Kayla

Barclay College Cross Country ran at the Tabor Invite in Hillsboro, KS this past weekend. On a picture perfect day for a cross country meet, the Bears were given the opportunity to run on a well-designed course against some great competition from around Kansas.

Even though the women’s team competed without their national qualifier, Senior Katelyn Ogle, who was recovering from illness, Senior Chelsea Shuck came through with a PR on her second ever race. The other runners continued to work hard with one last chance remaining to qualify for Nationals in Houghton, NY.

The men were represented by Sophomore Tanner Huck and Freshman Shawn Richardson. Although neither runner turned in a personal best time, they both ran well on a very fast men’s course.

Vanessa, KS will be the site of the next Bear’s meet. Fort Hays State University will host their annual Tiger Open on October 18th, starting with the women’s race at 9:00 AM CST.

 

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As the final seconds of Saturday nights BC Soccer game against NAIA Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) ticked off the clock, the Bears faithful were elated with the results. Playing a man down for the last 57 minutes of the match, nonetheless, the Bears still upset the Moundbuilders 2-0 in Haviland, KS.

The Bears set the tone in the 6th minute when a long cross was played into the box and Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) was able to beat the Moundbuilder  goalkeeper to the ball with his head and then calmly scored on an open net. Playing with great energy, the Bears seemed to control the game throughout the first half. Even when Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) picked up his second yellow of the match in the 33rd minute and the Bears played a man down the remainder of the game, they still seemed in control. They maintained possession and continued to generate scoring opportunities throughout the first half.

Thanks to a strong and witty back line, the Bears remained ahead 1-0 deep into the match as they forced ten offsides calls on the Moundbuilders and Freshman Isaiah Shine (Houston, TX) preserved the lead with a goal line header. Moments later, Bear’s Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX) lined up a free kick from nearly 36 yards out that left the Moundbuilder’s keeper froze on the goal line and built the Bears lead to 2-0 with 12 minutes left in the match.

The win improved the Bears to 8-1 on the season after they earned their 7th win of the season the night before by beating Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) 7-0. That win guaranteed the Bears at least a share of the Midwest Christian College Conference title for the second year in a row as they improved to 5-0 in conference with just one game remaining. Even though the Bears only led 2-0 at half, the second half was highlighted by two goals and two assists from Junior striker Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana).

Tuesday, September 30th will be the next match for the Bears. They will host Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) in their final Southwest Region match at 7:00 PM CST in Haviland.

 

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Monday night the Bears took on their toughest opponent of the season thus far in Newman University (Wichita, KS). Even though the Bears entered the game undefeated on the season (6-0), the Jets proved to be an NCAA Division II team that is in the top tier of the Heartland Conference.

Early in the match, play was back in forth with many skilled players on both sides of the ball controlling possession. As the game progressed, the Jets size and speed advantage revealed itself. Nearly fifteen minutes in, the Jets pushed their way through the Bears back line to go up 1-0. Then they tacked in two more goals; one off of a debatable no call on an offsides and the other on a failed clear by the Bears that resulted in a power shot from just outside the eighteen. After the Jets built their lead to 3-0, the Bears calmed down and finished out the half with a few scoring opportunities of their own.

In the second half, the game progressively became more and more physical as the center ref failed to keep control of the game. The lone goal of the second half came off of a corner kick that was headed in. The final score was 4-0 in favor of Newman University.

The loss dropped the Bears to 6-1 overall on the season but showed that the Bears are capable of competing against the best. They will host Midwest Christian College Conference foe Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Friday evening, September 26th at 6:00 PM CST. Then on Saturday they will take on NAIA Division II Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) in Haviland at 7:00 PM.

 

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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.

BC Athletics

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.

Kingsley Assibey

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.