NSU women blank Emporia State in soccer action
The Northeastern State women’s soccer team clinched one of the top three spots in the upcoming MIAA Championship with a 2-0 victory over Emporia State Friday night at DeLoache Field.
The RiverHawks (14-3-0, 7-3-0 MIAA) broke the school record for wins in a single season, and the team also extended the record for most shutouts in a single campaign that now stands at 10.
NSU moved into a tie for second place in the league table with one match to go in the regular season. The squad has guaranteed itself a top-3 finish in the final standings and will host an MIAA Championship quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.
The Hornets (8-7-2, 4-4-2 MIAA) slipped to eighth in the conference standings and is now in danger of missing the eight-team conference tournament.
The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half, but sophomore forward Lindsey Latta put the home side on top for good just 16 seconds into the second half. Her third goal of the year was assisted by senior forward Emily Voges and freshman forward Anastasia Robinson.
Senior midfielder Elizabeth Cudjoe added an unassisted insurance marker just three minutes later and the backline held strong in the shutout win.
NSU freshman goalkeeper Jordan Woodruff (14-3-0) extended her school record to nine shutouts this season, as she stopped all six shots on goal. Yadira Rivera (7-6-2) also saved six shots but let in two goals to take the loss.
Northeastern State celebrated its Senior Day at a halftime presentation. The eight seniors honored were Cudjoe, Voges, forward Jennifer Clark, midfielders Stephanie Doherty, Kelsey Sheldon and Renee’ Valcarcel, defender Jessy Phillips, and goalkeeper Maggie Kloza.
NSU will close out the regular season with a home match at 1 p.m. Sunday against Washburn.
NSU men debut at No. 17 in hoops poll
The Northeastern State men's basketball team was ranked No. 17 in the 2013-14 NABC/Division II Preseason Poll, the organization announced Friday. This is the highest NSU has been ranked since winning the national championship in 2003.
The RiverHawks are coming off a 2012-13 campaign where they finished 19-9 overall and competed in the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time in 10 years. The team also participated in its first season as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and finished third in the regular season with a 12-6 league mark.
Northeastern State was the only member of the MIAA to receive a top-25 national ranking. The only other league squad to receive consideration was Fort Hays State, who garnered 12 votes.
NSU returns three starters from last year, including All-American guard Bryton Hobbs. The senior from St. Louis led Northeastern State in both points scored (18.3 points per game) and assists (4.9 per game) last year, while also finishing second in rebounding (four per contest). He was an All-MIAA First Team selection and an NABC All-Central Region First Team honoree.
Other starters returning for NSU are senior forward Marcus Sheppard (5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) and junior forward Landon DeMasters (7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds per contest).
NSU was also selected by Division II Bulletin as the No. 10-ranked team in the nation heading into the new campaign.
The RiverHawks will open the regular season Nov. 9, and they will participate in the grand opening of the NSU Event Center with a game against Harding University at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.