The Sterling College Warriors men’s soccer team hosted the Tabor College Bluejays Wednesday and won 3-0.
Head coach Nic Martinez had positive things to say about the team and their win.
“I feel like we played pretty well,” he said. “It’s probably one of the games where we actually played as a team and everything, which is a good time to do it since we’re going into conference and everything. I just feel like now going into the rest of the conference I feel comfortable now.”
The Warriors made a point early on in the first half of the game and held it until the end of the second half by earning two more points.
Sterling College sophomore midfielder Muhamad Alubaidi thinks they played well and wants to improve upon their success.
“We kept pressing down on the gas pedal and goin’,” he said. “I feel like that’s the mentality you should have goin’ into every game. Move the ball around, keep our heads, and keep our composure, and finish ‘em off in the second half instead of letting down. It’s hard but always keep your head up and be positive with your teammates.”
On Saturday, the Sterling College Warriors lost to the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles 4-0 in Bartlesville, Okla.
By Anna Adamyk Bartlesville, OK — Nov 4, 2017, 10:27 am
The Sterling College Men’s soccer team took on the number one seed, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, in the KCAC quarterfinals last night. The Eagles went into the 7 pm game with a perfect 11-0 conference record. Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the KCAC in overall goals (87), assists (64), shots per game (20.50), shots on goal per game (11.50), goals allowed per game (0.78), and total shutouts (8) (kcacsports.com).
The Sterling College Warriors were placed as the number eight seed in the KCAC playoffs with a record of 3-7-1 in conference games. Sterling held second place in the conference in total saves (114) and saves per game (6.33). Joel Chavez, a sophomore, saved 109 of Sterling’s total 114 saves and which gave him third place in KCAC saves.
Friday’s quarterfinal matchup was held at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Eagles missed nine shots before Alberto Picchi scored the first, and final goal of the game for Oklahoma Wesleyan at 20:41. The Eagles had eleven more shot attempts in the first half, while Sterling’s Jaime Diaz, freshman, missed the Warrior’s only shot attempt of the half with 7:09 left on the clock. Sterling College had three fouls in the first half and one yellow card on Mauricio Ayala, junior. The Eagles were charged with eight fouls plus one yellow card on Julio Belo.
Sterling continued to struggle in the second half making only two shot attempts during the whole half. The Eagles continued to fight and missed a total of 18 shots in the second half. Sterling was charged with four fouls during in this half and two yellow cards, one on Johnathan Carcamo, freshman, and the other on, Luis Iniguez, freshman. Oklahoma Wesleyan had five fouls, plus one yellow card on Stefan Lukic. The game finished with Oklahoma winning 1-0 over the Sterling College and ending the Warriors’ 2017 season.
Football- vs. Ottawa University/ W-41-7 – 10/28/17
The Warriors capped their Senior Day off with a commanding victory over the Ottawa University Braves. The Warriors began strong, scoring 41-0 unanswered before the Braves got on the board.
Junior offensive lineman Nathan Hiatt scored the opening touchdown for Sterling on a one-yard carry and the Warriors never took their foot off the pedal. Sophomore Darryl Terrell followed the Hiatt touchdown up with two of his own in the first quarter, giving the Warriors a 21-0 lead. More dominance followed in the second and third quarters.
In the second quarter, senior Michael Winstead connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt to push the Sterling lead to 24-0 followed by a forced fumble by freshman Austin O’Toole on the following kickoff. The good field position led to an easy 4 yard touchdown ran in by junior Jordan Dye putting the Warriors up 31-0 in the second quarter. However, the lead would continue to flourish in the second quarter when Winstead connected on another field goal to end the half and establish a 34-0 lead over Ottawa.
Early in the third quarter, the Warriors would strike again when sophomore quarterback Eric Butler found junior wide receiver Greer Chandler in the end zone to extend the Sterling lead to 41-0. However, the Braves would bounce back with the touchdown to end the game 41-7.
The defensive efforts were paced by seniors Kenya Edner and Swain Williams with 14 and 9 tackles respectively. Seniors Sam Cusack and Ray Winfield also made big plays for defense both coming up with big interceptions for long returns. The Warriors are now 7-2 as they look to finish the season strong. They face The University of Saint Mary Spires on Nov. 3 in Leavenworth, Kan.
Volleyball- vs. Bethel College/ W-25-15,25-19,25-13–10/25/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors took on the Bethel College Threshers for their final home match of the season on Wednesday for Senior Night. Sterling played strong from start to finish, earning the 3-0 victory over Bethel, (25-15, 25-19, 25-13).
Set one was all Sterling early on as the Lady Warriors jumped out to an early 10-3 lead. The Lady Warriors had a balanced attack using kills from senior Makenzie Cork, junior Chelsey Riffel and freshman Patti Delgadillo to pace the offense. Sterling got its energy on defense from senior Lena Wedel and Riffel.
In set two, both teams traded scores early, as Sterling led 11-10 midway through the set. Sterling took advantage of all the Bethel mistakes and capitalized. Bethel showed a lot of perseverance late in the set, but a 9-2 Lady Warrior run, sparked by kills from Cork, Delgadillo, Wedel, and junior Mikaela Wells, followed by an ace from freshman Eryn Bearden, would give Sterling the second set 25-19.
Sterling sustained the energy well into the third set taking an early 11-6 lead. An ace from junior Naomi Abeyta and kills from Cork, Delgadillo, and Wedel kept the Lady Warriors striving. Sterling took a commanding lead 18-10. The Lady Warriors would then cruise to victory, using kills from Riffel, blocks from Meffert and Delgadillo and an ace from freshman Carmin Butterworth, giving Sterling the 25-13 victory.
Men’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ W-2-0 – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Warriors squared off against the University of Saint Mary on Saturday for their final home match of the year and their Senior Day. The Warriors controlled the tempo all game with physical defense and pressure. They threw multiple looks at the Spires all Saturday so that they couldn’t get a rhythm.
The offense was led by senior midfielder Adriano Marques who scored the first goal for either team early on in the fourth minute. Marques also assisted on the only other Sterling score of the game by freshman midfielder Bence Ujvari. This win puts Sterling at 4-11 on the season. Their next matchup is against Bethany College on Halloween night in Lindsborg, Kan.
Women’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ Tied 1-1 (2OT) – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors hosted the University of Saint Mary Spires on Saturday afternoon for their Senior Day game. The Lady Warriors tied with the Lady Spires in a hard-fought match.
The Lady Warriors scored a goal off a bobbled save early on at the 6:35 mark, but they struggled to convert after that point. The Lady Spires didn’t get off to a hot start—whether it was missing open looks or not being able to advance the ball, the Lady Warriors made it tough on them. It wasn’t until the 42:30 until the Lady Spires got on the board with a goal.
Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide this one—it took two overtimes to decide this game and neither team could pull away. Both teams gave extended efforts all the way until the final seconds, but it finished in a draw. This game was the second draw of the year for the Lady Warriors; they are now 4-11-2 on the season. They still have some key matches to end the year. On Halloween night, they will face off against the Bethany College Swedes in Lindsborg, Kan.
This weekend saw a large number of Warrior Athletes traveling around the state to work hard and show off their Sterling pride.
On Saturday the 23rd, football traveled to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan University. The game ended with a win for the Warriors, 26-23.
The first quarter of the game ended with a score of 0-0, but the Warriors took on the challenge and made a comeback. Freshman Lavery Shepherd scored a touchdown to lead the Warriors 7-0, with Freshman Eric Demps blocking Kansas Wesleyan’s punt and giving Sterling a safety to make the score 9-0 at the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Eric Butler connected with senior Richard Newell to score another touchdown resulting in a 23-0 lead. While Kansas Wesleyan tried making a comeback by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown , it wasn’t to be, as senior Michael Winstead knocked down the 29-yard field goal resulting in the final Warrior win. Sophomore, Aaron Chisolm, led the game in rushing with 49 yards, Butler led in passing with 203 yards, and Darryl Terrell led in receiving with 108 yards.
Saturday also took the cross country team to the Tabor College Blue Jays invite at Marion Reservoir. The men’s team finished third out of seven teams with a time of 2:29:58 with an average time of 29:59.88, while the women’s team finished second out of seven with a time of 1:46:25.11 with an average time of 21:17.02. Senior Lacey Buckwalter placed ninth overall in the women’s 5K run category with a time of 20:45.26, while the men’s 8K event saw junior Rolando Phalen place sixth overall with a time of 28:24.22.
On the same day, the Lady Warrior volleyball team faced two different rivals. First up was Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, where the Warriors got to celebrate a victory with a 3-0 final score. The first set, Sterling led Bethel early on after a kill by freshman Patti Delgadillo with a score of 9-8. At the end of the first set, the Warriors won with a score of 25-19.
During the second set, Bethel gained speed with a score of 6-1. The Lady Warriors made a comeback, however, using an ace from junior Mikaela Wells and kills from Delgadillo and junior Chelsey Riffel. The second set ended with a score of 25-19.
The third set started with Bethel leading again, but Riffel, along with senior Lena Wedel and junior Makenzie Cork, led with the kills and fought hard, ending with a score of 30-28.
The volleyball girls then headed to Wichita to take on Friends University. The Falcons led the first set with a score of 25-19. The Warriors came back in the second set, ending with a score of 25-22, using an ace from sophomore Madeline Carr and back-to-back kills from Cork and Delgadillo. The third set went on strong, with a tie of 17-17 in the middle of the set but ending with a score of 25-20.
However, Friends took the lead early in the fourth set and finished with a score of 25-20. The Falcons would also be victorious in the fifth set, despite strong kills by Cork, Riffel, and Wells. The final score was 17-15. Cork led the group in kills with 14, while Wells gained the highest blocking score with three. Junior Alexandra Reid led in digs with 18, while freshman Eryn Beardmen led in aces with three.
Finally, men’s and women’s soccer headed to Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to take on the Evangels. However, Mid-America managed to overtake both Warrior teams, giving the men’s soccer team a final score of 7-0.
After a quick 2-0 lead for Mid-America Christian in the first half, despite strong shots from several team members, halftime recorded a 4-0 score with Evangels in the lead. In the second half, Sterling had shots by senior Adriano Marquez and freshman Sergio Lumez-Patino, but Mid-America kept up strong defense and managed to score three more times against Sterling. Sophomore Joel Chavez led with six saves.
In women’s soccer, despite strong shots from senior Olivia Cozzoni, freshman Brianna Dorsey, and junior Alejandra Menez, the offense struggled to find their groove and Sterling was dealt a loss in a score of 6-0. Sophomore Hannah French led with five saves.