Cougar goalkeeper earns MVP honors

Monday, November 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:32 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Steve Williams, a senior goalkeeper for the Columbia College soccer team, earned the American Midwest Conference’ Most Valuable Player Award. Williams has allowed 12 goals in 16 games and has six shutouts for the Cougars, who enter NAIA Region V tournament play Wednesday.

John Klein, who has led Columbia College to a 14-3-1 regular season record for the top seed in the tournament, was named Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons at the school.

Five Cougars received all-conference honors. Forward Juan Pablo Irrera, midfielder Matt Mueller and defenders Vladimir Roganovic and Jared Cross joined Williams on the first team. Defender Micah Bolton was honorable mention.

Mueller, Nano Recondo, Roganovic and Mark Wilcox were named to the academic all-conference team.

NEW YORK CITY MARATHON: Paula Radcliffe pulled away in the final few feet to win the tightest women’s race in the marathon’s history. Radcliffe, the world record holder, crossed in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 10 seconds, beating Susan Chepkemei by 4 seconds.

Less than three months ago, Radcliffe cried after dropping out of the Olympic marathon with a few miles to go.

Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa got a bit of redemption, too, winning the men’s race in 2:09:28 for his first marathon victory. Ramaala also dropped out of the Olympic marathon with a pulled hamstring.

Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of the United States was next across, 25 seconds behind in a personal best of 2:09:53.

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: A clutch shot and a flawless performance by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen contrasted a rare collapse by Tiger Woods.

In a fitting end to the PGA Tour season, the unflappable Goosen closed with a 6-under 64 to win the Tour Championship by four shots and become only the third player to overtake Woods in the final round.

Goosen made up a four-shot deficit on the front nine at East Lake, took the outright lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 13th and ended all the suspense with the best shot of the tournament.

From 195 yards in the rough, he hit a 5-iron within 3 feet for the only birdie of the day on the 481-yard 16th hole.

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