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LeTourneau Men’s Soccer Falls At #15 UMHB

BELTON, Texas – Stunning the number 15 nationally-ranked team with the fastest goal to start a game in American Southwest Conference history, the LeTourneau University men’s soccer team would be unable to build momentum off of an early lead in a 6-1 defeat at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday, September 15.

LETU is now 1-4-1 overall and 0-2 in the American Southwest Conference while the Cru remains perfect at 6-0 and 2-0 in conference play.

How It Happened:

LETU wasted no time trying to set the tone early as Varney Carter would get the YellowJackets on the board just 11 seconds into the game to give LeTourneau a 1-0 lead over a shocked Cru squad.

Early scoring wouldn’t be finished, however, as UMHB responded with a goal at the 4:05 mark and then took the lead in the 12th minute to go up 2-1.

Things would appear to settle down following the opening 15-minute barrage of goals as opportunities for both squads came few and far between for the next 30-plus minutes of game action featured only one shot from either team.

A goal for the Cru just 1:25 before halftime doubled the UMHB lead as the YellowJackets would trail 3-1 at the break, seeing Mary Hardin-Baylor swing momentum in their favor heading to the locker room.

It would take until the 58th minute in the second half for the ball to find the back of the net as the Cru managed to net a goal off a rebounded shot that would be turned away from goalie C.J. Leyva, with LETU facing a 4-1 deficit with just over 30 minutes left in the game.

Things would go from bad to worse at the 69:41 mark as UMHB added another goal on a rebound from a saved shot to go up 5-1, and would eventually tack on a final goal in the 80th minute.

Key Stats:

Having to deal with a fast and physical style played by the Cru, LETU would be limited to just two shots in the game compared to 13 for UMHB, while holding a 5-4 lead in corner kicks.

Leyva played 83:07 in goal for the YellowJackets, making six saves while Tanner Johnson would also see time in between the pipes and turning away one shot.

Carter’s goal of 11 seconds broke the previous ASC record of 16 seconds which was set on September 29, 2006, by Jeremy Whitehurst of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

What’s Next?

Playing at home for the first time since August 31, LeTourneau will play host to McMurry University to open up a short weekend homestand on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm. The 2-1-2 War Hawks will be playing their first game in a week after earning a 2-1 home win over Sul Ross State on September 13.



LeTourneau Women’s Soccer Drops Heartbreaker In Two Overtimes At UMHB

BELTON, Texas – Coming within 90 seconds of earning a draw, the LeTourneau University women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1, two overtime heartbreaking loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas on Saturday, September 15.

Falling for the first time this season, LETU is now 5-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the American Southwest Conference while the Cru improved to 4-2-1 overall and 2-0 in ASC play.

How It Happened:

UMHB would push their offensive attack early on in the game as the Cru would see a shot in the seventh minute go off the post before forcing two saves from LeTourneau keeper Mackenzie Wilbanks just minutes later.
The YellowJacket defense earned a trio of corner kicks midway through the first half. The pressure eventually caught up to the YellowJacket defense as a goal in the 31st minute for UMHB gave the Cru a 1-0 lead.

The deficit wouldn’t faze LeTourneau, as LETU got an opportunity eight minutes later as freshman Kara Gipson fired off a shot past the Cru goalie to tie the game at 1-1 with heavy rain starting to play a factor in the game.
With things tied at halftime, the weather system that played a role in the first half finished moving its way through as the Cru would again try to find a goal early in the period to reclaim the lead.

LETU managed to withstand the offensive attack from UMHB as the Cru fired off 17 shots in the second half, but could not take the lead as the game would go to overtime.

Only two shots would be taken in the first overtime period as Wilbanks would make a pair of saves to keep the game tied after 100 minutes of play, with both teams still looking for a game-winning goal in the second OT session.

Earning four corner kicks in the second extra frame, UMHB made the most of their final corner kick of the game as the YellowJackets would be unable to clear the ball out of the 18-yard box which left open an opportunity for Madison Link to put a shot into the right corner of the goal to give UMHB the win.

Key Stats:

UMHB kept the pressure on the YellowJackets throughout the game, firing off 29 shots in the game compared to just three for LETU.
Corner kicks would be another area that the Cru were able to make the most of, earning 11 corners with one of their two goals coming off the set pieces.
Wilbanks made a career-high 18 saves in the match, coming up with multiple saves in crucial moments to keep the game tied in the second half and first overtime session.

What’s Next?

A chance to return home to the Joyce Family Athletic Village to face off against McMurry University is next in store for LETU on Thursday, September 20. The YellowJackets and War Hawks met in Longview during the opening weekend of the season, with LeTourneau earning a 4-0 victory.



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Shows Well At 2018 American Southwest Conference Fall Invitational

ABILENE, Texas – Setting themselves up for a good showing on day two of the 2018 American Southwest Conference Fall Championships, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team earned three top-three finishes between singles and doubles action in flighted action on Saturday, September 15.

Following a successful day one, LETU managed to make the most of their opportunities as Bobby Clark would win the singles flight “D” championship with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Josh Newman of Schreiner University. After winning twice yesterday, newcomer James Estrada would also show well in the flight “G” singles championship before ultimately falling 2-6, 1-6 to Keenan Nash of Hardin-Simmons while Nathan Schmidt and Dale Wallace each finished fourth after falling in the third-place match of their respective singles matches.

The YellowJackets also saw one championship match in doubles play as the duo of Collin Patterson and Wallace took on Gallinar and Galvan of Schreiner in the flight “E” doubles championship match while Clark and Zac Crowley-Kurth took third in flight “C” doubles.

Full results involving LETU athletes from Saturday can be viewed below:
Men’s Singles Day 2
Alex Moreau – Flight “J” – W (6-3, 6-2) over McKinzie (LETU)
Pierce McKinzie – Flight “J” – L (3-6, 2-6) to Alex Moreau (LETU)
Dale Wallace – Flight “I” – L (0-6, 7-6, 6-10) to Jack Johns (Schreiner)
Collin Patterson – Flight “I” – W (6-2, 6-2) over Matthew Santos (McMurry)
Jeffery Golladay – Flight “H” – L (5-7, 4-6) to Ethan Espiritu (Schreiner)
James Estrada – Flight “G” – L (2-6, 1-6) to Keenan Nash (Hardin-Simmons)
Nathan Schmidt – Flight “F” – L (6-3, 3-6, 8-10) to Josh Roselius (UMHB)
Zac Crowley-Kurth – Flight “E” – W (6-3, 6-1) over Rudy Perez (Howard Payne)
Bobby Clark – Flight “D” – W (6-1, 6-3) over Josh Newman (Schreiner)
Rodrigo Vazquez Chairez – Flight “C” – W (6-0, 6-2) over Tyler Howard (ETBU)
Christian Farris – Flight “B” – L (3-6, 3-6) to Jace Mahan (UMHB)
Jimmie Henson – Flight “A” – W (3-6, 6-2, 11-9) over Holt Fields (Hardin-Simmons)

Men’s Doubles Day 2
Patterson/Wallace – Flight “E” – L (1-8) to Gallinar/Galvan (Schreiner)
McKinzie/Moreau – Flight “E” – L (0-8) to Santos/Collins (McMurry)
Estrada/Golladay – Flight “D” – W (8-5) over Villarreal/Glynn (Concordia Texas)
Clark/Crowley-Kurth – Flight “C” – W (8-5) over Ramsey/Herr (ETBU)
Vazquez Chairez/Schmidt – Flight “B” – L (1-8) to Shoendorf/Lopez (Hardin-Simmons)
Henson/Farris – Flight “A” – L (7-9) to Bode/Le (Concordia Texas)



LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Closes Out ASC Fall Invitational In Abilene

ABILENE, Texas – Led by victories in the “A,” “B,” and “C” singles flights, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team closed out the 2018 American Southwest Conference Fall Invitational with four victories in Abilene, Texas.

Both junior Gracie Favela and freshman Bailey Deatherage earned third-place victories in their flights, with Favela winning 6-3, 6-2 over Tiffany Stankiewicz in the flight “B” singles while Deatherage earned a 6-3, 7-5 win over Neah Garza in the flight “D” third-place match. Also earning a singles victory on Saturday was Maddison Brackenreg with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Emily Shaffer in flight “A” singles.

Three matches occurred on Saturday for the YellowJackets in doubles action, which would be led by a 9-8 (10-8) win for Favela and Deatherage in the Flight “B” doubles bracket.

Full results from Saturday can be found below:

Women’s Singles Day 2
Hannah Moore – Flight “G” – L (1-6, 4-6) to Kaitlin Stevens (CTX)
Samantha Trevino – Flight “F” – L (1-6, 1-6) to Briana Perez (McMurry)
Lauren Rockwell – Flight “E” – L (4-6, 4-6) to Elaina Evans (CTX)
Bailey Deatherage – Flight “D” – W (6-3, 7-5) over Neah Garza (McMurry)
Terin Murray – Flight “C” – L (0-6, 2-6) to Alexis Popovich (CTX)
Gracie Favela – Flight “B” – W (6-3, 6-2) over Tiffany Stankiewicz
Maddison Brackenreg – Flight “A” – W (6-2, 6-3) over Emily Shaffer (HSU)

Women’s Doubles Day 2
Rockwell/Trevino – Flight “C” – L (2-8) to Parnell/Perez (McMurry)
Favela/Deatherage – Flight “B” – W (9-8 {10-8}) over Shaffer/Shepley (HSU)
Brackenreg/Murray – Flight “A” – L to Martinez/Austin (CTX)


LeTourneau Volleyball Outlasts Belhaven In Five Sets

JACKSON, Miss. – Leading, two sets to one, the LeTourneau University volleyball team would be sent to a fifth set before finding a way to claim a five-set road victory at Belhaven University inside of Rugg Arena in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, September 15.

Scores of the match were 19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, and 15-13. LETU now sits at .500 overall with a 5-5 record and a perfect 2-0 mark in the American Southwest Conference while the Blazers fell to 7-3 overall and 0-2 in the ASC.

How It Happened:

Falling victim to another slow start to the match, the YellowJackets would see Belhaven jump out to an early 6-2 lead and manage to hold their lead for the rest of the first set.
LETU managed to close the deficit to two at 11-9 midway through the set, but four of the next five points would be scored by the Blazers to build back out their lead and not look back.
A tightly contested second set would go back-and-forth throughout the game as 14 different ties would be seen with neither team allowing for a run until the end.
After seeing the Blazers match them point-for-point to tie the set at 18-18, seven of the next eight and eight of the final nine points of the set would be scored by LETU to close out a 25-20 set victory and tie the match at one game each.
Finally managing to break away with a lead, the YellowJackets would take full advantage of Belhaven errors in the third set as LeTourneau would take a 12-7 lead on a Cam Taylor service ace before continuing to build their lead and not allow any chances for a comeback.
LETU looked poised to close out the match in the fourth set, managing to take a 12-7 lead on back-to-back Belhaven attack errors that would force a Blazer timeout but saw BU battle back to tie things at 17-17.
In the midst of the tie was a 10-1 run by the Blazers to catapult Belhaven to a 22-17 lead and claim a six-point set victory to send things to a deciding fifth set.
It would appear as though the YellowJackets would take no chances on letting things slip away in the fifth set after jumping out to a 6-2 lead, but another Belhaven timeout seemed to turn the tide as the Blazers managed to score four quick points to tie things at 6-6.
Following an LETU timeout, it would be three more points to cap off a 7-0 run by the Blazers before the YellowJackets managed to go on a 5-0 run of their own to reclaim the lead at 11-9.
Things would go down to the wire with one final tie at 11-11, but it would be LeTourneau scoring three of the next four points to give themselves an opportunity at match point.
Belhaven held off the match-ending point on the first attempt but would be unable to mount a comeback with the YellowJackets getting a block from freshman Kianna Crow to win 15-13.

Key Stats:

LETU picked up big points at both the service line and on the defensive side of things, holding an 8-1 advantage in service aces while doubling up the Blazers 10-5 in blocks.
Crow stepped up big throughout the entire match, notching 20 kills and 15 digs for a double-double to go along with three service aces in the game.
Freshman Lexie Welton would also shine in the match, recording nine kills and five digs as well as three blocks.
What’s Next?
American Southwest Conference plays continues for the YellowJackets on Tuesday, September 18 with a 7:00 pm match at Texas-Dallas. The Comets are 6-4 overall and 1-0 in the ASC heading into Tuesday’s game.



LeTourneau Volleyball Rallies For ASC Win At Louisiana College

PINEVILLE, Louisiana – After dropping the first set by a score of 25-12, the LeTourneau University volleyball team would rally to win their American Southwest Conference opening match in four games over Louisiana College at the H.O. West Fieldhouse in Pineville, Louisiana on Friday, September 14.

Scores of the match were 12-25, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-19 to allow LETU to improve to 4-5 overall and 1-0 in the ASC while the Wildcats dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in ASC play.

How It Happened:

Louisiana College would be poised to come out active in front of their home crowd, scoring the first four points of the match and jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the early going.
The YellowJackets would do their best to battle their way back into the set, but couldn’t close the gap to any closer than five points at 16-11 as the Wildcats used an 8-0 run to take a commanding 24-11 lead and eventually win the set 25-12.
It would be LeTourneau’s turn to get off to a quick start in the second set, scoring 10 of the first 11 points of the game with seven straight points coming with freshman Kianna Crow at the service line to claim a 10-1 lead.
The lead for LETU would settle around the six-point mark for much of the rest of the set as Louisiana College could get no closer than five points at 18-13 before seeing the YellowJackets score seven of the final 10 points of the match to knot things up at one set each.
With both teams looking to claim the match lead in the third set, a back-and-forth start saw eight ties to start the game with the eighth and final tie coming at 11-11.
Freshmen Natalie Connelly and Lexie Welton would give the YellowJackets four of the next five points to open up a three-point lead at 15-12 as LeTourneau would continue to build their lead throughout the rest of the set before ending things on a 3-0 run to win the game 25-17.
The Wildcats would not go quietly, however, pushing the YellowJackets early on in the fourth set as neither team could build a lead of more than two points until a 4-0 LETU run broke open a 13-13 tie.
LeTourneau wouldn’t let the opportunity go wasted as the YellowJackets kept the lead for the rest of the set while pulling away for a six-point victory to win the match.

Key Stats:

After seeing the Wildcats record a .450 attack percentage in the opening set, the LeTourneau defense would step-up and forced 19 attack errors in the final three games as Louisiana College would see their offense limited to just a .120 attack percentage for the match.
A trio of first-year students led the YellowJacket offense with Crow (14), Welton (8) and Connelly (8) providing 30 of the 43 LETU kills in the match while sophomore Cam Taylor added 20 assists and three service aces.
Connelly also proved to be a big player on the defensive side of things, recording a career-high four blocks while Mikayla Thomas added two blocks of her own.
What’s Next?
LeTourneau heads to the furthest east location in the American Southwest Conference to take on Belhaven College in ASC play on Saturday, September 15th at 1 p.m. The Blazers dropped their ASC opener in straight-sets to East Texas Baptist University inside Rugg Arena Friday evening to fall to 7-2 overall.



Late Goals Down LeTourneau Men’s Soccer In ASC Opener

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Battling back to tie the game at 1-1 with just over 16 minutes left in the game, the LeTourneau University men’s soccer team would see three late goals by Concordia University Texas prove to be the difference in a 4-1 loss at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas on Thursday, September 13.

LETU falls to 1-3-1 and 0-1-0 in the American Southwest Conference following the defeat while the Tornadoes improve to 2-2-0 and 1-0-0 in the ASC.

How It Happened:

It would take over 22 minutes to the start of the game before either team would be able to record a shot, as Concordia managed to take advantage of their first attempt with a goal at the 22:24 mark and go up 1-0 over LeTourneau.
The goal would allow for the Tornadoes to open up their offensive attack throughout the rest of the first half, putting pressure on the YellowJackets and nearly making the score 2-0 right before halftime as a shot with 2:12 left before intermission would go off the crossbar.
Trailing 1-0 at the break, LeTourneau would regroup and come out of halftime and look to try and utilize possession to push the ball into the attacking third of the field.
A prime opportunity for the YellowJackets would come in the 64th minute as a free kick would be sent in and find the head of Attikus Martinez, but would be turned away by CTX keeper Rob Oakley to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Tornadoes.
Still looking to find their way onto the scoreboard, LeTourneau found a game-tying goal at the 73:15 mark with a goal by Luis De La Torre as new life with just over 16 minutes left in regulation.
The goal would prove to be overcome by Concordia as the Tornadoes would re-take the lead in the 79th minute and add a third goal at the 87:18 mark.
With the YellowJackets pressing to try and make one final surge at goal, CTX would tack on one last goal with 2:13 left in the game to claim the win.
Key Stats:

Opportunities would be scarce throughout the game for LeTourneau, as the Tornadoes managed to outshoot the YellowJackets 19-4 in the match.
Concordia’s offense would run through forward Omar Aguirre, who netted a hat trick in the game after scoring the final two goals of the night.
De La Torre’s goal would be the freshman’s third goal of the year, including his second goal in the past two games for LETU.
What’s Next?
LeTourneau will take on defending American Southwest Conference champion and number 15 nationally-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday, September 15th with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. The Cru picked up a 2-0 victory over East Texas Baptist on Thursday afternoon to improve to 5-0 on the year.



LeTourneau Women’s Soccer Beats Concordia Texas 4-1; Head Coach John Antonisse Earns 250th.

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Breaking open a 1-0 halftime lead with three second-half goals, the LeTourneau University, women’s soccer team earned a 4-1 victory to give head coach John Antonisse his 250th career women’s soccer victory at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas on Thursday, September 13.

Improving to a school-record 5-0-1, the YellowJackets are now 1-0 in the American Southwest Conference after winning their conference opening match while the Tornadoes slipped to 1-3-0 and 0-1 in the ASC.

How It Happened:

Concordia would pressure the YellowJackets early on, putting up five shots in the opening 12 minutes of action while limiting LETU to just one shot until a corner kick at the 12:08 mark.
LeTourneau managed to weather the early barrage of shots and flip the script with three shots in a matter of 45 seconds, with the third shot coming from freshman Reagan Sandford that would find the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Tornadoes would continue their offensive attack for the duration of the first half, outshooting the YellowJackets by a margin of 11-6 but would be unable to find an equalizer in the opening 45 minutes of play.
The action would get off to a quick start in the second half, as LeTourneau would manage to draw a foul in the box for a penalty kick just two minutes into the period and call upon Sandford to take the shot.
The freshman took full advantage of the opportunity, converting on her second penalty kick of the year and scoring her second goal of the night to put the YellowJackets up by a score of 2-0.
Just 13 minutes later it would be Sandford sending a pass into senior Keely Hayden to put the ball in the back of the net as LETU took a 3-0 lead and had full control of the match heading into the final 30 minutes of action.
It would be Hayden who managed to connect on her second goal of the night in the 69th minute to give the YellowJackets a 4-0 lead and put the game out of reach, as Concordia would score a single goal just over four minutes later to put the final score at a three-goal margin in favor of LETU.
Key Stats:

Concordia would hold a 15-12 advantage in the game in total shots but saw the YellowJackets connect on four of their seven shots on goal.
The two goals by Sandford extended her streak to six-straight games that the freshman has scored in a while pushing her team lead in points to 18 points on the season.
Mackenzie Wilbanks earned her second win of the year in goal, playing the first 87:38 before making way for junior Mari Zeitlow to close out the victory between the pipes.
What’s Next?
LeTourneau will close out their four-game road swing with a 5 p.m. matchup at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday, September 15th. The Cru were 6-1 winners on Thursday morning over East Texas Baptist in their ASC opener.

Matt Kinney
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