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Women's Cross Country— At the 2013 Knight Invitational, the Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team matched their sixth place finish from the 2012 Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College. The Golden Eagles topped seventh-ranked Aquinas in a close early season WHAC match-up.
Julie Oosterhouse led the team with her third place finish and a new personal best time of 18:01. The junior from Byron Center earned her second weekly Cross Country WHAC Runner of the Week with her performance. Sophomore Audrey Tremaine and freshman Cathy Coryell worked well together with Tremaine finishing 31st in 18:57 and Coryell just behind in 19:02 for 38th.
Junior Kaylee Carew missed most of her freshman year and all of last season rehabbing after ankle surgery. Her first cross country meet in two years completed her comeback as she ran just eight seconds off her personal best, clocking 19:33 to finish 71st. Leah Shepherd ran a collegiate best 19:40 to complete the team scoring, finishing 78th.
Cornerstone entered the meet ranked fourteenth in the NAIA preseason poll and upset seventh-ranked Aquinas, finishing sixth.
Up next for the Golden Eagles will be on Oct. 4 in Lansing, Mich., to participate in the Lansing Community College Invitational beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Men's Cross Country—The Cornerstone University men's cross country team raced well on Saturday at the Knight Invitational. Jared Courtright and Cody Risch completed their CU Cross Country careers in 2012, but have Track & Field eligibility remaining and entered the meet as unattached athletes. Courtright finished thirteenth in a personal best 25:28 and Risch ran a respectable 25:50 in 29th place.
Three Golden Eagle freshmen raced well on Saturday. Jacob Benson improved by nearly one minute from his first 8k, running 28:05 for 189th. Isaac Burnham debuted at 28:31 for 219th and Ethan Trombley chopped over two minutes off his first attempt clocking 28:37 in 227th. Ben Foreman paced Cornerstone for the second meet in a row running 27:04 placing 113th.
The 2012 NAIA National Champions, St. Francis of Illinois, won the meet with 42 points over Aquinas with 74 and Calvin's 142. Cornerstone was 21st in the 27 team field with 569.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action Oct. 3 at the Lansing Community College Invitational that will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Lansing.
Men's Soccer—The Cornerstone University men's soccer went 1-0 this week after a 2-0 win over non-conference opponent, (RV) Spring Arbor University on Sept. 11. The Golden Eagles' Mark Rougas scored first in the 13th minute to take the early 1-0 advantage. Both teams played even throughout the remainder of the first with the Cougars owning 6-5 shot advantage. Cornerstone came out strong again in the second half scoring in the 66th minute of play on Richard Moylan's goal. Goalkeeper, Miguel Cervantes, tallied his second shutout of the season after making six saves on the night.
The Golden Eagles' men's soccer team is now 4-2. Up next for CU is a trip to Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday to face St. Xavier at 7 p.m. (EST). The men will then begin conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21, welcoming Concordia University at 2 p.m. as part of the school's Heading Home festivities to dedicate the new residence hall and baseball stadium.
Women's Soccer— The Cornerstone University women's soccer team split a pair of games last week against Bethel College (1-0 win) and the University of St. Francis (Ind.). During the week, the Golden Eagles outshot their opponents 43-14 but were only able to score one goal.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, the women traveled to Mishawaka, Ind., to face the Pilots of Bethel College. CU outshot the Pilots 15-5 during the half. During the second half, similar to the first, Cornerstone had plenty of opportunities to get on the scoreboard. Finally during the 76th minute, Lexie Brisson-Fast received a pass from Josie Litty and beat the goalkeeper to the far post to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. CU outshot Bethel 25-10. Freshman goalkeeper Allison Snowden, recorded her first collegiate shutout while making 6 saves.
During the annual "Night of Nets" event, Cornerstone welcomed the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday to play under the lights. The Golden Eagles had a handful of opportunities to take the lead but did not capitalize. Cornerstone played much the same during the second half but USF took advantage of their opportunity when Caledonia native, Holly Durkee, put the ball in the back of the net for the game winning goal giving USF the 1-0 victory. Cornerstone outshot USF 18-4 during the night while freshman goalkeeper, Megan Lamb, notched three saves.
The Golden Eagles drop to 2-3 overall during the 2013 campaign. Looking ahead, Cornerstone travels to Goshen College tonight for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Women's Volleyball—The Golden Eagles' volleyball squad went undefeated last week with a 3-0 record. Cornerstone is now 5-7 overall and will begin conference play on Wednesday at Lourdes University beginning at 7 p.m.
At Aquinas College, Cornerstone took the non-conference game 3-1 attacking at a .318 pace and connecting on six aces. Defensively, the Golden Eagles had 10 blocks and 74 digs on the night. Libby Webber had five blocks while Abby Miedema tallied 20 digs. Cornerstone held their opponents to a .188 attacking pace during the match.
On Friday the Golden Eagles hosted two non-conference games for their home opener. IU-South Bend faced CU with Cornerstone taking the first two sets with ease. However, the Titans did not go away easily forcing the third and final set into a nail-biter. The score went back and forth but eventually the Golden Eagles pulled away to take the third set, 27-25. During the second match of the night, Cornerstone welcomed Grace Bible. The Golden Eagles controlled both the offensive and defensive side of the match. CU attacked with a .314 pace while Grace had a -.169. Johanna Egerer led all players during the match with 11 kills to help the Golden Eagles.
After the conference opener on Wednesday, Cornerstone will travel to Bourbonnais, Ill., to participate in the Holiday Inn Express Classic hosted by Olivet Nazarene University. The team will face No. 7 Georgetown College and No. 13 Viterbo University on Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Saturday the Golden Eagles will play (RV) Grand View University and Campbellsville University at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT.
Men's & Women's Tennis— The Golden Eagles' tennis teams played in the ITA Midwest Regional tournament on Sept. 12- Sept. 14. The tournament is the largest and most important singles and doubles tournament of the tennis season, as it is the qualifier for the national singles and doubles championship.
Looking ahead, the Cornerstone women's tennis team will have the week off before hosting Adrian College on Sept. 25 at Orchard Hills. The Golden Eagles' men's tennis team will host Lake Superior State University on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. at Orchard Hills before welcoming Adrian College on Sept. 25.
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