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Warriors Get Big Victory in Joplin

Warriors Get Big Victory in Joplin

The Warriors picked up another conference win on the season as the team defeated Ozark Christian College 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon in Joplin. With the win, the Warriors improve to 3-3 in conference play.

“It’s good to get a win against anybody in our league because every game is tough,” Warrior Head Coach Jayke Maples said. “We were moving the ball pretty well and we’ve been working offensively, so to get three guys scoring goals was good for us.” 

As the team took the pitch against the Ambassadors, they looked to find some momentum heading into the conference tournament.  From the opening kickoff, the Warriors came out strong with good possession and passing which created lanes to score. The team was able to pressure the Ambassador net and broke into the scoring column when Cobi Keel found the ball wide open about 30 yds out and took a deep rip that was tucked nicely away in the top left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. 

There was a questionable call after that goal that led to a back-post header from Ozark to tie the game 1-1.

Soon after, Bayron Mendez found the ball about 40 yds away with the keeper out.  He floated the ball over the keeper and into the right corner of the net for a 2-1 lead.  The Warriors continued to possess well as they outshot the Ambassadors in the opening half. Despite several additional chances to score, Calvary couldn’t add to their lead as they went into halftime up 2-1. 

In the second half, the Warriors came out looking to stretch their lead. Clay Williams chipped the keeper and beat a defender before he dribbled the ball into the goal to make the final score 3-1.  “We played really well defensively,” Warrior captain Aedan Wilson said. “We played tight, and our offense did a good job of finding passes around their defensive line.”

Next up, the Warriors travel to Ankeny for the MCCC Conference Tournament.




Freshmen Lead Warriors to Victory Saturday

Freshmen Lead Warriors to Victory Saturday

The CU freshmen had a dominant performance on Saturday as they led the Warriors to a sweep over Great Lakes Christian College.  “The freshmen were good tonight,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “Elle took over in set two.  Brianna was fantastic in set three.  Haley and Kolbie were stabilizing forces as the team came out of the gates fast.  It was a great performance.” 

The Warriors and Great Lakes had never met before on the volleyball court.  The Warriors came into the match at 8-6 having dropped their last contest Friday to Barclay College. 

CU got off to a great start in the first set, jumping out to an early 10 point lead. The team was in sync offensively while defensively they were able to come up with big digs as they continued to stretch their lead.    
After the Warriors cruised to a first set victory, the second set proved to be more challenging as both teams went back and forth. Still, the Warriors were able to build a small lead behind big kills by Elle Davis.   
The third set was similar as the previous set.   The Warriors went on an eight point match clinching run with the timely swings from Brianna Hansen.   
“It was a great team effort today,” Coach Johnson said. “Hannah Davidson and Basia Nesbett-Tucker each transitioned tonight to different roles.  It was difficult for both of them but they did a good job.” 

Haley Arneson led the team with seven kills.  Elle Davis followed closely behind with five kills.  Miriam Mccubbin and Kolbie Krempges each added eight digs to give the CU defense a huge lift.  Davidson also had 20 assists in the match.   
The Warriors will be back in action on Tuesday night against nationally ranked Manhattan Christian College.  Match time is 6 pm in Manhattan, KS. 

Second Half Goals Lead to a 6-0 Shutout

Second Half Goals Lead to a 6-0 Shutout

The Warriors scored a handful of second-half goals as the team shutout Central Christian College 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City, MO.  With the win, the Warriors improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

“I was proud of the guys and the way they created energy in the second half,” Warrior Head Coach Jayke Maples said. “We played pretty well today.  Offensively we did a good job of playing off of each other.  Defensively we organized well and did a good job of supporting and covering for each other.”

In the opening minutes, the Warriors came out strong with good possession as the team was able to move the ball into the attacking third and create scoring chances on frame. The Warriors were able to get on the board first as Jeovanny Castillo dished the ball to Cobi Keel who tucked in a beautiful goal into the corner of the net 28 yards out to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

As the half wore on, the Warriors continued to create chances as they used good combinations for shots on goal. Castillo found the ball from Bayron Mendez and was able to sneak through and get his first goal of the game.  The defense continued to do a good job of stopping the attack from CCCB.  Despite controlling possession throughout the half and having several additional chances to score, the halftime buzzer sounded giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead at the break. 

In the second half, the Warriors came out with high energy looking to finish their scoring opportunities. Clay Williams tucked a ball into the back of the net after a beautiful assist from Castillo for goal #3.  It didn’t take long to get #4 as Castillo found Sam Cocha for his first goal of the season.

Just minutes later, Castillo scored goal #5 off a rebounded shot from Seth Mccubbin. 
Despite their lead, the Warriors continued to relentlessly pressure the net as they continued to create scoring chances while limiting the Saints’ opportunities to score.

With just minutes to play, the Warriors added to their lead as Castillo scored an unassisted goal to secure his first career hat trick for CU.

Jeovanny Castillo led the Warriors with three goals on the afternoon.  Next up, the Warriors will be on the road Friday night as they face Barclay College in Haviland, KS. 

Warriors Top BBC in Five Sets

Warriors Top BBC in Five Sets

The Warrior volleyball team looked poised to win their 5th match of the season as they took a  2-1 lead over Baptist Bible College Monday night.  The Patriots had other plans as the team stormed back to tie the Warriors two games apiece and to take the match to a decisive set five to decide the outcome. 

“Credit to BBC as they battled back after dropping two sets and played outstanding defense,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “It took everything we could do tonight to come away with a win in the final set. Hopefully, we learned some important lessons from this night as we continue our season of play.” 

In the opening set, BBC came out with momentum.  Calvary was struggling to get their blocks closed, they were struggling with communication, as well as serve percentage. Both teams remained even throughout the set but eventually, BBC pulled out the set.

In the second set, the Warriors started to find their rhythm.  CU’s front line started to get their big swings going and BBC defensively struggled to control the athletic front line from Calvary.  CU was still making too many unforced errors, but the rhythm was coming.

In set three everything came together.  The serving was good, and CU started out strong and never looked back.  Calvary rolled through the set with few problems.  Set four started out tough again for the Warriors.  The coaching staff tried to change a few lineup options and things didn’t work easily with the change.  The team started righting the ship as set four was halfway done but didn’t have enough time to finish the comeback.

With a win in sight, the Warriors came out strong with a great serving run early to take the lead in the final set.  Leah Grady and Hannah Davidson added kills, but the Patriots continued to chip away at the Warrior lead. Near the midway point of the set, the Warriors were confident and were swinging with purpose every time they touched the ball.  The crowd got into it as they were yelling encouragement for the end of the battle to come.  Brianna Hanson closed out the night by putting down a block to score point 25. The Warriors won the match 3-2.

Warriors Get Big Victory in Joplin

Calvary Soccer Wins Two in a Row

The Warrior men’s soccer team improved to 2-1 in conference play on Saturday afternoon as the team scored a pair of goals in the second half to tie the game.  They went on to get the golden goal about five minutes into OT to defeat Emmaus Bible College 3-2 in Ankeny, IA.  With the win, the Warriors have now won two in a row.  

“This was a good game to test our resolve and focus,” Warrior Head Coach Jayke Maples said. “We left campus very early this morning, but I was proud of the way the team traveled and prepared to play.  Emmaus played well defensively, and we found it difficult to find goals. Our ball movement improved in the second half, and the game opened up for us.” 

In the opening minutes, the Warriors possessed the ball ok, but they were challenged.  It was a great test for the Warrior midfield as the CU offense was forced wider and they experienced a lot of ball pressure.  CU had to make some adjustments to the great defense EBC was playing.  The adjustments helped offensively as several players each had chances on frame early on, but the Emmaus defense held strong. The Warriors were able to keep the Eagle’s offense at bay and kept pressuring the EBC net with shots. Still, the team couldn’t find the back of the net as the first half ended as it began tied 0-0. 

In the second half, the Warriors and Eagles came out looking for the game’s first goal. Less than eight minutes into the half, the Eagles finally broke through and scored to put EBC up 1-0. The Eagles tried to come right back for more, but the Warriors did a good job of consistently dispossessing the Eagles and turning possessions into quick counterattacks to look for the tie.  

Twelve minutes into the second half Jeovany Castillo flipped the ball into space to Cobi Keel that allowed Keel to score a nice goal to tie the game 1-1.  After Emmaus went up 1-2, Kobe Borden was able to score CU’s second goal off a penalty kick as the second half was in the closing minutes.

As the second-half whistle blew, both teams were struggling with heat cramps and CU started the OT period looking for the golden goal.  With five minutes remaining in the first OT, Keel found a breakaway that led to a disappointing tackle, and then a corner kick.  Keel executed a terrific corner kick to Castillo who rifled a shot past the goalie for the win.

Next up, the Warriors will be at home again on Tuesday afternoon as they face Kansas Christian College at home.