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(Holland, Mich.) Senior, Julie Oosterhouse opened her senior cross country season by winning the Vanderbilt Invitational, hosted by Hope College. The Golden Eagles took second to their hosts in the four-team field.
Oosterhouse and sophomore, Cathy Coryell raced together taking the lead in the second mile. On the 800 meter climb to the finish, Julie stretched a ten second gap into 37 over Emily Wrozek of Hope. Coryell finished fifth in 19:41.
A pack of five CU women ran conservatively through the opening mile then worked their way through the field. Still together at the three mile mark, the sprint to the finish sorted out the places. Freshman Ally Rabe took 17th in 20:42 followed by Audrey Tremaine in (18th / 20:44), CallyAnne Wyma (19th / 20:47), Kayla Ovokaitys (20th / 20:47) and Sydney Tremaine (22nd / 20:56).
In a virtual repeat of the 2013 race, Hope took the team title with 22 points followed by Cornerstone with 51, Adiran at 73 and Muskegon Community College's 102.
The Golden Eagles started off very well today controlling the ball and the tempo of the game. Cornerstone created some nice chances early in the game and they got on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute of play. Cornerstone was awarded their fifth corner kick of the game in the 21st minute. Kerri Hoffman sent a ball across the face of the goal and defender Kate Wiegman scored her first goal of the season by heading the ball into the goal from about 6 yards out. Cornerstone kept pressing the Cougars through the remainder of the half but couldn't find the back of the net. "It was a very good first half performance by the team and we should have scored at least one more goal from the chances we created" said Coach Strawser.
The second half was much more even in terms of possession and chances. Both teams created some dangerous opportunities. The Cougars capitalized on one of their in the 67th minute. They played a ball over the top of the right side of our defense, collected it and played the ball across the face of the goal to their leading scorer who one timed the ball into the goal. Each team created some good chances in attempt to win the game in regulation but neither found the back of the net.
The team played similar in the overtimes. Lexie Brisson-Fast had Cornerstone's best opportunity late in the second overtime only to be thwarted by a great save by the Cougar GK. St. Francis also had an opportunity after that on a Corner Kick in the last seconds of the game but Allison Snowden handled a tough cross and kept the ball out of the goal as time was running out.
Cornerstone created a lot of chances and had 18 Corner Kicks compared to 4 by St. Francis. Shots were even at 9 for each team. "We certainly created enough chances to score more goal and we need to keep working to find ways to finish off those chances".
Cornerstone improves to 1-0-2 on the season and will return to action next Saturday when they host Huntington University (Ind.) in our "Night of Net's" game this season. That game will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $6 will gladly be accepted at the gate to help buy bed nets to send to Africa this summer.
(Holland, Mich.) For the fourth time in the last five years, Cornerstone Alum, Zach Ripley won the Vanderbilt Cross Country Invitational. Ripley was joined by CU senior, Louis Falland for most of the race taking second.
The two ran the first half of the 8 kilometer race under course record pace of 24:59 set by Ripely in 2010. Zach pulled away in the second half to in in 25:10. Falland's 25:39 was the top collegiate time and 48 seconds ahead of third.
The Golden Eagles put four freshmen in their top seven, led by Brent Dunn's 27:57 in eleventh. Senior Jared Holmberg finished two seconds and one place back. Kevin Vroegh debuted in 28:18 for 18th while sophomore, Jacob Benson (28:36 / 22nd) worked with Zach Feldpausch (28:39 / 23rd). Trevor Curtis filled the seventh spot running 30:11 for 32nd.
Adrian College put five in the top ten to win the team title with 30 points. Hope was second with 42 followed by Cornerstone's 61. Muskegon Community College finished fourth with 107.
The men's soccer team traveled to Hammond, IN to open their 2014 season against the Peregrines of Purdue University Calumet. Despite goals from Mario Williams (16th minute) and Garrett Nimmo (81st minute), the team lost it's season opener to Purdue university Calumet 3-2 in overtime. "We played really well for the first 20 minutes of the 1st half. We pressured well and created some good chances", said Head Coach Mark Bell. In the 16th minute, Tristan Esprit served up a great ball and Mario Williams headed it in for the goal and the 1-0 lead. "We had a couple of really good chances after that but just couldn't find the back of the net." The Golden Eagles went in to halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The second half was a different story. "We started off the 2nd half extremely slow and never really recovered. The Peregrines fought back and took control of the game. Sophomore GK Nick Hopkins kept the Peregrines off the board to start the 2nd half with a beautiful save on a pk. Nick finished the game with 2 saves.
"We really struggled in the back today and just didn't have the leadership we needed back there." The Peregrines continued to pressure our backline to create scoring opportunities and eventually tied it up in the 63rd minute and took the lead in the 65th minute.
A weather delay stopped the game with 9 minutes left. CU came back after the delay and Garrett Nimmo tied the game right after the restart. Cornerstone had chances to score before the end of regulation but didn't find the back of the net.
At 4:30 in to the 1st overtime, there was another breakdown in the back and the Peregrines tapped in the game winner. "It was good to see the guys play a strong first half and battle back after we went down 2-1 but we lacked consistency in the back and struggled to finish the opportunities we had," said Bell.
The Peregrines outshot the Golden eagles 15-12 and Golden Eagles had 3 corners to Purdue Calumet's 2.
Golden Eagles will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside on Friday, Sept 5th and Northwestern College on Saturday, September 6th.
The Golden Eagles have a new look under new coach Michelle Boogaard this year. The Golden Eagles opened 2014 with a better team score than all of last year. The Golden Eagles finished their round in the Furniture City Classic with a team score of 393. Sophomore Whitney Krieger led the Golden Eagles with a 95. Senior Jordan Sprehe shot a 98 while Junior Heather Promer and Freshman Claire Niergarth both ended the day with a total of 100. The Golden Eagles will look to continue to imroved as they start the conference season with the first WHAC Jamboree hosted by Concordia at the Polo Fields Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 5th at 11:00 a.m.