Tahlequah Daily Press

September 11, 2013

Samia lands MIAA soccer honors

NSU briefs

From Staff reports

— Paul Samia was named the MIAA Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday.

The sophomore forward from Colorado Springs, Colo., scored the lone goal of the match in Northeastern State’s 1-0 road upset win over No. 6 Rockhurst University on Sunday.

Samia also scored in NSU’s opening match and has already doubled his goal production from a year ago.

This was the first weekly honor awarded by the MIAA this season, and this was the first-career weekly laurel for Samia. Northeastern State brought home a league-best four weekly accolades a year ago.

The RiverHawks (2-0) will complete its four-game road swing to open the season when the team heads to Colorado for two matches. The first will pit the RiverHawks against No. 5 Regis University at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Phllips, Woodruff pick up MIAA weekly accolades

Northeastern State’s Jessy Phillips and Jordan Woodruff both collected weekly conference accolades, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced on Tuesday.

Phillips, a senior defender from Bartlesville, was honored as the MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week, while Woodruff, a true freshman from Long Island, N.Y., was named the MIAA Goalkeeper of the Week.

Northeastern State picked up two wins to start the season, thanks in large part to the play of its backline.

This was the first weekly honor awarded by the MIAA this season, and this was the first-career weekly laurel for both Phillips and Woodruff.

The RiverHawks (2-0) are set to face East Central University later tonight in Ada.

5th, 6th for NSU golf teams

The Northeastern State women’s golf team finished fifth in the Lady Panthers’ Fall Shootout at the Silo Ridge Country Club hosted by Drury University Tuesday.

Freshman Sofia Castiello led the RiverHawks in her debut tournament finishing ninth out of 54 players. Castiello shot an 81 for round two ending with an overall score of 157.

Freshmen Baylee Price and Gabbi Shelton were not far behind Castiello. Price finished tied for 12th in the tournament also shooting a second round score of 81 and ending with a final score of 157. Shelton matched her round one score of 82 to finish at 164 for a T-23.

“We qualified as good or better as any of our recent teams, but we just had a few first tournament jitters,” NSU coach Scott Varner said. “Sofia and Baylee had respectable first events, and I’m happy with how Kayla is coming along.”

Sophomore Kayla Schroeder completed round two with an 83, scored 164 overall and placed solo 27th while junior Arizona Chin finished 30th after concluding round two with a score of 86 and final score of 168.

Host Drury University won the tournament with a final score of 616. Arkansas Tech (617) claimed second place while Southwestern Oklahoma State (631) took third and Henderson State (643) picked up fourth.

“We’re starting from scratch, as no one in our current lineup competed for us at this point last year,” Varner said. “You can definitely see that we are going through some growing pains, but we are going to learn from this experience and improve.”

Northeastern State will be back in action on Sept. 16 for its 15th annual NSU Women’s Classic at Cherokee Hills Country Club in Catoosa.

The Northeastern State men’s golf team placed sixth at the UNK Fall Invitational following Tuesday’s final round score of 294 on the par-72, 7,001-yard Awarii Dunes Golf Course.

The RiverHawks (307-299-294) posted a three-round total of 36-over-par 900 and improved their score in each round. This marked the first time since April 2011 (UCO/Kickingbird Classic) that the squad accomplished the feat in a three-round tournament.

Host Nebraska-Kearney took home top honors with a 9-under 855. The squad shot a tournament-best 274 in the final round to win by 14 strokes. Lindenwood (289-296-284=869) and Fort Hays State (295-299-291=885) finished behind the Lopers, while No. 15 Central Missouri (292-304-291=887) leapfrogged No. 12 Central Oklahoma (290-305-298=893) for the fourth-place spot.

Two freshmen paced Northeastern State in Tate Williamson and Marc Johnson. Williamson landed in a tie for 13th with a 4-over 220 (72-74-74). Johnson also shot 74 in the final round and tied for 29th at 11-over 227 (76-77-74).

Sophomore Michael Varner tied for 34th with a steady 12-over 228 (76-76-76=228), while junior Josh Strimple posted a team-best 72 in the final round to tie for 40th at 14-over 230 (83-75-72). Rounding out the RiverHawks was sophomore Brent Williamson, who carded a 16-over 232 (84-74-74).

Northeastern State will take the next weekend off before playing host to the 15th Annual NSU Men’s Golf Classic Sept. 23-24 at Emerald Falls Golf Course in Broken Arrow.