Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

The Barclay College Soccer team traveled to Moberly, MO on Friday to take on Central Christian College of the Bible in their final Midwest Christian College Conference regular season match. The stakes were plenty high, with a win and a little help from Ozark Christian College, who played Manhattan Christian College, the Bears would grab a share of the MCCC regular season crown.

All-American Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle would have to watch this one from the sidelines because of a one-game suspension from a red card obtained earlier in the week but Senior Brandon Palmer stepped into goal and rose to the occasion, holding the Saints to one goal. Freshman Melvin Lara led off the scoring with a signature shot from the eighteen in the first half only to see the Saints tie the game up shortly after. The second half, however, was a much different story. The Bears netted six goals, including four from Sophomore Kingsley Assibey, another from Lara, and a penalty kick from Freshman Eli Dahir. In addition to the scoring frenzy, both Lara and Freshman Dallas Franco had assists on the game.

The win propelled the Bears to a 5-1 MCCC record. Across the state of Missouri, Ozark Christian beat Manhattan 1-0 to make a three way tie for first between Ozark, Manhattan and Barclay. Heading into the conference tournament hosted by Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA), there will be a coin flip to see who will get the #1 seed and a first round bye.

On Saturday, the Bears played their last regular season game before they compete in the MCCC tournament. They traveled to Omaha, NE to take on Grace University for the second meeting of the year. The Bears beat the Royals back in early September 3-2 and this match had the same result, a Bears victory. Dahir led off the game with two goals and Assibey added another to carry the Bears to the 3-0 victory. Assibey and Freshman Forrest Turner also contributed assists in the match.

The Bears (9-3, 5-1) now head to Sinola, Mexico for a week of ministry. Upon their return they will head to Ankeny for the MCCC Tournament on October 24-26.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

On Tuesday, October 8th #7 ranked Barclay College Men’s Soccer traveled to Manhattan, KS on a beautiful fall day to face #6 ranked Manhattan Christian College.

During the first half, Barclay was clearly in control dominating the shots on goal 8 – 2 while maintaining possession. The first half ended scoreless, but Barclay struck first in the second half. They found the back of the net off a ricocheted shot in front of the Crusader goal and freshman defender Pedro Chavez flicked it in. Barclay maintained the lead for the bulk of the game until the twenty sixth minute of the second half when senior goalie Austin Ogle went for a 50/50 ball just outside of the box and collided with an MCC player just outside of the box. A foul was called, Ogle was given a red card, and MCC was awarded a free kick which they converted into a goal. Barclay played a man down for the remaining twenty minutes of the half keeping the score tied.  The game went to golden-goal overtime (first to score wins) and with a few minutes left in the first overtime, an MCC player got tripped up and rolled into the box.  They were awarded a penalty kick which they converted into the winning goal.

Barclay College (7-3, 3-1) will play their final conference game of the season at Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Friday, October 11. On Saturday, they head north for a match against Grace University in Omaha, NE.  The team will travel back and then head to Siete Ejidos, Mexico for a week of soccer and ministry.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

Tuesday, October 8th the Lady Bears volleyball team traveled northeast to Manhattan, Kansas to have a second meeting against the nationally ranked Crusaders of Manhattan Christian College.

Hoping to improve from their first match up, the Bears were anxious to begin. As the sets got underway, the Bears were able to sustain many long rallies with the Crusaders thanks to a strong defensive night for the Bears. The Bears also had a strong presence on the net with many touches and four blocks. With so much focus on defending against the powerful hitting of MCC, the Bears offense produced only 12 kills collectively on the night. Without kills to win the points, the Bears found themselves losing many tough fought rallies. Contrary to the look of the scores, the Lady Bears fought hard and gave it their all, losing in straights sets, 9-25, 13-25, and 9-25.

“After playing so many nationally ranked teams and coming up short, I am proud of our girls efforts and how they continue to pull together as a team. They encourage one another and keep their heads, when it would be easy to be discouraged.” said Head Coach Shari Bryan after the loss.

Statistically, Senior Sarah Sullivan had 5 kills, while Junior Dani Gressel added 5 assist and 6 digs. Senior Hannah Williams put up 2 blocks and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp contributed a game high 9 digs.

The Bears will be back in action this weekend to finish out their regular season conference play and NCCAA Southwest Regional play. On Friday they will host Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 7:00 PM CST and then Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

The Lady Bears Volleyball team took to the road once again to face NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) on Tuesday night. The Saints proved to be another tough opponent for the Bears as they are yet another opponent that has been a regular in the weekly top ten poles.

Early on the Bears found themselves in a little bit of a hole before rallying at the end of the set. The Bears ran out of steam and dropped the set 17-25. After a quick second set where the Saints easily won 10-25, the Bears regrouped and made some vital defensive adjustments in the third. With the Bears trailing just two at 18-20, the ball did not bounce the Bears way as the Saints closed the set and match out 18-25.

Statistically the Bears were led by Senior Sarah Sullivan who had an impressive fifteen kills while Junior Kalyn Switzer had nine assists to go along with four digs.

The Bears will play their annual Alumni Game this coming weekend before traveling to #5 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM CST.

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On Tuesday, October 1, NCCAA DII #7  ranked Barclay College Men’s Soccer team traveled to Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College in Moore, OK for the second meeting of the season. The game was the final game for the Bears in the Southwest Region standings where they sat with a 2-0 record heading into the game.

The Saints jumped out to the early lead when a Saints player slipped through the Barclay defense for an uncontested 1 v. 1 with Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle. A well-placed shot in the lower 90 just beyond the Ogle’s reach gave the Saints a 1-0 lead. Only moments later, the same player once again found an opening and duplicated his first shot to build the Saints lead to 2-0. The score remained the same until midway into the second half when Sophomore Kingsley Assibey found the back of the net with a header. The ball had ricocheted off multiple players right in front of the goal line before Assibey capitalized to bring the Bears within one.  Even though Barclay seemed to control possession for an overwhelming majority of the game and outshot Hillsdale 14 to 4, they were unable to capitalize on several prime opportunities to tie the game up as the Saints preserved a 2-1 victory.

Barclay (7-2, 4-0) travels to Manhattan, KS to face #6 ranked Manhattan Christian on Tuesday, October 8 at 4:00 PM CST. The game has huge implications as the Bears are in the thick of things to win their first regular season MCCC championship.

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On Saturday, September 28th, the Barclay Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in their second race of the season. The event took place in Newton, KS, and was hosted by Tabor College.

The women’s 5k race came first. Lady bears’ Katrina Barber, Brandi Brown, Katelyn Ogle and Caitlin Young each ran personal record (PR) times. While all women competitors ran PR’s, Ogle was also able to qualify herself for the NCCAA Cross Country National Championships with a time of 24:18.

After all was said and done, Ogle commented on the race saying, “I felt much better than the first race. I had more energy and was able to sustain a good pace throughout.”

In the men’s 8k race, senior Skip Harris finished stronger than ever, resulting in a new PR. While missing senior Joey Spiegle in Saturday’s race, a recent addition to the team, MATL-SF student Jeremiah Williams, competed alongside Harris. As did Ogle, Williams also qualified for the NCCAA Cross Country National Championships with a time of 33:43.
When asked about his first racing experience he stated, “There’s much to learn and be done when it comes to competing in cross country, but I very much enjoyed taking part with the team.”
The Bears’ next race will be held at Fort Hays State on Saturday, October 12th. The team is thankful for all prayers and support given.
Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

Last weekend the Lady Bears hit the road for four games in two days. The first destination was Joplin, MO to play NCCAA Southwest Region rivals Arlington Baptist and Ozark Christian College. Then on Saturday they traveled to Belton, MO for a triangular with Calvary Bible College and Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA).

First off on Friday evening, the Bears struggled against the height of Arlington’s front court, but found themselves able to attack and penetrate the Patriots defense with 19 kills collectively as a team. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to fight off the Patriots as they won in straight sets, 18-25, 17-25, and 21-25. The Bears then faced nationally ranked Ozark Christian, losing in straight sets again, 11-25, 15-25, 15-25.

On Saturday the Bears traveled north to take on Calvary Bible College and Emmaus Bible College. The first match was against the Warriors of Calvary Bible College. The Bears came out slow in the first set, losing quickly 14-25. The second set was a different story with long rallies and hard fought plays from both sides. The Bears found themselves coming out on top 29-27. They would carry that momentum into the third set to win 25-21 and take a two sets to one lead. The Warriors, however, would respond and come back to win the last two sets 22-25 and 11-15.

After their tough loss to the Calvary Bible, the Bears had to muster up more energy to finish out the forth match in less then twenty-four hours. The Eagles of Emmaus Bible College were up next and the match was filled with runs by both teams, but the Bears offensive proved too much for the Eagles as they won in straight sets, 25-23, 25-23, and 25-20.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College @ 6:00 PM CST in Moore, OK.

Casey Roberts © 2013 for Barclay College

Saturday afternoon the Barclay College Bears soccer team played their final home game of the 2013 season and once again left the home crowd with plenty to cheer about in an 8-0 victory over St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO). The Bears improved to 6-0 on the season at home as they honored their six seniors at halftime.

The Bears struck early and often. Just over twenty minutes into the game Sophomore Kingsley Assibey scored one of his two goals on the day. Freshman Eli Dahir added two more in the first half and Senior defender Pilo Miranda-Troup also found the back of the next for his first goal of the season as the Bears built a comfortable 4-0 lead by the half.

Second half action was very similar to the first half. Senior David Jaimes connected first, followed by Miranda-Troup and Assibey scoring their second goals of the afternoon. The final goal of the day came on Freshman Melvin Lara’s shot from right at midfield when he caught the SLCC goalkeeper out of the box. Defensively, Senior Austin Ogle recorded his second shutout of the season.

The Bears improved to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play. They head to Moore, OK on Tuesday for a 4:00 PM CST showdown with rival Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. The Bears beat the Saints 3-1 at home early in the season in dramatic fashion under the lights. Tuesday’s game will count toward the standings for both schools in the NCCAA Southwest Region where the Bears sit in first place with a 2-0 region record.

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Last week, the Barclay College Men’ Soccer teams announced the signing of Orlando City Youth club team player, Travis Parish, from Deland, Florida.

Parish is an honor roll student-athlete who has many years of playing experience at the club and high school levels. Head Coach Kevin Lee said about Parish, “he has a passion for soccer, and he has a desire to learn what it means to know and follow Jesus as he pursues either Business Administration or Sports and Recreation Leadership.”

Travis is a defender who is sharp, organized, and driven, he will definitely help take the program to new heights.  Lee commented, “Travis is a top level recruit, but more than that, he is a person of great character. We are fortunate to be adding him to the Barclay family!”

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Yesterday the NCCAA announced their weekly top ten national rankings and the Bears climbed into the poles for the first time in over a decade. The Bears jumped all the way to #8 in the NCCAA Division II soccer rankings after starting the season out 6-1, including an upset win over previously ranked #7 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) this past weekend.

The Bears lone loss on the season came in a close one on the road against NAIA Southwestern College but have piled up impressive victories over Ozark Christian College, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK), Grace University (Omaha, NE), Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX), Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) and Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO).

Head Coach Kevin Lee stated, “I am proud of the guys, and glad to be considered as one of the top 10 teams in the nation in our division.  We are honored, and give the glory to God!  It has been more than a decade that Barclay has been in this position, and it is an indicator that we are heading in the right direction.  Our goal now is to keep pushing forward, to not be satisfied, and to continue working on building a team of champions.”

This Saturday the Bears will be back on the home pitch to face MCCC opponent St. Louis Christian College. It is a 2:00 PM CST scheduled start.

Update: Despite a loss, the Bears have moved to rank #7.

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