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Women's Soccer— After a 1-0 loss to the Haitian National team last Thursday night, Cornerstone will open their 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they host Taylor University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the two teams met during the early season with Cornerstone edging Taylor in extra time. The golden goal was scored by Rebekah Eggleston from Josie Litty.
Men's Soccer—The Cornerstone University men's soccer team began their 2013 campaign Friday, Aug. 23, welcoming Indiana Wesleyan University (RV). During the first 20 minutes of play, both teams played each other evenly until IWU's Geoff Bowman sent a ball through the net on a penalty kick past CU goalkeeper Miguel Cervantes. The Golden Eagles outshot Indiana Wesleyan 4-3 in the first half but were unable to get any shots on frame. In the second half, Wesleyan applied more pressure on the Cornerstone defense but Cervantes made a few saves to keep the score 1-0. In the 85th minute, Indiana Wesleyan's Keaton Albert beat the CU defender placing the ball in the lower right side of the goal to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Up next for the Golden Eagles is a trip to Chicago to face Robert Morris University on Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. (EST).
Women's Cross Country—The Golden Eagles' women's cross country team looks to defend their 2012 conference championship and improve on their fifteenth place finish at the NAIA national meet last season when they open the season this Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational at Hope College. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Men's Cross Country—The Cornerstone University men's cross country team also begins their season at the Vanderbilt Invitational at Hope College on Aug. 31. The Invitational is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Women's Volleyball—The Golden Eagles' volleyball squad is out west for a ten-day trip to begin the season. They are coming off an eventful weekend at the Westminster Tournament in Salt Lake City on Friday and Saturday where they posted wins against Olivet Nazarene University (3-1) and Hope International (3-0) while falling to Dixie State College (1-3) and Westminster College of Salt Lake City (2-3).
Cailie Johnson led the team with 53 kills, attacking at a .333 pace and tallying 38 digs. Senior Becky Albrecht posted 34 kills during the tournament while Murphy Heyer added 32 respectively. Senior libero, Abby Miedema, led the team with 74 digs during the four matches while Kim Weaver dished out 148 assists.
Cornerstone will have another busy week in California when they head to 16th-ranked Westmont College, Tuesday, Aug. 27, and then participate in the Asics/Wyndham Labor Day Classic on Friday and Saturday in Irvine, California. During the weekend, the team will face three top 10 NAIA ranked squads, including #1 Concordia University (CA), #9 The Master's College and #4 Biola University. The Golden Eagles will be challenged this week before heading back to Grand Rapids.
Tennis—Both Cornerstone men's and women's tennis teams begin their season at Bethel College on Friday, Aug. 30. For the men, the top three players from last year return -- Austin Hunt, Elijah Yi (Honorable Mention All-Conference) and Chris Reed (led the Golden Eagles with 22 wins). On the women's side, top performers Heidi Boel and Janie Silvers return for another season. Freshman Nicole Kunnen and Alyssa Bart are Head Coach Dan Erickson's newcomers. Both teams will seek to build on last year's performances as the 2013-14 campaign will be both teams fourth season.
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