Tristan Esprit helped lead the Golden Eagles men's soccer team to a 2-1 record last week.
Tristan Esprit helped lead the Golden Eagles men's soccer team to a 2-1 record last week.
Golden Eagles - Mon, Sep. 9, 2013

Men's Soccer—The Cornerstone University men's soccer went 2-1 last week against non-conference opponents -- falling to the University of Saint Francis in overtime on Sept. 3 and notching wins against Goshen College and Cleary University on Friday and Saturday.

After being outshot 8-2 in the first half against the University of Saint Francis, the Golden Eagles outshot their opponent 7-1 after intermission but were unable to get on the scoreboard as the game went into overtime.  The Cougars created a couple of shots early into the extra time and 3:38 into the period, Jason Walcutt scored to give USF the victory.  The Golden Eagles netminder, Miguel Cervantes, notched five saves while Jordan Wilson led CU with four shots during the contest.

On the weekend, the Golden Eagles tallied eight goals in two contests.  On Friday, Sept. 6, CU welcomed Goshen College and Mario Williams put Cornerstone ahead 1-0 with a header goal from a free kick delivered by Tristan EspritGareth Flynn notched CU's remaining two goals to earn  the 3-0 win against the Maple Leafs.  On Saturday, Sept. 7, Cleary University visited for another night game and the Golden Eagles came away with a 5-1 victory.  Goals came from five different players including Diego Bobadilla, Tristan Esprit and Kwame Miller's first goal of the season. 

The Golden Eagles' men's soccer team is now 3-2.  Up next for CU is a trip to Spring Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday to take on (RV) Spring Arbor University at 7 p.m.  

Women's Soccer— The Cornerstone University women's soccer team notched their first victory of the 2013 campaign at Huntington University on Saturday – winning 3-0.

The Golden Eagles found themselves tied 0-0 at the half with the Foresters after outshooting the hosts, 8-4.  Cornerstone came out strong in the second half and tallied their first goal within five minutes off a Lexie Brisson-Fast cross to Amanda Schutter, who finished the ball with her right foot.  CU rolled the remainder of the half with the other two goals coming from Brisson-Fast and freshman Jessica Erny.  Erny's goal was her first of the season and her first collegiate goal.  Cornerstone's goalkeeper, Megan Lamb, was able to notch a shutout with the help of strong defensive play by the Golden Eagles.

After the win, the Golden Eagles are now 1-2 to start the season.  Cornerstone travels to Mishawaka, Ind., to face the Pilots of Bethel College at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 10.  The Golden Eagles will then host the University of Saint Francis for Cornerstone's annual "Night of Nets" event.  The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. 

Cornerstone Cross Country—Both men's and women's Golden Eagles'  cross country teams had the week off but will continue their season on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Grand Rapids at the Knight Invitational.  The invitational is hosted by Calvin College and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Women's Volleyball—The Golden Eagles' volleyball squad took a break from  action last week after returning from their busy 10-day west coast trip.  Cornerstone heads to Aquinas College on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a non-conference matchup.  The Golden Eagles will then host Indiana University-South Bend and Grace Bible College on Friday, Sept. 13.  Those matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. 

Cailie Johnson leads the team with 97 kills in 32 sets played, attacking at a .354 pace.  Senior Kim Weaver has dished out 277 assists this season averaging 8.66 per set played.  On the defensive side, Becky Albrecht and Libby Webber have notched 23 blocks each while senior Abby Miedema has tallied 149 digs for the Golden Eagles (averaging 4.66 per set). 

Women's Tennis— The Cornerstone women's tennis team faced two non-conference opponents -- going 0-2 during the week.  On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Cornerstone traveled to Bourbonnais, Ill, to face No. 14 Olivet Nazarene but were unable to notch a win against the nationally- ranked opponent.  On Friday, Sept. 6, Cornerstone fell to Goshen College 2-7.  Janie Silvers and Allison Rusticus picked up wins during the singles competition for Cornerstone.     

Looking ahead, Cornerstone will travel to Davenport University for a 6 p.m. match on Sept. 10 and then participate in the ITA Midwest Regionals Sept. 12-14 in Grand Rapids.  

Men's Tennis— The Golden Eagles' men's tennis team continued the 2013-14 campaign with three matches scheduled for last week.  However, due to rain, the men were only able to play in two -- against No. 19 Olivet Nazarene and Huntington University, Sept. 3 and Sept. 7 respectively.

At Olivet Nazarene, Cornerstone had a tough challenge facing the nationally ranked Tigers -- falling 0-9 to the hosts.  On Friday, the Golden Eagles dropped a close contest, 4-5, to Huntington University at Goshen College.  Chris Reed, Andrew Son and Alex Tarnow picked up wins during the singles competition while John Andrew and Tarnow notched a win during the doubles competition to help Cornerstone.   

After the week, Cornerstone is now 1-2 overall and will travel to Davenport University on Sept. 10 for a 6 p.m. start time.  Subsequently, they participate in the ITA Midwest Regionals on Sept. 12-14 in Grand Rapids. 


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