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Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Logan Webb pumped his fists as he set down a star-studded Dodgers lineup all game long, then raised his pitching hand in appreciation after a masterful postseason debut.

Webb struck out 10 while working into the eighth inning, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked defending World Series champion Los Angeles 4-0 on Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series.

Those two Giants standouts summed up this year perfectly for the NL West champs: A brilliant performance by the young right-hander supported by a veteran catcher who has shined on this big October stage so many times before.

Webb credited Posey’s presence behind the plate in helping him excel.

“Just having him back there, honestly,” Webb said. “He’ll calm me down.”

Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford also homered to back a combined five-hitter by Webb and a pair of relievers.

Everybody knows this matchup between century-old rivals takes this best-of-five playoff series to another level. They finished with baseball’s two best records, the division coming down to the final day as the Dodgers wound up one game back with 106 wins, ending their run of eight consecutive West crowns.

That meant Los Angeles had to get by the Cardinals in the wild-card game Wednesday night then fly straight to the Bay Area, where a loud crowd packed Oracle Park.

“The energy today was awesome,” Webb said.

The Dodgers will try to even the series when they send 20-game winner Julio Urias to the mound for Game 2 on Saturday night opposite Giants All-Star right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Webb waved his pitching hand walking off to a rousing ovation in the eighth after a two-out single by Mookie Betts. He didn’t walk a batter while outpitching Dodgers ace Walker Buehler.

“He was out there pretending like it was a game in the backyard,” Bryant said.

Webb joined just two other pitchers to ever win a postseason start with 10 or more strikeouts, no walks and no runs – Jake Arrieta for the Cubs on Oct. 7, 2015, against the Pirates and the Phillies’ Cliff Lee on Oct. 18, 2009, against the Dodgers.

Tyler Rogers relieved for the final out in the eighth and rookie Camilo Doval calmly worked the ninth.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, making his own playoff debut on the dugout’s top step, had absolute confidence the 24-year-old Webb would shine in the biggest start of his life. Just last Sunday, Webb pitched the Giants past the Padres in the regular-season finale as San Francisco clinched the club’s first division title since 2012. Webb hasn’t lost since May 5 at Colorado.

Featuring a changeup and slider, Webb was in total command. He also turned four comebackers into outs.

“I just think to be quite honest with you we didn’t make adjustments,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Tommy La Stella hit a pair of singles and played sparkling defense, getting things started by drawing a five-pitch walk from Buehler in the bottom of the first.

That set things up for Posey, who sat out last year’s coronavirus-shortened season to care for prematurely born adopted twin girls. He clobbered a 3-0 pitch into a water-spraying pillar above the right-field arcade with two outs in the first to send the orange-towel waving sellout crowd of 41,934 into a frenzy.

“The dang column kept me from a splash hit,” Posey cracked with a grin. No right-handed hitter has ever reached McCovey Cove.

Kapler said Posey could play every postseason game, and why not? At age 34, the veteran catcher started five of the final six regular-season games and 10 of 13 overall to end the season. This marked his first postseason home run since Game 4 of the 2012 World Series at Detroit off Max Scherzer.

La Stella stopped Justin Turner’s sharp grounder to second base in the fourth and in the same motion flipped the ball to Crawford, and the shortstop fired to first baseman Wilmer Flores for an inning-ending double play.

“That was pretty sick,” Webb said, “That was awesome. I was screaming and yelling, I think everyone was screaming and yelling. It’s a special play.”

This is the first postseason meeting between the storied franchises whose history goes way back to their days in New York. In 1951 and 1962 the teams faced off in a best-of-three NL tiebreaker with the Giants winning each of those in three.

Webb dazzled on a night San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Steve Young led the “Beat LA!” chant before first pitch. Home run king Barry Bonds drew a standing ovation, stood and waved when shown on the big screen in the middle innings sitting with NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin.

Bryant, acquired in a midseason trade with the Cubs, homered in the seventh for the Giants. Buehler lowered his head with hands on knees as the ball sailed over the left-field fence.

“Obviously it’s on me to try to create some momentum and I kind of sucked that out of our dugout,” Buehler said.

Crawford connected in the eighth.

Buehler had been 7-0 lifetime against the Giants before taking a loss Sept. 5 in the season series finale as San Francisco edged LA 10-9, with the Dodgers holding an 80-78 advantage in runs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Roberts went with lefty David Price among his 12 pitchers over fellow southpaw Justin Bruihl, who made his major league debut in August and isn’t someone Los Angeles is comfortable with pitching back-to-back days yet. Regarding Price, Roberts noted the pluses, “I think with David, certainly the experience, the ability to add some length, a neutral arm.” In fact, Roberts didn’t rule out considering Price as an opener for Game 4.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto was left off San Francisco’s roster after he missed significant time through the season with elbow troubles. “Very tough decision. I think we would have liked to have had him stretched out and perhaps considered him as somebody who could start one of these games for us,” Kapler said. “We just weren’t able to get there, and that’s tough. In particular it’s tough because Johnny has meant so much to the organization.” … 1B Brandon Belt is sidelined by a broken left thumb that he hopes will heal in time for a return in the NLCS should the Giants advance.

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Urias (20-3, 2.96 ERA) hasn’t lost in 17 starts since June 21, going 11-0 over that stretch that included a Sept. 4 win at Oracle Park.

“It’s a big game and I will have the maximum focus,” Urias said.

Gausman (14-6, 2.81) was 0-1 over his final four starts following five straight winning decisions. But he allowed one run over seven innings last Saturday in an eventual extra-innings loss to San Diego.

Red Sox flex muscles, power past Rays 14-6 to even ALDS 1-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston slugger J.D. Martinez wasn’t sure how well he’d run, but he thought his sprained left ankle would be OK in the batter’s box Friday.

Lucky for him, the Red Sox took their time rounding the bases all night while turning an early deficit against the Tampa Bay Rays into a blowout win.

Martinez hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in his return to the lineup and the Red Sox backed Tanner Houck’s clutch relief effort with a franchise postseason record five home runs, rallying past the Rays 14-6 to even their AL Division Series at one game each.

Game 3 of the best-of-five showdown is Sunday in Boston.

Kike Hernandez had five of Boston’s 20 hits, including a homer and three doubles, becoming Boston’s first player with four extra-base hits in a postseason game.

Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers also connected for the Red Sox, who stunned Tampa Bay after ace Chris Sale allowed a first-inning slam to Jordan Luplow and was pulled following just three outs.

“Obviously, we had to make adjustments, and Tanner came in and did an outstanding job,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “But offensively, it was like: `Hey, don’t panic.’ We put up two (runs) in the first, and we still got eight innings. They did an amazing job the whole night.”

Hernandez’s leadoff homer in the fifth off Collin McHugh tied it before Martinez went deep against Matt Wisler (0-1) four batters later.

“He is definitely a huge piece of that lineup, and I think he showed why today,” Rays catcher Mike Zunino said of Martinez. “He came in, I know coming off an injury, and battling with that isn’t easy. But he had great at-bats all day. You tip your cap.”

Houck (1-0) kept Boston in the game after Sale was rocked for five runs in the first inning. The rookie right-hander came out of the bullpen to start the second inning and allowed one run and two hits over five frames, retiring his first 11 batters before yielding a two-out single to Wander Franco in the fifth.

Ji-Man Choi entered as a defensive replacement for Luplow and had the only other hit off Houck, a two-out solo homer in the sixth. Houck struck out five.

Martinez had four hits after missing Tuesday night’s wild-card victory over the New York Yankees and Game 1 of the ALDS. He was injured stumbling over second base while heading to the outfield during last weekend’s regular-season finale at Washington.

“It felt all right hitting,” Martinez said. “Didn’t feel good running, but felt all right hitting.”

Bogaerts, Verdugo and Hernandez had solo shots to steady the staggering Red Sox, who lost the opener 5-0 Thursday night. Martinez then delivered the lead.

Devers’ two-run homer off Michael Wacha hiked Boston’s advantage to 11-6 in the eighth. Christian Vazquez had an RBI infield single in the ninth, which Hernandez followed with a two-run single. Bogaerts, Verdugo and Vazquez had three hits each.

The Rays hadn’t allowed 14 runs in a game since Boston beat them 20-6 on Aug. 11.

“We knew coming in they have a very talented offense, and they just put together a lot of quality at-bats … and just kind of put it on us,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

“You chalk it up as a bad game,” Zunino added. “It just wasn’t our night.”

Martinez and Cora both said Boston’s medical staff deserved credit for helping the designated hitter get back on the field.

“Those guys guys, they work so hard, countless hours,” Cora said.

Verdugo also stole an out in left field, leaning over the short wall in foul territory in the sixth inning to catch Nelson Cruz’s popup.

A night after Randy Arozarena became the first player in major league history to homer and steal home in a postseason game, the Rays got off to another fast start that whipped a yellow towel-waving crowd of 37,616 – up from 27,419 for Game 1 – into a frenzy.

Rays rookie left Shane Baz became the second pitcher in big league history to start a playoff game with three or fewer career regular-season appearances. Matt Moore was the other, doing it with the Rays in Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS at Texas.

In using Baz and Game 1 winner Shane McClanahan to begin the series, AL East-winning Tampa Bay joined Oakland as the only teams to start rookie pitchers in the first two games of a playoff series. The Athletics began the 2012 ALDS at Detroit with Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone.

Boston, meanwhile, has only gotten 2 1/3 innings combined out of its starting pitchers through two games. Sale, who returned from Tommy John surgery in August to make nine starts down the stretch, was pulled after giving up five runs and four hits in the first inning. That followed an abbreviated outing by Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday.

Luplow’s grand slam was the sixth homer Sale has allowed 26 career postseason innings.

HE’S IN, HE’S OUT

Boston replaced injured right-hander Garrett Richards on the ALDS roster with reliever Matt Barnes. Richards has a left hamstring strain and will be ineligible for the AL Championship Series roster if the Red Sox advance.

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Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 for Boston. He allowed one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings of Boston’s wild-card win over the Yankees. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA in seven career postseason appearances, including three starts.

Cash hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday. He could go with right-hander Drew Rasmussen or opt for a bullpen day.

Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa was aggressive at the plate. Same for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve turned in a couple of gems in the field.

The Houston Astros are relentless – especially in the playoffs.

Correa hit a two-run double during Houston’s five-run seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.

“They’ve been here before and they’ve experienced it,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Belief is a big part of this game and belief will take you a long, long ways – and these guys as a unit, they believe.”

Sure looks that way.

Tucker homered and drove in three runs as the Astros moved within one win of their fifth straight appearance in the AL Championship Series. Alex Bregman had two hits and scored twice, and Altuve made a couple of big plays.

“I think experience plays a huge part of it,” Correa said. “The moment is never too big for the guys in that clubhouse.”

Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday night in Chicago.

The Astros grabbed the lead for good on Alvarez’s tiebreaking RBI single off Aaron Bummer (0-1) with one out in the seventh. Craig Kimbrel then took over and retired Yuli Gurriel before Correa’s drive to right sailed past Leury Garcia, who turned all the way around while trying to track down the ball.

Correa screamed and gestured to the crowd to yell with him as he reached second. The star shortstop is eligible for free agency after this season, and it’s going to be quite costly for the AL West champion Astros to keep him.

The versatile Garcia had just moved from second base to right, replacing Adam Engel.

“They’re really good, but I thought we played really well, too,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “But they played better – just enough.”

Tucker then punctuated the inning with a two-run shot into the seats in left, lifting Houston to a 9-4 lead.

The Astros got 10 hits for the second straight day, but their defense stole the show.

Altuve led the way. He made a diving grab to take a hit away Andrew Vaughn in the sixth. He wowed again when he fielded a sharp grounder from Eloy Jimenez and got the throw to first base in time for the first out of the eighth.

Gurriel got the first two outs of the fourth when the first baseman turned an unassisted double play, and Tucker dashed to grab a fly ball hit by Yasmani Grandal with runners on first and second in the seventh.

“Defense is something that we work on before we even hit,” Baker said. “These guys take pride in defense. And so that’s something I think is overlooked by a lot of clubs, but never on my clubs.”

The Astros rolled to a 6-1 win in Game 1 behind a splendid start by Lance McCullers Jr. Framber Valdez struggled in Game 2, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The White Sox grabbed a 4-2 lead with three runs in the fifth. Luis Robert and Jose Abreu each hit an RBI single, and Grandal added a sacrifice fly.

But the Astros tied it in the bottom half on Gurriel’s two-run single. It was the first hit of the series for the AL batting champion.

The loss drops the AL Central champion White Sox to 0-6 in Houston this season. They are trying to avoid another early postseason exit after they were eliminated by Oakland in the first round last year.

“Our backs are against the wall right now,” shortstop Tim Anderson said. “We know what we need to do, we’ve got to take care of business. Things will get better. It’s good to head back home, for sure.”

Robert and Anderson had three hits apiece. Abreu, who had been slowed by flu-like symptoms, had two hits and drove in a run.

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito permitted four runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He tied a season high with five walks in his second career playoff start.

Giolito threw complete games in his previous two starts against the Astros, including a three-hitter in a 10-1 victory on July 17.

Houston’s bullpen shut down the White Sox after the early exit by Valdez, with five relievers combining for 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball. Ryne Stanek (1-0) worked the seventh for the win.

Alvarez, who homered and drove in two runs in Game 1, has been great for the Astros in his return to the postseason. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year returned this season after being relegated to watching the team’s playoff run on television last year after having surgery on both knees.

TOPPING THE CHARTS

Gurriel’s hit and two RBIs Friday gave him the most hits (52) and RBIs (27) in the playoffs of any Cuban in MLB history. He passed Yasiel Puig on the hits list and Tony Perez in RBIs.

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Following an off day, rookie Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30 ERA) starts for Houston in Game 3. The White Sox have yet to name a starter for that game.

Tellez HR, throw spark Brewers over Braves 2-1 in Game 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Rowdy Tellez fouled off Charlie Morton’s pitch in a scoreless game, then headed toward the dugout for a deep breath and a new bat.

Just the break the Milwaukee Brewers needed.

Tellez spoiled Morton’s gem by hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Friday in the opener of their NL Division Series.

“I’m still out of breath,” Tellez said. “It was a crazy moment.”

Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser and Josh Hader combined on a four-hitter that gave Milwaukee the early lead in this best-of-five series. Game 2 is Saturday in Milwaukee.

Former Brewer Orlando Arcia grounded to second with runners on the corners to end the game. That came after Milwaukee catcher Omar Narvaez – who combined with first baseman Tellez on a key first-inning double play – blocked Hader’s 1-2 pitch in the dirt to keep Freddie Freeman at third base.

Neither team produced much offense until the Brewers finally broke through in the seventh.

After Morton (0-1) plunked Avisail Garcia with a 1-2 pitch to start the inning, Tellez ripped another 1-2 offering from Morton over the center-field wall to break a scoreless tie.

“Even in those at-bats, I got them where I wanted to be,” Morton said. “I just didn’t finish them off. I hit Avi, and then I grooved one to Rowdy.”

Tellez was 1 for 13 against the Braves this season until delivering that 411-foot drive, which came immediately after the hefty, bearded slugger fouled a pitch off.

“I don’t know if I broke that bat,” Tellez said. “I just saw something fly off of it. I was like, `I need all the help I can get right now.’

“I walked back, and the bat boy didn’t even realize. I kind of just collected my breath and calmed myself, got back to the box, and I said, `(Keep) my foot down and just see the pitch and hit the ball hard.’ That’s all I wanted to do.”

The big hit capped quite a comeback for Tellez, who was activated from the injured list Saturday after missing about three weeks with a right patella strain.

“It was a tight timetable,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We knew it was going to be tight. We were fortunate that he got himself healthy. The training staff did a heck of a job.”

Atlanta’s Joc Pederson lofted a pinch-hit homer off Houser (1-0) with two outs in the eighth.

Morton’s 85th and final pitch to Tellez was among the few mistakes he made all day. He struck out nine, walked one and hit a batter to continue his recent history of exceptional postseason performances.

Burnes was every bit as good in his first career postseason start.

The NL Cy Young Award contender opened the game with two straight walks and threw 40 pitches in the first two innings but settled down from there. The right-hander struck out six and gave up two hits and three walks in six shutout innings, throwing 91 pitches.

“They’re an aggressive offense,” Burnes said. “That was kind of the key tonight was to try to play off of that. We were just trying to do too much early on.”

After the Braves put runners on the corners with nobody out but failed to score in the top of the first, nobody got a runner past first base until Tellez homered.

Neither team had a hit until Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain had a one-out single to right in the third. The Braves’ first hit came when Eddie Rosario led off the fifth with a bloop single to center.

Atlanta’s best scoring chance came at the start of the game.

Burnes walked the first two batters he faced – Jorge Soler and Freeman – with Soler advancing to third on a passed ball.

Ozzie Albies followed with a sharp grounder down the first-base line that Tellez caught just before stepping on the bag. When he noticed Soler was trying to score from third, Tellez threw to the plate.

Narvaez caught the one-hop throw and tagged Soler to complete the double play. Counsell called it the play of the game.

“I made a terrible throw,” Tellez said. “I’ve got a good catcher back there. He’s an All-Star for a reason. Made a great tag. That whole play doesn’t happen without him.”

Freeman advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Burnes struck out Austin Riley to end the threat.

“You love to get a pitcher like that early before he gets settled in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Because they get out of an inning like that and things happen like (they) did.”

Milwaukee is playing this series without setup man Devin Williams and left-handed reliever Brent Suter. Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall the night the Brewers clinched the NL Central, and Suter has a strained right oblique.

Without those two in the bullpen, the Brewers had Houser work two innings to set things up for Hader. Houser spent the regular season in Milwaukee’s rotation.

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Left-hander Max Fried (14-7, 3.04) starts for the Braves and All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.56) pitches for the Brewers on Saturday. Fried has gone 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 11 starts.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson has surgery on injured finger

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after he had surgery Friday to repair two injuries to his right middle finger.

Wilson posted a photo Friday night following his surgery in Southern California. Wilson flew to Los Angeles to see hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin and determine the best course of action to repair the injury.

Wilson ruptured a tendon in what often is referred to as mallet finger, and he also had a “fracture-dislocation” of the joint at the top of his middle finger, Shin said in a statement released by the team. Rehabilitation of the injury will begin this weekend.

“I am fully confident Russell will return to the NFL this season and play at the same world-class level that fans have come to expect of one of the game’s very best quarterbacks,” Shin said in the statement.

NFL Network reported Wilson had screws inserted to stabilize the finger.

Wilson was injured during Thursday night’s 26-17 loss to the Rams when his fingers hit the arm of defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the follow through of a pass attempt. Wilson tried to play one more series and threw one more pass before giving way to Geno Smith in the fourth quarter.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wilson simply didn’t have the strength in the finger to control the ball as needed to throw.

“Nobody should question his toughness. Nobody should question his resolve to get in the game,” Carroll said. “He’d have gone in if he could have thrown the football and held on to it, he would have done it.”

Wilson has not missed a game in his career, starting all 149 in the regular season and 16 playoff games since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2012. He’s only missed a handful of plays during that time.

Wilson had the longest active streak of starts by a quarterback.

Until now, the closest Wilson ever came to missing a game was 2016 when he suffered an ankle injury in the season opener and a sprained MCL in his knee in Week 3. In the first game after injuring his knee, he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the New York Jets.

Carroll said Wilson was up most of the night figuring out plans for getting his finger examined and the next steps in the process.

“This is Russ at his finest in terms of competitiveness,” Carroll said. “I mean he’s doing everything possible to be ready to take advantage of whatever is available to him.”

With Wilson out, the Seahawks season may rest in the hands of Smith. He looked great in the fourth quarter against the Rams as Seattle tried to rally from down two scores. Smith led Seattle on two scoring drives, but threw an interception with about 2 minutes remaining after Tyler Lockett stumbled.

Smith last started a game in 2017 with the New York Giants on the day Eli Manning’s streak of consecutive starts came to an end. He started one game in 2016 with the Jets, but the last time he saw any sort of extended action was 2014, his second season in the league.

Seattle is entering a manageable stretch of the schedule at Pittsburgh next weekend, followed by home games against New Orleans and Jacksonville and the bye week.

“Geno has been practicing with us for this time, waiting for his opportunity to be called upon,” Carroll said. “The patience that he has shown to stay with us, and his relationship with Russ and the coaches is impeccable.”

Reported racist comment from Jon Gruden draws NFL rebuke

(AP) — A report that Jon Gruden used a racist comment about NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith in an email 10 years ago drew a strong and quick rebuke Friday from the NFL.

A Wall Street Journal story noted that Gruden, then working for ESPN and now coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, referred in a racist way to Smith’s facial features.

“The email from Jon Gruden denigrating DeMaurice Smith is appalling, abhorrent and wholly contrary to the NFL’s values,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.”

The league is looking into the matter and a person familiar with that probe told The Associated Press that disciplinary action is possible for Gruden. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of any league probe are not made public.

Gruden’s comment in an email to then-Washington Football Team President Bruce Allen came during the 2011 lockout of the players by the NFL. Gruden told the newspaper he was angry about the lockout during labor negotiations and he didn’t trust the direction the union was taking. He also apologized for the remark, the Journal reported.

“Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email reviewed by the newspaper.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement Gruden’s email does not reflect the team’s standards.

“The content of an email regarding DeMaurice Smith from Jon Gruden when he worked for ESPN 10 years ago is disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for,” Davis said. “We were first made aware of the email late yesterday by a reporter and are reviewing it along with other materials provided to us today by the NFL. We are addressing the matter with Coach Gruden and will have no further comment at this time.”

During a review of emails regarding workplace misconduct at the Washington Football Team that was completed during the summer, “the league was informed of the existence of emails that raised issues beyond the scope of that investigation,” McCarthy added.

“Over the past few months, at the commissioner’s direction,” he added of Roger Goodell, “senior NFL executives reviewed the content of more than 650,000 emails, including this email which was sent to a club employee. Earlier this week, the executives presented a summary of that review to the commissioner and are sharing with Raiders executives emails pertaining to coach Gruden.”

Smith told the newspaper: “This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard and it probably will not be the last. This is a thick skin job for someone with dark skin, just like it always has been for many people who look like me and work in corporate America,”

Gruden defended his resume on racial equality and inclusion while admitting his email went “too far.”

Gruden led the Raiders from 1998 until he was traded to Tampa Bay after the 2001 season. He immediately led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title – against the Raiders.

He lasted through the 2008 season in Tampa before being fired, then headed to the “Monday Night Football” booth.

The Raiders, then in Oakland, rehired Gruden in 2018 with a 10-year, $100 million contract. The team moved to Las Vegas last year and has not made the playoffs since his return. But the Raiders are 3-1 in 2021.

49ers rookie Lance to make 1st start in place of Garoppolo

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Rookie quarterback Trey Lance will make his first start for the San Francisco 49ers after Jimmy Garoppolo was ruled out of this week’s game with a calf injury.

Garoppolo hurt his calf in the first half of last week’s 28-21 loss to Seattle and left the game at halftime. The Niners were hopeful he could return this week but Garoppolo never felt healthy enough to practice, setting the stage for Lance to start Sunday at Arizona.

“I feel very prepared,” Lance said Friday. “I really do. It’s a credit to the coaching staff and the guys around me. Those guys made me feel really confident this week and I feel confident in myself.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo would have played if he was healthy and will regain his starting role as soon as he is recovered.

The Niners invested heavily in Lance this offseason, trading three first-round picks to take him third overall in the draft to be quarterback of the future.

San Francisco wanted to be patient with Lance, who had only one season as a starter in college at lower-level North Dakota State. Lance played just seven snaps in a situational role the first three weeks before playing the entire second half in last week’s 28-14 loss to Seattle.

Now he gets his first chance to start when he will try to become the first Niners rookie quarterback to win his first start since Jim Druckenmiller won his only career start in 1997.

“I’m excited to see him play,” Shanahan said. “I know he’s got the ability to do a lot of things. But it’s going to be the first time out there for the whole game. I’m just pumped to see him play, but I don’t go into it expecting anything. You try to prepare a guy as good as you can from our standpoint. I know he’s done his part in preparing. Then when Sunday comes, that’s usually the spot where you get to have fun and just cut it loose and you live with the results.”

Lance’s results were up and down in his extensive action last week. He struggled with his accuracy at times, but took advantage of a blown coverage to connect on a 76-yard TD pass to Deebo Samuel and led a late TD drive capped by another touchdown pass to Samuel.

He finished 9 for 18 for 157 yards, two touchdowns, a 2-point conversion run and 41 yards rushing.

Lance could be without star tight end George Kittle, who is listed as doubtful this week with his own calf injury. Kittle played through the injury last week, but didn’t feel good enough to practice at all this week, leaving his status for Sunday in doubt.

NOTES: QB Nate Sudfeld will be called up from the practice squad to serve as Lance’s backup Sunday. … CB K’Waun Williams (calf) was also ruled out for a second straight game. … DL Samson Ebukam (hamstring) and DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) are questionable.

NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith planning to work 1 more term

(AP) — NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith is planning to move on after he serves one more term with the union.

The NFLPA’s board of player representatives voted Friday to retain Smith as executive director, and union president JC Tretter said in a statement that the upcoming term would be Smith’s last. The term could be as short as one year. Smith’s deal was set to expire in March 2022.

“He was transparent with us about his interest in moving on after this term and for the stability and security of our union, he will work with our player leadership to ensure we have a succession plan in place for the next leader,” Tretter, an offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, said in a statement.

“De cares deeply about our union and about our players and we thank him for staying to help us secure a strong future for the NFLPA.”

The 57-year-old Smith said he is looking forward to “continuing to fight for players.”

“I shared with the players that I wanted this to be my last term as their executive director and that I wanted to stay to ensure that we have a succession plan which puts the NFLPA in the strongest possible position after I leave,” Smith said in a statement.

“From the beginning of my tenure here, my mission has been the same and the fact is that I serve at the pleasure of the players.”

Smith was elected in 2009 and led the players through the league’s lockout in 2011. That summer, the sides reached agreement on a 10-year CBA that included, among other things, reductions in practice and meeting times and in how much contact was allowed in those practices.

NFL players approved another labor deal last year that runs through the 2030 season. It features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players.

But there was some strong player opposition to the new collective bargaining agreement. Many stars, including Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt and Todd Gurley, spoke out against it. The total vote, among the nearly 2,500 union members who participated, was 1,019-959. Ratification required a simple majority.

While the union and the league have battled often over numerous issues, Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came together last year during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the season went uninterrupted. The league and union negotiated prototcols that continue to be revised, allowing games to go on.

Retaining Smith for another term helps the union have a smoother transition to the next leader. Some players feel it should be a former player. Before Smith, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Gene Upshaw served as the NFLPA’s executive director for 25 years.

Alex Ovechkin injured in Capitals’ preseason finale

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals’ preseason finale against Philadelphia on Friday night with what the team called a lower-body injury and is set to be examined further Saturday.

Ovechkin bumped into Flyers forward Travis Konecny midway through the first period and then went down to the ice. Washington’s captain was slow to get up and skated off on his own while not putting much weight on his left leg.

The 36-year-old went down the tunnel instead of remaining on the bench and missed the remainder of the period. The team announced at the first intermission that Ovechkin would not return.

“Any time a player leaves the ice you’re concerned,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “They’re going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and assess him for practice the next day. I think that’s where it’s at right now.”

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault, whose team came in banged up, knocked on the wooden table in front of him pregame when talking about avoiding injuries.

“I think both teams – touch wood – want to get out of this healthy,” Vigneault said. “It starts for real next week.”

The Capitals are already expected to start the season without top center Nicklas Backstrom because of a hip injury. Backstrom has not skated at all during training camp.

Ovechkin is beginning a $47.5 million, five-year contract and sits one back of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the NHL career goals list. He’s 164 behind Wayne Gretzky for the record.

The Russian winger has shown remarkable durability throughout his career, especially in light of his bruising style. Ovechkin missed seven of the final eight games last season with a groin injury – more time than he missed the previous 10 years combined.

“We were kind of joking in the room there that that Russian blood, he’ll be back soon,” teammate T.J. Oshie said. “I don’t know if he even misses a day. He’s a tough guy. It’s always concerning seeing him lay there, but no doubt he’ll be back scoring goals in no time.”

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INDIANA PACERS

The Pacers captured their first preseason win with a 109-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The squad took a slim four-point lead into halftime and extended it to as high as 13 in the second half thanks to a much-improved defensive effort. Indiana outrebounded the Cavs 50-30 and held the hosts to just 16 points on 6-of-21 shooting in the third quarter.

“I think we improved a lot, on a lot of things, especially on the defensive end,” said Domantas Sabonis, who finished with a 14-point, 10 rebound double-double. “(We were) being more aggressive and setting the tone.”

“The spirit and the disposition was much better tonight than in New York,” head coach Rick Carlisle added about the team’s improvement. “We’re going to have to continue with that.”

Malcolm Brogdon finished as the game’s top scorer with 27 points on a scorching 12-of-14 shooting. Myles Turner and rookie Chris Duarte each finished with 11 apiece. Duarte earned the starting nod tonight in the shooting guard spot, getting the chance to run the floor with the Blue & Gold’s usual starting suspects.

“I’m a huge fan of Chris,” Brogdon said postgame. “I’m a huge fan of how he carries himself, his poise, his maturity, and his versatility.”

Brogdon and Sabonis started out hot. The duo notched four points apiece in the opening two minutes to propel Indiana to an early 10-4 lead. The starters extended the lead to 15-7 before Ricky Rubio broke through and scored five straight to cut Indiana’s lead to three.

A 6-0 spree from Cleveland helped the hosts grab their first lead of the game. However, it was short lived as Justin Holiday fired in a triple from the wing to put the Pacers ahead 20-18 with 4:43 to go in the first.

As the reserves rotated in, the teams traded small leads over the next few minutes. Leading 29-28, Brogdon checked back in and fired in a deep three from the right elbow to snag a 32-28 lead at the 1:34 mark. They held a three-point lead as the frame expired.

The game remained close over the early moments of the second. The Cavs got help in the form of a pair of triples from Dylan Windler while the Pacers found success with Sabonis and Brogdon once more. The duo tallied eight of the Pacers’ first 10 points of the frame.

But Windler kept on firing from deep. His third 3-pointer of the period pushed the Cavs ahead 45-42 with 7:09 to play. The hot streak forced Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout.

Over the next few minutes, Indiana found success driving the lanes to keep the Cavs within a single possession. Brogdon’s 10-foot floater from the right side eventually pushed Indiana ahead, 51-50, with 4:06 left.

Although the Pacers stretched the lead to four, all eyes were focused on the health of Holiday. As the forward attempted to step around a screen, he rolled his left ankle and hopped off the court. He headed straight to the locker room with the help of two athletic trainers.

On the court, Indiana kept a small lead to close out the half. Torrey Craig notched five points over the final 2:07 while Brogdon added a layup with 41.7 left to earn a 63-59 edge at the break.

The Blue & Gold stretched the lead to double digits over the first three minutes of the third. Myles Turner started the scoring with a three, then Brogdon continued his hot night with another pair of buckets. Sabonis tacked on a pair at the charity stripe to make it 72-62 in favor of Indiana.

The squad’s interior defense appeared much more improved as the minutes continued ticking off in the third. The rotation and closeouts were crisp, hands were active, and Indiana often limited the Cavs to just one shot per possession. The Blue & Gold led 74-67 at the 5:19 mark of the frame.

Thanks to their defense, the Pacers maintained a steady advantage late into the third quarter. On offense, the crew found floaters from Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb to pull ahead 80-69 with 3:04 remaining.

However, the Cavs were determined to make a run. A Dean Wade layup started a 6-0 Cleveland spree to cut Indiana’s lead to five. Although the run was quickly squashed after Sabonis and Lamb each knocked in a pair of threes to extend the lead back to 86-75 with 1:21 to go. The score remained the same as the teams entered the final frame.

Newly signed point guard Brad Wanamaker knocked in his first bucket early in the fourth to give Indiana its largest lead of the game, 90-78. From there, their lead fluctuated between 12 and seven points as the quarter ticked past the halfway mark.

The story remained the same as Indiana played solidly on the defensive end midway through the frame. After an alley-oop finish from 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, the Pacers responded with a 3-pointer from Goga Bitadze and a running slam from Duane Washington Jr to jump ahead 99-87 with 5:01 remaining.

From there, Indiana finished out the rest of the game without much of a problem. The Blue & Gold will play their final two preseason games at home against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cavaliers next week.

INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW

#BHMvIND Gameday Preview  

Indy Eleven at Birmingham Legion FC

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – 5:00 P.M. ET  

BBVA Compass Field – Birmingham, Ala.

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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

Indy Eleven: 8W-13L-7D (-11 GD), 31 pts.; 7th in Central Division

Birmingham Legion FC: 15W-7L-5D (+11 GD), 50 pts.; 2nd in Central Division

This Sunday’s regular season series finale between Indy Eleven and Birmingham Legion FC comes loaded with playoff implications for both sides. The Boys in Blue currently sit in seventh place (31 points) in the Central Division table, seven points removed from the fourth and final playoff spot held by Memphis 901 FC. On the flip side, Legion FC currently sits in second having been the first club in the division to punch its ticket to the post season, currently sitting two points away from first-place Louisville City FC for the Central’s top seed with five games remaining for both teams.

With just four regular season contests remaining for Indiana’s Team, getting back into the win column is a “must” in order to keep the chance for a postseason berth within reach. With 43 maximum points available on the season, Indy will also have to hope for favorable results from teams ahead on the table:

4th – Memphis 901 FC – 26 games played: 38 pts. (56 pts. available)

5th – OKC Energy FC – 28 games played: 35 pts. (47 pts. available)

6th – Atlanta United 2 – 29 games played: 31 pts. (40 pts. available)

7th – Indy Eleven – 28 games played: 31 pts. (43 pts. available)

A loss on Sunday to Legion FC and wins from third-place FC Tulsa and Memphis 901 FC against their Mountain Division opponents would see Indiana’s Team out of the playoff race.

Indy came close to closing the gap in its last two outings at OKC Energy FC (September 29) and against Atlanta United 2 (October 2) after opening the scoring both matches via connections from Ayoze to Manuel Arteaga. Despite leading into the final minutes of both matches, the Boys in Blue fell victim to late-game concessions in both fixtures, ultimately resulting in draws at the final whistles. It was a similar story for Indy last time out against Legion FC on July 24 as the scoreline sat at 1-1 before a goal a minute into stoppage time by Jonathan Dean saw the visitors claim at three points at the death at Carroll Stadium.

With Indy’s five-game, 15-day gauntlet, the team’s most crowded stretch of 2021, now in the rearview mirror, the players will enter Sunday’s contest with a full week’s rest for the first time since the start of September. With the addition of former USL Championship MVP Emmanuel Ledesma as well as the recent performances of new in blue midfielder Kevin Partida and defender Tobi Adewole, the opportunity to recover could provide more depth for Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ team sheet heading into Sunday and beyond.

Since July 24, Birmingham has been one of the toughest sides to conquer after putting up an 8W-3L-4D ledger (GF: 28/GA: 19), having tallied at least one goal in its last 15 contests. The Three Sparks have shown signs of fortifying the hull at BBVA Field as well, having not dropped points at home since August 22 following a 2-1 loss to FC Tulsa. Now on a three-game winning streak and undefeated in its last five matches, Legion FC will look to keep the streak alive in front of a home crowd against an Indy Eleven side that claimed the first W at BVAA Field in the 2021 season opener.

SCOREBOARD WATCH CENTRAL (DIVISION)

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Visit USLChampionship.com’s Scores page to track games once they are underway:

FC Tulsa (3rd place, 39 pts., 26 GP)

vs. El Paso Locomotive FC (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.)

Memphis 901 FC (4th place, 38 pts., 26 GP)

at San Antonio FC (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)

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OKC Energy (5th place, 35 points, 28 games played)

at Austin Bold FC (Sunday, 9:00 p.m.)

Atlanta United 2 (6th place, 31 pts., 29 GP)

at Sporting Kansas City II (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.)

Indy Eleven (7th place, 31 pts., 28 GP)

at Birmingham Legion FC (Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)
 

SERIES HISTORY VS. BIRMINGHAM LEGION FC

Overall Record (All USLC regular season): 2W-3L-0D (5GF/4GA)

Home Record: 1W-2L-0D (4GF/3GA)

Away Record: 1W-1L-0D (1 GF/1 GA)

Indy Eleven currently trail in all-time series heading into the weekend after falling 2-1 to Legion FC on July 24. The first two of their four 2021 contests saw each collect 1-0 wins on the road, beginning with an Indy triumph in both teams’ season openers back on May 1, Manuel Arteaga opening his Eleven scoring account to lift Indiana’s Team to victory. Birmingham returned the favor at Carroll Stadium earlier this month on July 3, an in-form Neco Brett doing all the damage necessary for the visitors. The Three Sparks tallied another win 21 days later at Carroll Stadium, Prosper Kasim’s opening strike was neutralized by an Phanuel Kavita own before Johnathan Dean found the game-winner a minute into second half stoppage time.

It was a different story when the clubs introduced themselves in Birmingham’s inaugural 2019 campaign, with Indy Eleven registering a dominant 3-0 win in the sides’ first meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium in late June, followed by Legion FC claiming a 1-0 result in Alabama in September.

IND PLAYER TO WATCH: MF EMMANUEL LEDESMA

Since signing with the Boys in Blue on September 22 and completing the paperwork process to enter the States, Ledesma arrived in the Circle City last weekend and is eligible for selection this Sunday at Birmingham Legion. The 33-year-old could potentially see his first USL Championship minutes since 2018 after scoring 16 goals and a then league record 16 assists en route to being name the league’s Most Valuable Player that season in his first year with FC Cincinnati. After making the jump to Major League Soccer in 2019 with FCC, Ledesma spent the last two years with Finnish First Division side SJK (Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho) before returning to the Midwest.

With 61 career goals and 50 assists in 277 appearances, the Argentinean could be just the spark Indy Eleven is looking for in the final third. Ledesma has demonstrated time and time again his ability to score from anywhere around the opposition’s 18-yard box, and his vision to pick out teammates in quality goal scoring positions will only strengthen Indy’s playmaking potential alongside forward Gordon Wild (43 chances created) and midfielder Nicky Law (41). Birmingham defenders will need to be on high alert should Ledesma take to the pitch Sunday evening.

BHM PLAYER TO WATCH: DF ALEX CROGNALE 

Speaking of defenders, Crognale has been a force to be reckoned with in Legion FC’s back line through the 2021 campaign. In 21 appearances – 19 of which in the starting lineup – Crognale has tallied a team-high 93 clearances and is third among his teammates in interceptions with 34. In addition to his antics in the back line, the 27-year-old has found ways to score decisive goals for the Three Sparks, including the game-winning goal in last Friday’s 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City II that earned him a spot on the Week 24 USLC Team of the Week.

A peek at Crognale’s heatmaps from recent fixtures shows that he tends to sit in his team’s half just behind the center circle. The former Boys in Blue defender often holds his position and quickly tracks back deep into the 18 should opponents find a way into goal scoring opportunities along the flanks. Indy’s attacking corps will be tasked with finding creative solutions around a Crognale-led back line while also making sure the defender stays clear of any clear looks at goal.

IUVB Get The Road Win At Rutgers, 3-1

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Indiana Volleyball (8-9, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped its losing streak on Friday night with a convincing 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23) victory over Rutgers (8-8, 0-5 Big Ten) on the road. Breana Edwards led the attack with 19 kills and Savannah Kjolhede put up a team-leading six blocks.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Edwards opened the first set of the night with a solo block followed by a slam from Kjolhede. Giving Indiana the 4-1 lead was Kjolhede with her second kill of the night. The Hoosiers forced the Scarlet Knights to take a timeout after an ace put Indiana up, 9-3.
• Despite the six-point lead, Rutgers scored four-straight points to cut it to 9-7. Tied at 12-12, a pair of errors by the Scarlet Knights gave the Hoosiers what it needed to spark the offense.
• Mady Saris put down a kill and Haley Armstrong served up an ace to give Indiana the 16-15 lead.
• Back-to-back kills by Kaley Rammelsberg and Edwards led to the Hoosiers taking the opening set, 25-18.
• Kjolhede picked up where she left off to begin the second set with a kill. Kari Zumach followed it up with a slam of her own to go up 2-1.
•  Four kills by the Hoosiers forced a timeout by Rutgers as Indiana was out to a two-point lead, 16-14.
•  The Hoosiers let the Scarlet Knights jump back in the set and eventually fell in the second frame, 25-23.
•  Camryn Haworth started the third set with three-straight aces which was followed by three-straight Rutgers errors to give Indiana the 6-0 advantage.
•  Edwards saw back-to-back strikes as Indiana jumped out 12-7 lead. Kjolhede put the Hoosiers up 17-9 to keep the momentum alive late in the third set.
•  Kills by Rammelsberg and Haworth added to the Indiana lead and the Hoosiers rolled to a 25-14 set three victory.
•  Zumach got the first kill for the Hoosiers in the fourth set as they led, 3-2. Leading by five, Indiana let the Scarlet Knights back in it to flip the momentum to Rutgers.
• Despite being down 16-11, Indiana fought back to tie the frame at 18-18. The Hoosiers took a 21-20 advantage from an Edwards kill that forced Rutgers to take a break.
•  Needing just a point to get the win, Zumach threw up a game-winning solo block. Indiana won the fourth set, 25-23.
 
NOTABLES
• With the 3-1 victory on Friday night, Indiana improved to 14-1 in the all-time series against Rutgers.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Indiana attack with a season-high 19 kills. The Rainer, Ore. native also tallied four blocks.
• Sophomore middle blocker recorded a team-leading six blocks while also tallying seven kills.
•  Freshman setter Camryn Haworth picked up 34 assists against the Scarlet Knights.
• Indiana put up 15 blocks compared to Rutgers eight.
• The Hoosiers won the digs battle, 62-60.
 
QUOTABLE
 
“It is challenging to win on the road in the Big Ten. Learning is a sill and the upperclassmen made plays when we needed them to. We play a really tough team in Maryland tomorrow, and we are excited to play.” – Head Coach Steve Aird
 
UP NEXT
 
The Hoosiers will have a quick turnaround and will play Maryland on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. The match will stream live on Big Ten Network Plus.

Wampler Header Leads Hoosiers to 1-0 Victory over Wildcats

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Indiana women’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory at Northwestern on Friday at Martin Stadium.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• In the 43rd minute of the game the Hoosiers got a free kick off a Northwestern foul. Anna Aehling sent it to Oliwia Wos, who launched a ball from a step inside the midfield line to just outside the six-yard box. Megan Wampler jumped above the goalkeeper and played a header into the back of the net for the goal.
• In the 88th minute Northwestern took a strong shot to the left corner of the goal. Goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg made a diving save to her right to preserve the lead and victory for the Hoosiers.

NOTABLES
• The Hoosiers improve to 9-2-3 on the season and 3-1-2 in the Big Ten.
• Megan Wampler scored her first goal of the season.
• The Hoosiers now have a 23-5 advantage in goals against opponents this season.
• Indiana outshot Northwestern 10-5, including 5-2 in shots on goal.
• Indiana goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg recorded her eighth shutout of the season, which ranks third in program history for single season shutouts.
• The Hoosiers matched a program record with their ninth shutout of the season.  
• Allison Jorden made her first appearance of the season after coming back from injury last season. 

UP NEXT
The Hoosiers travel to Penn State for a match on ESPNU on Wednesday Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Welcomes Trine

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming off a golden goal win over Omaha on Wednesday, Indiana men’s soccer is set for another non-conference matchup as Trine University visits Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium Saturday (Oct. 9) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The match will be streamed on the B1G Network+ digital platform with Will Trubshaw, Ta Laohajaratsang and Grace Ybarra on the call. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
 
SETTING THE SCENE
• Wednesday night’s matchup marks the first-ever contest between the two programs.
• Indiana holds a 3-1-1 record against non-conference opponents this season.
• IU started the week well with a 1-0 double overtime win over Omaha on Wednesday (Oct. 6) as Victor Bezerra scored a golden goal with 21 seconds remaining.
• Bezerra has now scored in back-to-back matches. Both goals gave Indiana the lead at the time.
• Indiana holds a 4-1-1 record against non-conference opponents this season.
 
ABOUT THE THUNDER
• Trine is led by fifth-year head coach David Jacobs. He has compiled a record of 40-30-8 during his time with the Thunder.
• The Thunder are currently on a two-game losing skid, with one of those losses coming against another Division-I opponent in Notre Dame on September 28. The Fighting Irish won the match 13-0.
• Against non-DI opponents Trine has scored 18 goals over 10 matches this season while allowing just nine. Eight of Trine’s goals have come from sophomore forward Tyler Murphy, who has tallied 17 total points on the season.
• The Thunder have turned to three different keepers this season. Sophomore Troy Saylor leads Trine in minutes played (570:06) and saves (29). Trine netminders have combined for three clean sheets this season.
 
HOOSIERS ON THE REBOUND
• For the third time during the 2021 season, IU was defeated (2-1) at home against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, October 1. The loss marked just the 16th setback for the Hoosiers in the regular season since the start of the 2014 campaign.
• In the matches immediately following a loss, Indiana holds a record of 12-0-4. IU has outscored its opponent 26-7 in those matches.
• IU bounced back from its first loss of the season (3-0 defeat to Creighton) with a 1-0 victory over Xavier on Sept. 6. After the Hoosiers fell in their Big Ten opener against Rutgers on Sept. 17, Indiana followed with back-to-back conference road victories at Northwestern (2-1) and Michigan State (1-0). The Hoosiers responded to the loss against Michigan with a 1-0 win over Omaha on Wednesday (Oct. 6)
• The Hoosiers have not sustained back-to-back losses in the regular season since the 2013 season.

Butler VB Sweeps St. John’s

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team swept St. John’s (25-15, 25-21, 25-23) Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (9-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) used a season-high 12 aces to beat St. John’s (11-8, 2-3) and get above .500 in conference play.

Set 1: Butler 25-15
The Bulldogs started strong with a 7-0 lead thanks to three kills by Brittany Robinson and an ace from Madison Friebel. The Red Storm would cut their deficit to five at 15-10, but a 5-0 Butler run capped off by back-to-back Mariah Grunze aces gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 20-10 lead, and they would clinch the set on a kill from Grunze. Robinson led the offense with five kills, and Jaymeson Kinley chipped in five digs on the defensive end for Butler in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-21
St. John’s led 5-0 then 8-2 early before Butler strung together a 3-0 run and two mini 2-0 spurts to get back in the set. A later 10-0 Bulldog run on Madison Friebel’s serve including three aces from her turned a 13-9 deficit into a 19-13 Butler lead. The Red Storm would rally back and fend off four straight set points, but Melody Davidson put away the set with a kill for the Bulldogs. Davidson had three kills in the frame to pace the Bulldogs.

Set 3: Butler 25-23
After the Red Storm started strong with a 7-5 lead, Butler rallied back on a 4-0 run including two aces by Caroline Cleveland for a 9-7 advantage. After the two teams traded five consecutive 3-0 spurts to get to an 18-18 tie, the Bulldogs used kills from Grace Boggess, Davidson and Grunze plus a Kinley ace to put the set away. Grunze paced Butler with three kills in the final frame.

Stat of the Match
The Bulldogs served up a season-high 12 aces, easily eclipsing the previous high of seven.

Inside the Box Score
– Friebel returned to action and contributed 22 assists, six digs, one kill and a season-high four aces.
– Robinson tallied 11 points on eight kills, four block assists and an ace while adding three digs.
– Grunze added eight kills, three digs, two aces and a block.
– Davidson had eight kills, two blocks and a dig.
– Kinley contributed 19 digs, one ace and one assist.

Up Next
The Bulldogs play Seton Hall on Saturday at 4 p.m. to finish up the weekend.

Saturday Showdown Sends San Diego to Butler Football

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and San Diego will take the field at the Sellick Bowl on Saturday afternoon for a 12 PM kick. Each team is aiming to move up in the PFL standings. Those fans unable to attend can stream the action on the Butler Athletics YouTube channel for free.
 
Bulldog Bits
– Tommy Carlsen has 21 tackles over his last two games. He made a career-high 12 stops vs. Drake.
– JJ Wadas hit his first field goal of the season vs. Drake. The kick was good from 40-yards.
– Yogi Flager has caught at least four passes in four-straight games for Butler. He caught a season-high six passes in the setback vs. Drake.
– Bret Bushka rushed for a season-high 78 yards vs. Drake while also passing for 109 yards.
– The longest play for BU last Saturday was a 32-yard completion from Bushka to Flager.
– Bushka averaged 5.6 yards per rush. His longest gain on the ground covered 22 yards.
– Joey Audia took over punt return duties for Butler vs. Drake. He is slated to do it again vs. San Diego.
– Luka Zurak punted six times against Drake and three of the punts were downed inside the 20.
– San Diego and Butler are tied atop the PFL in fewest penalties per game (4.8).
– Butler leads the PFL with 106 first downs (55 rushing, 41 passing, 10 penalty).
– Butler has not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Nov. 23, 2019 (11 games).
 
PFL Standings
Davidson 2-0, 3-1
Marist 1-0, 1-2
Morehead State 1-0, 2-2
Dayton 1-1, 3-1
Drake 1-1, 2-3
San Diego 1-1, 1-4
St. Thomas 1-1, 2-2
Valparaiso 1-1, 1-4
Presbyterian 0-1, 2-2
Stetson 0-1, 2-2
Butler 0-2, 2-3
 
PFL Schedule
San Diego at Butler * 12:00 p.m.
Stetson at Marist * 12:00 p.m.
Dayton at Drake * 1:00 p.m.
Morehead State at Presbyterian * 1:00 p.m.
Valparaiso at St. Thomas * 2:00 p.m.
 
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros came back to defeat St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 27-24 to claim their first win of the season. USD faced a 24-14 deficit midway through the third quarter, but would score 13 unanswered points down the stretch to find the win column. Judd Erickson and Mason Randall split snaps at quarterback. Erickson had the best numbers of the two, throwing for 154 yards and two scores. Terrence Smith rushed 14 times for 83 yards and Preseason PFL pick Michael Carner would impact the game with six grabs for 110 yards and one TD.
 
Kama Kamaka and Brandon Eickert earned PFL honors on Sunday. Kamaka forced a fumble late in the third quarter on a strip sack and took the ball 38 yards back to the house to help San Diego win vs. St. Thomas. Eickert hit a 31-yard FG that went down as the game-winner with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
 
LAST GAME VS. SAN DIEGO: San Diego defeated Butler 27-13 during the 2021 spring season. The Bulldogs were limited to 35 rushing yards in the setback, while the Toreros gained 173 yards on the ground.
 
Yogi Flager had a breakout performance at San Diego, catching four passes for 103 yards. Gabe Hicks and Isaac Kolosik highlighted the defense. Hicks made 10 tackles and Kolosik added eight stops, a forced fumble and an interception.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: San Diego leads the all-time series against Butler 20-5. Butler’s last win came during the 2009 season (25-24).
 
Butler hit a 37-yard field goal with just two seconds left on the game clock to defeat San Diego at the Sellick Bowl in 2009. Four of Butler’s five wins against San Diego have come in Indianapolis.
 
ORCHESTATING THE OFFENSE: Butler has only managed to score 10 total points over their three losses this season, but have erupted with 126 combined points in their two victories. The only FCS school to score more points in a single game other than Butler is another PFL team in Presbyterian. The Blue Hose scored 84 points in a win over St. Andrews.
 
San Diego has allowed 185 points this season, the most of any team in the PFL.
 
FLAGER IS FOCUSED: Redshirt-freshman Yogi Flager has a team-best 380 receiving yards this year. He is averaging 18.1 yards per catch and 76 yards per game.
 
Flager has 380 receiving yards while the rest of the BU roster is responsible for 484. The Toreros had two defensive backs selected to the Preseason All-PFL team.
 
NEW NUMBER: Yogi Flager has worn #84 for the first five games of the regular season, but will switch to #0 for the final six games.
 
This is the first season for college football players to wear #0.
 
DEFENSE DOES IT’S JOB: Butler limited Drake to just six points last week. They had allowed at least 24 points in every contest leading up to that game.
 
The Bulldogs came up with two sacks and five tackles for loss last Saturday. Thomas RousseauJordan Caselberry and Jacob Cain led the charge defensively.
 
LEAGUE LEADER: Bret Bushka leads the PFL in completion percentage (65%). He has completed 69 pass this year for 802 yards.
 
Bushka played in wet weather conditions last Saturday, and connected on 12 of his 20 pass attempts (60%).
 
NICK’S CAREER NUMBERS: QB Nick Orlando is just 122 rushing yards shy of 1,000 for his BU career.
 
Orlando has scored 22 rushing touchdowns over 23 games in a Bulldog jersey.
 
STRONG SECONDARY: Butler ranks second in the PFL in passing yards allowed (162.4) and interceptions (5).
 
BU is also second in scoring defense (27.8).
 
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will play at Morehead State on Saturday, Oct. 16. The game will feature a 3 PM kick-off.
 
Morehead State defeated Butler twice during the 2021 spring season to take a 17-8 lead in the all-time series.

Butler MSoccer Returns to Play at No. 1 Georgetown

Matchday Information – Butler at No. 1 Georgetown
DATE:                         Saturday, October 9 / 1 pm
LOCATION:                Washington, D.C. / Shaw Field
LIVE STATS:              guhoyas.com
LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Georgetown leads, 6-1-1
LAST MEETING:        November 13, 2019 (BIG EAST semifinal) – Washington D.C. – T, 2-2 (2OT) (Georgetown advances on PKs, 4-3)

Full Notes (PDF)
 
The Butler men’s soccer team returns to play after a 9-day layoff, traveling to take on No. 1 Georgetown on Saturday, October 9, at 1 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-2 loss to No. 5 Marshall, while the Hoyas most recently defeated Seton Hall, 4-2.
 
No. 1 Georgetown is the second opponent the Bulldogs have played this season that was ranked No. 1 at the time of the match. Indiana was ranked No. 1 at the time of this season’s August 31 match. Butler’s 2021 schedule has included defending (2020-21) National Champion, Marshall, as well as National Runner-up, Indiana.
 
Team and Individual Statistics

  • Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. ranks 41st nationally and 4th in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals.
  • Gabreil Gjergji ranks 53rd nationally and 6th in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.976).
     
  • Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. (3g, 6p) and Jack Streberger (1g, 3a, 5p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.
  • Keeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-5-1) has made 23 saves (.719) and allowed 9 goals (.98 GAA) in nine matches. He has been credited with two shutouts.
  • Butler has scored six goals in nine matches while the defense has allowed nine.
  • Four different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in the nine matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.
  • Butler has earned 54 corner kicks compared to 41 for its opponents.
  • The Bulldogs have recorded 112 shots (33 on goal) while holding their opponents to 93 (32 on goal).

The Matchup

  • Butler and Georgetown have met eight times, with Georgetown coming up on top in six.
  • The Bulldogs’ only win was October 1, 2016, a 4-2 victory in Indianapolis.
  • The teams played to a, 2-2, double-overtime draw in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals on November 13, 2019. The Hoyas advanced on PKs, 4-3.
  • In the six Butler losses, Georgetown outscored the Bulldogs by a combined score of 16-1.

Scouting No. 1 Georgetown

  • Last match: Seton Hall W, 4-2
     
  • Georgetown defeated Maryland (currently ranked No. 12) on September 11 by a final score of 1-0.
  • The Hoyas have scored 21 goals and allowed 5 goals.
  • Eleven different players have scored at least one goal, and eleven have at least one assist. Six players have three or more assists.

Individual Statistics

  • Offensive standouts for Georgetown include:
    #3 Stefan Stojanovic (5g)
    #8 Dante Polvara (3g, 3a)
    #17 John Franks (2g, 3a)
    #27 Zach Riviere (2g, 3a)
    #9 Marlon Tabora (1g, 4a)
  • Giannis Nikopolidis (6-0-0) has started and played six full matches in goal. He has made 12 saves (.750) and has allowed four goals (.67 GAA). He has three shutouts. Ethan Koehler (3-0-0) has started and played three full matches. He has made 10 saves (.909) and has allowed one goal (.33 GAA). He has two shutouts.

Volleyball Blanks Akron in Friday #MACtion

AKRON, Ohio – – For the first two weekends of Mid-American Conference play, the opening match had gone the distance for the Ball State women’s volleyball team.
 
That was not the case Friday night in Akron, as the Cardinals (14-3; 4-1 MAC) picked up their fourth straight win in dominating fashion, sweeping the Zips 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16) in Rhodes Arena.
 
“The team was self-motivated tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We have been working very hard and staying very focused in practice. Tonight, we came out and played composed and executed.”
 
Ball State was all business Friday, keeping its foot on the gas to earn a dominating three-set sweep. In addition to a solid all-around effort on offense, which saw the Cardinals hit .286 (39-11-98) as a team, BSU’s defense was on full display as it averaged 17.67 digs and 2.67 blocks per set.
 
“We put a ton of emphasis on defense this week and I think it really showed,” Phillips said. “Risi and Huber really set the tone in set one by making play after play. That really gave us defensive confidence.”
 
In the backcourt, libero Natalie Risi led all players with 17 digs, while adding a spectacular kill in the opening set. Risi chased down a ball that was well out of play, bumping it back across the net and surprising the Zips who helplessly watched the ball fall between four players.
 
Defensive specialist Maggie Huber added 12 digs and was a perfect 10-for-10 in service reception. She also served up Ball State’s lone ace in the win.
 
Leading the way on offense was opposite Natalie Mitchem with a team-high 10 kills. She also hit .381 (10-2-21) while adding five digs and a pair of block assists in a strong defensive effort of her own.
 
“Mitchem was swinging aggressive and quick tonight,” Phillips added. “She wants to be a go-to player for us, and really stepped up tonight.”
 
Outside attacker Jaclyn Bulmahn was second on the team with eight kills, while middles Lauren Gilliland and Marie Plitt scored six and five, respectively. Gilliland also led all players with four total blocks, while Plitt had three.
 
The pair entered the weekend ranked first and second in the MAC in attack percentage, with Gilliland finishing the match at .400 (6-2-10) and Plitt at .235 (5-1-17).
 
Finally, once again leading the Ball State offense was Megan Wielonski with a match0best 30 assists. She also scored a kill, tallied a pair of blocks, and earned pair of digs.
 
Overall, the Cardinals limited the Akron offense to a .058 (33-26-120) attack percentage, led by 12 kills from Faith Johnson. Taylor Sharrits paced the Zips backcourt with 14 digs.
 
The Ball State women’s volleyball team will have a long drive and a quick turnaround tomorrow, as it travels to Buffalo for a 4 p.m. first serve. The Bulls enter the match with a 9-8 (2-3 MAC) record after suffering a straight set loss to Toledo Friday evening.

Cardinals head to Kalamazoo for MAC West showdown

MUNCIE, Ind. – The two winningest teams in the Mid-American Conference since the beginning of last season are set to tangle Saturday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich. when Ball State plays at Western Michigan.

The last three meetings between the two programs have been decided by a total of eight points, with the home team earning each result. Ball State (2-3, 0-1) has won two of those duels, picking up a 42-41 win in 2018 and a 30-27, come-from-behind win a year ago inside Scheumann Stadium.

Western Michigan (4-1, 1-0) is coming off a 24-17 win at Buffalo and has picked up significant out-of-conference wins at Pittsburgh and vs. San Jose State.

“It’s obviously a big game this week,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “Western Michigan is playing good football right now and has won four in a row. They went on the road last week to kick off MAC play and got a big win at Buffalo. They came from behind in the fourth quarter and had a great finish there.

“I obviously have a lot of respect for Coach (Tim) Lester and the job that he’s done there at his alma mater. We’ve had some battles with them – the last three years especially. It will be a great challenge for us going on the road.”

While it will a differently style of attack, there are a few similarities between what the Cardinals faced last week in Army and what they’ll encounter in Western Michigan.

The Broncos are third in the country in time of possession per game (37:27) behind only Army and Air Force. They also are careful with the football having not turned the ball over in four consecutive games. Western Michigan boasts the seventh-best third-down conversion rate in the country on defense, allowing offenses to get a first down 27.6 percent of the time.

Ball State knows how important getting a win like this on the road against a good team would be, not only to its confidence, but also its place in the league standings.

“It’s the MAC West,” Neu added. “They got a big win last week and this will be their first game in the MAC West. Obviously, we lost to our first West opponent in Toledo. It’s huge and it speaks for itself. Our players all know that without having to address it in a meeting or anything like that. Everybody knows what’s at stake.

“It’s no different than every single week what our attitude and what our mindset was a year ago. Every week is a championship game. Our guys know that what we put on the practice field, having a great week of preparation, being right mentally the second you walk in the door in the morning, making sure you’re locked in during the meetings and on the practice field, that’ll determine the level of play that we put on the field on Saturday.”

The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPNU with John Schriffen and Rene Ingoglia on the call.

Inside the Series: Western Michigan

Ball State and Western Michigan are set to square off for the 48th time in series history Saturday in Kalamazoo. The Broncos have won five of the last seven duels, but the Cardinals have taken two of the previous three. After rattling off three consecutive wins in Kalamazoo from 2005-09, Ball State is just 1-4 on the road in the series, earning a victory in 2013.

Coach Neu on Western Michigan…
“There’s a similar type of theme from a week ago. Army is No. 1 in the country in time of possession and Western Michigan is No. 2 at just over 37 minutes. You’ve got to make sure you do a great job of sustaining your drives and putting points on the board. Even though it’s a different type of scheme than what you saw a week ago, they have a scan procedure where they look to the sideline, go to the ball, chew up a lot of the play clock and utilize it before they snap the ball. It’s important on our end to be able to execute no different than it was a week ago. You’ve got to maximize your possessions. You’ve got to sustain drives, but you’ve got to put the ball into the end zone.”

On This Date

The Cardinals are 6-6 on Oct. 9 in program history, earning wins in 1937, 1948, 1954, 1965, 1971 and 1993. Oct. 9 carries some significance, not only to Ball State, but to head coach Mike Neu. On this date in 1993, Neu posted a single-game record for most passing yards by a Cardinals QB with 469 in a 31-30 win against Toledo. Neu went 28-of-40 on the day.

Pearce-ing Start

In his first career start against Army, ILB Cole Pearce had a career-best (and team-high) 14 tackles, nine of which were solo. He had just nine tackles on the season entering the game and 10 in his career prior to the game. The Mason, Ohio native earned a scholarship the next day (Sunday, Oct. 3) in a team meeting.

Tavion’s Party in the Backfield

Through five games this season, redshirt sophomore DL Tavion Woodard has 5.0 sacks, reaching the QB at least once in the first four games. He is one of just three players nationally to record at least 1.0 sack in four games, Adam Anderson (Georgia) and Sam Williams (Ole Miss). Woodard made his first career start in the MAC opener vs. Toledo on Sept. 25.

GM 14 PREVIEW: CLEMSON

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team is enjoying a seven-match win streak and will look to keep the party going on Sunday when Clemson visits Alumni Stadium. First touch is scheduled for 3:06 p.m. ET. The ACC matchup will air on regional sports networks (RSN) so please check your local listings. For those in the Michiana area, the game will broadcast live on the Marquee Network.

Reminder to all fans – admission is free.

BEST START

The Irish are now 11-1-1 on the year, marking Coach Norman’s best start at the helm of the Irish. In addition, it marks the quickest the team has reached 10 games (12 games or less) since the 2010 national championship season.

Notre Dame also made history with its 5-0-0 start in ACC play.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Six of the last seven goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshman in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second-most goals on the team with seven. In fact, she has three goals in the last two games.

Katie Coyle recently recorded her first career game-winner, scoring the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle owns two goals and one assist.

Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman also scored in Thursday’s win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.

Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who recently scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.

IN THE RANKINGS

After achieving a top-25 ranking from Top Drawer Soccer heading into ACC play, the Irish continue to climb the charts. This week they check in at No. 15.

The Irish also finally cracked the United Soccer Coaches poll, checking in at No. 24.

In the updated Women’s Soccer RPI, the Irish check in at No. 21.

WIN STREAK

With the win over Louisville, Notre Dame has been the victors of 7 straight. During the win streak, the Irish have outscored their opposition, 28-3. Furthermore, Notre Dame has outshot its opponents 134-29.

In addition, there have been nine different goal scorers during said span: Maddie Mercado, Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher, Sophia Fisher, Olivia Wingate, Kaylie Ronan, Katie Coyle, Brooke VanDyck, Korbin Albert.

FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE

Notre Dame has scored 37 goals which rank second in the ACC and 10th in the nation. Their 37 goals is already more than the last two years (2019 – 31 ; 2018 – 24) and the most in the Coach Norman era.

Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.85 rank 15th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC.

In addition, ND’s 101 total points ranks 14th in the country and 3rd in the conference.

JUST AROUND THE CORNER

The Irish have enjoyed a dramatic advantage in corner kicks vs its opposition, 85-23. Notre Dame’s 6.54 corners/game rank 36th in the nation.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 105-26-6, good for a .788 winning percentage. In fact, they have only surrendered one loss or better on six separate seasons.

Looking at just the past three years, the Irish are 19-3-2 at home.

Notre Dame is unbeaten at home this season with a 7-0-1 record. The Irish have 2 home games remaining. The last time the Irish went unbeaten at home was the 2008 season in which they went 26-1 overall (lone loss in the national title game).

DEFENSE STARTS STRONG

The Irish back-three have been a brick wall, posting a 0.601 goals against average, which ranks 26th in the nation.

All-in-all, the Irish defense has allowed just eight goals with 37 shots on goals. Total shots wise, they are only allowing 6.5 per game.

Sophomore goalie Ashley Naylor has started the last 7 games for the Irish, allowing three goals and recording 4 shutouts.

IRISH DOMINATE SYRACUSE 3-0

The University of Notre Dame volleyball team (6-9, 3-2) came out on fire and never looked back in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-17) victory over Syracuse (15-3, 3-2) on Friday night inside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish were propelled to their third consecutive win by both the offense (hitting .420 for the match) and the defense (12 team blocks)

Aubrey Hamilton led the hot-hitting offense with 13 kills on 22 attacks, posting a career-best .591 hitting percentage and logging her third consecutive double-digit kill game. Equally efficient for the offense was Lauren Tarnoff, who earned a kill on seven of her nine attacks (.778) and added a team-high seven blocks. 

In addition to the 12 team blocks, the Irish defense was steady even when Syracuse was able to get the ball over the net. The Orange would manage just a .112 hitting percentage for the match, as Charley Niego led the team with 14 digs, followed by Hattie Monson (eight) and Kiara Schmidt (seven). 

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

The Irish took control of the first set with a 4-0 run to grab a 12-9 lead and force the first timeout of the match from Syracuse. Back-to-back Notre Dame blocks from Carline Meuth and Tarnoff, then Lindsey Miller and Hamilton pushed the lead to 14-10 and eventually 17-11 to force the Orange to take yet another timeout. 

Notre Dame’s energy level pushed them through the end of the first set to earn the 1-0 lead. Accurate attacks in the middle of the defense from Hamilton and spirited work from the back line of the defense secured the match advantage. 

Second Set

There was no loss of momentum in the second set as Notre Dame exploded for a 5-0 lead that eventually grew to 8-3 behind back-to-back kills from Hamilton. The sophomore outside hitter started the match with eight kills on her first 12 attacks. 

Syracuse would never threaten in the second set, as the Irish would hit .391 as a team compared to -.031 for the visitors. 

Third Set

Predictably, the third set was a back-and-forth affair early as Syracuse attempted to get back into the match. Meuth ended a marathon rally by both teams to put Notre Dame up 5-3, but the Orange came back to even it at 6-6. 

Miller’s kill down the line assumed control for the Irish at 7-6 and the home team would not relinquish the lead. Syracuse posted a mini run to cut the lead to 20-17, but Meuth capped scramble play with a kill, then after an Orange timeout ended the match with a kill and a block (shared with Tarnoff). 

UP NEXT

  • The Irish close the weekend with a home matchup against Boston College this Sunday (Oct. 10) at 1 p.m. ET
  • That match will be streamed via ACC Network Extra. 

JAGUARS RUN INTO RAIDER BUZZSAW AT WRIGHT STATE IN 3-0 LOSS

DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw on Friday night (Oct. 8) as Wright State rolled past the Jaguars in straight sets, 25-14, 25-9, 25-11. IUPUI put down just 15 kills and saw the hosts hit .319 for the match in the win. 

Allie Pogue was IUPUI’s most efficient attacker, putting down four kills on 10 attempts and Emily Alan added three kills. Celia Powers paced Wright State with 12 kills and Callie Martin added eight kills on 12 attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. 

Addie Evans had a team-high nine digs for IUPUI and Emma Ashcraft collected seven digs. 

However, errors were the problem for IUPUI as they committed 27 attack errors and six more at the service line. Wright State (11-6, 3-2 HL) posted nine blocks to help thwart to IUPUI offense, six coming from Nyssa Baker. 

Wright State rushed out to leads of 3-1, 9-4 and 12-6 in the opening set and never looked back. An ace from Evans got IUPUI back within four, but WSU responded with three straight points to force head coach Lindsey Froehlich to call timeout. After the timeout, Briana Brown came up with a side out, but the Jags couldn’t sustain the run as the Raiders responded with a side out of their own. Maddie Haines added a late kill before WSU closed out the set, 25-14.

The second set went sideways from the start as the Raiders charged out to a quick 5-1 lead to prompt a timeout. The pause didn’t quell the hosts though as the lead was pushed to 10-3 and later to 13-5. The Jaguars committed 15 errors during the set and the Raiders earned a side out every time IUPUI was on the service line. 

The third set was much of the same as Wright State earned a 6-1 lead and never looked back. Atlantis Clendenin had an early kill to keep things close, but Wright State continued to refuse to allow long scoring runs, repeatedly coming up with side outs after every IUPUI score. 

Brooke Phillips finished with 13 assists and two blocks in the loss. 


IUPUI will continue the two-game road trip on Saturday (Oct. 9) when the Jaguars take on Northern Kentucky at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN+. 

Cardona and Feliciano shine in win over Bradley

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Back inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse for the first time in three weeks, the University of Evansville volleyball team came out on fire, defeating Bradley by a 3-0 final.

Setting the tone for the Purple Aces was the duo of Giulia Cardona and Melanie Feliciano.  Cardona led everyone with 16 kills while racking up five service aces.  She became the first UE (11-4, 1-3 MVC) player to register five aces since Mildrelis Rodriguez did so against UNI in 2018.  Feliciano added 12 kills in the win.
 
“I knew that what our team went through over the last week would make us stronger.  This is a great group who came together when we needed it,” Purple Aces head coach Fernando Morales said.  “Our message this week was to keep playing our game.  Play the serve, swing every ball and hustle.  We stayed with that for the entire match tonight and that made the difference.”
 
Alondra Vazquez added 11 kills and a match-high 13 digs.  Taya Haffner picked up 37 assists while Madisyn Steele had a pair of block assists.  Pacing Bradley (6-9, 2-2 MVC) was Raeann Bergman, who recorded six kills.
 
Set 1
Game one went back and forth in the early stages before the Aces grabbed a 12-8 lead thanks to a Cardona kill along with an ace from Laura Ruiz.  The Braves countered, inching their way back to go up 15-14 when Raeann Bergman picked up a kill.  Three in a row by UE turned the tides once again with Cardona adding a kill and an ace.  After Bradley cut their deficit to 17-16, Evansville posted four points in a row to add some breathing room.  From there, Cardona added two more kills to finish with six in the set and help UE take a 25-17 decision.
 
Set 2
Bradley had the upper hand throughout the early parts of the second set, padding their lead at 7-4 on a Kora Kauling ace before reestablishing the 3-point edge at 10-7.  With the Braves still leading by an 11-9 tally, Alondra Vazquez took matters into her own hands.  A kill and service ace by the senior tied the score and started what would be a 10-0 rally for Evansville.  Kate Tsironis, Melanie Feliciano and Cardona each registered kills to put the Aces up by a 19-11 tally.  Back-to-back ace from Cardona kept the pressure on as the Aces took a 2-0 match lead on the strength of a 25-15 win.
 
Set 3
It was all Aces in the third frame with Vazquez continuing her strong match.  She added two kills and an ace to cap off a 7-2 start to the set.  Efficient serving from Rachel Basinski helped her squad extend the advantage to 12-3 before UE clinched the match with an 25-17 win.  The Braves closed in the final stages, but the start by Evansville was too much to overcome.
 
On Saturday, the Aces are right back inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse to face Illinois State at 5 p.m.

Aces welcome Bradley for Saturday matchup

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Back at Arad McCutchan Stadium, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team welcomes-in Bradley for a 2 PM matchup on Saturday afternoon in Evansville.

Last Match: Drake 1, Evansville 0

  • Recording a season-high in shots, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team showed its attacking ability, but was unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Drake on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • “I feel for our guys today. We did everything we needed to do to get the result and came out on the short side of it,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “It was an even match, a road match in the Valley. Playing down Ethan (Garvey) and Adam (Dahou) and a few other injuries and they never gave up and battled and fought and created chances at the end. We’ve got to keep working, that’s the answer, and stay consistent and get ready for our match on Saturday against Bradley.”
  • A few new faces dotted the Evansville starting eleven and made a strong impact on its attack. Making his first start as an Ace, Karl Mbouombouo tallied three shots on the afternoon, including one on frame, his first shots in the white and purple. A familiar face at the top of the stat sheet for the Aces, sophomore Pablo Guillen led the team with four shots in the match. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made six saves, while starting his sixth-straight match.
  • The first half saw Evansville hold the advantage with its attack, generating more shots in the opening half than it has in any match this season. The Aces recorded 12 total shots in the first 45 minutes, surpassing its previous match high of 10 set against SIUE on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Evansville’s defense allowed eight shots with just two coming on frame, both of which Madden saved. 
  • Drake came out of the halftime break and immediately turned-up the heat on its attack, recording a pair of shots on goal in the first six minutes, but Madden again made saves on both. In the 62nd minute, the Bulldogs found their breakthrough, as Declan Watters received a pass from Louis Yuill and scored to give Drake the 1-0 lead. Around the 70th minute, senior Karl Mbouombouo recorded a pair of shots, with one blocked and the other missing high as the Aces looked to equalize the match. As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Evansville again mounted an attack with junior Nkosi Graham having a shot saved and Mbouombouo putting a shot on target that was saved as Drake held on to the 1-0 win.


Previewing the Matchup

  • Evansville and Bradley are meeting for the 35th time in the series history with the Braves owning a 20-11-3 advantage in the all-time series.
  • The two sides last met in the spring as Evansville battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Bradley at Arad McCutchan Stadium on March 22, 2021.
  • Bradley comes into the contest with a 2-7 overall record and a 1-3 mark in MVC play.
  • Most recently, Bradley dropped a 1-0 match with 18th-ranked Missouri State at home last Saturday.
  • The attack has been well balanced for the Braves this season with seven different goal-scorers contributing to the Bradley attack.


Madden Near the Top

  • This season, redshirt junior Jacob Madden has placed himself near the top of the nation in saves per game.
  • Starting six-straight matches, Madden is averaging six saves per contest, the third-highest save average in the nation and highest in the MVC.

Illinois State up next as Evansville closes road swing

NORMAL, Ill. – In its final match of a two-game road swing, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team travels to take on Illinois State at 6 PM on Saturday evening in Normal, Ill.

Last Match: Indiana State 4, Evansville 1

  • Facing a strong attack, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team could not overcome a second half deficit in a 4-1 loss at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. on Sunday afternoon.
  • Senior Alex Eyler continued her re-emergence in her fourth collegiate season, scoring her first goal of the year in the 71st minute to go along with a team-high four assists in 2021. In goal, fifth-year senior Michaela Till moved closer to the program record for career saves, tallying three in the Aces loss.
  • In the first half, Evansville owned the slight advantage on shots, recording nine to Indiana State’s 8, but it was the Sycamores who capitalized late in the opening 45 minutes. The 38th minute saw Indiana State go in front off a corner as the ball rattled around in a scrum and was clipped in by Celeste Wahlberg.
  • To open the second half, Indiana State continued their strong attack. In the 52nd minute, the Sycamores tallied their second goal of the afternoon as Mackenzie Kent scored from the top of the 18. Just 10 minutes later, Indiana State added a third with a goal from Chloe Tesny. Evansville would pull one back in the 71st minute, looking to set-up a late comeback. A misplayed ball from the Sycamore backline was tipped by Emily Ormson, who found a sprinting Eyler. Eyler then took just one touch before firing the ball to the right post, slipping it past the keeper to cut the deficit to 3-1. With Evansville making a late run at it, Indiana State secured the win with a goal in the 89th minute by Mackenzie Kent as the Sycamores captured the 4-1 win.


Previewing the Matchup

  • Saturday’s matchup marks the 31st all-time meeting between the Aces and Redbirds with Illinois State owning a 19-8-3 advantage in the series. 
  • In the spring meeting between the two sides, Illinois State captured a 1-0 win over the Aces on Feb. 27, 2021. 
  • Evansville is looking for its first result in the series in seven matches. The Redbirds have won the last six meetings dating back to a 2-1 win for the Aces in overtime in Normal, Ill. on Oct. 25, 2015. 
  • Coming into the season without an assist in her career, senior Alex Eyler has developed into a different player in 2021. The O’Fallon, Mo. native leads Evansville with four assists on the season and added her first goal on Sunday with a 71st minute strike at Indiana State. 
  • Last week, Evansville fell to Loyola Chicago on Wednesday, 3-1, and then dropped a road contest at Indiana State on Sunday, 4-1. It was the first time the Aces lost back-to-back regular season matches since Oct. 6 and 12, 2019. 
  • Senior Emily Ormson scored her fifth goal of the season on Wednesday against Loyola Chicago, extending her team lead in the category. Ormson’s five goals are the most by an Ace in a single season since Montana Portenier scored six in 2017. 
  • With four ties on the season, the Aces have equalled their program high for draws in a season, also matched in 1993 and 2014. 
  • Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till continues to put herself on a record-breaking track. Till currently has 336 career saves, just 22 off of Theresa Bagby’s program record of 358. Through 10 matches this season, Till is averaging 5.5 saves per contest. With at least four games remaining in the season, Till is on pace to break the career record.


Eyler’s Emergence

  • Coming into the season without an assist in her career, senior Alex Eyler has developed into a different player in 2021.
  • The O’Fallon, Mo. native leads Evansville with four assists on the season and added her first goal on Sunday with a 71st minute strike at Indiana State.


Till Moves Closer

  • With four saves against Indiana State on Sunday, fifth-year senior Michaela Till now sits just 22 saves away from tying the program’s all-time save record.
  • The Avon, Ind. native sits poised to finish her career in the top three in career saves, career games played, and career shutouts.

#2 Greyhounds Crush William Jewell in Conference Clash

INDIANAPOLIS – In a dominating performance on the pitch, the No. 2 University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team sailed past Great Lakes Valley Conference foe William Jewell by a convincing 5-1 score Friday night at Key Stadium. The win boosts UIndy up to 7-0-1 on the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Greyhounds opened the scoring in just the 12th minute of play when Jakob David netted his first goal of the season on a perfectly executed free kick. Moments later in the 18th minute, Cole Rainwater found the back of the net off an assist from Eli Dulle. To cap off the first half, Vincent Stone buried a goal of his own in the 39th minute with assists being awarded to Caleb Mundell and Noah Yohannes.

UIndy continued to keep its foot on the pedal in the second half as Alejandro Steinwascher scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from David. Despite William Jewell corralling a goal of its own in the 52nd minute, the Greyhounds finished the match off strong with Owen Atkison coming off the bench and netting number five for the No. 2-ranked team.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-It was another favorably uneven game on offense for UIndy, who out-shot the Cardinals by 12.
-There was just 19 fouls called in the match, with the Greyhounds having a game-high 12.
-Despite giving up a goal, the Hounds defense was strong on the stat sheet as neither goalkeepers Dimitrios Karousos or Drew Mueller were forced to make a save.

UP NEXT
UIndy will return right back to Key Stadium on Sunday with a GLVC battle against Truman beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Hounds Bounce Back at Jewell

LIBERTY, MO – Playing in their first road match in two weeks, the University of Indianapolis volleyball team got back in the win column with a 3-1 GLVC victory at William Jewell.  The win put the Hounds at 9-8 on the year and 5-3 in conference action.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds won the first two sets, both by a score of 25-14.  UIndy posted a hitting percentage of 0.289 in the second set after totaling 14 kills on 38 attacks.  Tied at eight in the second set, the Hounds erupted for six straight points to take a 14-8 lead.  Elizabeth Eads closed out the run with three straight kills.

William Jewell fought off the sweep and stole the third set 26-24.  A decisive fifth set was on the horizon as the Cardinals led 25-24 in the fourth, but the Hounds quickly silenced William Jewell.  Hannah HuppenbauerLauren Cullison and Hannah Sabotin combined for three straight kills to win the set 27-26 and win the match 3-1.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Grace Hegwood posted a career best 18 kills while adding 15 digs.
– Eads and Cullison also finished in double digit kills with 15 and 11 respectively.
– Alex Equihua recorded a double-double with 45 assists and 16 digs.

UP NEXT
The Hounds remain on the road on Saturday, taking on Drury at 4 ET.

Hounds Extend Win Streak to Five, Down Cardinals 4-0

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 22 ranked Greyhounds continued to prove their conference dominance against the William Jewell Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Key Stadium, taking the 4-0 win and advancing their overall record to 7-1 and their conference record to 5-1.
 
Natalie LoGrasso made her first mark as a Greyhound, scoring her first goal of her career off a Dana Youssef corner kick in the 40th minute. The goal would wrap up the first half with the Greyhounds topping the Cardinals, 1-0.
 
“We dominated the play in the first half,” said Holly Cox. “We were just missing that final delivery and we readjusted at half and it showed,”
 
With a physical first half, the Hounds found themselves drawing six fouls and committing four. While also taking 10 shots on goal and earning four corners in just the first half. They would end the match with 17 shots on goal and six corner kicks.
 
Kicking off the second half was a goal by Kiki Sauceda, who shot a deflected goalkeeper save back into the net of the Cardinals, putting the Hounds up 2-0 and earning her ninth goal of the season.  The Greyhounds didn’t stop there, with Maria Herrero and Mady Meiring adding goals. Herrero marking her third and Meiring scoring her first of her Greyhound Career.
 
Sophia Saucerman manned the goal for the Greyhounds for all 90 minutes, while the Greyhounds back line kept the William Jewell offense tamed throughout the match.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Cardinals only took two shots throughout the entirety of the match
-William Jewell committed 13 fouls, while the Greyhounds committed 10
-The Hounds took 17 shots on goal, 13 being saved by the William Jewell goalkeeper.
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds will look to extend their win streak to six on Sunday at Key Stadium as they face GLVC-foe, Truman, at 12 p.m. ET.

Claire Czerwonka Shatters Career Record on Day 1 of MVC Individual Championships

Friday marked a historic day for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis program in more ways than one.

The program hosted a Missouri Valley Conference Championship for the first time – marking the third time Valpo has hosted an MVC Championship in any sport – as the Beacons played host to a full day of MVC Individual Championships action at The Courts of Northwest Indiana in Valparaiso. That provided the perfect setting for a record-setting achievement by Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), who shattered the program record for career doubles victories.

How It Happened

  • Claire teamed up with her sister Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), for an 8-4 victory over the Stony Brook doubles combo of Sreeves/Medved in Flight 1 Doubles.
  • Valpo dropped tight matches in Flight 2 and Flight 3 doubles.
  • Junior Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) battled from a set down to take her first-round match in the Flight 4 singles main draw. She grinded out a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Stony Brook’s Sara Medved and will face Drake’s Mille Haagensen in Saturday’s semifinal.
  • In Flight 5 singles, sophomore Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) punched her ticket to the semifinal round of the main draw. She edged Missouri State’s Tiera Jarmond 7-5 in the opening set before pulling away for a 6-1 victory in Set 2. Bertino will play Drake’s Darinka Stephan in Saturday’s semifinals.
  • Valpo also earned a Round-1 win in Flight 6 singles, where Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kate Miley of Missouri State. Schoolcraft will face off with Illinois State’s Penelope Abreu on Saturday.
  • In Flight 2 singles, Olivia received a first-round bye by virtue of being the top seed. She will face Stony Brook’s Loreto Rubio in Saturday’s semifinals.
  • Junior Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) rolled to a straight-set victory in Flight 3 singles consolation play, topping UNI’s Emma Carr in a pair of tight sets – 7-5, 6-4. That victory came after Tabanera fell 6-3, 6-4 to Bradley’s Kirstin Hailey in the main draw.

Inside the Matches

  • Claire earned her 56th career doubles victory, surpassing the program’s previous career record of 55 set by Mara Sonkin (2000-2004).
  • Tabanera’s win was the 25th of her collegiate career and her fifth this season.
  • Schoolcraft upped her season win total to four and her career singles win total to 21.
  • Jhaveri increased her season singles win total to five and her career singles win total to 21.
  • Bertino grabbed her 10th career singles victory. She improved to 4-1 this fall.
  • The Czerwonka sisters collected their fourth win as a doubles tandem this season. Olivia lifted her career doubles win total to 29.

Up Next 

The three-day event will continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Play is expected to transition back outdoors on Saturday after Friday’s weather led to indoor competition.

Beacons Fall at Loyola Friday Evening

In a matchup of the top two teams in the MVC standings entering the weekend, the Valpo volleyball team fell Friday evening at Loyola, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18).

How It Happened

  • It was a tight opening set through the first half of the frame into the second half, as the set eventually featured nine ties and five lead changes.
  • Neither squad had more than a two-point lead at any point until Loyola put together three straight points to go up 20-16 late.
  • A kill by junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and a block from senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) brought Valpo within 20-18 before the Ramblers scored four of the next five to earn set point at 24-19.
  • A kill from Hart and a Loyola error were followed by a service ace from fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), as Valpo held off three set points and forced a Rambler timeout at 24-22. But out of the timeout, Loyola got a kill to close out the opener in its favor.
  • A 6-1 run which was capped by back-to-back service aces from fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) turned a 9-6 deficit into a 12-10 lead for Valpo approaching the halfway point of the second set.
  • But out of a timeout, Loyola scored the next seven in a row to take control, and the Beacons got no closer than four points the rest of the frame.
  • Valpo scored four of the first five points of the third set, but the Ramblers responded with a 5-1 spurt to take the lead for good. The Beacons were still within two points as late as 16-14 before Loyola scored three in a row as it extended its lead en route to closing out the match.

Inside the Match

  • Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) led Valpo offensively on Friday, posting 11 kills on .360 hitting.
  • Ravotto narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with nine kills and 10 digs.
  • Anderson set a season high with her three service aces to go with 12 assists.
  • Cookerly notched a team-best 12 digs to push her career total up to 2,845 digs.
  • Hart tied for match-high honors with six blocks.
  • Valpo was limited to just .106 hitting by the Ramblers Friday evening, the team’s second-lowest mark of the year. Meanwhile, Loyola hit at a .271 clip over the three sets.

Next Up

Valpo (13-4, 4-2 MVC) returns to the road next weekend with the swing through central Illinois, beginning Friday evening at Bradley. First serve from Peoria is set for 6 p.m.

Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Falls at Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped a road contest at Northern Kentucky on Friday night (Oct. 8), as the Norse took the match 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17).

Northern Kentucky opened the match with a 7-3 stretch that Katie Crowe halted with a kill. Maggie Castleman and Madelyn Wurster had kills in a 3-0 push that brought the ‘Dons within four at 19-15. Crowe had an ace after a RameiJackson kill to bring it within three, but NKU took three of the last four to take set one.

The Norse had a 4-0 stretch with two kills and a block that force the ‘Dons to burn a timeout early in set two. Alexandra Traciak served the ‘Dons back into set, spurring a 4-0 run featuring an ace and kills from Leigha Baldwin and Katie Crowe. NKU closed the second set on a 4-1 run.

Thanks to 3-0 and 5-1 runs from NKU, the Norse took a significant lead in set three to end the night early. Jackson picked up two kills late after a Mastodon timeout.

Crowe had 11 kills to lead the Mastodons, while Jackson was also in double-figures with 10. Rachael Crucis had 13 digs to pace the defensive efforts.

The Mastodons fall to 4-16, 2-5 Horizon League. NKU improves to 8-6, 4-1. The ‘Dons will face Wright State tomorrow, Saturday, October 9 at 4 p.m.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Welcomes Wright State to the Summit City

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play returns to the Hefner Soccer Complex on Saturday (Oct. 9) evening when Wright State arrives to face Purdue Fort Wayne.

Game Day Information
Who: Wright State (3-5-1, 2-2-1 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (3-6-1, 1-3-0 Horizon)
When: Saturday, October 9 | 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Weather: High of 77, partly cloudy


KNOW YOUR FOE:

• The Raiders have league wins over Green Bay and Northern Kentucky. They have losses to IUPUI and Robert Morris and a tie with Milwaukee. 

• Zion Beaton leads the Raiders with three goals.

• Three different Raiders have seen time in goal this season. Sebastian Jimenez started the last game for the Raiders, a 2-1 loss to Robert Morris. The Raiders lost to Robert Morris despite out-shooting the Raiders 28-5.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 4-0 loss at Notre Dame on Tuesday. It came after an overtime loss in league play at Cleveland State 2-1.

• Luke Benford scored in the 48th minute to give the ‘Dons the lead at Cleveland State, but goals in the 87th and 95th minutes gave the game to the Vikings.

• Vukasin Bulatovic has played 920 minutes on the season. He has only been subbed out once this season, for 11 minutes against Oakland.

• Erik Josson’s .725 save percentage is the second best in the league and 96th best in the nation. His 1.231 goals against average is 83rd in the nation. 

AWARD SZN:

Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.

SERIES HISTORY:

• Wright State leads the all-time series 13-1-1.

• Last season, Wright State defeated the ‘Dons 2-1 on April 5, 2021 in the final game of the season for the ‘Dons.

• The one tie came on Aug. 25, 2017 by a 0-0 score in Dayton.

• The Mastodons haven’t defeated Wright State since 2005 when the ‘Dons won 5-1 in Fort Wayne.

• The series dates back to 1983.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons welcome Detroit Mercy to campus for a Horizon League game on Wednesday (Oct. 13) in a 7 p.m. start.

KNIGHTS SWEEP LINCOLN AND TRINITY INTERNATIONAL AT GRACE TOURNEY

Winona Lake, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team opened play in the Grace College Tourney on Friday night with a pair of wins at Winona Lake, sweeping both Lincoln and Trinity International. The Knights began their night with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-22 in a sweep of the Lynx, before wrapping the night with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 sweep of the Trojans. Marian now improves to 22-0 this season. 

Marian 3-0 Lincoln

The Lynx battled Marian in the opening set keeping it a tight contest through 24 rallies, but the Knights found separation after Michaela Hoffa ignited a 4-0 run with a kill. The run put Marian on top 15-12 in the opening set, and after Lincoln moved back to a tie, the Knights embarked on a 5-0 run fueled by kills from three different hitters. The five-point swing was part of a 10-3 closing run, as Averi Lanman and Skyler Van Note recorded a block to end the 25-18 game. 

Marian dominated the second set from the opening serve, beginning the game on an 8-0 run paced by three Lanman blocks. The relentless Marian attack continued, with another run helping the Knights gain a double-digit lead. After a Jai-Lyn Norwood kill gave the Knights a 14-4 lead, Madison Brooks and Lanman helped close the set on an 11-5 run, giving Marian a 25-9 win. Following their commanding win, Marian rotated their subs into the game and closed the sweep with a 25-22 win. The Knights led by as many as seven in the final set, with Brooks, Lanman, and Hoffa fueling the offense.

As a team the Knights racked up 49 kills, with six different players recording six or more kills. Norwood led the Knights with eight kills on nine attacks, while Lanman had seven kills and five block assists. Serena Dodson led the Knights in assists with 24 to pair with six digs, and Lexi Spence had 17 assists. Maggie Meyer had a team-high 24 digs in the win with one service ace. Van Note had four block assists to go with seven kills. 

Marian 3-0 Trinity International

Marian followed their win over Lincoln with a dominant win over Trinity International in theif final game of the evening, as the Knights racked up 51 kills in the three set win. The Knights hit .495 as a team in the win for their second highest single match hitting percentage of the season, while their 51 kills were the third most in a three-set win this season. 

Skyler Van Note and Jai-Lyn Norwood led Marian’s charge in the first set, helping the team grow a 10-4 lead which quickly grew to a 16-11 lead. The Trojans used a timeout to try and regroup, but the Knights’ attack would not be denied as a 4-0 run pushed the advantange to 20-16. Michaela Hoffa and Averi Lanman helped close the set, as Marian won 25-18. 

The first set would be as close as Trinity International would get in the match, as Marian controlled both the second and third sets to win by double-digits in each set. A 5-0 run under Alison Dreves serve in the second set helped Marian take their lead to 10-5, with Hoffa and Sarah Spangler pushing the lead to seven at 17-10. Lanman closed a 7-3 run to end the second set with a solo block, closing the 25-15 win. Marian’s third set started close to perfect as they began the game on an 8-2 run, seeing the lead grow to eight following swings from Van Note and Lanman. Back to back kills from Norwood helped the Knights close the sweep with a 25-12 win, as Marian ended the match on an 8-3 run. 

Van Note led Marian with 12 kills in the win hitting .545 on the match, while Hoffa had 10 kills. Van Note added two service aces and nine digs in the winning effort, tying for the team-lead in the match in digs. Lexi Spence had 23 assists to lead the team, and Serena Dodson had 18 helpers. Dreves finished with nine digs, two assists, and two service aces in the win. 

Marian will end their weekend with matches against Michigan-Dearborn and St. Xavier on Saturday to close the weekend at Grace College. The back to back doubleheader starts at 1 PM

VOLLEYBALL WRAPS UP NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH TRI-MATCH

MARION, Ind. – No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan defeated University of Saint Francis (Ill.) and Cornerstone University this evening in their last non-conference action of the regular season. These wins extend IWU home streak to 29 straight matches. 
 
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS vs. SAINT FRANCIS
WIN 3-0: 25-8, 25-15, 25-9

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS vs. CORNERSTONE
WIN 3-1: 25-14, 22-25, 25-11, 25-14

  • IWU posted their season-best defense collecting 91 digs. Ana Collar led the way with 19 followed by Thibault with 18 and Demarchi with 17. 
  • Olivia Zawadzki paced the offense with 49 assists on 56 kills. Four players found themselves with double-digit kills with Collar leading with 17, Demarchi (13), Victoria Johnson (11), and Macy Puthoff (10).
  • Wildcats collected three service aces including three from Katherine Mendez

 
MOATS PERSPECTIVE

  • “The team’s effort today was outstanding! Ana Collar, our only senior, is such a tremendous athlete! She had 17 kills and 19 digs to lead the team in the two wins today! So proud of her! Thanks to all the students who attended today! Special shoot out to men’s soccer for your support!”

 
NEXT TIME OUT

  • Wildcats return to conference heading to Grace College on Wednesday, October 13.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: NO. 14 WILDCATS HOST NO.6 MARIAN KNIGHTS

#14 Indiana Wesleyan University (3-1, 0-1 MFSA) vs #6 Marian University (4-1, 2-0 MFSA)
1 p.m. | Wildcat Stadium | Marion, Ind. 
ESPN | STRETCH | 860ESPN


THE GAME

  • IWU returns home to host the high-powered No. 6 Marian University Knights on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. with tickets being sold at IWUWildcats.com/Tickets. The Wildcats have never beaten the Knights but came close in 2019, giving it one last-ditch effort, but a fumble would lead to six points for the Knights with time expiring.



WHO ARE THE KNIGHTS

  • The Knights started their program back in 2007-08 and have won two NAIA National Championships (2012, 2015). They boast an overall program record of 126-42. 
  • Additionally, they have claimed six MSFA Mideast League titles and nine NAIA FCS appearances, tallying a record of 18-7 in postseason play.
  • MU is led by Head Coach Mark Henninger who in eight seasons at the helm holds an overall record of 74-18.
  • Logan Blake anchored the defense as a freshman and received AFCA NAIA All-America Honorable Mention honors. He has 17.0 tackles on the season and two sacks. The team is led in tackles by Sir’Zion Dance with 26.
  • On the offensive side of the ball, the Knights have rushed for over 1,000 yards through five games and are led by Daylen Taylor, who averages 106 a game. 
  • Zach Bundalo starts at quarterback and has 12 touchdowns so far this season, with his main target in the air Johnny William collecting seven of those. 

Women’s golf competes at day one of HCAC Championship

FRANKLIN — The Earlham College women’s golf team completed day one of the HCAC Championship on Friday. 

The Quakers are in ninth place after day one of competition with a score of 394.

Claire Waggener leads the Quakers after round one with a score of 79. She is also near the top of the individual standings where she currently sits third. 

Earlham will be back in action tomorrow for the second round of the HCAC Championship. 

CROSS COUNTRY: IU EAST AT BRESCIA INVITATIONAL RECAP

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Indiana University East cross country teams started off what shapes up to be an eventful final month of the season with fifth-place finishes at the Brescia University Invitational on Oct. 8 at Yellow Creek Park.

Liam Nelson paced the IU East men with a 15th-place finish in an 8K time of 28:55.

Savannah Hart led the Red Wolf women with an 18th-place result in a 5K time of 20:23.

Both IU East teams finished ahead of two of the three other River States Conference teams in the field. 

Based on preliminary results, seven IU East runners posted season-best times. Caden Shumaker and Izaiah Doering ran PRs for the Red Wolf men. Julia ArrudaHannah MarkesonMacy AdamsAbby Page and Emma Walburn ran PRs for the IU East women.

Logan Todd finished five spots ahead of his closest pursuer from Asbury to allow the IU East men to claim a tiebreaker placing over the Eagles.

IU East was competing for the first time under new coach Cam Tiberg.

The Yellow Creek Park course was the site of the conference meet in 2011 and 2018.

The next meet on the IU East schedule is the Wilmington College Jenna Strong Fall Classic on Oct. 15, the second of four potential meets for IU East in the last month of the season.

VOLLEYBALL: TAYLOR 3, IU EAST 0

UPLAND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team dropped a competitive three-set match at No. 17 Taylor University on Oct. 8.

Final score from Odle Arena: 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 in the homecoming match for the Trojans.

IU East is 12-8. Taylor is 22-4

In a rare October non-conference matchup, the Red Wolves held set points in the second set and held leads well into the third set, but Taylor got the key points when it needed them.

Jessica Swimm put away 10 kills for IU East. Reece Shirley had an assists-digs double-double with 23 assists and 11 digs. Sheridan Phillips had a hand in four blocks. Jenna Mitchell served up three aces.

IU East returns to River States Conference play Oct. 15 when the RSC East Division-leading Red Wolves host RSC West Division-leading IU Kokomo in a rematch of the 2020 RSC Championship title match.

MEN’S SOCCER: BRESCIA AT IU EAST PREVIEW

The Indiana University East men’s soccer team returns to action against Brescia University on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Part of a men’s and women’s River States Conference doubleheader with the Bearcats, the contest at Centerville High School gets underway at 3:30 p.m. The women’s match begins at 1 p.m.

IU East is 0-10-1 overall and 0-3 in the conference, while the Bearcats are 8-3 as they lead the league at 5-0.

On Thursday (Oct. 7), Brescia had its match at home against St. Mary-of-the-Woods postponed.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Admission to home matches for IU East soccer is free.

The GPS address for Centerville High School is 507 Willow Grove Road in Centerville, Ind. The soccer field is in the southwest portion of the CHS campus, adjacent to the tennis courts and baseball field.

Live video and live stats for the match are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

Tristan Thomas tops IU East in scoring with three goals and one assist this season.

* The Red Wolves lead the all-time series between the two schools with a 4-0 mark, which includes a 1-0 win on the road in Kentucky in the spring of 2021.

* With the postponement of the Oakland City University match last weekend, the Red Wolves have not played since facing the University of Rio Grande on Sept. 25.

* Brescia won 2-0 over Midway University in its most recent contest on Sept. 30.

* Juan Martinez and Luis Baldivieso both scored for the Bearcats in the win over Midway as Javier Morejon assisted on both goals.

Anderson Sits in Eighth after Day 1 of the HCAC Championships

The Anderson University women’s golf team sits in eighth place after Day 1 of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships on Friday in Franklin.

Anderson University produced an 18-hole team score of 390.

Jayda Hurst (Pittsboro, Ind. / Tri-West) is currently T-25 in the individual standings. The freshman from Pittsboro fired a round of 94 on the par-72 layout at The Legends Golf Club.

Faith Firle (New Castle, Ind. / New Castle) is currently tied for 31st with a 97. Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind. / Heritage Christian School) currently holds 31st with a 99. Taylor Gillum (Daleville, Ind. / Daleville) is tied for 37th with a 100 while Lauren Benton (Frankton, Ind. / Frankton) sits in 51st with a 113.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Precious Saelee carded a round of 77 as she leads the HCAC individual standings after Day 1.

After Day 1, Rose-Hulman leads the team standings with a 318. Hanover College sits in second with a 336, ranking ahead of Transylvania University (343), Mount St. Joseph University (345), Franklin College (362), Defiance College (383), Bluffton University (388) and Anderson (390). Manchester University and Earlham College are both tied for ninth with team scores of 394, rounding out the team standings.

Anderson continues with Day 2 of the HCAC Championships on Saturday at 9 a.m.

RHIT Women’s Golf Leads HCAC Championship After Opening Day

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology holds an 18-stroke lead after day one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships, held Friday at Legends of Indiana Golf Course.

Rose-Hulman leads by 18 strokes after a team score of 318 on opening day.  The Fightin’ Engineers currently hold four of the top six positions in the championship.

Precious Saelee holds the tournament lead after recording a score of 77.

Lily Byrne stands second after scoring 78. 

Rachel Zhang is fourth with a score of 81; Meg Fosnot is sixth after an 82; and Lauren Conley is 25th with a 94.

Days two and three of the HCAC Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday at Legends of Indiana Golf Course.  The winning team will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships in Texas this May.

Thunder Victorious at Olivet 3-1

OLIVET, Mich. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team had a quality bounce back victory Friday night 3-1 at Olivet College.

The win pushes the Thunder record to 13-11 this season and 3-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action. Olivet is 7-11 and 1-3 in 2021.

Set one was claimed by the Thunder 25-22 on the back of a 12-2 kill-to-error ratio on attacks. Trine took a 6-2 advantage and never trailed in the set again. The Comets fought back to tie the set on a few occasions mid-set, but a five-point swing led by two kills from Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] gave momentum back to the Thunder and they carried it through to the second set.

Olivet evened the match with a 25-23 second set win, but it was not due to a lack of effort, as the Thunder fell just short on a comeback attempt in the late goings. The Thunder trailed 22-14 and 24-18 but grinded back into the set with a service ace by Rachel Campbell [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] and consecutive kills by Nicholls. The Comets used both timeouts to settle the home squad and eventually polish off the second.

The tipping point of the match was the third set, where it was a back-and-forth affair until the end. Trine was able to dig out a 26-24 victory to take a two-sets-to-one lead. Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] was able to secure the set-winning point with a kill off a feed from Campbell.

Bethany Ulring [Dayton, Ohio / Bellbrook] entered as an early substitute in set four and was key in getting the Thunder out to an early lead. She served in six straight points and Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] recorded back-to-back kills in the scoring stretch. Trine coasted to a 25-14 win to seal the match with a kill by Hannah Sands [Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville].

Francesca Queary [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] showed consistency throughout the match on her way to a team-high 12 kills. Baughman was the assist on 39 of the team’s 45 combined kills. Four different Thunder athletes notched double-digit dig numbers: Kacie VanKalker [Dyer, Ind. / Illiana Christian] (19), Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] (15), Jolliffe (14) and Baughman (14). Nicholls combined for five block assists at the net.

It is a tough road test for the Thunder on Wednesday, October 13 when Trine travels to NCAA DIII #6 Calvin. First serve is at 6:30 pm.

Trine Battles at MIAA Fall Championships

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Trine University women’s golf team placed sixth in the fifth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree round of the season at the Fall Championships. 

After five of six rounds, the Thunder are sixth in the league standings, less than a stroke off of fifth-place Alma College. Saint Mary’s College won the round with a team score of 322 and Adrian’s Taylor Ross shot a 76 to medal.

The Thunder shot a 343 and were led by Maire Sullivan [Plymouth, Mich. / Plymouth] with an 82. Sullivan was top 10 on the player leaderboard in ninth.

Lily Williamson [Colfax, Ind. / Western Boone] and Reagan Guthrie [Genoa, Ohio / Genoa Area] were even at 86. Grace Dubec [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] finished her day with an 89 and Carli Sanford [Howe, Ind. / Sturgis] a 92.

Individual Bailey Bravata [Holland, Mich. / Zeeland East] notched a 95.

The women will continue competition tomorrow at Bedford Valley Country Club with their sixth Jamboree round.

No. 16/17 Bethel Opens MIAC Skyline Division Play with Matchup at Hamline

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The No. 16/17 ranked Bethel Royals football team is set to open MIAC divisional play this Saturday with a road matchup against Hamline University. The Royals and Pipers both enter the contest with matching 3-1 records on the season and 1-1 in MIAC crossover games. HU defeated Crown (54-38) and Minnesota-Morris (30-28) in their non-conference games and then lost to Carleton (35-7) and beat St. Scholastica (34-18) last Saturday. The Royals and Pipers both reside in the Skyline Division within the MIAC as this will mark the first such contest for both schools in the first year of the new format. Bethel owns a 24 game winning streak over the Pipers dating through the 1996 season.

The Pipers have shown good balance on offense thus far this year as quarterback Connor Leavens ranks fifth in the MIAC, averaging 241.5 yard per game through the air while running back Nikolas Rocafort is the fourth leading rusher at 69.3 yards per game. Leavens has thrown 10 touchdowns to five interceptions while being sacked 11 times through the first four games. Two Piper defenders rank among the league leaders in tackles per game (Sam Fritz – 33 tackles) and sacks (Godmar Gach – 3 sacks). As a team the Pipers are sixth in scoring offense at 31.3 points per game and fifth in scoring defense at 29.8 points per game.        

The Royals enter with the league’s second ranked scoring defense at 13.5 points per game, behind only Carleton (7.5 ppg) while the offense ranks fifth at 36.5 points per game. Freshman wide receiver Joey Kidder is third in the MIAC with 101 yards per game receiving and four touchdowns, including two last week. Senior dual threat quarterback Jaran Roste still leads the league in completion percentage (67.9%) and efficiency rating (187.8) while also rushing for four touchdowns, the second highest total in the MIAC. Roste has tossed eight touchdown passes to just one interception.

Royal Road Trip
The Royals make the short trek south down Snelling Avenue to the Hamline University campus which is located just south of the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. Fans can park in lot B located on the south side of Taylor Ave. and the west side of Pascal Street.  

Opponent: Hamline University
Live video: HU Portal
Live stats: HU Portal
Twitter updates: Bethel Gameday & Bethel Royals FB
Location: St. Paul, Minn.
Stadium: Klas Field 
Miles from Bethel’s campus: 6.6 miles
Estimated time of travel: 12 minutes
Recommended hotspots: Located just two and a half miles north and east of the Hamline campus is a pair of lunch spots that have been a favorite of several Bethel athletics department members over the last many years. The Original Malt Shop (formerly Snuffy’s) located at 1125 Larpenteur Ave is a 50’s style diner with outstanding burgers & malts. Just around the corner is Maverick’s Real Roast Beef at 1746 Lexington Ave, a counter-serve spot featuring roast beef, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. And on the way back to campus don’t forget to hit up the Lake Josephine Dairy Queen at 3070 Lexington Ave in Roseville, a proud sponsor of Bethel University and Bethel athletics.

Women’s Golf cards strong opening round at HCAC Championship

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers wrapped up round one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Championship sitting second overall in the nine-team field. Hanover finished day one with a combined 336 strokes.
 
The Panthers were paced by freshman Taylor Caldwell (Noblesville, Ind.) and senior Kennedy Easton (Borden, Ind.) finishing tied for eighth with 83 strokes.
 
Juniors Taylor Drake (Franklin, Ind.) and Becca Chamberlin (Winchester, Ind.) would finish tied for 13th as they both shot 85 strokes.
 
Rounding out the field for the Blue and Red was senior Hannah Julow (Evansville, Ind.) finishing tied for 23rd with 93 strokes.
 
Rose-Hulman wraps up round one in first place with a combined 318 strokes. 

GRENADIERS SWEEP WEST VIRGINIA TECH TO OPEN RSC HOMESTAND

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast volleyball team swept West Virginia Tech 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 to open a five-match homestand on Friday night.

Emilee Organ had 11 kills to lead IU Southeast, she had just one attack error on 19 attempts for a .526 attack percentage. Macy Graves added nine kills on 25 attempts.

The first set was close for much of the frame until the Grenadiers used a 5-1 run to take a 15-10 lead. Kills by Macy GravesEmilee Organ and Jennie Malone as well as blocks by Abigail Vogel and Maggie Purichia as well as Vogel and Organ helped the Grenadiers pull ahead.

But the Golden Bears railed to take a 22-21 lead. After an attack error tied the set, Organ recorded a kill to give the Grenadiers the lead. Another block by Organ and Vogel forced set point and after a Golden Bear kill prolonged the set, a kill by Organ sent the first to IU Southeast.

Organ had five kills and 1.5 blocks in the first set.

With the second set tied at 4, the Grenadiers scored 11 of the next 16 points to take a 15-9 lead.  After WVU Tech cut the lead to five, IU Southeast roared away with a 8-2 run. A kill by Graves, an attack error by Morgan Shablom and a kill by Organ forced set point for the Grenadiers. After a brief three-point run, Organ sealed the set with a kill.

Macy Graves had five kills in the set.

IU Southeast jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the third set before the Golden Bears cut the deficit to 16-15.

The Grenadiers put the set away with 8-2 run to force match point. Two kills by Macy Graves and an ace from Brandy Eisenback sparked the rally.

Cate Murphy and Averee Yoder each had two aces and Brandy Eisenback had 21 assists to lead the Grenadiers.

IU Southeast hosts Rio Grande Saturday at 11 a.m.  

Volleyball Extends Streak to Four With Sweep of Trailblazers

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team extended its winning streak to four on Friday night as the Cougars swept the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University. The sweep is the fourth straight 3-0 victory for IUK and their 11th of the season. 
 
The win moves the Cougars overall record to 15-8 and 7-1 in River States Conference action. 
 
Erinn Adam led all players with 10 kills as the fifth-year senior hit .389 in the victory. Sidney Gerig and Audrey Strawsma each added seven kills while Jocelyn Hack and Kelsey Hammond each chipped in with five. 
 
In the opening set, the Cougars built an early 9-3 lead forcing the Trailblazers to take their first timeout. With an 11-5 lead, IUK scored five unanswered points capped off by two service aces from Kaley Lyons, giving the Cougars the 16-5 lead. Hack closed out the set with a kill to give the Cougars the 25-13 victory. 
 
The Cougars started quick in the second set, jumping out to an early 9-1 lead over the Trailblazers. IUK would extend its lead to 18-7, prompting the OCU timeout. Strawsma would end the second set with a kill to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the match.
 
The final set was one of runs in favor of the Cougars. IUK started the set on an 8-2 run. The Cougars would use a 6-0 run to take a 23-8 lead. Ohio Christian went on their biggest run of the match, a 3-0 spurt to make it 23-11 but kills from Hammond and Gerig would close out the Trailblazers.
 
IU Kokomo will return to action tomorrow as they welcome Ohio Valley University to the Student Activities and Events Center. First serve is set for 12:00 p.m. 

MEN’S SOCCER LOSES MATCH TO CCAC LEADER LINCOLN FRIDAY

CROWN POINT, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s soccer team lost to one of their toughest Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents this year in host Lincoln College Friday.

HALF BREAKDOWN

First Half: Lincoln College 3, IU Northwest 0

  • Gianni Ramirez looked to make it 1-0 after going on an attack attempt but his shot in the 12th minute went high.
  • Lincoln College made it 1-0 after Ricardo Martinez got the pass from Nicolas Nunez Osorio in the 21st minute.
  • LC expanded the lead to 2-0 after Agustin Lepoutre passed it into Emmanuele Sordi in the 34th minute.
  • In the 38th minute, the Lynx scored their last goal of the half after Malyk Silva had a corner kick which was passed into AJ Agbede to make it 3-0.
  • Fernando Ramos was able to make six saves in the first half.

Second Half: Lincoln College 4, IU Northwest 0

  • A few minutes into the second half, the Lynx made it 4-0 after Peder Lauvsland scored a goal off the pass from Silva.
  • Charlie Brown made it 5-0 LIncoln College after scoring a goal in the 65th minute.
  • Lincoln quickly made it 6-0 after going all alone in the 69th minute.
  • LC scored their final goal of the match in the 76th minute after Kevin Vidana passed it into Sordi for his second goal of the match.
  • Ramos picked up nine more saves in the second half to make his total 15 for the match. 

FINAL SCORE: Lincoln College 7, IU Northwest 0

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, October 13 as the RedHawks travel to Davenport, Iowa to take on the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees starting at 7 p.m. CT.

Volleyball takes seventh straight with win over Bees

DAVENPORT, Iowa – IU South Bend moved a full game clear atop the CCAC standings on Friday night, as the Titans continued to roll with their seventh straight win and a straight-set sweep over St. Ambrose.

The victory brings the Titans (14-3, 10-0 CCAC) within one more win of matching the program’s all-time win streak record of eight straight, as IU South Bend captured a season sweep over the Bees (13-9, 5-6 CCAC). Hannah Marchand led the attack, scoring a match-high ten kills to go along with five total blocks on the night. McKenzie Powell registered 27 assists, and Suriya Van der Oord picked up 11 digs to lead the IUSB defense.

Throughout the first half of the opening set the Titans would maintain a narrow lead, but after two points for St. Ambrose closed the gap to 13-12, IUSB responded with 12 of the final 14 points to take the set running away, 25-14. Marchand had three kills during the run, but the South Bend defense was the difference, blocking three attacks.

The Bees briefly took the lead midway through the second set, scoring four straight to pull in front at 12-10. Back-to-back aces from Whitney Gessinger put IUSB back on top at 13-12, and the visitors would hold the lead the rest of the way. A kill from Julie Brown gave the Titans set point, and a St. Ambrose attacking errors ended the game, 25-21.

Another rally midway through the third proved to be the difference again, as the Titans scored a 6-1 run to go up 14-8. The Bees came back with four in a row before South Bend responded by scoring eight of the next ten to build their lead further, at 20-13 following a pair of SAU attack errors. A solo block by Abby Seeger ended the match, giving the Titans another 25-21 victory.

The Titans return home next Tuesday night, when they host Roosevelt. First serve with the Lakers is set for October 12 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Student Activities Center.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Volleyball Wraps Non-League Slate with Sweep of IU East

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor kicked off the Homecoming Weekend in style, improving to 12-2 in non-league action this season with a 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 win over IU East on Friday evening.

TU set the tone early, jumping to a 6-1 lead and maintaining a comfortable gap throughout the opening set. Taylor hit .542 in the 10-point win, posting 14 kills to just one miscue, while IU East (12-8) managed just nine digs. Ryan Czerniak had the hot hand early, finishing the first set with five kills in eight looks.

The action was much more competitive over the remainder of the night, with the two sides locking up for a thrilling second set. Taylor nearly cost itself the game with a trio of late service errors but back-to-back Sarah Scott kills drew the Trojans even at 24-24 and a Jaylynn Dunsmore kill helped TU erase a 23-20 deficit and finish off a 26-24 victory.

Taylor continued to trade points with the Red Wolves throughout the third and final set, using a 5-0 spurt to open a 10-7 lead on a Kacy Bragg ace and a Ryan Czerniak kill. The visitors had one final charge in them however, responding with a 7-1 stretch to put TU in an 18-14 deficit. The Trojans had the final say, capitalizing on a slew of IU East miscues down the stretch to secure the 25-21 victory.

Czerniak was the lone Trojan with a double-digit kill total on the night, ending the contest with 11 to move to within 88 kills of 1,000 for her career. Amanda Adams followed with nine termination and Scott added seven. Adams posted a team-leading 13 digs, Bragg added 33 assists and Stephaney Fifield posted three service aces.

No. 17 Taylor (22-4, 10-2 CL) will return to Crossroads League play on Wednesday, October 13 for a 7:00 pm clash inside Odle Arena with RV Bethel (22-5, 8-4 CL).

VUVB extends winning streak to seven with sweep at Showdown on the Wabash

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team have won their last seven matches after picking up a pair of sweeps at the P.E. Complex Friday afternoon on day one of the Showdown on the Wabash Classic.

Vincennes defeated Region 24 opponent Wabash Valley 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 and came back to sweep Gadsden State Community College 25-16, 25-12, 25-13.

The Blazers opened the two-day classic by facing Region 24 opponent Wabash Valley for the second time in a week.

Vincennes took an early lead, jumping out to a 7-3 advantage on the Warriors and managed to hold the lead throughout the opening set. VU won set one 25-20.

Set two began as more of a battle, with the two teams even at five-all before Vincennes rallied to score six points unanswered.

Wabash Valley continued to battle but could not put together any scoring runs to cut into the Trailblazer lead, giving Vincennes the 25-16 set two win and the 2-0 match lead.

WVC looked to avoid being swept for the first time all season, jumping out to the early 6-3 lead in the third set.

Vincennes would answer back to even the score at six-all before taking their first lead at 8-7.

The two teams traded points, with Wabash Valley only able to tie the score, pulling even at 14-all.

VU again rallied, scoring six straight to help build a 20-14 lead an eventually take set three, 25-17, giving the Blazers their sixth straight win.

“We had a tough match at Wabash Valley last week because of things out of our control and we didn’t have those things here,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We just know what we can do, with our strategy, our blocking, serving and we did a really nice job of just following the game plan.”

“We’re definitely going to keep our eye on Wabash Valley, they definitely have quite a bit of talent there, so we will likely see them again in the Region Tournament,” Sien added.

The Blazers were led by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) in the opening match. The Polish hitter led VU with 10 kills and four aces, while also finishing with eight digs.

Sophomore Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) and Jamie Russell (East St Louis, Ill.) hit the ball efficiently, with Metzger finishing with a .318 hitting percentage and nine kills. Russell ended the first match of the day with a 3.13 hitting percentage and eight kills for VU.

The duo also finished with three block assists, one dig and a set assist each.

Freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) had a solid opening match both offensively and defensively, ending with six kills and 14 digs to go along with a pair of set assists and an ace.

Sophomore Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and freshman Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) rounded out the VU offense, with Cornelson adding four kills and a pair of block assists and Banasiak contributing three kills and a block assist.

The Trailblazer offense we well set up by freshman setters Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) and Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) who finished the match with 17 set assists each.

Graber would complete her fifth double-double of the season by adding 11 digs defensively, with Mulligan ending the match with four digs.

VU was led defensively by sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) who ended with a team-high 15 digs and a pair of set assists.

Freshman Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) saw some action on the back row for the Trailblazers and ended the opening match with three digs on her stat line.

The Blazers came back strong in their second match of the day against the Gadsden State Community College Cardinals.

VU started the first set of the match by scoring five of the first six points, before the Cardinals rallied back to cut the Vincennes lead to a single point.

Vincennes responded back by taking a 16-9 lead after a pair of four-point scoring runs.

The Trailblazes held the lead to take set one 25-16 over the Cardinals.

Vincennes continued their impressive play, holding a 15-5 advantage midway through the second set.

Gadsden State attempted a comeback, scoring the next four points unanswered before VU would respond by a 7-1 scoring run of their own.

The VU lead was too much for the Cardinals as Vincennes took set two 25-12 to hold a 2-0 match lead.

The Trailblazers rolled into the third set by jumping out to a commanding 13-2 lead midway through the set.

Vincennes looked determined to complete the sweep as the Blazers continued to build on their lead to take set three and the match 25-13, giving VU their seventh consecutive win.

“Gadsden State played Wabash pretty tough right before our match,” Sien said. “We can’t disrespect anybody here; everyone we play is going to be really good and this really could have been a trap game for us.”

“We could have been caught looking ahead to John A. Logan tomorrow, which will be a challenging match, and we could have just skipped over Gadsden State,” Sien added. “But we played pretty hard. We had several rallies with people diving all over the floor and being scrappy. That right there shows our heart.”

“That’s one thing about this team, they treat every game like it’s important and we played very aggressively. We attacked them with our serving. We could have done a little better with our blocking, but that’s a difficult skill to pick up and we’ve still got a little bit of the season left to improve on it.”

The Trailblazers were led by Addison Ainscough against Gadsden State. Ainscough finished with 11 kills, six digs and an ace, while also finishing with a .333 hitting percentage.

Jagoda Szybinska and Jamie Russell played well on both sides of the net, with Szybinska finishing with nine kills and a .500 hitting percentage, while also adding a pair of blocks, digs and set assists.

Russell ended her day with seven kills and a .455 hitting percentage, with a team-high four blocks, three digs and a set assist.

Breanna Metzger finished with four kills, three digs, a pair of blocks and a set assist.

Emilie Cornelson played well defensively at the net for the Blazers, ending her night with three blocks, two kills and a dig.

Setters Hannah Graber and Josephine Mulligan helped run the Trailblazer offense, with Graber finishing with a team-high 18 set assists, three aces, five digs and one kill.

Mulligan finished with 14 set assists and four digs defensively.

Libero Grace Earp had an impressive match both defensively and from the service line, finishing with a team-high 18 digs and a staggering five aces.

The Trailblazers as a team hit the ball very efficiently, finding numerous ways to hit past the Gadsden State blockers, finishing the match with a .342 hitting percentage as a team.

“Our hitting starts with our passing,” Sien said. “If we pass on point, right up to the net, in between right front and middle back, in what’s called ‘Zone 7’, we can run anything out of our offense.”

“Our setters have done an exceptional job. Joie and Hannah have been confident and have taken charge, like they should. When we passed to either one of them out there, they ran a really nice offense today and it all goes back to our first contact and being aggressive.”

“It’s our mindset right now. We’re going to be competitive. We’re going to fight and we’re just going to take it to the other team. That’s what we see in our offense and in our serving.”

The Trailblazers will start the final day of the Showdown on the Wabash Classic tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 9 by hosting Region 24 opponent John A. Logan at 12 p.m. eastern.

“John A. Logan has a long tradition of winning Region Championships, before last year they had won three straight and had won a couple more before that, so we’re going up against a team that has a lot of tradition,” Sien said. “When they are in system, they are going to be pretty effective, so we have to go after them with our serving and our blocks.”

“They’ve got a so-so record but we can’t disrespect them. Records don’t mean anything. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day, so it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       At Chicago’s Lake Front Park, Quaker (Phillies) fly chaser Jack Manning hits three home runs in an 11-7 loss to the White Stockings. The Philadelphia outfielder is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

1905       Christy Mathewson throws a shutout against Philadelphia in Game 1 of the World Series, 3-0. The Giants hurler will blank the A’s twice more during the Fall Classic.

1906       In a snowy West Side Park, the first one-city World Series opens in Chicago. Nick Altrock outduels Three-Finger Brown, giving the White Sox a 2-1 victory over the heavily favored Cubs.

1907       In Game 2 of the World Series played at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Tigers third baseman Bill Coughlin tags out Jimmy Slagle, leading off the base, using the hidden ball trick. The Cubs center fielder is the first victim deceived about a ball’s location during the Fall Classic.

1909       Ty Cobb’s steal of home highlights the Tigers’ 7-2 victory over the Pirates, tying the World Series at one game apiece. The ‘Georgia Peach’ swipes home plate 54 times during his career, a major league record.

1910       Sitting out the last two games of the season, Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb wins the third of his nine consecutive batting titles by edging Nap Lajoie by less than a percentage point. The player-manager of the Cleveland Naps, who had six bogus hits on the last day thanks to the Browns’ attempt to dethrone the Georgia Peach with their defensive indifference, still loses the race .3849 to .3840.

1913       In Game 3 of the World Series, rookie right-hander Joe Bush throws a complete game, limiting the Giants to five hits in the A’s 8-2 victory at the Polo Grounds. At the age of 20 years and 316 days, ‘Bullet Joe’ is the youngest pitcher to start a game in the Fall Classic, 40 days sooner than Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Jim Palmer (1966), tied for second on the list.

1915       Woodrow Wilson becomes the first president to watch a World Series game when he attends Game 2 of the Fall Classic played at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Red Sox hurler Rube Foster limits the Phillies to just three hits en route to a 2-1 victory to even the series at one game apiece.

1919       With rumors spreading about a fix, the White Sox, after an ineffective start by Lefty Williams, are defeated 10-5 at Comiskey Park and drop the World Series to the underdog Reds, five games to 3. Before next season begins, eight Chicago players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, will be accused of accepting bribes to throw the games purposely.

1928       At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the Yankees beat the Cardinals, 7-3, completing their second consecutive sweep of the World Series. The Bronx Bombers, winning their third World Championship in franchise history, live up to their name when they slugged five homers in the game, three by Babe Ruth, a feat which not equaled until 1989 when Oakland does it against San Francisco.

1934       At Detroit’s Navin Field, Commissioner Landis makes Joe Medwick leave Game 7 of the World Series for ‘his own safety.’ The Tiger fans, upset with his aggressive slide into third baseman Marv Owen, respond by hurling fruit at the outfielder during the Cardinals’ 11-0 series-clinching victory.

1938       Sweeping the Cubs in four games, the Bronx Bombers become the first team in major league history to win three consecutive World Series. Red Ruffing goes the distance, beating Chicago, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium.

1948       Behind the solid pitching of Steve Gromek, the Indians win pivotal Game 4 of the Fall Classic, edging the Braves, 2-1, to take a 3-1 series lead. Larry Doby’s home run, the first by a black player in World Series history, proves to be the difference in the Tribe’s victory.

1949       During the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 loss to the Yankees in Game 5, the Ebbets Field lights are turned on, making it the first time a World Series game takes place under artificial lights. The first scheduled Fall Classic night game occurs when the Pirates host Baltimore for Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium in 1971.

1951       In the Yankees’ 13-1 rout of the Giants in Game 5 of the Fall Classic victory at the Polo Grounds, Gil McDougald, joining Elmer Smith (1920) and Tony Lazzeri (1936), becomes the third player in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The 23 year-old Yankees infielder is the first rookie to accomplish the feat.

1958       In Game 7, the Yankees beat the defending World champion Braves in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, 6-2, for their eighteenth title, the club’s seventh in the past decade. The Bronx Bombers become only the second team, the first being the 1925 Pirates, to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven Fall Classic.

1961       With the help of a pair of five-run innings at Crosley Field, the Yankees win the World Series, beating the Reds in Game 5, 13-5. Johnny Blanchard, a reserve player who will collect ten hits in 29 at-bats in five Fall Classics, hits two home runs and bats .400 en route to the Bronx Bombers’ 19th World Championship.

1966       For the second consecutive day, the Orioles win a World Series game, 1-0, in a contest decided by a home run when Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left-field fence in the fourth inning. With the lone run scored on a homer, for only the fifth time in the history of the Fall Classic, and the complete-game shutout thrown by Dave McNally, Baltimore completes a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.

1968       The Tigers score ten runs in the third inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. Detroit’s big frame, which equals the World Series mark set by the 1929 A’s, sees 15 batters come to the plate, who collect seven hits, one hit-by-pitch, and four walks against four Redbird hurlers in the Busch Stadium contest.

1969       A few days after agreeing to be on the Angels’ coaching staff, Sparky Anderson accepts an offer to replace Dave Bristol as the Reds’ manager. During his nine-year tenure, in which Cincinnati will average 96 victories a season, the club will win five divisional titles, four National League pennants, and consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976.

1976       En route to a party at a golf course owned by former teammate Bill Mazeroski, 29-year-old Pirates reliever Bob Moose dies on his birthday in a two-car crash on Route 7 in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. The right-hander spent his entire nine-year career with Pittsburgh, compiling a 76-71 record with an ERA of 3.50 and no-hit the Mets in 1969.

1980       In Game 2 of the ALCS, with the Yankees trailing 3-2 with two outs in the top of the eighth, George Steinbrenner is caught on live national television shouting what appears to be profanities when Willie Randolph is tagged out at home on a relay throw by George Brett. The Yankees’ owner wants manager Dick Howser to fire third base coach Mike Ferraro on the spot, who refuses and will lose his job when the team is swept in three games by the Royals, despite a first-place finish in the American League East, compiling a 103-59 record.

1989       Televising the deciding Game 5 of the NLCS, a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cubs from Candlestick Park, NBC broadcasts its final edition of the network’s Game of the Week. Next season, CBS’s sporadic and less frequent coverage of a regular-season weekly game led many to believe the organization was only interested in airing the All-Star Game and postseason contests.

1996       Derek Jeter, with the Yankees down 4-3 in the eighth inning, ties the game with a fly ball to right field ruled a home run by umpire Rich Garcia, despite the protest of spectator interference that prevented the ball from being caught by outfielder Tony Tarasco and the Orioles manager Davey. Video replay clearly shows 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reaching over the fence and bringing the catchable live ball into the stands, forever changing the outcome of Game 1 of the ALCS and, many believe, of the series.

2005       At Minute Maid Park, Chris Burke’s 18th-inning homer ends the longest postseason game in baseball history as the Astros defeat the Braves, 7-6, to advance into the National League Championship Series. Atlanta’s five-run late lead in the contest vanishes with an eighth-inning grand slam by Lance Berkman and a two-out ninth-inning solo shot by Brad Ausmus, which barely clears Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched hand.

2010       At Yankee Stadium, the Twins drop Game 3 of the ALCS, 6-2, giving New York a series sweep. After being the first team to clinch a playoff berth, Minnesota exits the postseason without winning a game in the first round for the second straight year.

2019       After posting a historic opening frame, the Cardinals cruise to a 13-1 victory over the Braves in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS at SunTrust Park. St. Louis tallies ten times before Atlanta bats, scoring the most runs ever in the first inning of a postseason game.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills310.7500.0134442-1-01-0-02-1-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins130.2502.0621090-2-01-1-01-3-01-1-03 L
New England Patriots130.2502.071700-3-01-0-01-1-01-1-02 L
New York Jets130.2502.047941-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers310.7500.095741-1-02-0-02-0-02-0-02 W
Denver Broncos310.7500.083491-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders310.7500.01041002-0-01-1-03-1-00-1-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs220.5001.01341251-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cleveland Browns310.7500.0100672-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers130.2502.067930-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans220.5000.0951111-1-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Houston Texans130.2501.0671161-1-00-2-01-2-01-0-03 L
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.083970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.0741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys310.7500.0126972-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Washington Football Team220.5001.01011221-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles130.2502.0941060-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
New York Giants130.2502.083950-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals4001.0000.0140851-0-03-0-02-0-01-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams410.8000.51411162-1-02-0-03-1-01-1-01 W
San Francisco 49ers220.5002.01071020-2-02-0-02-2-00-1-02 L
Seattle Seahawks230.4002.51201260-2-02-1-01-2-01-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers310.7500.0951002-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Chicago Bears220.5001.064912-0-00-2-01-1-01-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings130.2502.094921-1-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions040.0003.0811190-2-00-2-00-3-00-2-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers310.7500.01221052-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers310.7500.097662-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints220.5001.094691-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons130.2502.0781280-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC28111434626208-7-03-7-347
Philadelphia2711973626109-3-32-6-442
Orlando City SC281198414108-4-23-5-642
D.C.28124124941810-0-32-4-940
New York City FC28117104432128-3-33-4-740
CF Montreal2811710403738-3-33-4-740
Atlanta281099373348-3-32-6-639
New York279711333035-5-34-2-834
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2795132542-175-2-74-3-632
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2748152852-241-5-63-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2716654422227-4-39-2-254
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2713953827117-6-16-3-448
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota2710893032-28-2-32-6-638
Vancouver279108343408-2-41-8-437
Los Angeles FC2897124041-16-5-33-2-934
San Jose2889113544-94-3-74-6-433
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028
Houston29512123345-125-6-30-6-927
Austin2874172944-155-2-72-2-1025

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference