  The V-Hawks outshot the Trolls 22-9. Trinity keeper Liz Schutte made six saves.
  “Despite the terrible start to the game I am pleased with the effort we put in,” Trolls coach Josh Lenarz said. “I saw some very good things and I am positive about the prospect for this season.”
  In his 13th year at Trinity Lenarz must replace 10 members of last season’s crew, including ace defender Bekah Gonzales. Diemer, junior forward Rachael Webb, senior midfielder/defender Brooke Ellis and senior midfielder Katie Linehan spearhead a group of 14 returnees, while Celebron, freshman defender Lilly Brummel and sophomore keeper Jesse Bultsma are the most heralded new arrivals.

Eagles flying high in girls' golf

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Todd Allen knew two years ago.

He understood that if the top players on Sandburg’s girls’ golf team kept improving, his 2014 squad would stand a good chance of making the 12-team Class AA championship field at season’s end.
A group including Frankie Saban and Emily Cosler indeed continued to get better, but there was one thing about which Allen erred: With junior Saban and sophomore Cosler leading the way, the Eagles made the state finals last fall.
“It’s a big deal down there,” Allen said. “Only 12 teams from the whole state go down, [so] it was an honor for us. I was proud of the girls for what they did.”
Sandburg placed 11th at state, with Saban its highest individual finisher in the 54th position. Cosler deadlocked for 67th and freshman Emily McGiles tied for 96th.
With everyone back the experience gained in 2013 could prove vital this year.

2014 Volleyball Preview

Mighty Macs have eyes on another prize

  Winning a state championship is akin to munching on potato chips — after sampling one there’s a strong desire for more.
  Further snacking is easy, but repeating as a titlist requires far greater effort. However, if any group of Illinois high school athletes understands what’s needed to reign supreme in volleyball it’s the ones enrolled at Mother McAuley.
  The Mighty Macs became dynastic under the guidance of former coach Nancy Pedersen and, after a nine-year dry spell, returned to the mountaintop last fall. Forty victories — the last of which came against two-time defending Class 4A champion Benet Academy — made McAuley not only No. 1 in Illinois for the 14th time but highly ranked nationally as well.
  But that achievement wasn’t enough to sate the Macs.


Hopefully Chicagoans aren’t ‘offanded’

Chicagoans are used to things not working out quite as expected whenever athletics are involved.
Sure the Bulls had their shining moments during the 1990s, but you may not have noticed — the ‘90s ended 15 years ago, Chicago’s string of NBA championships one year prior to that. And while everything has also fallen into place properly for most of the city’s other pro sports teams on occasion, those represented accidents rather than official announcements of an impending championship-contending era.
Being No. 1 is a concept older sports fans simply will not be able to ever fully embrace because history really hasn’t been all that kind to Chicagoans. But that doesn’t mean they abandon ship.
Quite the contrary is in fact true. Chicago sports fans are a tenacious lot not prone to bandwagon-jumping, although there have been a few exceptions. Most notable were the young professionals who populated the United Center during Michael Jordan’s heyday but knew less about basketball than your Lawrence Welk-loving grandma.
That yuppie faction sat courtside to be seen rather than to watch. When the titles stopped coming and the Bulls ceased being front-page news, the fair-weather fans exited almost immediately.
Bears fans are a vastly different bunch, however. Fair weather or foul — and foul is the preferred atmospheric condition — they pack Soldier Field, sometimes with painted torsos, many times in less than a stone-cold-sober state. But while one could easily question their sanity, Bears fans’ dedication can’t be denied.