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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.

http://www.nscaatv.com/rankings/2360/NCCAADivisionII/men/Poll4

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Earlier in the week, the NCCAA honored two members of the Barclay College Men’s Soccer team, Senior Austin Ogle and Freshman Melvin Lara, by selecting them as student-athletes of the week for their achievements during the week of September 23, 2013. During the week, the Bears defeated then #7 Ozark Christian College 3-2 in a thriller under the lights in Haviland, KS.

Ogle was named the defensive player of the week. In the Ozark game he piled up 11 saves, including eliminating three 1 v. 1 situations, to help the Bears preserve the upset. His current goals against average is 1.48% with 46 total saves on the season, and one shutout.

Lara, on the other hand, was named the offensive player of the week as he scored two goals and added one assist in a span of three minutes and eighteen seconds to lead the Bears to a come-from-behind win to upset the Ambassadors. Lara has six goals on the season.

The Bears are 6-1 on the season, including a 3-0 mark in MCCC play. They are back in action this Saturday at 2:00 PM CST against St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO).

 

 

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The 2013 Barclay College Bears volleyball schedule has been anything but easy over their first six games, including two NCCAA Division II top ten opponents last week. This weekend, however, there was no denying them their first victories of the season.

On Friday night, the Bears made the long trek to Florissant, Missouri to take on St. Louis Christian College in an MCCC road match. From the beginning, it was clear that the Lady Soldiers were simply out-matched by the Bears as BC won in straight sets, 25-5, 25-8, and 25-9, for their first win of the season.

Saturday, on the other hand, was a different story as Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) welcomed the Bears to town. Last year the Bears played two five-set thrillers with the Saints, and this year was no different. The Bears came out sluggish, dropping two of the first three sets, before finishing with a bang, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, and 15-9.

Next up for the Bears (2-6, 2-1) is a date at NCAA Division II Newman University (Wichita, KS) on Tuesday at 7:00 PM CST.

On a beautiful fall evening in Haviland, KS, the Bears once again defended their home turf. They improved to 5-0 at home on the season as they took down NCCAA Division II #7 ranked Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO) in an MCCC and Southwest Region showdown.

Deadlocked at 0-0, the Ambassadors struck first after taking advantage of a miss-played ball by the Bears defense less than eight minutes into the second half.  Facing a deficit has seemed to bring out the best in the Bears this season, coming from behind to win in over half of their games thus far. Barely a minute later, freshman midfielder Melvin Lara out-maneuvered the Ambassador defense and found the back of the net to knot the score up at 1-1. The crowd went crazy and the Bears used that momentum to fuel another goal just moments later as Lara perfectly set up Freshman Eli Dahir on the left wing. Dahir’s shot, however, was blocked by the Ozark keeper only to find its way to the feet of Lara who knocked in his second goal of the match . The scoring frenzy would continue. This time Lara was on the assisting end as he set up Sophomore Kingsley Assibey on the counter-attack to build the lead to 3-1. In a matter of three minutes and eighteen seconds, the Bears, led by the incredible play of Lara, struck three times to take control of the game. Ozark, however, had plenty of life left. They capitalized on a penalty kick in the 78th minute  to come within one and then in the closing seconds of the match, had a shot deflect off the top bar before being cleared by the Bears defense.

The 3-2 win improves the Bears to 6-1 overall on the season, 3-0 in MCCC play, and 2-0 in SW Region play. One week from tomorrow, Saturday, September 28th, the Bears will host St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) at 2:00 PM CST. It will be the final home game for the Bears.

Barclay College soccer was in Dallas, Texas on Friday evening to face another tough NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponent in Dallas Christian College. The Bears were looking to push their overall record to 5-1 and stay unbeaten in region matches.

On a hot, Texas evening, the Crusaders of Dallas Christian used their speed up front to strike first midway through the first half. Even though the Bears found themselves behind 1-0, they weren’t rattled. They have managed to come from behind to win three of their last four matches, and this one was no different. In the second half, the Bears finally got into sync, winning 50/50 balls and holding possession. Eventually, a hustling Senior Joshua Sanchez cleaned up a shot attempt by Freshman Pedro Chavez to tie the game  up in the second half. Then, in the 80th minute Sophomore Kingsley Assibey broke through the back line of the Crusader defense for a one-on-one with the keeper, but were whistled for a foul in the box. Assibey routinely knocked in the penalty kick to seal the victory for the Bears, 2-1.

Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) is next up for the Bears. They will be in town on Friday , September 20th at 6:30 to take on the Bears under the lights. The match is both an MCCC and Southwest Region match.

Saturday afternoon the Bears Volleyball team took on their second MCCC opponent ranked in the top ten in the nation. The Ambassadors of Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO) made their annual trip to Hockett Auditorium to take on the Bears in a match counting in both the MCCC and NCCAA Division II Southwest Region standings.

The Ambassadors came into the match with something to prove after losing to Manhattan Christian in straight sets the night before. They jumped on the Bears 7-1 en route to taking the first set 25-12. The second set, however, was a different story. The Bears dug deep and went toe to toe with the Ambassadors. Trailing 17-18 late in the set, it was the Ambassadors who won seven of the last eight points to win the second set 25-18. In the third set, the Bears led by as many as four in the early portions before the Ambassadors rallied to take the set 25-16 for a straight set win.

Senior Sarah Sullivan had seven kills and four blocks and Junior Danielle Gressel had five assist to lead the Bears offensively. Defensively, Junior Morgan Stander and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp combined for 17 digs.

The Bears (0-7, 0-2) aren’t back in action until Friday when they hit the road to take on MCCC foes St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) on Friday, September 20th 7:00 PM CST and Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Hockett Auditorium was rocking on Tuesday night as the Barclay College Bears volleyball team took on NCCAA Division II 6th ranked Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The Crusaders came to town as the defending MCCC regular season and tournament champions.

In the opening set, the Crusaders revealed why they have earned such a high national ranking. With strong offensive play and experienced defense, they jumped on the Bears and took the first set 25-9. Even though the Bears showed a lot of grit and scrappiness, they fell short in the second set 11-25 and then held a 5-0 lead in the third before the Crusaders rallied to take the set and match in three sets.

Statistically, the Bears were led by Sophomore RaeLyn Epp’s eight digs. Offensively, the Bears front line had great swings and multiple touches on blocks, but unfortunately didn’t result in winning rallies.

The Bears (0-6, 0-1) are back at home on Saturday to take on the NCCAA Division II 4th ranked Ambassadors of Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM CST.

On Tuesday, September 10 the Barclay Bears soccer team traveled to Winfield, KS to take on NAIA Division II, Southwestern College.  Southwestern College Moundbuilders went into the match with a 3 – 1 record, while the Barclay Bears were off to a 4 – 0 start. Even though the outcome wasn’t quite what the Bears were looking for, it was another strong showing early in the season.

After a scoreless first half, Southwestern capitalized first. They snuck in a grounder from the corner area at the 54 minute mark, which spun in just behind the Bears defense and into the back corner of the net. Then at the 80th minute of the game, the Moundbuilders final score came from a miscue on an offsides trap, giving Southwestern their second and final score of the match.  In spite of the deep Southwestern bench, the Bears played very competitively and will utilize the 2-0 loss as a learning opportunity.

The Bears (4-1, 1-0) head to Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX) for an NCCAA Division II Southwest region game. Game time is set for 5:30 PM CST.

Kingsley Assibey

Barclay College Men’s Soccer player Kingsley Assibey was honored as the NCCAA Division II student-athlete of the week for the week spanning from September 1st through the 8th. During that span, Assibey connected on three goals while the Bears won three tough matches.

On Tuesday, September 3rd, Assibey connected twice against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) to lead the Bears to a 3-1 victory. Then over the weekend, he helped lead the Bears to victory over Grace University (Omaha, NE) in an OT thriller on Friday night and then scored a third goal on the week in the Bears 2-1 come from behind win against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

The official press release can be found on the NCCAA website (www.thenccaa.org). Past Student-Athletes of the week recipients may also be found on this webpage.