Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
November 4, 2009

The end of the regular season for fall sports was bittersweet in many ways. There were positive outcomes, as you'll see, but also some disappointments. Men's Soccer advances to the ASC Championship tournament with a first round match vs. Howard Payne on Friday at 11 am in Belton. A win and the Mountaineers advance to face tournament host and top-seed UMHB on Saturday at 11 am. The finals are on Sunday. For more on the tournament, go to the SU Athletics website. All other fall sports concluded their seasons this past weekend. Next up is basketball season and SAB is sponsoring Basketball Madness on Thursday evening in Edington Gym at 8:00 pm. It'll be your first chance to see the 2009-10 SU Women's and Men's Basketball teams in action.

Here's a quick recap of last week:

MEN'S SOCCER: went 1-1 in Abilene last weekend, losing to Hardin-Simmons, 3-0, and defeating McMurry (2-0) to clinch a spot in the ASC tournament. Although the match at HSU was fairly even statistically, HSU took advantage of it's opportunities to score the win. Against McM on Saturday, with their season on the line, the Mountaineers got two second half goals to punch their ticket to the ASC playoffs. Sophomore Adam Harvey assisted on goals by junior Jeremy Leoni and sophomore Taylor Bontz. Sophomore Matt Johnson picked up the shutout win and only had to stop two shots as the Mountaineers dominated the action. With the win, SU finishes 7-3-3 in the regular season conference race and earns the #4 seed in the six team tournament. Schreiner defeated Howard Payne, 1-0, in overtime in Kerrville in September. If SU advances, the men will have a chance to pay back UMHB which earned a 1-0 double overtime win in Kerrville - which was Schreiner's only home ASC loss in '09.

VOLLEYBALL: went 1-1 last week with two thrilling five set matches. In a must-win situation on Wednesday, Schreiner rallied from an 0-2 deficit against McMurry to win the final three games. Saturday was another must win situation, this time against Hardin-Simmons. SU won the first set and lost the second. The match turned in set 3. SU held a commanding 23-13 lead but wasn't able to hold on for the set win. The Mountaineers did a great job rallying in set 4 from a 19-14 deficit to win that set, but dropped the decisive set, 15-10. The Mountaineers still had their best season since 2001, winning 17 regular season matches and going 11-7 in the ASC. Seniors Tiffany Miller, Brittany Alvillar and Kaycee Westberry were a large part of the resurgence of SU Volleyball. Over their careers, SU went from 2 wins in 2005, to 17 this fall.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: went 1-1 last week. Lost to HSU, 10-0, and beat McMurry, 1-0. In a season of turnaround for the SU defense, the HSU match was an aberation. Against McMurry, Schreiner ended on a high note as junior Danni Gomez scored with less than five minutes remaining in the match to break the scoreless tie. Schreiner finished the season 3-11-3 and 1-9-3 in the ASC. The record does not tell the story of the success the team had on the defensive end of the pitch. SU gave up a total of 32 goals this fall, 20 better than the next best seasonal defensive effort in the past six seasons. Take out the HSU match, and Schreiner gave up 22 goals in 16 matches and had one of the best defenses in the conference. Freshman goalkeeper Genevieve Monroe earned five shutouts this fall and anchored a stingy backline that included lone senior Kathryn Fondon and freshman Haley Powers. With an overwhelmingly freshmen roster, look for good things next fall.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: freshman Amanda Mendoza overcame a fall in slippery conditions and finished her strong first season with a 15th place finish at the ASC Championships in waterlogged Clinton, MS last weekend. The fall cost Mendoza a much higher finish. She had consistently been among the top 10 finishers in every other race she'd run this fall. Still, it was a very impressive debut season by the Crawford, TX native.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: the Maia brothers ran strong races at the ASC Championships on the same course in Clinton, MS and each had one of their best times of the season. Sophomore Ryan edged out big brother Michael (a junior). Ryan finished 35th in the 76-runner field and Michael was 37th, 19 seconds behind. It was a strong finish for both runners in the 8K race.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Thursday, November 5th:
Basketball Madness (sponsored by SAB) at Edington Gym at 8:00 pm

Friday, November 6th:
MEN'S SOCCER at ASC Championships - vs. #5 Howard Payne (Belton, TX) at 11:00 am (First Round)

Saturday, November 7th:
with a win: MEN'S SOCCER at ASC Championships - vs. #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX) at 11:00 am (Semi-finals)
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Alumni (Edington Gym) at 2:00 pm

Sunday, November 8th:
win two wins: MEN'S SOCCER at ASC Championships - vs. TBD (Belton, TX) at 1:00 pm (Championship Match)

Go Mountaineers!!!

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