Kewpies stay perfect at home with shutout

Senior forward Michael Washington found a new way to the net, but it wasn’t pretty.

Hickman beat Quincy Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday, in its second straight home shutout at Cosmopolitan Park.

Cougars ready for test vs. McKendree

Columbia College’s volleyball match against McKendree College today will likely be a test of patience vs. pressure.

The Columbia College volleyball team tries to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. McKendree tries to force their opponents into making them.

Determined senior steps up game

Wide receiver Thomson Omboga wants to make his senior season count and his versatility is starting to add up.

With Missouri’s offense sputtering against Troy on Sept. 9, Omboga shined, catching six passes for 64 yards.

Most Big 12 teams take a break

Eight of the Big 12 Conference teams have a bye this week to prepare themselves for the rigors of conference play beginning next week, with Baylor, Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech playing Saturday.

The Jayhawks host the Red Raiders in the conference opener.

Hickman shows progress

Hickman tennis coach Jerry Price has been preaching improvement all season. On Monday, the Kewpies provided some tangible evidence of their development.

The Kewpies lost 5-4 in a competitive match against Jefferson City at Hickman courts, two weeks after losing an 8-1 road match to the Jays.

Keeping high intensity level key for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s soccer team opens its American Midwest Conference schedule at 7 p.m. against Missouri Baptist at Owens Soccer Stadium.

The Cougars are the two-time defending conference champions. John Klein, who is in his fifth year as coach, has guided the Cougars to three conference titles. They also won the championship in 2000.

Stars can’t capitalize on home court advantage

Silverthorne Arena didn’t feel like home for the Stephens College volleyball team Monday night. A small, but vocal group of students from visiting Central Christian College made sure their school was the one that felt at home.

The Heralds beat the Stars 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.

Extra Points: Bruins net 10th victory

The Rock Bridge soccer team won its first game in the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis.

Smith shows triple-threat ability in win

After leading Missouri on two scoring drives to start the Tigers’ game Sep. 9 at Troy, Brad Smith and the Missouri offense stalled. The Trojans’ defense kept Smith in the pocket and the Tigers away from the end zone.

Smith finished the game with 36 yards rushing. He also attempted 46 passes, the most for Smith since he was 28-of-50 in a 51-28 loss against Bowling Green in 2002.

Confidence builder

Missouri’s victory Sunday was a boost in confidence for the Tigers with Big 12 Conference play nearing. The win meant even more, though, to sophomore midfielder Lauren Vineyard.

Missouri beat Loyola-Chicago 2-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to improve to 3-4-1 with games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State approaching next weekend.

Travels will challenge Rock Bridge

The undefeated Rock Bridge soccer team will go a long way this week to test itself.

After winning the Parkway Tournament on Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, the Bruins (9-0-1) will return there for the 50th annual Catholic Youth Counsel-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament.

Extra Points: Tigers golfers finish 13th

Junior Chris Mabry shot a four-over 74 on Sunday and the Missouri men’s golf team finished 13th at the 15-team Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course.

Mabry’s 74 gave him a three-day total of 226, 17 strokes behind individual medalist Ryan Yip of Kent State.

Back on their feet

Gary Pinkel knew his team needed to improve after a disappointing game at Troy.

“I think there’s an expectation level out there, and there should be,” Pinkel said. “I told our football team after the game a week ago is that we let a lot of people down, and there’s an expectation level out there. Missouri fans expect us to have a very good football team.”

Cougars’ two-year streak still alive

The winning streak at Owens Soccer Stadium stayed alive for another night. The Columbia College men’s soccer team added another home win Saturday night, beating William Jewell College 2-1.

The winning streak dates back to Nov. 13, 2002, when Columbia College lost in the Region V semifinal game to Graceland University.

Shen, MU too much on court for Baylor

It could have been a complete rout, except for one detail. The third game.

The MU volleyball team defeated Baylor 3-1 (30-18, 30-19, 24-30, 30-15) at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Bruins misfire against Blue Jays

LIBERTY – For every good play Rock Bridge made, there was a bad one.

Trailing 20-14 at the end of the third quarter with the ball on the Liberty 9-yard line, quarterback Logan Gray threw an interception at the goal line on second down.

Kewpies shut out Patriot offense

Hickman bounced back from its first loss of the season and made a statement Friday night at Parkway South.

The Kewpies beat the Patriots 44-0, dominating on special teams and defense.

Teammates and country-mates

From stacks of bread and butter to squirrels jumping out of trees, the friendship between Shen Danru and Na Yang has covered thousands of miles.

Shen and Na are talented teammates and outside hitters on the Missouri volleyball team, and both are from China. Shen, an All-Big 12 Conference player last year, had 4.3 kills per game this year, and Na, a freshman, has 3.1 kills per game as of last week’s Tiger Invitational.

Tigers up to the task

It took Missouri one drive to shake off the aftereffects from its loss to Troy.

Starting from the Tigers’ 20-yard line, running back Damien Nash carried for no gain. Quarterback Brad Smith hit Thomson Omboga for 2 yards. Smith scrambled left for 5 yards, then Brock Harvey punted.

Tigers gain confidence on defense

After a shaky opening game performance against Arkansas State, Missouri’s defense improved against Troy. The Tigers defensive play continued to get better Saturday during Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State.

The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and quickly moved the ball to midfield, gaining two quick first downs. Once Ball State reached midfield, though, the Missouri (2-1) defense stiffened and forced the first of 10 Reggie Hodges punts.