FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Athlete of the Week awards are presented by Hancock Whitney.Saina clinched a first-place finish at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend, beating out the second-place finisher by a 10-second margin. The junior closed out the four-mile race with a 4:57.9 average-mile pace in order to secure his second Athlete of the Week award this season.Kleshchukova continued her impressive 2019 run with an individual title of her own at the Cowboy Stampede this past weekend. After beating out the second-place runner by 16 seconds, the junior captured her third individual victory of the season, also sealing her third Athlete of the Week award.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, KenyaSaina claimed a first-place individual finish, boosting the Cowboys to a second-place team finish at home this past weekend at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede. The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, topped a field of 104 runners from 12 schools with a 19:51.7 clip. Saina’s performance in the four-mile race marks his second individual title of the 2019 season.Honorable Mention: Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans; Dustin Worley, Nicholls; Tristan Stellmach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova continued her impressive pace with her third individual title in three appearances, following a first-place performance at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend. The junior claimed a 17:34.6 finish in the 4k event, setting a new personal-best time by 36 seconds. Her victory makes her the first Privateer to record three consecutive individual victories since the 2002 season. Kleshchukova defeated the second-place competitor by a 14-second mark.Honorable Mention: Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls; Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Dear Editor,The Chairman of GECOM has finally put an end to the House-to-House Registration exercise, this is a most welcomed act and I must commend her for doing so. However, that move still falls woefully short of fulfilling the constitutional requirements of the law which states that GECOM should now move swiftly into elections mode.That elections mode means that there must be a Claims and Objections process, which would in effect add to the List of Electors those persons who would have attained the voting age of 18 years as well as sanitise the list of those persons who would have died since the last election. This is the final stage of the electoral process which should take us no more than one month to complete, albeit to officially come to compliance with the constitutional deadline.On the other hand, the PNC-led coalition, through its political hacks at GECOM, is trying to spin a confusing yarn that the present duplicate, and in most cases, suspect list of registrants, must be added to the National Register of Registrants database. This cannot be because here you have a House-to-House exercise that lacked the scrutiny of the main political Opposition (which makes it totally illegal) and an exercise that is wholly incomplete, this brings into focus another nonsensical issue.So, this idiotic argument cannot be allowed to flourish even to the point of gaining any sensible attention, you cannot add an incomplete list to the NRR list, it just cannot happen. This is just another delay tactic by the PNC to confuse and delay the holding of general elections.In the first place, the holding of House-to-House was an order issued by an illegally appointed GECOM Head, which again made that order illegal.Instead of getting ready for elections which should have been set in motion since December 22, the day after the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion, that illegal Chairman began a process of political posturing all in the grand scheme to avoid election preparation. Seeing that this new Chairperson has decided to get out of that morass, the only logical thing now is to follow the Constitution to the letter.Elections must be held, and there should be no delay.Respectfully,Neil Adams
A cross section of the kids listen to instructions as CEO Deborah Lindholm pays attention–For 60 Helmets DonationThe ELWA Academy Skateboard Club yesterday expressed appreciation to the Tony Hawk Foundation for the donation of 60 helmets to help build interest in the sport.The helmets were presented to the club by the founder and chief executive officer of Foundation for Women, Deborah Lindholm, yesterday during skateboard training at the school’s campus in Monrovia.In a video recording, members of the club held a written ‘thank you’ note, and thanked Mr. Hawk for the helmets that would ensure they practice the various tactics demanded by the sport without fear of head injuries.“We thank you, Tony Hawk,” they said in unison.According to a report on The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, “Tony Hawk is probably the world’s most recognizable name in skateboarding.”The ELWA Academy Skateboard Club now has 100 members, according to Lindholm, “and the only rule is that a kid must wear a helmet before he or she can practice the sport.”She said parents must give a written consent for a child to become part of the club.Lindholm runs the international non-governmental agency, Foundation for Women that provides, among others, microloans to less fortunate women for their businesses and to rebuild their lives. The organization supports more than 150 members across the country.She said she saw the need to get the kids “involved in positive things” and give them the chance to join a global culture of sports. She discovered, more than four months ago, that since the sport is not presently active in Liberia, she would lend her organization’s support to make it popular among kids.“We began last February and the kids were struggling to even balance on a skateboard, but now they are comfortable on the skateboards,” she said. “Just four months later, they are doing well.”She said her objective is to establish skateboard clubs throughout the country so that Liberia can be part of the global skateboarding culture.At the end of a foreword to the latest edition of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine on the sport, Tony Hawk said “the allure is undeniable—immediate gratification, daredevil antics, and artistic flair. But more important, as skaters advance for tic-tacks to kick-flips to crooked grinds on 20-star rails, and even to 20-foot aerials they learn a lesson that will serve them throughout life: Perseverance pays.”He added: “It brings together people of different social economic background—an equalizer—to connect to each other. It can bridge language barriers and it has become global and most accessible than ever before.”As a result, while South Africa is actively involved in the sport in Africa, others like Ethiopia and Uganda are making headway, and Lindholm wants Liberia to also play a part in the global skateboarding community.There are two teams of kids up to 14 years and another of up to 18 who practice on Wednesdays at the school’s campus. She said her organization will seek support to build a skatepark to host competitions.Lindholm also expressed appreciation to the Tony Hawk Foundation, which seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth through special events, grants, and technical assistance.Lindholm said the organization is planning to join the 14th annual celebration of Go Skateboarding Day on June 21.Kids showing off their skills during the demonstration yesterdayShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Then with 3:56 left in the game, Gary Loewen would score a goal, with assists by Alex Nimmo and Brady Marzocco, making the final score 6-4 over the Kings.Up next, tonight, the Huskies will be home again as they host the Sexsmith Vipers. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. To make things a bit tricky for the Huskies, at 5:31 into the period, the Kings would score a goal making the game tied at three apiece.To reclaim the lead, at 7:52 into the frame, Ivan Jasbec would score a goal, with assists by Dawson Phillips and Conrad Wiebe, making the score 4-3 over the Kings.Fast forward to 9:11 into the third period, Alex Nimmo would score a goal, with a double assist by Gary Loewen and Jeridyn Loewen, making the score 5-3.Within the last 10 minutes remaining in the frame, the Huskies had suffered a couple of penalties. During that time, at 7:28 left in the period, the Kings would take advantage of the power play, making the score 5-4.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were home last night, Friday, January 3, as they were host to the JDA County Kings for the first game of the new year.At 8:23 remaining in the first period, the Kings would score the first goal of the game making the score 1-0 over the Huskies.Then at 49 seconds left in the frame, Dean Whitcomb would score a goal on the Kings, with assists by Nick Loewen and Nils Nemec, making the score tied at one apiece.- Advertisement -To finish off the period, Logan Kimmie, with 23 seconds remaining, would score a goal, with a double assist by Nick Loewen and Nils Nemec, making the score 2-1 over the Kings.At 1:11 into the second period, Jared Winkel would make an unassisted goal on the Kings making the lead 3-1 over the Kings.Then at 2:53 into the frame, the Kings would score a goal on the Pups which would set the score at 3-2.Advertisement
Diafra Sakho’s knee injury has ruled him out of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay at Upton Park West Ham will be without striker Diafra Sakho for Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United.But manager Slaven Bilic insists it is through injury and not as a disciplinary measure after he didn’t turn up for the weekend’s game against Arsenal.Sakho withdrew from Saturday’s Premier League meeting against the Gunners, complaining of a knee injury after the final training session ahead of the weekend clash.However, reports claimed the Senegal international’s absence was over his annoyance of being dropped for Andy Carroll.Bilic was vindicated for his selection as Carroll hit a hat-trick in the thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park, but Sakho had already posted an early-morning message on social network Snapchat which read: “When I’m hated I don’t give a f***, I do everything to be more hated.”It has since been claimed the post was in no way related to Bilic’s squad choice, though the manager did reveal on Tuesday morning that the 26-year-old will not be involved against United on Wednesday.“The situation is very simple,” said the West Ham boss.“He reported an injury after training on Friday and then he was not in the squad, yesterday he had a scan and it reported a little bit of a problem.“He is out for hopefully one week, not more than that, but for this week he is definitely out and hopefully he will be back on Monday.” 1
It’s back to Croker for Donegal.Croke Park is where the All-Ireland football action takes place this weekend with Donegal taking on Galway (throw-in 6pm).Bookies Boylesports says the odds on a Galway victory have shortened, although Rory Gallagher’s men remain favourites.Tyrone are red hot at 1/14 to overcome beaten Connacht finalists Sligo (9/1) on Saturday, as both teams bid to progress to a quarter-final against either Monaghan or Mayo. Saturday’s evening fixture is beginning to look like a more evenly matched affair after Donegal is pushed out to 1/2 from 2/5 to see past Galway, who have been backed into 11/5, with the draw on offer at 15/2.Sunday sees Leinster champions, Dublin unbackable at 1/80 to see past Fermanagh (16/1) and progress to the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals whilst the early match sees Kildare priced at 9/2 to cause another shock and send reigning champions Kerry (1/6) out.Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson said: “Punters can avail of Evens if they think that all four red hot favourites, Tyrone, Donegal, Kerry and Dublin, will prevail in their respective matches at the GAA headquarters.He added “Galway are starting to gain support despite being underdogs against Donegal on Saturday evening. The Tribesmen are now 11/5 from 5/2 to win the match and as a result Donegal have been eased out to 1/2 from 2/5.” Matches1st August Home Draw AwayTyrone V Sligo 1/14 16/1 9/1Donegal V Galway 1/2 15/2 11/52nd August Home Draw Away Kerry V Kildare 11/6 12/1 9/2Dublin V Fermanagh 1/80 25/1 16/1ODDS SHORTEN ON GALWAY VICTORY, BUT DONEGAL STILL FAVOURITES was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:all-irelanddonegaldublinGalwaykildarequalifierssligoTyrone
Rory Kavanagh in the thick of the action in Ballyshannon on Sunday. Pic Geraldine DiverBY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: After last week’s cakewalk in Pairc Esler, Rory Gallagher would have been anticipating a much tougher test from Cork in Ballyshannon yesterday. Instead it was more of the same from his charges – blistering speed, wonderful link-play, rugged defence and some fantastic scores.There seemed to be a sense of surprise amongst the crowd at how easy it all was in the opening exchanges. Cork kept a plethora of bodies back in an attempt to stifle Donegal but it had the reverse effect. The visitors were pinned back and couldn’t escape from their own half of the field in the first quarter.They struggled from their own restarts, with newcomer Brendan O’Connell in goal finding it almost impossible to retain primary possession with neither long nor short options working. Aside from the ease with which Donegal scythed through the Rebel rear-guard, the Fr Tierney Park crowd bore witness to another surprise, a collector’s item even – two successive wides in as many minutes from Michael Murphy, including one that was the wrong side of the net rigging behind the goals. If his free taking was befitting something from the Gods last week, Michael was in a more mortal state yesterday. He did include one party piece, a stunning fifty metre strike from the floor but in any case, there were plenty others who had brought their shooting boots, giving The Maestro a well earned break from scoring duty.Despite incessant rain throughout, it was an unusually placid day in South Donegal (certainly compared to the prevailing conditions in the same fixture last year) with the slight breeze playing no significant part in proceedings. This provided the perfect platform for Patrick McBrearty and Odhran MacNiallais to wow the crowd with their sumptuous shooting.McBrearty was in outstanding form in last year’s league but niggling injuries kept him from reaching his best in the Summer. If he can stay fit he will torment many a corner back over the coming months. There are few better in the country at getting shots away in limited space; once he wriggles free from his marker and sees a half a yard of daylight, his radar-like left peg usually finds the target.There’s something different yet very special about seeing a player firing a booming point over the bar off his ciotog. From our own Colm McFadden to past figures like Jarlath Fallon or Stephen O’Neill, the technique of these greats is wonderful to witness. McBrearty and MacNiallais are certainly keeping up the trend with aplomb. Odhran grabbed all the headlines yesterday with his 1-4 tally from his roving midfield/half forward role. Time and again he drifted in and out of moves, taking and giving hand passes, keeping the ball in transit and then whenever he arrives at the end of a move in space he lets fly with that languid motion.While the aforementioned duo led the scoring stats, the man who had the most influence on proceedings was Eoin McHugh. He had an excellent match last week but lifted his game to another level yesterday. He was involved in so many of Donegal’s scores, often initiating attacks with his direct running. Despite the modern game being analysed to the nth degree, there is one thing that can never be coached – pace. At times the Cork defence simply could not keep up with McHugh. One example was McBrearty’s point that started at the other end of the pitch with a brilliant goal-saving touch from Neil McGee. The ball was fed to McHugh on the touchline who accelerated away, leaving two Cork defenders trailing in his wake trying in vain to catch him.McHugh has great maturity and awareness of what is around him at any given time and an innate understanding of the game. As he surveyed his options in the lead up to the second goal yesterday, he was well within his rights to tap over a simple point. Instead he sensed a goal opportunity and worked the ball across to McGee who fed MacNiallais to drill to the net. Goals are more important than ever before in Gaelic football; a breach of a well organised defence is worth as much in the psychological stakes as the green flag that follows.There is no let-up for defenders against this current Donegal setup; anytime Eoin needs a breather, up steps his cousin Ryan. With a McHugh stationed on either wing, Donegal’s running threat never ceases and if the lads are in full flow, it is close to being indefensible.Eoin played a big part in the game’s opening goal, finding space on the 21 before returning Martin O’Reilly’s pass and the Mac Cumhaills man did the rest. Following his sojourn at half back against Down, O’Reilly returned to an inside attacking role this week and displayed all his killer instincts in finishing low past O’Connell. It was another flowing, short passing move much like two of the majors plundered in Newry. These types of precise attacks replete with one-twos, give and go’s and quick hands are much easier to execute since the advent of the black card and in particular the penalty for the illegal block after a player has played a pass.The other black card category offences remain contentious, Ciaran Thompson was the latest to fall foul of the ambiguity of implementation. He was sent to the line for a late shoulder on an opponent yet despite being floored with an even later hit after delivering his pass in the build up to the second goal, McHugh’s aggressor stayed on the field. These aren’t majorly defining match incidents when the margin of victory reaches double figures but come Championship these could be the difference between winning and losing.Up until then Thompson was having another good outing, although he was outdone by his brother in the scoring stakes. As is now customary, like Scholes or Lampard in their pomp, Anthony can run the length of the field unnoticed and suddenly appear, stealth-like, in yards of space to pop over the simplest of scores. Twice he managed the trick in the first half and the remainder of his work was carried out with the minimum of fuss but the greatest efficiency.Even towards the end of the game, with stoppage time approaching, Thompson was covering his defence, doing his job in his unassuming way before throwing himself in front of a goal bound Cork shot. Paddy McGrath is another who rarely seems too concerned about his own personal safety if it’s for the good of the team. He epitomises the collective effort of the team and in one instance in the first half was quite happy to get a belt in the face knowing that a free was on its way. He took the hit, put the ball down and jogged back to his wing back spot – no fuss, just business.That was the mantra for everyone yesterday. Even though the lead was increasing throughout the second half, there was no slacking off in concentration or exertion. Hugh McFadden was among the most vocal on the field, constantly barking out orders, reminding those in front of him who to pick up and cajoling them to expend the last drops of energy they had left in the tank.McGrath did a number on one of Cork’s most influential operators, Paul Kerrigan, who was such a threat against Mayo last week. His trademarks runs were missing yesterday as the terrier from Ardara completely nullified his contribution.Another of the star performers in Cork’s win over Mayo last week, Daniel Goulding, had a similarly frustrating afternoon. With Eamonn Doherty keeping him company, he found it almost impossible to break free from the shackles of the Eunan’s defender, who appeared to be in cruise control. Indeed, Goulding only managed to score from play after Doherty had been removed from the action before the hour mark.So as the lads escape whatever storms are heading our way next, they head for sunnier climes in fine fettle. Five goals scored in two games and only fifteen scores conceded means a healthy points difference and top spot in the Division One standings.Another win will secure safety and anything after that will be deemed bonus territory. Our old friends Mayo are up next and with Stephen Rochford experiencing somewhat of a baptism of fire in the manager’s hotseat, the joust in Ballybofey in three weeks has all the makings of a feisty encounter.THE CATHAL MacSUIBHNE COLUMN: REBELS OFFER LITTLE RESISTANCE TO DEADLY DONEGAL was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cathal MacSuibhneCorkdonegalgaa column
Dublin-based writer and presenter Deirdre Mullins recently made the trip to Rossnowlagh to have a chat with Easkey Britton, one of Ireland’s finest surfers. Over the next five months Deirdre will travel across Ireland interviewing five extraordinary Irish women to find out what drives them. Easkey was the first on Deirdre’s list, and paid a visit to her home in Rossnowlagh.Easkey, who is also an environmentalist, and a documentary film maker, believes that mindfulness and balance are key to being happy. Deirdre’s article on Easkey, published in the Irish Times, states that Easkey’s morning routine includes yoga, journaling, and meditation.She also doesn’t go near her phone or laptop until she has been awake for an hour, so as she can focus on herself and check out the surfing conditions for the day ahead.Easkey gives Deirdre a surfing lesson, but instead of teaching her how to stand upright on the board, she instead opts to teach her how to breath in time with the waves to connect with the ocean’s energy. Easkey tells Deirdre that an analogy of a tightrope walker can be applied to life, that a balance must be found between tension as well as ease saying; “It’s about finding the flow between these dynamic forces in our lives. From the need to rush to get things done as well as the need to be still and present.”Rossnowlagh surfer part of national series on Ireland’s most extraordinary women was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deirdre mullinsdonegaleaskey brittonIrish TimesRossnowlaghsurfer
GARDAI have caught a serial burglar behind eight raids over a two day period in Buncrana and also caught his brother for similar offences.Thomas Ward, 19, of no fixed abode had 23 previous convictions, Letterkenny District Court heard today.His brother Michael, 24, also of no fixed abode, had 67 previous convictions. The two appeared separately in court today.The court heard how Thomas Ward had carried out the raids on homes, takeaways and shops in Buncrana on March 3 and March 4 this year.Ward admitted all the offences in court, as Gardai confirmed he was already now serving a six month jail sentence after being jailed in Castleblaney on March 27 for handling stolen goods.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher told Judge Paul Kelly that there was little he could say in way of mitigation for this ‘horrible crimes’ but said Ward was addicted to drink and drugs and these had ‘put him on another planet’.Ward had raided three homes, a medical centre, an Aldi, a Lidl and two takeaways.In one raid – at Abrekebabra, he stole a charity box from behind the counter, went to the toilets to empty €25 from it and then used the money to buy a meal.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing until June to await reports.Thomas Ward told him: “I’m guilty for the whole lot and I’m sorry judge.”Michael Ward appeared 20 minutes later.Garda Michael Hooks told the court how Michael Ward was spotted in the back garden of a house in Buncrana on March 4.He had a knife and a key to an Audi car which he admitted stealing.The resident of the home house had been asleep at the time of the 2.15am incident but a relative returning from Libertys nightclub had met Ward at the house.Ward was arrested and admitted the offences.Judge Paul Kelly jailed Michael Ward for a total of 15 months, commenting: “There is a serious issue in this county, and in many other counties, where burglars have been going into people’s homes where people are resident at the time.“This man has an appalling record and I have no option but to deal with it by way of a custodial sentence.”At hearingSERIAL BURGLAR BROTHERS WENT ON 48 HOUR CRIME SPREE, COURT HEARS was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COURT HEARSSERIAL BURGLAR BROTHERS WENT ON 48 HOUR CRIME SPREE
Story Links Loyola (11-6-1) claimed its first-ever MVC Tournament title to go with its first MVC Regular Season crown. The Ramblers earned the Valley’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Full Schedule Roster Drake (9-9-1), which played in its first MVC Tournament title game since 2006, had its four-match winning streak snapped Sunday. Sophomore Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) scored both goals for the Bulldogs. Bruce finished with a team-high six goals in her second season. Penalty kicks were awarded to both teams in the 12th minute of the match. First Loyola converted its PK by Jenna Szczesny, the 2018 MVC Player of the Year and league-leading scorer, and then seconds later Bruce converted for Drake. The Bulldogs pushed for the equalizer after Stephens’ goal, but couldn’t quite get off a solid attempt. Bruce sent a shot high over the bar and later in the final minutes had a header that was saved by diving Loyola goalkeeper Kate Moran. In between, sophomore Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) had her shot blocked. Following Sunday’s championship tilt, Fiorito was awarded the MVC Elite 17 award for having the top-grade point average in the MVC Title game. She has a 4.00 GPA in marketing. Bruce and Rohan joined Fiorito on the 2018 All-Tournament Team. Print Friendly Version Loyola evened the match at 2-2 in the 69th minute. Stone charged and slipped trying to get to the ball but Szczeny collected the rebound and sent a backwards pass to Abby Swanson who shot it into the wide-open net. “We have some really disappointed players right now, but a very proud staff,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Since last spring’s practices we talked about how everyone on the outside would consider this a rebuilding year after graduating the players we did, but we knew we had talented players that needed more experience.” In the second half, the rain picked up. Bruce scored her second goal in the 54th minute to give Drake a 2-1 lead. Junior Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) had her shot blocked but the ball bounced right to Bruce, who buried it top left. The Ramblers netted the winner in the 75th minute off a corner kick. The ball went into the box and was loose for several seconds as neither team could gain control. Stone was able to get her fingers on the ball briefly but couldn’t secure it as Taylor Stephens kicked it in the back of the net. Drake will return a majority of its team for the 2019 season. But, the Bulldogs lose five key seniors who did so much for Drake women’s soccer in their careers. Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.), Tawny Carroll (Streamwood, Ill.), Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.), Elaine Gorom (O’Fallon, Ill.) and Shanon Steurer (Ballwin, Mo.) all played their final match for the Bulldogs. The five helped Drake win two MVC regular season titles, 41 matches and the group collected multiple MVC awards, including Gorom being named the co 2018 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. “Our players have learned a lot since preseason camp, Horner said. “When four of your back six players are new to the starting lineup, there’s going to be a learning curve, but when those players are Kelsie, Shannon, Sam and Vanessa it was only going to be a matter of time before we started earning shutouts. Our team gained a tremendous understanding of how we want to play, how to play for each other, and gained confidence in being physical, being brave in the attack, and being strong in a tackle. We had a challenging non-conference season that prepared us for the grind of the MVC season and our team started to click on the field, our bench was energetic, and we have had a lot of fun since our Valpo game. Today specifically was a fast, physical battle. There were emotional highs, and moments we were tested. The game conditions weren’t great, but our players worked hard for each other. They left it all out there and while it hurts now they’ll smile in the near future about their success and the memories they made.” CHICAGO – Loyola scored two late goals in a 3-2 comeback win over the Drake University women’s soccer team in the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship match Sunday at Loyola Soccer Park in cold, rainy and windy playing conditions. PDF Box Score Drake sophomore goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) had a game-high seven saves. Loyola, which is the top scoring team in the MVC, had 18 shots, including 11 on goal. Stone battled the tough weather conditions and played through a hard foul by Szczeny early in the second half that Stone was injured on. Szczeny was issued a yellow card on the play that occurred just minutes before Bruce’s second goal.