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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.

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.