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TFC Sports: 09/22 – 09/28
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Cross Country Men:

The Toccoa Falls College Men’s Cross-Country Team was sixth at the Southern Wesleyan Warrior 8K Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on Saturday morning, September 28th, 2013; they ran their fastest race of the season thus far. The field was strong with five NCCAA Division 1 schools. The Eagles’ average team time was 37:24 for the 5 mile course. Southeastern was first with 29 points and an average team time of 28:04. Bob Jones was second with 75 points and an average team time of 28:56. Southern Wesleyan was third with 76 points and an average team time of 29:08. Auburn University at Montgomery (4th), Columbia International (5th), and Toccoa Falls (6th) rounded out the field.

Aaron Iles of Bob Jones set the 8000 meter course record in a time of 27:12; he finished first among 53 runners. TFC’s Evan Garrett finished 41th in a time of 34:56, improving his best run this season by over two minutes. Mitchell Thompson (43rd) finished in 35:15, Alex Runyans (44th) paced him in 35:16, Ian Caudill (50th) in 40:13, and Dwayne Miller (52nd) rounded out TFC’s field of qualifiers in 41:24.

The next men’s cross-country meet is 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, October 12, at Toccoa Falls College; other teams participating are Bob Jones University, Colombia International University, Johnson University, Southern Wesleyan University, Truett-McConnell College, and Warren Wilson College

Cross Country Women:

The Toccoa Falls College Women’s Cross-Country Team qualified for Nationals at the Southern Wesleyan Warrior 5K Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on Saturday morning, September 28th, 2013; they ran their fastest race of the season thus far. The field was strong with six NCCAA Division 1 schools. The Lady Eagles’ average team time was 23:57 for the 3.1 mile course. Brenau University was first with 34 points and an average team time of 21:35. Southern Wesleyan was second with 85 points and an average team time of 22:27. Bob Jones was third with 86 points and an average team time of 22:36. Auburn U. at Montgomery (4th), Southeastern (5th), Columbia International (6th), and Toccoa Falls (7th) rounded out the field.

Kendrick Clessie

One of TFC’s women finished in the top ten in this very strong field. Clessie Kendrick (pictured right) was tenth of 61 runners, finishing the 5K course in 21:52, beating her season best by over a minute. Jodi Braselton finished 26th in 23:26, shaving two minutes off her previous best. Christine Wells was 34th in 24:04, improving by over two minutes. Rebekah Stillwell followed in 8th place in a time of 24:37, also taking off two minutes. Alisha Carlson finished 49th in 25:46, cutting her time down by a minute and 30 seconds. Sarah Lockwood (50th) and Crystal Hankin (58th) rounded out the seven qualifiers.

The next women’s cross-country meet is 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 12, at Toccoa Falls College; other teams participating are Bob Jones University, Colombia University, Johnson University, Southern Wesleyan University, Truett-McConnell College, and Warren Wilson College.

Soccer Men:

TFC men’s soccer traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday night for a non-region NCCAA D2 game at Johnson University. TFC entered the match looking to rebound from their heartbreaking defeat last Friday to Trinity Baptist College in double overtime, 3-2. Johnson was also defeated in their previous match, a 3-0 region loss to Ohio Christian University. In Thursday’s match, TFC pressured the Johnson Royals from the onset and were victorious 4-0.

In the opening minutes of play, TFC pressed the Johnson goal repeatedly, but were denied by the crossbar from a Nate Dority rocket and lacked the finishing touch on several chances. Halfway through the opening period, junior Dustin Martin, who is 10 months removed from ACL surgery, broke the deadlock with a right-footed strike from a corner that the defense failed to clear. Freshman Mike Bailey extended the Eagles first half lead to 2-0 with his second career goal from an assist from Josh Gailer with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Johnson continued to fight after the intermission but were unfortunate not to get on the scoreboard despite positive looks on goal. TFC also searched to increase their lead but struck the frame twice more in the second half. Forward Stephen Lee earned his fifth tally of the season in the 70th minute, and senior Mike Howell buried his second goal of the season just five minutes later for the final 4-0 score.

“We have been focusing on finishing our chances on goal, and we improved in that area tonight for the most part,” said Coach Rob Worsley. “I was anxious to see how we would respond after our last match, and the guys answered that question early. I’m proud of the way we rebounded and improved tonight.”

TFC (4-6) will travel to Truett-McConnell on October 5 for a 2:00 match.

Soccer Women:

The TFC Lady Eagles traveled to Atlanta on September 26 for a non-conference match up with Oglethorpe University. Oglethorpe entered the game at 3-3 with a 2-0 victory over Agnes Scott University in their latest game. TFC stood at 2-5 prior to the Oglethorpe match. The Lady Eagles topped Warren Wilson College 1-0 in their previous game. Against Oglethorpe, TFC was out-manned by the NCAA D3 side. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, TFC’s lack of depth hurt them in the end as they fell 3-1 on the road.

As TFC has attempted to do for much the season, the Lady Eagles strategically planned to play tight defense while breaking quickly in the counter attack with forward Lizz Rice. Rice put TFC ahead 1-0 in the 22′ of the match with her team-leading 7th goal of the season. Even with a goal in hand, TFC was plummeted by the attack of the Lady Petrels. Oglethorpe tallied 11 shots in the first period; four of which required a save from TFC keeper Becca Heath. TFC entered the intermission with a slim 1-0, but were outshot 11-1 in the half.

Oglethorpe’s persistent attack paid dividends with the equalizer just three minutes after halftime with a goal from Claire Stauber. TFC’s defense continued to withstand the barrage. In total, Heath and the TFC defense faced 25 shots in the second half. Beatrice Menjor gave Oglethorpe the lead in the 75 minute and sealed the win with her second goal of the match in the 85th. In the end, TFC was outshot 36-5 in the 3-1 defeat. Heath was credited with 12 saves on the night.

TFC (2-6) will take the field again on October 4 as they welcome the NCCAA D2 defending champions Clearwater Christian College to Toccoa for a 7:00 match.

Volleyball:

The Lady Eagles volleyball team participated in a tri-match hosted by Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, on September 28. At the tri-match, TFC fell to Ohio Christian University in straight sets; 21-25, 7-25, and 13-25. Johnson University also topped the Lady Eagles 3-0; 18-25, 22-25, and 15-25.

In the loss to Ohio Christian, sisters Britney and Nikki Eitutis led the Lady Eagles attack with 5 kills apiece. Courtney Bechtold, Hadley Harris, and Kim Crapse combined for 9 kills in the match. Defensively, Rachel Morris led the team with 9 digs and Nikki Eitutis and Crystal Yang combined for 10 additional digs. Setter Hadley Harris assisted on 16 of the 19 team kills.

Bechtold’s 17 digs led the Lady Eagles defensively in the loss to Johnson University. Morris added 11 digs. On offense, Britney Eitutis again led TFC with 8 kills, and Kim Crapse contributed 5. Setter Hadley Harris matched her game one assists tally with 16 additional assists against Johnson.

TFC hits the road three times in the upcoming week. First, the Lady Eagles will head to Spartanburg Methodist College on Tuesday. TFC will end the week in Jacksonville, Florida, at a tri-match against region foes Florida Christian College and hosts Trinity Baptist College.