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Saturday afternoon, the Barclay College faithful ignored the intense heat to root the Bears on to another victory, extending their winning streak to six games and remaining unbeaten in Midwest Christian College Conference play with a 2-1 win over Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).

It was an evenly played first half with possession back and forth. The only difference was just before the half, in the 42nd minute, when Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) received a nice through ball from Sophomore defender Pedro Chavez (Lakin, KS) and Lar rifled a shot in from just inside of 18 yards to give the Bears the lead. Trailing 0-1 following intermission, however, the Ambassadors scored the equalizer in the first minute of the second half when they connected on a shot that ricocheted in off the right goalpost. From that juncture on the Bears looked determined. In the 52nd minute, Freshman Chris Bujano (Houston, TX) crossed a beautiful ball into the box where Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) powered in a header to make it 2-1 in favor of the Bears. Time and time again the Bears had opportunities to score again, but were unable to extend their lead as they held on to win 2-1.

The Bears (6-0, 4-0) will take highway 54 into Wichita, KS for a duel with NCAA Division II Newman University on Monday night. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

 

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Over this last weekend, the Bears made the long trek to Ankeny, IA to take on Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) and Faith Baptist Bible College. Both games had Midwest Christian College Conference implications. Emmaus is in their first year of transitioning into the MCCC and will be allowed to play in the MCCC Tournament in the ladder part of October, while Faith had propelled to #5 in the NCCAA Division II national polls after some early season success.

On a cold, overcast fall day in Ankeny, IA the Bears took on Emmaus Bible College Friday afternoon.  Although Barclay controlled the possession, it took most of the first half before the ball finally found the back of the net.  Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) and Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX) recorded two goals apiece late in the first half to put the Bears up 4-0 at halftime.  During the second half, a highlight came off of a beautifully placed pass which fell right at the feet of Freshman forward Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS), who one-touched it in for an impressive goal.  Cobo recorded his first collegiate “hat trick” with three goals in the game.  Other notables included both Moore and Wright finishing with two goals and one assist apiece.  Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana), and Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) also scored goals in the second half off of assists from Freshman Chris Bujano (Houston, TX), and Freshman Josh Hernandez (Houston, TX).  The final score was 9-1 and improved the Bears to 4-0 on the season.

On Saturday afternoon Barclay faced the #5 ranked Eagles of Faith Baptist. The Eagles were coming off a 0-0 double overtime draw from the afternoon before with Manhattan Christian (Manhattan, KS).  Saturday’s game followed a similar pattern for the Eagles. The game was all knotted up 0-0 at the half. Early in the second half, Moore received his second  yellow of the match after a hard tackle and the Bears were forced to play the remainder of the match a man down. Despite the tough circumstances, the Bears still managed to control possession and attacked the goal relentlessly but to no avail as the score remained 0-0 at the end of regulation.  In the first overtime, the Eagles had a golden opportunity to take the lead as they were awarded a surprise penalty kick, but Freshman goalie David Hernandez (Atascadero, CA) was up for the challenge. He made an incredible diving save to keep the Bears alive. Then, in the second overtime the Bears capitalized. Off of an indirect set piece that began just outside of Faith’s box, Lara played a beautiful ball to Cobo, who one-touched it across the front of the goal to the feet of a crashing Assibey, who was able to tap it in for the goal and the victory.

The 1-0 win over Faith moved the #6 ranked Bears to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in MCCC play. Their next match is against MCCC opponent Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 4:00 PM CST Saturday, September 20th.

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On Saturday, September 13th the Barclay College Cross Country team ran at the Romp at the Ridge, sponsored by Hutchinson Community College. It was a perfect day for a meet with low-50 degree weather at the start of the race. Thirteen teams were there including Barclay College.

It was a hilly, tough course and although there were no PR’s for the women’s team, all five runners ran. Sophomore Tanner Huck (Coldwater, KS) managed a PR by 5 seconds over his time from last week at Sterling College (Sterling, KS). The men’s team only had three compete because of some lingering injuries to the rest of the team.

The next meet is in two week at the Tabor College Invitational in Hillsboro, Kansas.

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Due to unexpected circumstances, Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) was forced to cancel their scheduled soccer game with the Bears tonight.

The game will not be rescheduled for this season.

The Bears (3-0, 2-0) will travel to Ankeny, Iowa this weekend to take on Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA) at Faith Baptist Bible College at 2:00 PM CST on Friday, September 12th. Then on Saturday they will take on Faith Baptist at 1:00 PM.

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The Barclay College Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams went to Sterling College (Sterling, KS) on Friday, September 5 to compete in the Warrior Fest Invitational. In spite of some wind, the day turned out to be ideal for running. Four women’s runners and four men’s runners competed against Sterling College, Central Christian College (McPherson, KS), and unattached runners from both Sterling and Central. Of the eight BC runners, two were able to qualify for the NCCAA National Meet to be held in Houghton, NY on November 15th.

Men’s Head Coach Ryan Kendall noted, “It was a great first meet for us this year. We have several first year runners, so for them to be able to compete in a small meet to get things figured out was nice. The meet was run very well. It was on a nice course that was very accessible for coaches and the spectators that showed up.”

For the men’s team, Sophomore Tanner Huck (Coldwater, KS) qualified for nationals with an impressive 32:28 in is first ever collegiate run. Shawn Richardson (Colorado Springs, CO) nearly qualified as well in his first ever race with a 35:03. Freshman Jared Werstler (Uniontown, OH) ran his first 8k after running the 5k all through high school, and Sophomore Nick Lemonds (Newberg, OR) competed as well.

Senior Katelyn Ogle (Wichita, KS) ran a personal best 22:44, qualifying her for Nationals by almost 2 minutes. Junior Caitlin Young (Russell, KS), our only other returning runner, ran a personal best time by well over a minute. Sophomore Kayla Carr (Fowler, KS) ran a 26:20, just under two minutes shy of qualifying, and Freshman Christy Anderson (Colorado Springs, CO) competed for her first time.

The team will compete next Saturday, September 13, in the Romp at the Ridge in Hutchinson, KS. Women run at 10:00 AM CST and men run at 10:45 AM.

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It took only two minutes of action for Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) to punch in his first of three goals to lead the Barclay College Bears Soccer Team to a convincing 3-0 home victory over #5 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday night.

Assibey led the Bears in scoring as a sophomore last year as well, and he is well on his way again in 2014. Assibey’s first goal came as a result of a miss-communication by the Crusaders back line and their goalkeeper. Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) headed a pass across the front of the box that would have been routinely stopped, but was miss-played and Assibey leaped over the keeper and then tapped it in to put the Bears up 1-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Then at the 14 minute mark the Bears had a throw in that was flicked by Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) and then headed in by Assibey to allow the Bears to build their lead to 2-0. From that point on, the game was taken to a different level of physicality as both teams were given two yellow cards and the officiating was tightened up. At halftime the score remained 2-0.

On Tuesday night the Bears came out lackadaisical in the second half of their 3-0 win over Hillsdale College (Moore, OK), but they learned a valuable lesson from that game because this time around they put two great halves of soccer together. In the 50th minute, Freshman Josh Hernandez (Houston, TX) perfectly placed a free kick from just outside of the Bears own box that hit Assibey in stride on the other end of the field, who then placed into the back of the net for his third goal of the game. The Bears really controlled the game from beginning to end with strong midfield play from a host of players and a solid back line as the Crusaders were only able to put three shots on goal.

The Bears improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in Midwest Christian College Conference play as they head into an off weekend. They are next back on the pitch in Haviland, KS at 7:30 PM CST on Tuesday, September 16th against Central Christian College (McPherson, KS).

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On a rare, early September evening in Haviland, KS, the weather was unusually pleasant as the Bears took the field for the 7:00 PM start with NCCAA Southwest Region opponent, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK). On this night, the Bears flashed moments of soccer brilliance en route to a 3-0 shut out over the Saints.

The Bears were a team on a mission in the first half, controlling possession and creating droves of scoring opportunities. After several missed opportunities, Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) proved to be a difference maker. In the 9th minue he found himself head-on with Saints goalkeeper and easily scored his second goal of this early season. Then in the 30th minute Cobo amazingly bent in a corner kick to put the Bears up 2-0, and they weren’t done yet. One minute before the half, Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) received a cross from Sophomore defender Pedro Chavez (Lakin, KS) and tapped it in from close range to stretch the lead to 3-0 at the halfway point.

Although the Bears played with less zeal in the second half than they did in the 45 minutes, they were able to find a way to preserve the win, 3-0. The Saints generated many more scoring opportunities in the second half, but Bears’s Freshman Goalkeeper David Hernandez (Atascadero, CA) was up to the task, saving five shots on goal, including a penalty kick in the final five minutes, to record his first shut out of the season.

Thursday, September 4th the Bears take on #5 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) in Haviland, KS at 7:30 PM CST. Even though it is early in the season, this game will have a huge impact on the final standings of the Midwest Christian College Conference standings.

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Regretfully, Athletic Director Royce Bryan has canceled the 2014 Barclay College Volleyball season due to unforeseen circumstances.

This last off-season the Bears transitioned coaches. Shari Bryan, who had been on staff for three seasons at Barclay college, one year as the assistant and these last two years as the head coach, opted not to coach for family reasons.  The Bears then hired a veteran coach in Larry Lewis, who is a full-time Barclay College employee, to take the reins.

Late in the summer the Bears received official word that four returning players from last season would still be attending Barclay College but not playing volleyball. In addition, two additional Barclay College student/athletes transferred to other institutions. That meant the Bears held their first week of practice with five players but were hopeful that they could pick up a player or two from within the student body. Then, the final blow was injury related. What was believed to be a season-ending injury, was the last straw and the Bears were forced to focus their attention on the 2015 season.

“We are extremely excited about Coach Lewis and what he brings to the Athletic Department at Barclay College. I really believe when it is all said and done, he will be one of the best volleyball coaches we have had here,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “It is just unfortunate that circumstances played out the way they did for this season. I really feel for Coach Lewis but am confident he will do everything in his power to right the ship and be ready come August of next year with a new class of volleyball recruits.”

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Saturday afternoon Barclay College took to the pitch to kick off their season with a Midwest Christian College Conference match against Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO). The Bears were coming off a strong showing in their exhibition match the Tuesday prior in addition to adding three elite, experienced players to their roster as Senior Aaron Colliatie (Bel Aire, KS), Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana), and last year’s MCCC Most Valuable Player, Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX), were all cleared for competition to lead the Bears to a 7-1 victory in front of the home crowd.

From the get go, the Bears controlled the action as the ball rarely found its way down to their defensive end. In the 9th minute, Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) played a beautiful cross to Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) who headed in the first goal of the match. Then in the 27th minute, Julio Cobo added another goal as the Bears continued to maintain possession and work through the Warriors defense. Assibey, in his first action since last year, netted the next two goals. The first was in the 37th minute and his second was in the first minute coming out of halftime, when he received a well played ball from Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX).

Freshman defensive back Isaiah Shine (Katy, TX) made a nice run in 54th minute to score his first goal of the season as Moore picked up his second assist of the game. Moore’s third assist of the game came when Lara calmly scored in the 60th minute. Junior Sam Thompson (Wichita, KS) finished off the scoring from distance in the 88th minute.

The win moved the Bears to 1-0 on the season as they look to take on two talented teams in their next two outings. On Sept. 2nd they begin NCCAA Southwest Region play when Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) comes to town for a 7:00 PM CST start. Then on Thursday, September 4th at 7:30 PM CST, MCCC powerhouse Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) will visit Haviland in a crucial early season match.

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On August 27th, the NCCAA released their official Preseason Top 10 Rankings and Barclay College is staring 2014 off where they spent most of the 2013 season; in the Top 10. The Bears are coming off a season in which they were Midwest Christian College Conference Co-Champions and NCCAA Southwest Region Runner-Ups.

The first national poles had the Bears ranked #10. They were just one spot behind fellow MCCC Co-Champion Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), who the Bears will host on Saturday, September 20th. Also in the Top 10 were last years SW Region Champions Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at #7 and MCCC Co-Champion Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at #6. At #1 was powerhouse Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL).

The Bears will take the field this afternoon in attempt to defend their ranking and start off conference play on the right note. They take on Calvary Bible College at 2:00PM CST.