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Men's Soccer—The Cornerstone University men's soccer Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Championship was played in front of an overflow crowd last Friday night with Cornerstone and Aquinas College meeting for the third time this season (2012). On Sept. 4, the squads went into double overtime to decide the 1-0 win for Aquinas, with Cornerstone taking the 1-0 win on Sept. 26, the two teams having entered double overtime again.
The stage was set for the much-anticipated rematch for the conference championship. Aquinas struck first in the second minute to give the Saints an early lead. Cornerstone responded with an equalizer in the 12th minute of play when senior Brian Nimmo stuck the ball in the back of the net to even the score at one apiece. Aquinas scored again in the 32nd minute to give the Saints a 2-1 halftime lead. With 16 minutes to play in regulation, Nimmo notched his second goal of the game, tying it up at 2-2. Neither team was able to score in overtime, forcing them to enter penalty kicks to decide the WHAC conference champion. Aquinas converted on five penalty kicks over Cornerstone's four, advancing the Saints to the NAIA National Tournament. With the loss comes an abrupt end to one of the Golden Eagles' best seasons, having posted a 14-3-2 overall record.
Women's Cross Country—After winning their first ever Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championship on Nov. 3 by one point over Aquinas College, the Cornerstone women's cross country team travels to Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 14 for the 2012 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women's Cross Country National Championship. The Golden Eagles enter Saturday's contest ranked seventh in the nation and look to be major contenders in the race. First Team All-Conference selections Julie Oosterhouse and Jill Louisignau will lead the Cornerstone women's team during the NAIA National Championship.
Men's Cross Country—The Golden Eagles' men's cross country team headed west on Nov. 12 to participate in the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship after receiving an at-large bid from the NAIA committee. The Men's National Championship will also take place in Vancouver, Wash. The Golden Eagles will enter the championship ranked 19th in the nation, led by WHAC All-Conference First Team selection Travis Mabe.
Women's Volleyball—the Cornerstone volleyball team finished their season Nov. 10 at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Madonna University. Cornerstone's squad entered the tournament seeded fourth and faced fifth-seed University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) Nov. 9 in the conference quarterfinal. The Golden Eagles were able to pull out a 3-2 win during the thrilling quarterfinal match, with Cornerstone posting 72 kills and serving up seven aces. Kim Weaver led the Golden Eagles with 14 kills, 44 assists, and 15 digs. With the win, Cornerstone advanced to the conference tournament semifinals to face top-seeded Madonna (ranked No. 16 nationally). Cornerstone was unable to handle the strong play by Madonna and fell 3-0 to the Crusaders. The Golden Eagles end their season with a 25-10 overall record and an 8-3 conference record.
Women's Basketball—Cornerstone University's women's basketball team posted two wins during the first week of November. The squad hosted their first home game of the season Nov. 6 against Rochester College and visited Spring Arbor Nov. 9.
The Golden Eagles topped the Warriors from Rochester College 49-37 to give head coach Katie Mattera a win in her first home game at Cornerstone. Cornerstone grabbed an early 9-2 lead en route to a 22-17 halftime edge. During the second half, Cornerstone led by as many as 13. Senior captain Robyn Veltkamp led Cornerstone with 15 points.
At Spring Arbor on Friday, Cornerstone earned a 61-50 victory. The Golden Eagles trailed by seven with five minutes to play in the first half before switching to a zone defense and going on a 6-0 run to cut Spring Arbor's halftime lead to 25-24. In the second half, the Golden Eagles led by as many as 14 on the way to the win.
With the pair of victories, Cornerstone improves to 3-1 as they prepare to face Indiana Wesleyan University tonight before returning home for the WHAC conference opener against University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Men's Basketball—The Cornerstone men's basketball team opened their season by hosting the WHAC/CL Challenge (Crossroads League, formerly the Mid-Central College Conference) Nov. 9-10 and emerged with a 2-0 record after defeating Spring Arbor University 66-56, and Indiana Wesleyan University 69-65.
Against Spring Arbor, the Cougars jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but with 11:42 left in the half Cornerstone rallied behind co-captain Wes Hudson and eventually entered the locker room trailing 34-29 at the half. After the break, Cornerstone took the lead on a Hudson layup and never looked back as they held the lead for the remainder of the game. Hudson led the team with 19 points while co-captain Derek Kingshott posted a team-high eight rebounds.
A day later against Indiana Wesleyan, Kingshott posted both a game- and career-high 26 points while Jake Plite grabbed seven rebounds for Cornerstone. The Golden Eagles closed out the first half with a 37-28 lead, only to see the Wildcats slowly climb back into the game during the second half, trailing by one with 53 seconds remaining. Hudson came up big again for Cornerstone with a critical reverse layup followed by two free throws on the next play to seal the victory for Cornerstone.
Cornerstone has a week off before returning to action in their WHAC opener, hosting University of Northwestern Ohio at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17.
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