POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 9:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am
Scorpions Meet Mobile in 2008 NAIA National Opening Round Rematch
Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM - [Men's Soccer]
UTB/TSC returns to the field that ended its 2008 season when the Scorpions face The University of Mobile at 2 p.m. Friday, September 18 in the first day of the UM Rumble in the Jungle tournament.
The Scorpions came in as the underdog in last year's NAIA National Tournament Opening Round game, won by UM, 3-0. The Rams advanced to the NAIA National Tournament finals site in Fresno, Calif. with the win.
UTB/TSC is 4-0 this year and within a few votes of making the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll. UM is 1-3, with all three losses to teams ranked No. 2, No. 9 and No. 9. The Rams' last defeat was a 6-0 setback to No. 2 Azusa Pacific.
The four-team tournament also features Belhaven University (Miss.) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.). The Scorpions meet Belhaven (3-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday. They will not play ERAU.
"We are excited for the weekend because we are playing two quality teams," Scorpion head coach Dan Balaguero said. "We are catching Mobile at a bad time (after a 6-0 loss) they are a quality side with a fantastic coach. There is a reason mobile are always in the mix come late November."
Mobile is coached by Peter Fuller, one of the winningest soccer coaches in the NAIA.
"For me Peter Fuller is the best coach in the NAIA, anyone who wins a national championship at two different schools is a big time coach, simple as that."
In 2008, the Scorpions won the Red River Athletic Conference for the second straight year and qualified for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Their draw was to face UM, then ranked 14th in the nation. The Scorpions lost in Mobile, 3-0.
"We are not looking at the Mobile game as revenge, because on the night they were much better and deserved to go to California," Balaguero said. "All we want to do is give a better account of ourselves."
On Friday, UTB/TSC faces a Belhaven that has received votes into the national poll, just like the Scorpions have.
"Belhaven is a quality side with a lot of firepower, we will shift our attention to them Friday. By the end of the weekend we will really know where we are at."
Freshman Abass Ayambelliah leads the team in scoring with four goals. Mario Perez leads the team in assists with three.
Scorpions Women Start Road Trip with Visit Angelo State University Thursday
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 5:30 PM - [Women's Soccer]
SAN ANGELO -- The UTB/TSC women's soccer team goes after its third straight victory when the Scorpions visit Angelo State University at 4 p.m. Thursday at the ASU Soccer Field.
After starting the season 0-1-1, the Scorpions have reeled off two straight victories over NCAA opponents. UTB/TSC stopped Texas Southern University, 3-1, at home, before exploding for eight unanswered goals in an 8-2 victory over Texas A&M International University on the road.
Like TAMIU, the Rams (4-2) are also members of NCAA Division II as the Scorpions are in the middle of a string of five straight games against NCAA opponents. After playing in San Angelo, the Scorpions will board the bus to Houston for a rematch with Texas Southern University at 4 p.m. Friday.
Leah Russell and Verena Wonsikowski lead the Scorpions in scoring with three goals each. Helen Wagstaff leads the team in assists with two.
Scorpion Women Finish in 4th Place at Lady Bulldog Classic
Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM - [Women's Golf]
SEGUIN -- The UTB/TSC women's golf team shot a 349 Tuesday, the same score as its first round total Monday, to finish in fourth place at the Texas Lutheran University Lady Bulldog Classic here Tuesday.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor won the team title with a 639 total, 39 shots ahead of the Scorpions' 678 total. There were nine teams in the field.
Andrea Cadriel led the Scorpions with an 81 Tuesday to go with an 83 Monday for a 164 total, good for seventh place. Amanda Anzaldua shot 169, Krystal Garza 179, and Larissa Loredo 186. Cat Lira's 189 did not count toward the team totals.
UTB/TSC's next tournament will be September 20-21 at the Nebraska Wesleyan University Fall Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Scorpion Men Golfers Run Away With TLU Tournament Championship
Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM - [Men's Golf]
SEGUIN -- The UTB/TSC men's golf started the new season with a big bang, winning the Texas Lutheran University John Bohmann Memorial Classic by 15 shots here Tuesday.
The Scorpions set a school record for a best three-round total, shooting 285 for an 849 total. Breaking that down by four players shooting three rounds each, the average score for the Scorpions was a 70.75, less than one shot over par.
"It was the perfect start to a new season," Scorpion head coach Bob Lucio said. "We know we have a strong team. We just have to go out and prove it every time we step on the course."
All four Scorpions whose scores counted had excellent rounds again. The highest round posted by any of the Scorpion players was 78.
Brock Crosson led the Scorpions with a 69 to finish with a 72-hole total of 209. He tied Trinity University's Jonathon Alden for the individual medalist honors, but lost in the first playoff hole for the medalist trophy.
The Scorpions wound up with the second, third and fourth place medalists.
Joseph Lucio also shot a 69 to finish with a 211 and a third-place finish. Markus Cavazos shot a 70 for a 212 total, good for fourth place. Chris Milligan shot a 77 for a 217 total and Vince Cavazos had 78 which did not count to the team total. His three-round score was 220.
Freshman Matt Cadriel led a threesome playing as individuals with a 74 Tuesday for a 217 total. Also playing as individual were Victor Calzada, who shot 74 for a 220 total, and Anthony Milligan, who also had a 74 for a 227 total.
Hardin-Simmons University finished in second with an 864 and Trinity University third with 866. There were 12 teams in the field.
Scorpion Volleyball Team Ranked No. 14 in Nation by NAIA
Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM - [Volleyball]
UTB/TSC leaped into the NAIA Top 25 Tuesday in a big way, coming in at No. 14 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Volleyball Poll released Tuesday.
The No. 14 ranking in the highest ever for a UTB/TSC team in any sport since the Scorpions joined the NAIA in 2006. The 2007 Scorpion volleyball team was ranked as high as No. 18 and the Scorpion men’s soccer team cracked into the Top 25 in the No. 25 position last week.
A huge 3-1 victory over Madonna University on the Crusaders' home Sept. 11 floor brought attention to the coaches who vote in the national poll. UTB/TSC rolled through the Madonna University Tournament with four victories.
In last week’s poll, the Scorpions had votes equivalent to a No. 26 ranking.
UTB/TSC has won seven straight matches since losing its only match of the season Aug. 28 to Georgetown College (Ky.), 3-1, at the Savannah College of Art and Design Tournament. Georgetown is ranked No. 6 in the nation, a position it has held since the preseason poll.
Madonna remained at No. 9 despite the loss to the Scorpions. Fresno Pacific University (12-0) is ranked No. 1.