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LeTourneau University – Sports

LeTourneau Women’s Golf Opens Season At TLU Lady Bulldog Classic

SEGUIN, Texas – Forced to battle the elements, the LeTourneau University women’s golf team shot an opening-round 357 and is in seventh place at the Texas Lutheran University Fall Invitational held at Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin, Texas on Monday, September 10.

Playing in their first meet of the season, LETU would battle against a rain-soaked course as the Seguin area has been hit by heavy rainfall throughout the weekend and carried over into the better part of the day on Monday. Leading the team race was Trinity University after shooting a 319 while Mary Hardin-Baylor (323) and Concordia University Texas (330) round out the top three teams.

The YellowJackets were led by sophomore Rachael Green who finished with a first-round score of 87 on the 5,863-yard, Par 72 course to sit in 21st place overall while freshman Baylee Van Houten is in a tie for 24th after shooting an 89. Brittany Taylor is tied for 27th after finishing one shot back of Van Houten with a 90 while Shelby Allen rounded out the team scoring and is tied for 30th after recording a 91.

Final round action is scheduled to get tomorrow morning underway at 8:00 a.m. and feature 18 holes of golf.



LeTourneau Men’s Soccer Manages 2-2 Draw At Our Lady of the Lake

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Forced to overcome an early deficit, the LeTourneau University, men’s soccer team would get goals from Attikus Martinez and Luis De La Torre as part of a 2-2, double-overtime tie at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, September 9.

The tie now leaves LETU with a 1-2-1 overall record heading into next week’s American Southwest Conference opening match while the Saints are 3-0-1.

“I’m proud of the way our guys played today,” said head coach Collin Cone in a post-match interview. “This is truly the first game where we showed up as a whole unit, worked for each other, and played with passion.” “This result gives us a small taste of the true potential of our young team and how good we can be together.” “I’m excited to see how we grow from this game and it’s a good result for us because Our Lady of the Lake is a well-coached team that has some very talented players.”

How It Happened:

OLLU would press on the offensive side of things early on, forcing the YellowJackets into the defensive third of the field while seeing the Saints let off three shots in the opening 10 minutes of action.
After 20-plus minutes of scoreless action, Our Lady of the Lake would break through for a goal in the 25th minute on a pass into the center of the box that would find its way to the back of the net.
Trailing by a goal, LeTourneau managed to find a game-tying goal with just 14:10 left before halftime on a shot from the left side of the box by Martinez as the YellowJackets would be forced to make the most of limited opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
Outstanding defense to start the second half by LETU goalie C.J. Leyva kept the game knotted at 1-1 after turning away a potential goal for OLLU just three minutes into the second period.
LeTourneau’s first lead of the game would come at the 35:47 mark in the second frame following a goal by De La Torre to put the YellowJackets up 2-1, but it would be short-lived as the Saints managed to come back and tie the game just over 10 minutes later.
Missed opportunities on both sides saw the game stay tied at 2-2 for the rest of regulation as a game-winning goal would not be found to force both teams to play their first overtime game of the year.
In the first OT period, Our Lady of the Lake would hold possession for a majority of the 10-minute session and let off four shots while the YellowJackets, held to just one.
With neither team finding a game-winning goal in the first overtime period, they played a second overtime period where ten more scoreless minutes played out to end the game in a draw.

Key Stats:

After being limited to just three total shots in the first half, LETU would manage to get off eight of their 13 shots in the second period despite being outshot in the game 29-13.
One area of success for LETU would be gaining opportunities for set pieces in the game, as the YellowJackets were awarded five corner kicks in the game compared to just two for the Saints.
Leyva played all 110 minutes in net for LeTourneau, turning away eight shots by Our Lady of the Lake.
What’s Next?
LeTourneau remains on the road for their next two matches, beginning on Thursday, September 13 at Concordia University Texas. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas.



LeTourneau Women’s Soccer Improves To 4-0-1 With 2-0 Win

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Less than 24 hours removed from playing to a 110-minute, two-overtime tie at Rhodes College, the LeTourneau University, women’s soccer team, would score one goal in each half and earn a 2-0 shutout win over Mississippi University For Women at the Columbus Soccer Complex in Columbus, Mississippi on Saturday, September 8.

The win gives LETU a 4-0-1 beginning of the season to match last season’s school-record start while the Owls fell to 0-4 on the season.

“We scored two great goals in the run of play and overall put in a great effort under challenging circumstances considering we played 110 minutes the day before,” said head coach John Antonisse in a post-match interview. “The bottom line is that we’re super happy to get the win and go unbeaten on the weekend.”

How It Happened:

In the first-ever meeting between the Owls and YellowJackets, LeTourneau would strike in the 25th minute as Keely Hayden would net her second goal of the year with an assist from freshman Reagan Sandford.

LeTourneau would manage to let off a total of 13 shots and outshoot MUW 13-1 in the first half, but could not find a second goal in the opening 45 minutes and would have to settle for the 1-0 lead at halftime.

It would be Sandford’s turn to find the back of the net at the 52:24 mark in the second half as LETU would double their lead to 2-0 before relying on their defense to ride out a two-goal victory.

Key Stats:

Holding possession for much of the game, LETU would outshoot Mississippi Women by a 21-6 margin which included a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Sandford’s goal continued her career-opening streak of scoring in what is now the first five games of her career at LETU, while she assisted on the goal by Hayden is tied for the team lead with two.
Junior goalie Mari Zeitlow played all 90 minutes between the pipes, earning her third consecutive shutout for the YellowJackets while making four saves in the game (three saves in the second half).

What’s Next?

LeTourneau will now turn their focus to American Southwest Conference action which begins on Thursday, September 13 in Round Rock, Texas against Concordia University Texas. The YellowJackets have won the previous two matches against the Tornadoes, with the past three games all finishing with a score of 1-0. Kickoff is 5:00 p.m. at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.



LeTourneau Volleyball Wins Twice On Day Two of Austin College Invitational

SHERMAN, Texas – Looking to build momentum heading into American Southwest Conference play next weekend, the LeTourneau University volleyball team did just that by dispatching Sul Ross State in four sets before turning in a complete performance against Paul Quinn College to close out the Austin College Invitational in Sherman, Texas on Saturday, September 8.

With the victories, LETU moves to 3-4 overall while going 3-1 on the weekend at the Austin College Invitational. Scores of the match against Sul Ross saw the YellowJackets win 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, and 25-17 while scores against Paul Quinn were 25-11, 25-4, and 25-10.

“Our focus this weekend was to make smarter plays and take the big swings when they were necessary,” said head coach Ashley Tiernan in a post-match interview. “We did a great job moving the ball around, and different athletes stepped up when it was needed.” “Being able to lean on different players and take the pressure off of each other was a big factor in our success this weekend.”

Vs. Sul Ross How It Happened:

LeTourneau wasted little time against the Lobos to jump out to an early lead, scoring six of the first seven points of the first set to go up 6-1.
Holding their lead, LETU would see Sul Ross battle back to close within three late in the set at 22-19, but score the final three points of the game and claim an early match lead.
A nip-and-tuck start to the second set saw neither team lead by more than two until a three-point rally by the YellowJackets late in the game allowed LeTourneau to claim a 20-16 lead.

Not to be outdone, Sul Ross managed to go on a three-point run of their own to close back within a single point at 21-20 before overcoming a 23-20 deficit to score the final five points of the set and tie the match at 1-1.
Determined to make a statement at the start of the third set, the YellowJackets would jump out all over the Lobos and score the first six points to force an SRSU timeout before building their lead to seven at 11-4.
LeTourneau’s lead would continue to grow throughout the set, ending things on a 9-2 run for a 25-12 victory.

Needing just one more set win to claim the match, the YellowJackets would find themselves in another tight game as the Lobos would not go down without a fight while keeping within two for much of the set.

The turning point of the fourth set would come with LETU down 13-12, as a YellowJacket timeout seemed to be just what was needed as LeTourneau scored the next six points to claim an 18-13 lead.

Runs by both teams would end up finishing the match as a 3-0 Sul Ross run would be sandwiched between 4-0 and 3-0 runs by the YellowJackets as LeTourneau claimed a 25-17 win.

Key Stats:

A big part of the match for LETU would be a 14-0 advantage in service aces as six different players recorded at least one service ace.
Leading the charge at the service line was sophomore Cam Taylor with five aces to go along with a career-high 30 set assists and seven digs.
Earning her fourth-straight double-double, freshman Kianna Crow would lead all players in the match with 16 kills as the Austin College Invitational would name the native from Spring, Texas to the All-Tournament Team.

Vs. Paul Quinn How It Happened:

A slow start to the first set for LeTourneau would quickly be overcome towards the middle of the game as the YellowJackets would go on a 9-1 run to break open a 6-4 lead into a 15-5 lead.
The LeTourneau domination would continue into the latter stages of the set as Paul Quinn would be unable to get any momentum going while seeing LETU claim a 25-11 first set win.
Five straight points to open up the second set managed to set the tone for LETU as the Tigers would be forced to take a timeout at 11-3.
With the score at 14-4 in favor of the YellowJackets, LeTourneau managed to end the set on an 11-0 run and put themselves in a position to earn their second sweep of the weekend.
Focused on closing out the match, LETU would trail early on at 2-1 before breaking open the set with a 6-0 run and score 14 of the next 15 points to take a commanding 15-3 lead.
The lead would continue to grow for the YellowJackets, with the most significant point of the set coming at 23-7 before claiming a 25-10 win to sweep the Tigers.
Key Stats:

Limiting their attack errors to just a total of eight, LETU would manage to finish with a .341 attack percentage in the match while hitting .300 or better in all three sets.

The LeTourneau scoring attack would wind up being a balanced effort as nine different players would record at least one kill with senior Ashlyn Johnson and freshman Lexie Welton leading the way with six kills each.
On the defensive side of things, Audrey Galindo led all players with 11 digs while Taylor and senior Liz Williams added seven each.

What’s Next?

One final tune-up before ASC East Division play is next in store for LETU as the YellowJackets will take the short trip west on I-20 on Tuesday, September 11 to take on the University of Texas-Tyler at 7:00 p.m. The match will not count towards American Southwest Conference standings as the Patriots are in their first year of NCAA Division II Reclassification and will exit the ASC following 2018-19.



LeTourneau Men’s Soccer Falls In Friday Night Battle With Rhodes

LONGVIEW, Texas- Coming into their second home game of the season, the LeTourneau University men’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 non-conference matchup to visiting Rhodes College at the LETU Soccer Field in Longview, Texas on Friday, September 7.

The YellowJackets fell to 1-2 on the season while the Lynx remain undefeated with a 3-0 record.

How It Happened:

After a 20-minute defensive battle to open up the game, the Lynx struck first after a corner kick would be redirected by a header into the back of the net, giving Rhodes a 1-0 lead.

The Lynx looked to add to their lead in the 25th minute, but a save from YellowJacket goalie C.J. Leyva kept the deficit at 1-0. The LETU men threatened with a chance of their own in the 36th minute but denied by Rhodes goalie, William Birka-White.

A penalty kick just one minute into the second half led to the second goal of the night for Rhodes, doubling the lead for the Lynx and putting LeTourneau in a position to attack.

Another defensive stop by the YellowJackets just minutes later would keep the score at 2-0, before a goal by the Lynx at the 58:06 mark looked to put the game away heading into the final 30 minutes of action.

The YellowJackets would manage to find their way onto the scoreboard in the 69th minute, taking advantage of a free kick off of a Rhodes foul that would be sent in by Luis De La Torre. Awaiting the free kick would be junior Zachariah Malik who headed home the ball off the first touch to give LETU life with just 20 minutes remaining.

Any momentum gained by LeTourneau from the goal would be quickly nullified, however, as the Lynx managed to get past the back line of the LETU defense and knock in their fourth goal of the night and reclaim their three-goal lead.

Key Stats:

Rhodes held possession for much of the game, leading to a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Lynx managed to net four of their nine shots on goal, making the most of their opportunities at the net.
Malik’s goal would be his first of the season for the YellowJackets while De La Torre notched his second assist of the year.
Playing all 90 minutes in net, Leyva would wind up denying five shots for the YellowJackets.

What’s Next?
The YellowJackets will continue non-conference play on Sunday, September 9 when they travel to San Antonio for a 1:00 p.m. matchup against Our Lady of the Lake University. The Saints will enter Sunday’s game with an undefeated record of 3-0-0.

Matt Kinney
Sports Information Director
Office: 903-233-3735



LETU Women’s Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw At Rhodes College

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The LeTourneau University women’s soccer team is looking to remain undefeated on the season. They came away with a 1-1 tie at Rhodes College in two overtimes at the Rhodes Soccer Field on Friday, September 7.

The YellowJackets are now 3-0-1 on the season after conceding their first goal of the 2018 campaign while the Lynx are 1-1-1 overall.

How It Happened:

After LETU and Rhodes exchanged shots for the majority of the first half, Rhodes struck first with an unassisted goal in the 30th minute.

The Lynx would manage to maintain their lead for the remainder of the first half and carry their 1-0 lead into intermission.

Looking to tie things up LETU managed to find an equalizer with a goal from Reagan Sandford coming off of a pass from Keely Hayden.

Rhodes pressured the YellowJackets into the attacking third of the field and earned a corner kick in the 80th minute, but saw freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Wilbanks make a save before a blocked shot off the rebound by the LETU defense. The threat would manage to be the final offensive threat by either team in regulation.

In the first period of overtime, Rhodes once again threatened by earning two corner kicks which led to three shots, two of which would be denied by Wilbanks.

It would be the YellowJackets who controlled possession for the majority of the second overtime period, letting off three shots and a corner kick while keeping the ball in the attacking third.

Despite the final ten-minute effort from LETU, the game ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action.
Key Stats:

The YellowJackets and the Lynx both recorded 14 shots. Eight of those shots were on goal for LETU compared to seven for Rhodes.
Wilbanks, making her second career start, recorded six saves for the YellowJackets with five saves coming in the second half.
Sandford, Hayden and Madison Urbana each had two shots on goal for the YellowJackets, while Sandford scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

What’s next?

The YellowJackets travel South on Saturday, September 8th to face the Owls of Mississippi University for Women. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm in Columbus, Mississippi.



LeTourneau Cross Country Rained Out At UT-Tyler Braveheart Invitational

TYLER, Texas – The LeTourneau University men’s and women’s cross country would be rained out after a lengthy delay at the University of Texas-Tyler Braveheart Invitational that was scheduled to take place in Tyler, Texas on Friday, September 7.

Rain and lightning hovered over the area for much of the late afternoon and into the early evening, making the course unsafe for participation as event organizers would eventually call the meet.

Preliminary plans are to try and reschedule the meet with a date and time to be determined at a later date. As of tonight, the next scheduled event for the LETU cross country teams is the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The meet is expected to be the only meet for the YellowJackets in the regular-season to take place outside of the state of Texas.



LeTourneau Volleyball Splits Matches On Day One of Austin College Invitational

SHERMAN, Texas – Earning a three-set sweep over American Southwest Conference foe Howard Payne University to open up the day, the LeTourneau University volleyball team would be unable to carry over momentum as the YellowJackets would fall in three sets to McMurry University to split opening day matches at the Austin College Invitational in Sherman, Texas on Friday, September 7.

LETU now sits at 1-4 overall while Howard Payne fell to 0-2. McMurry remained a perfect 5-0 with the victory.

“I am proud of the tenacity and energy we brought today in both matches,” said head coach Ashley Tiernan in a post-match interview. “Our ability to adapt to change was the factor in our win against Howard Payne.” “Against McMurry, we didn’t have the swings needed to get ahead, and it showed towards the end of each set.”

Vs. Howard Payne, How It Happened:

Despite a 3-0 run by HPU to start the first set, LETU would claim their early lead of the afternoon at 5-4 and never look back to claim a 25-19 victory. Four of the final six points would be scored by LeTourneau to close out the first set win.

LETU carried over the momentum into set two, taking a quick 5-1 lead before seeing Howard Payne battle back and claim their first lead since the beginning of the first set at 12-11.

LETU would regain the lead with a five-point run led by kills from Mikayla Thomas, Lexie Welton, and Lauren Egby-McNeal and hold their lead from that point forward to claim a 25-17 victory.

After trailing early in the third set, LETU would battle back and find a way to take over when it mattered most by ending the game on a 7-3 run and claiming the straight-sets victory.

Key Stats:

LETU held an 8-1 advantage in service aces as well as a 9-8 lead in blocks.
Cam Taylor led LETU with 16 assists while Audrey Galindo recorded a team-high 14 digs. Freshman Kianna Crow would mark the second straight double-double of her collegiate career, finishing the match with 16 kills and 12 digs.

Vs. McMurry How It Happened:

After a back-and-forth first set, the YellowJackets were unable to capitalize on their early leads while seeing McMurry close out the set with four of the final six points to earn the 25-20 win.

The War Hawks took a commanding lead to start the second set, claiming nine of the first 11 points as the Yellowjackets would be unable to recover from early miscues and drop the game 25-17.

Despite an early lead and a four-point rally midway through the set, LeTourneau would be unable to take momentum away from the War Hawks after seeing McMurry go on a 6-0 run to open up a lead and force the YellowJackets to try and play from behind for what would end up being the remainder of the set.

Key Stats:

Service aces would be an area of concern for LETU as the War Hawks would hold a 6-2 advantage while also managing a 7-3 lead in blocks. Miscues would also do LeTourneau no favors, as 23 attack errors allowed for McMurry to go on runs in the later stages of each of the three sets.

Crow led the YellowJackets in kills for the fourth-straight match with 12 to go along with four digs while Galindo added 12 digs and one service ace.

What’s Next?

LeTourneau will close out the Austin College Invitational on Saturday with two more matches to be played starting at 10:00 am. The YellowJackets will take on Sul Ross State University at 10:00 am before doing battle with Paul Quinn College at 12:00 pm.

Matt Kinney
Sports Information Director
Office: 903-233-3735