Keeping up with the Colonels: Sept. 12

Keeping up with the Colonels: Sept. 12

Keeping up with the Colonels is your one-stop spot to catch up with any of the Centre Athletics action you may have missed from the past week and look ahead to the next week. This week we look back on, among other things, the football home opener and the Bob Allen Nissan Classic in men's soccer, and we look ahead to Goldout Week next week.





The cross country season finally got under way for Centre after a week delay due to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. On Saturday the Colonels competed in the BC/CC Cross Country Jamboree at Berea College and had a strong opening performance, finishing second out of six teams. Senior Nathan Riggs was the top finisher for the Colonels, taking third place overall, while freshman Andrew Edwards finished fourth. Three more Centre runners landed in the individual top ten for the meet.


The Centre women also began their season at the BC/CC Cross Country Jamboree in Berea on Saturday and had an excellent first meet of the year, finishing first out of six teams. The top three times of the meet all belonged to the Colonels as junior Annie Rodenfels set a new course record in winning the race. Freshman Hallie Searcy and sophomore Courtney Gibson rounded out the top three finishers in the field as the Colonels had five individuals in the overall top ten at the event.


The Colonels exploded offensively for their second consecutive win after a loss in the season opener. On Saturday Centre defeated Wooster by a score of 5-2 as senior Brooklyn Bell scored once in each half for the Colonels and sophomore Erika Bell notched her first career goal. Centre jumped out of the gates 3-0 in the first half and never looked back as Hayley Barker and Emily Schank also scored goals for the Colonels in the opening frame.


Centre kicked off the home portion of its football schedule with a bang as the Colonels defeated Anderson 61-10 under the lights at Farris Stadium on Saturday. The Colonels scored the first 27 points of the ballgame and outgained the Ravens 503-237 overall. Centre defenders sacked the Anderson quarterbacks five times and the Centre defense recorded three turnovers, including a fumble recovery scoop and score from junior Tommy Kaczocha. Offensively, sophomore Trevor Carnell had his second straight 100-yard game on the ground and two scores. Overall, eight different Centre players found their way into the end zone in the victory.


On Sunday the Colonels played an abbreviated tournament at the SAA Fall Preview in Dickson, Tenn., as the tournament was condensed to all 36 holes taking place over one day instead of the scheduled two. The Colonels finished in sixth place in the event, improving by 12 strokes from their first round to their second. Junior Hans Stromberg went one over par for the tournament to tie for sixth overall, while senior Andrew McKinney shot an impressive round of 70 in his second 18 holes.


For the second consecutive weekend, the Centre men's soccer team hosted tournament action at Amend Field. At the 28th Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic, the Colonels hosted Baldwin Wallace and Kenyon, coming away with a 1-1 split. Senior Brad Nordin opened the scoring for Centre against Baldwin Wallace, with freshman Royce Pope putting home his team-leading third goal in the second half to seal a 2-0 win. Centre played Kenyon to a scoreless tie for 68 minutes, but the Lords scored two late goals to take a 2-0 win against the Colonels.


The Colonels went 2-1 last week, beating Franklin at Amend Field and winning at John Carroll on Saturday before falling at Otterbein the following day. Against Franklin, an own goal gave Centre a 1-0 lead, and then sophomore Meghan Paynter found senior Amber Cowell for the final goal of a 2-0 victory. A header by sophomore Julia Balte put Centre ahead for good in the Colonels' 2-1 win at John Carroll on Saturday. Against Otterbein, the Colonels dug an early hole as the Cardinals scored 37 seconds into the match and the Colonels could not recover as Otterbein eventually won by a score of 2-0.


Centre traveled to Hanover for tournament action over the weekend and went 1-2, losing to Hanover and Ohio Wesleyan and beating Franklin in a dramatic five-set match. Against Franklin, Centre won the opening two sets before Franklin forced a fifth and final set. Franklin tied the score on four separate occasions late in the last set, but Centre emerged victorious 17-15  after a tandem block by sophomores Keeley Morton and Bailey Vernon.



Hans Stromberg, Golf

Stromberg played the best tournament in his three years at Centre thus far, shooting rounds of 73 and 72 to tie for sixth place overall at the SAA Fall Preview at Greystone G.C. in Dickson, Tenn. with a two-day tournament score of 145. The junior from Lexington, Ky. played the back nine at Greystone at two under par for his final round.



Annie Rodenfels, Cross Country

Rodenfels got off to an excellent start to her third cross country campaign with the Colonels, recording a time of 11:18.90 to take first place at the BC/CC Cross Country Jamboree and set the course record in the process. The Centreville, Ohio native helped the Colonels pick up a win in their season opener.



The week of Sept. 11-15 will be Goldout Week, culminating in the football game vs. Hendrix, which will serve as this year's official Goldout game. Centre Athletics will be raising money for the Kids' Cancer Alliance. Just like the previous two years, Centre will be selling T-shirts the week of the game to raise money and will also be auctioning off an autographed Centre football helmet.

Here is the full slate of events for Centre Athletics in the next seven days (home games in bold).


Wednesday, Sept. 13 

Field Hockey @ Transylvania, 7 PM

Volleyball @ Mount St. Joseph, 8 PM 


Thursday, Sept. 14 

Men's Soccer @ Transylvania, 7:30 PM


Saturday, Sept. 16

Men's & Women's Cross Country @ Berea Invitational

Field Hockey @ Concordia (WI), 12 PM CDT

Volleyball @ Hendrix 12 PM CDT

Volleyball vs. Austin (@ Hendrix), 2:30 PM CDT

Women's Soccer vs. Denison, 1 PM

Football vs. Hendrix, 1:30 PM

Men's Soccer vs. DePauw, 6:30 PM


Sunday, Sept. 17

Men's Golf @ Rhodes Fall Collegiate Classic

Women's Golf @ NCAA Fall Preview

Women's Soccer vs. Wilmington, 1 PM

Volleyball @ Rhodes, 12 PM CDT


Monday, Sept. 18 

Men's Golf @ Rhodes Fall Collegiate Classic

Women's Golf @ NCAA Fall Preview