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College Round-Up for Sept. 18

Soccer

Harding defeats Hendrix in 2nd overtime

CONWAY — Sophomore midfielder Sierra Hollingsworth found the back of the net in the second overtime as the Harding women’s soccer team defeated Hendrix 2-1 in non-conference action on Tuesday. Harding improved to 1-4 on the season.

Out of Harding’s last eight wins (dating back to last season), the Lady Bisons have won five in overtime.

Senior forward Jenna Taylor hit a blast from 25 yards out to put the Lady Bisons up 1-0 in the 71st minute. It was Taylor’s second goal of the season.

Hendrix got the equalizer in the 82 minute when Samantha Lallas found the back of the net.

After playing the first overtime without a goal, Harding ended the game when freshman midfielder McKenna Smith found a wide open Hollingsworth for the game winner. It was Hollingsworth’s first goal of the season and her first career game winner.

After only four shots in the first half, Harding fired 13 in the second half and four in the first overtime. Nine of HU’s 22 total shots were on frame.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller had four saves.

Harding will wrap up its two-game road trip as they travel to Denton, Texas to face Texas Woman’s at 7:30 p.m., on Friday.

Harding wins first game

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The Harding men’s soccer team collected its first victory of the season Tuesday with a 3-1 triumph over Ouachita Baptist in the Bisons’ first road game of the season.

The game was delayed by lightning with 16:55 left to go in the game and Harding with a three-goal lead. It resumed after a one hour, 10 minute delay.

The victory gives Harding a 1-1-2 record ahead of Friday’s Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association opener at home against nationally-ranked Northeastern State.

Junior Ian Park’s two goals were the sixth and seventh of his career and gave him his first multi-goal game.

Harding outshot Ouachita Baptist 23-12 and won for the first time in Arkadelphia since 2007.

Cross Country

Cassar takes home another SLC award

CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas redshirt freshman Brooke Cassar won her second Southland Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week in the first three weeks of the season on Tuesday.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, won her second event in as many attempts last Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational. She recorded a time of 17:08.35 in the 5K race, breaking her own school record set just two weeks ago.

Cassar, along with teammate and third-place finisher Erika Setzler, helped the Sugar Bears to a fifth-place finish overall out of 21 NCAA Division I teams.

Football

Scott earns Co-offensive player honors

MONTICELLO — Junior receiver Skyler Scott has been named the Great American Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team’s 42-34 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State this past Saturday at home.

Scott finished the game with eight receptions for a career-high 165 yards with three touchdowns. He hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from freshman Brett Courville early in the second quarter and hooked up with sophomore quarterback ColtonMorrison twice in the second half.

Scott also hauled in a 61-yard reception late in the fourth quarter, which set the stage for UAM’s final touchdown of the game to seal the team’s first victory since the opening week of the 2012 season.

Lasker, Rodgers grab player of the week accolades

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State’s Al Lasker and Kevin Rodgers earned Great American Conference Player of the Week honors, while Lasker was also selected as the Beyond College Sports Network National Player of the Week.

Lasker earned the Special Team Player of the Week after having a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 75-14 win over McKendree last Saturday.

The sophomore from Conway averaged 19.5 yards per punt return and had 4 receptions for 43 yards.

Rodgers earned Offensive Player of the Week for the eighth time in his 20-game career.

The Rockwall, Texas, product completed 31-of-45 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns. Rodgers increased his season total for touchdowns to 11 which leads NCAA Division II. Rogers also leads the nation in passing yards (848) and points responsible for (66).

The junior signal caller has a career total of 61 touchdown passes in 20 games and has gone over the 300-yard mark 11 times in his career improving his career average yards per game to 306.

Henderson State remained ranked No. 9 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll. The Reddies average 765 yards of total offense and 78.5 points per game which leads all divisions of the NCAA.

Spaight picks up GAC defensive honors

MAGNOLIA — Senior linebacker Mark Spaight has been named as the Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week as it was announced by the league office on Monday.

Spaight, a native of North Little Rock, was one of the Muleriders’ (1-1, 1-1 GAC) defensive standouts in the team’s impressive 50-16 win over East Central.

As a team, the Muleriders forced a season-high six turnovers and Spaight, who was a disruptive force in his first action of the season, was in on three of those takeaways as he forced a pair of fumbles and recovered another.

For the game, Spaight had a team-high nine tackles (five solo, four assisted), 2.5 for loss yardage and 1.5 sacks for 14 yards.

Tennis

Hendrix tennis opens year with win

CLARKSVILLE — The Hendrix College women’s tennis team opened the 2013-14 season with an 8-1 road victory over the University of the Ozarks on Monday.

The Warriors (1-0) swept through doubles, and only lost a point in singles after sophomore Madison Schallhorn retired in the second flight.

Freshmen Julia Lefler and Lauren Mahaney swept Elly Eibes and Whitney Lewis 8-0 in number one doubles. Schallhorn and sophomore Kaci Dickey edged out Mollie Wilkinson and Megan Wallace 9-7 in the second doubles and the third doubles freshman tandem of Pratheepa Ravikumar and Anusha Majagi defeated Macie Kelley and Kristen Swafford 8-2.

Lefler also won top singles over Lewis 6-1, 6-0. Senior Saranya Prathibha downed Wilkinson 6-1, 6-2 at third singles and Mahaney picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kalli Simpson in the fourth flight. Ravikumar topped Kelley 6-3, 6-1 in number five singles and junior Hannah Smashey defeated Swafford 6-3, 6-1 in the sixth spot.

The Warriors will compete in the ITA Regional Championships in Tyler, Texas beginning on Friday.

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