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November 23, 2017

Wiley College Athletics Weekend Update


WOMEN’s SOCCER

AUSTIN, Texas – The Wiley College women’s soccer team extend their record-breaking winning streak to six after defeating Huston-Tillotson 3-1 Saturday in a Red River Athletic Conference game.

The Lady Wildcats (6-2, 4-0 in RRAC) also set new program records for longest unbeaten streak, longest conference winning streak, the strongest start in conference play and tied their record for longest unbeaten streak in RRAC play.

“It’s a great feeling,” said head coach Alexandra Neumann – who tied Cristine Aquino for second most wins in program history. “The game was won with pure heart by everyone on the team.”

Miguianne Boldrin started the scoring with her fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute. It was her second goal this week and gives her five points. Boldrin recorded an assist in Thursday’s victory over Our Lady of the Lake.

The lead was short-lived as the reigning RRAC Offensive Player of the Week Kimberlin Palacios put one past Keri Myers in the 24th minute to tie the game. With less than two minutes in the first half, Evelyn Saenz regained the lead for Wiley College with her third goal of the season.

Kayla Taylor – who is the Lady Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer – added an insurance goal for her team-high fifth of the season. The goal with her two assists in Thursday’s victory gives Taylor four points this week.

“Everyone has embraced their role on this team,” Neumann said. “They are committed to making themselves and the team better every day.”

Myers – the reigning RRAC Defensive Player of the Week – stopped five of six shots to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Lady Wildcats had to defend against two corner kicks.

Wiley College returns home to begin a six-game homestand Thursday with Louisiana State University-Alexandria – which is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll – in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Red River Athletic Conference.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Running against athletes from NCAA Division III schools, Marbeq Edgar emerged on top of the 91-runner field to claim the East Texas Baptist University Tiger Invitational Individual title Saturday at Marshall City Arena.

In the final stretch of the eight-kilometer race, Edgar sprinted past two runners to win his second individual title of the season. He won the Braveheart Invitational on September 8. Edgar is the third straight Wiley College athlete to win the ETBU Tiger Invitational. Laban Kandie won the title last season. Leonard Kiprono won the title in 2015.

Though there was one race, there were two scoring systems for NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference schools and NAIA schools. Shevan Parks had a strong finish at fourth overall and third in the smaller schools division with a time of 27:00.33. He was followed by Kiprono (28:34.19), Rajay Hamilton (29:48.67), Darion De La Rosa (30:31.33) and Jose Angel Rangel (30:31.96). Rangel competed today after playing in the men’s soccer team’s game Thursday in San Antonio. Wiley College’s top five runners tallied 34 points – which was six points behind Jacksonville Community College at 28.

“We improved our times,” Edgar said. “That’s really good as we are getting closer to the conference championship.”

The Wildcats will return to the course on November 3 for the Red River Athletic Conference championship. They will run at the University of Dallas Invitational on October 14 in Irving, Texas.

VOLLEYBALL

After allowing University of St. Thomas-Houston to rally and extend the match, the Wiley College volleyball team rebounded to claim a five-set Red River Athletic Conference victory (25-22, 23-25, 25-14, 15-25, 15-10) Friday at Alumni Gymnasium.

With the victory, the Lady Wildcats (7-5, 4-2 in RRAC) snapped a two-match losing streak. It is their first five-set victory this season. The win is also Wiley College’s second-straight against the Lady Celts and improves to 11-7 in the overall series.

The first two sets were competitive with each team earning a win. The Lady Wildcats recorded 10 kills in 25 attack attempts to gain the upper hand in the match. The Lady Celts (7-9, 4-3 in RRAC) hit .444 in the fourth set and tied the match. Wiley College recovered and took the fifth set.

“We had to come together,” Jayme Bazile said. “We had to dig deep and trust each other and we did what we needed to do, to get this win.”

Bazile led the Lady Wildcats’ attack with 13 kills. She also led the Lady Wildcats’ block with four blocks (one solo and six block assists). Taylor Barnes contributed 11 kills and six block assists. Alexia Souza helped set up Wiley College’s hitters with 28 assists. Sydnie Beckett tallied 17 off the bench. Bozhanova and Souza each contributed two service aces.

“Jayme Bazile played awesome tonight,” head coach Mike MacNeill said. “She had 13 kills in 31 attempts. She was solid on the right side and on the block. She shut down their big hitters. Both of St. Thomas’ big hitters had negative hitting percentages. Taylor Barnes played well.”

Defensively, Tsvetelina Bozhanova led the team with 11 digs. Miyah Keller followed with 10. Olena Fedorenko led the team with eight block assists. Renata Da Silva followed with seven.

The Lady Wildcats begin a four-match road trip on October 13, when they visit first-place Our Lady of the Lake University. Wiley College visits Huston-Tillotson University on October 14.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

The Wiley College women’s cross country team out-ran its fellow NAIA schools and community colleges in the East Texas Baptist University Tiger Invitational Saturday at Marshall City Arena.

The invitational was the Lady Wildcats’ first since September 8. They ran against Red River Athletic Conference programs Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Texas College. Jarvis Christian College and Jacksonville Community College ran individuals. The schools ran with NCAA Division III programs from the American Southwest Conference, but the results were scored separately.

The race was six-kilometers. Natasha Poleon had the best time in the non-NCAA Division III schools at 25:55.72. Shamona Hunt was runner-up with a time of 26:49.47. She was followed by Deja Harrison (27:43.24), Danielle David (28:28.82) and Leslie Bethea (34:03.29) – who finished fourth, sixth and 11th, respectively. Wiley College tallied 24 points, which was well ahead of LSU-Shreveport – which finished with 47. Texas College scored 49.

The Lady Wildcats will return to this course on November 3 for the Red River Athletic Conference championship. They will run at the University of Dallas Invitational on October 14 for their final tune-up before the conference championship.

MEN’S SOCCER

AUSTIN, Texas – For the second-straight game, the Wiley College men’s soccer team’s shots couldn’t find the back of the net in a 2-0 Red River Athletic Conference loss to Huston-Tillotson University Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-4, 2-2 in RRAC) were shutout in consecutive games for the first time since September 10 and 12, 2016. It is Wiley College’s first losing streak since October 1 and 6, 2016. The loss also snapped the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak against the Rams.

Wiley College only put up seven shots with none being a threat to Huston-Tillotson. Abraham De La Mora led the team with three shots. The Wildcats were awarded the only corner shot.

“We had no offense,” head coach Demetrio Hernandez said.

Erik Reyes did all he could to give Wiley College a chance to take the lead. He stopped five shots and kept the game scoreless until the 83rd minute. He allowed goals in the 83rd and 86th minute to fall to 4-3. The Wildcats were out-shot nine to seven.

Wiley College returns home Thursday to face the defending Red River Athletic Conference tournament champion Louisiana State University-Alexandria – which is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll. On October 14 the Wildcats face Louisiana State University-Shreveport for the first time since 2012.

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