MU soccer: Tigers topple Sooners in double overtime

Erica Pusch scored the winning goal from 35 yards out, giving the Missouri women’s soccer team a 2-1 double overtime victory against Oklahoma on Friday in Norman, Okla.

In their first Big 12 Conference match of the season, the Tigers (4-4-1) dominated the Sooners (4-2-3) offensively and defensively, but had a hard time getting the ball past Sooners’ goalkeeper Catherine Wade.

Part player, part coach

Tracie Ford leads a busy life on the volleyball court. But only those who know her history at Columbia College can see all the roles she’s played.

In her five years at Columbia College, Ford has made two position changes, from setter to outside hitter and then back to setter this season. She also is the team’s assistant coach, supervising her teammates’ running and weigh-ins, helping coach Melinda Wrye-Washington plan practice and run drills and serving as an extra set of eyes on the court.

Kewps overpower No. 1 Blue Springs

BLUE SPRINGS - It had all the makings of a splendid late-summer soiree.

Purple and gold balloons, streamers and signs declaring “Make Those Kewpies Cry,” adorned Peve Stadium Friday night in honor of Blue Springs homecoming weekend. Hip-hop lyrics blared from loudspeakers. The band gave a 10-minute performance, and an elaborate fireworks display accompanied the Blue Springs football team’s on-field arrival.

Bruins triumph against Hannibal

Fans who bought a $5 pumpkin at the Rock Bridge football game Friday night got it delivered to their car at no extra charge.

Rock Bridge sophomore Scott Concannon made another sort of delivery.

Bruins beat the Hannibal Pirates

The Rock Bridge Bruins needed to bounce back in a big way from a 32-14 loss to Liberty.

Sophomore running back Scott Concannon did his part to ensure they did.

Hickman defeats Blue Springs

The Hickman football team, ranked No. 3 in Missouri 6A, defeated top-ranked Blue Springs 34-16 Friday at Peve Stadium to move to 3-1 on the season.

With Blue Springs leading 16-13 with just less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe opted not to punt in a fourth and three situation from the Wildcat's 31 yard line. After a Hickman stop, the Kewpies took the ball and marched all the way to the one-yard line, before quarterback Andrew Perkins dove into the endzone to make the score 20-16. It would be all Hickman would need.

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Keeping the Pace

Coach Gary Pinkel said during preseason practices that Missouri was not as good as its top-25 ranking.

The Tigers proved Pinkel right when they lost to Troy 24-14 on Sept. 9 on national television.

Rock sets tone for Kewpies

Last season it was all so different.

Lindsey Rock, Hickman’s starting shortstop, was a junior on an 8-18 Kewpie softball team that had four seniors that she could go to for advice and support.

Versatile Alvis poised to lead Kewps

It’s one thing to lead by your actions. It’s another to do it five times over.

Welcome to Cedric Alvis’ world.

Bruins look to stop surging Hannibal

The Rock Bridge football team hopes to do what a lightning storm could not: stop the Hannibal Pirates.

In Hannibal’s game Sept. 17 against Marshall, lightning forced officials to reschedule for Saturday with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Nedoma leads Bruins with 40

A home-course advantage helped secure the second victory this week for the Rock Bridge golf team.

The Bruins beat Southern Boone 171-224 on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Stags crush Bruins, Kewps

Adjectives like ugly and gruesome are usually reserved for the latest horror movie, but Rock Bridge volleyball players used them to describe the team’s match Thursday night against two-time defending 5A Kansas state champions Bishop Miege.

The 18-0 Stags defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-5 and Hickman 25-17, 25-10 at Hickman in separate matches. With the losses, Rock Bridge falls to 4-7 and Hickman to 6-5.

Shen’s play maturing

After a history of errors on big-time points, Missouri volleyball player Shen Danru is using this season to shine in the clutch.

Five times during the young season, Shen, a junior outside hitter, has made kills to give the Tigers game victories.

Kirksville slips past Hickman

Nobody likes to lose, and the Hickman tennis team is no exception. Don’t expect the Kewpies to throw their rackets because of a losing streak, though.

Hickman fell 5-4 to Kirksville on Thursday, but there was more enthusiasm than frustration afterward.

Cougars streak by St. Mary

The St. Mary Spires were left rather low after the Columbia College men’s soccer team toppled them on Thursday.

A 3-0 win against the Spires, from Leavenworth, Kan., gave the Cougars 11 consecutive victories at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Franklin sheds redshirt, defenders

Gary Pinkel said he rarely makes a mistake when deciding to pull the redshirt off one of his freshmen.

The performance of wide receiver William Franklin, a true freshman, in the Tigers’ 48-0 win Saturday against Ball State shows Pinkel has good reason to make that claim. In his third college game, Franklin was one of quarterback Brad Smith’s and backup Brandon Coleman’s best options, accounting for 76 of Missouri’s 268 passing yards.

Cougars sweep Bearcats

There is one American Midwest Conference team left with a perfect conference record: Columbia College. It took the Cougars two matches to outlast everyone.

Stage set for future matchup

The anticipation of the first meeting between the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams has been building for weeks and will intensify a little more tonight when the two teams play in the same gym.

Both teams face Bishop Miege of Shawnee Mission, Kan., at Hickman, but will not play each other.

MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.