Creighton, the 24th-ranked men’s soccer team i the nation, scored two early goals on the way to a 3-0 victory over the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday at the Bill Stephens Complex.
The Blue Jays (9-3, 2-0-1), and a Missouri Valley Conference rival of the Bears, were the highest-ranked men’s team to come to come since UCA’s NCAA Division II days.
Creighton got out to an early lead, when Timo Pitter fielded a cross from Bruno Castro in the fourth minute, and slammed it past Central Arkansas keeper Cody Gibson for his fourth goal this season. Just six minutes later, Creighton struck again, when Jose Gomez laced a shot into the Central Arkansas net from 15 yards out for his third goal this season, and a 2-0 lead. Pitter scored again in the 56th minute.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot, coming out flat against a team like Creighton,” said Central Arkansas coach Ross Duncan following the match. “I thought that for 80 minutes we played some really good soccer, but against a team of Creighton’s quality, you have to play a full 90 minutes.”
A bright spot for the Bears on the day was Connor Bowen, who came off the bench to play 65 minutes and lead the Central Arkansas offense by placing three of his four shots on goal.
The Bears attempted 11 shots on the day, placing six on goal. The ‘Jays took 18 shots, placing seven on target.
Central Arkansas returns to the pitch at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Missouri State. The match is part of Central Arkansas Athletics’ “Bears for a Cure” program, targeting breast cancer awareness.
Senior middle blocker Melissa Clement broke the Hendrix College career kills record on Saturday as the Warriors defeated Oglethorpe University 25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 27-25 in volleyball at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. T
The Rogers native recorded hit .500 with 14 kills, bringing her career total to 1,242, passing Becca Clancy’s (2007-10) old mark of 1,230.
The Warriors improved to 11-14 overall and 4-7 in Southern Athletic Association play. The Lady Petrels fell to 3-11 and 0-11.
Hendrix hit .174 with 46 kills, 11 aces, 75 digs and seven blocks. OU hit .220 with 56 kills, nine aces, 69 digs and seven blocks.
Along with Clement, senior outside hitter Kristen Finch recorded 14 kills and led the Warriors with four total blocks. Senior right side hitter Katie Bates added 10 kills. Freshman setter Breanna Wright had 41 assists and freshman libero Jill Sikes came up with 17 digs. Freshman outside hitter Shannon Abbot recorded a season-best 16 digs.
Hendrix will host Rhodes College on Wednesday night in a Dig for the Cure match.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham Southern powered past the Hendrix women’s soccer team, 6-0, Saturday afternoon.
The host Panthers (7-5-1, 3-1) picked up two goals in the first half, then added four more in the second. Amanda Babbin led BSC with two goals and an assist. Jamie Sullivan and Heather Sullivan also recorded a goal and an assist each. Devon Weldon and Sammy Manzo both netted goals as well.
The Panthers outshot the Warriors (4-7-1, 0-3-1) 18-10 and had a 7-5 on goal advantage.
Hendrix will travel to Searcy, Ark. on Tuesday for a match with NCAA Division II foe Harding University.
(Sports Information departments at UCA and Hendrix contributed to this report)