MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team made Jordan Downing’s penalty kick goal in the 21st minute stand up and freshman goalkeeper Caroline Howard turned in a stellar performance in a 1-0 Blue Dragon victory over Rose State College on Sunday.
The Blue Dragons went 2-0 on opening weekend. One day after a 10-0 win over North Lake to open the season, the Blue Dragons recorded their 10th 1-0 victory in program history.
The only goal of the game came after a penalty kick was awarded to the Blue Dragons 20:12 into the opening half. For the second-straight game, Downing took and converted the penalty kick for her fourth goal of the season past Rose State keeper Revella Fischer, who had seven saves.
After an even first half in possession, Rose State became the aggressor, outshooting HCC 15-3 in the second half.
That put Howard center stage in her second career start and she came through. Howard recorded 11 saves, nine in the second half. The 11 saves tied for eighth most in a single game in HCC soccer history. She made two dazzling saves midway in the second half to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Rose State outshot Hutchinson 19-7 for the game. HCC fired only three shots in the second half after producing 26 in the opening game on Saturday against North Lake. Each team had three corner kicks.
Rose State was very aware of Downing by marking her on every offense advancement for HCC. The penalty kick was Downing’s only shot of the game.
Hutchinson’s had its 2016 home opener this Friday at 5 p.m. when Cowley College comes to the Salthawk Sports Complex.
GAME NOTES – Jordan Downing is now 4 for 4 in her career on penalty kicks. She had two in 2016. … The Blue Dragons are now 33 for 37 all-time on penalty kicks. … This was the first 1-0 Blue Dragon victory since October 24, 2014 against Garden City. .. This is the fifth time in program history that the Blue Dragons have two-straight shutouts to start a season. … HCC is now 2-0 all-time vs. Rose State.
(HCC Sports Information)
COFFEYVILLE – Asher Goldston’s first career interception return for a touchdown proved to be the decisive margin as the No. 16 Hutchinson Community College football team won its ninth-straight season opener in a wild 34-29 victory at No. 18 Coffeyville on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Blue Dragons built a 27-7 lead by halftime, but Coffeyville seized the momentum early in the third quarter with an interception return for a touchdown. The Red Ravens made it a one-score game late in the third quarter and then the Blue Dragon defense continued to come up with big play after big play to preserve the win.
Hutchinson had five takeaways, including interceptions by Goldston, Adrian Cross, Gabe Richardson and Vance Johnson. Goldston’s pick was the biggest play of the game.
With HCC leading 27-23 early in the fourth quarter, Coffeyville intercepted Blue Dragon quarterback Chris James for the third time and had the ball at the Raven 7. Two plays later, D.J. Smalls hit a Raven receiver and the ball popped up for Goldston to intercept the pass and return it 8 yards for a Blue Dragon touchdown – HCC’s only points of the second half. HCC led 34-23 with 8:58 to go in the fourth quarter.
After Coffeyville needed only 42 seconds to score and pull within 34-29 with 8:16 remaining, the Blue Dragon defense had to make three more defensive stops to preserve the win.
The Blue Dragons rushed for 230 yards (297 total) in the opening half as Gary Cross caught a touchdown pass and DeShawn Waller, Otis Williams and Tre King each found the end zone via the rushing game. Coffeyville made a defensive adjustment at halftime and limited Hutch to 34 rush yards and 114 total yards in the second half.
The Blue Dragons outgained Coffeyville for the game 411-308.
Waller led Hutchinson in rushing with 85 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. King finished with 75 yards on 21 carries and one score. Williams had 70 rushing yards on 13 carries.
James, in his first start, combined 11 of 24 passes for 147 yards. He also rushed for 41 yards.
Waller had three catches for 24 yards for HCC. Gary Cross had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Josh Reynolds had two catches for 25 yards.
Linebacker Landon Smith had 10 total tackles to lead the Blue Dragons defensively. HCC had three quarterback sacks.
FIRST QUARTER – The Blue Dragons struck quickly on their second possession of the game as Cross hauled in a 48-yard TD strike from James to make it 7-0 for a four-play, 72-yard scoring drive. The Dragons then grinded out an 11-play, 82-yard scoring march that was capped with a Waller 6-yard TD run. The point after kick was missed and HCC led 13-0 with 2:40 to go. Coffeyville got back into the game with an Antwan Barksdale 60-yard burst up the middle with 1:57 to go in the quarter that cut the Hutch lead to 13-7. HCC outgained Coffeyville 153-108 in the period.
SECOND QUARTER – Hutchinson’s rushing attack continued to roll in the second quarter with 147 yards. HCC outscored Coffeyville 14-0 in the period with a Williams 42-yard touchdown run with 6:30 to play and a King 3-yard run with 1:17 to go before halftime. Hutchinson’s defense held Coffeyville to only three first downs and 20 total yards on 17 plays in the second quarter.
THIRD QUARTER – The momentum shifted to the Red Ravens early in the third quarter when Willie Hobdy intercepted James and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown to cut the Hutch lead to 27-13 after the Blue Dragons blocked the extra point. The Ravens cut the lead to 27-20 with a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped by Cole Murphy’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:21 to go. Coffeyville held HCC to 16 rush yards and 40 total yards in the third period.
FOURTH QUARTER – The Blue Dragon defense made its first big stand with just under 12 minutes to go in the game. After a bad punt out of the end zone gave the Dragons the ball at the HCC 23, the Blue Dragons forced Coffeyville to settle for a 37-yard Cooper Lee field goal. That kick cut the Dragon lead to 27-23 with 11:57 to play.
The Dragons had a golden chance to create some distance marching from their own 25 to the Coffeyville 1, but on fourth-and-goal from the Raven 2, James’ pass was deflected and intercepted to stop the drive.
Two plays later came Goldston’s interception that gave HCC a 34-23 lead. Three plays after the ensuing kickoff, Terry Wright caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Kelan Newton. Coffeyville missed its two-point conversion and the Dragon lead was down to 34-29 with 8:58 to play,
Hutch’s defense closed out the game despite defending short fields for the remainder of the game. With Coffeyville at the Hutch 18, Cross intercepted a Newton pass in the end zone with 3 minutes to play. Then in the final minute, the Ravens had the ball at the HCC 47, Ronheen Bingham and Quen Head sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss. On the end play, an errant shotgun snap went for another 21-yard loss to set up fourth-and-43. Coffeyville’s final play netted only 7 yards to turn the ball over on downs with 8 seconds left.
The Blue Dragons will play their home opener on Saturday at Noon against No. 6 Iowa Western at Gowans Stadium.
GAME NOTES – Hutchinson won its ninth-straight season opener. … The Dragons snapped a four-game losing streak to nationally ranked teams. … HCC head coach Rion Rhoades won his 69th game with the Blue Dragons. … HCC is now 50-4 under Rhoades when rushing for 200 or more yards. … The Blue Dragons won their fourth-straight game at Veterans Memorial Stadium. … HCC is now 27-55-4 all time against Coffeyville. … This was the third-straight game between Hutchinson and Coffeyville decided by a touchdown or less. … HCC is now 49-34-2 in season openers. … Goldston’s interception was the fifth of his career. … The last time HCC had four interceptions in one game was on Aug. 28, 2014 vs. the Bethany College JV. The last time HCC had four interceptions in one game came against Independence on Oct. 12, 2013.
(HCC Sports Information)
ROSWELL, N.M. – Day 2 of the New Mexico Military Classic was a complete 180-degree turnaround for the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team on Saturday.
On the heels of a pair of Friday sweeps, the Blue Dragons hit a combined .472 in Saturday sweeps of New Mexico Military and Cedar Valley.
The Blue Dragons didn’t allow a single set of 20 or more points on Sunday. HCC defeated tournament host NMMI 25-13, 25-17, 25-14. HCC then evened its tournament record at 2-2 with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 win over Cedar Vale.
The Blue Dragons are 3-2 heading into Wednesday’s home opener against Seward County.
NEW MEXICO MILITARY RECAP
Freshman right-side hitter Rhiannon Vieyra had 12 kills and hit .611 to lead the Blue Dragons past New Mexico Military early Saturday morning. The Blue Dragons hit .468 against the Broncos on 62 total attacks.
Vieyra had only one attack error in 18 attacks for her season-high 12 kills. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Kyann Eslick had seven kills and hit .429.
The Blue Dragons also had eight total blocks and eight service aces. Freshman Page Hiebert led HCC with four total blocks, including two solo stuffs. Hinalei Fihaki and Patricia Joseph and three total blocks each. Fihaki led Hutch from the service line with three aces. Katie Jorn and Nicole Rutherford had two aces each.
Jorn had 15 assists and Ruther added 14 assists. Sophomore libero Mine Cetinoz had 14 digs to lead the Blue Dragons defensively.
Hutchinson dominated the opening set hitting .579. The Dragons followed that by hitting .379 in the second and .545 in the third set.
CEDAR VALLEY MILITARY RECAP
The Blue Dragons had five players hit .400 or better and Hutch hit .477 as a team in a sweep of Cedar Valley.
Hutch sizzled in the first set hitting a sparkling .600 with 14 kills on 20 attacks. That number dropped to .261 in the second set, but Hutch cranked it back up in the third with a .591 attack percentage on 22 attacks (14 kills).
The Dragons were balanced offensively in the final match of the NMMI Classic. Fihaki hit .692 on a team-high nine kills on 13 attacks. Hiebert hit .400 on eight kills.
Joseph had six kills on seven swings (.714). Eslick had five kills on six attacks (.833) and Nadine Cruz had four kills hitting .500.
Jorn had 18 assists and six digs. Rutherford had 17 assists.
For the fifth-straight match, Cetinoz led the Blue Dragons had 10 digs.
The Blue Dragons had five total blocks, Joseph and three solo blocks and two assists.
(HCC Sports Information)
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Sophomore Jordan Downing and freshman Sheena Nicol both posted hat tricks as the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team opened the 2016 season with a 10-0 victory over North Lake College in a neutral-site matchup.
Originally scheduled to be played at Rose State College, heavy rains flooded that field and the game was moved to a local youth complex. After a 90-minute lightning delay, the first Blue Dragon goal came just 1 minute. 50 seconds in and the Blue Dragons rolled in a match that was called at the 75-minute mark because of a mercy rule.
The Blue Dragons scored eight goals on 13 shots in the opening half.
Downing posted her second career hat trick and added an assist for her second career seven-point game. Downing scored her three goals on four total shots. Her second goal was a penalty kick. Downing is now 3 for 3 in her Blue Dragons career on penalty kicks.
Nicol also had her first career hat trick on four shots. Sophomore Georgia Warren also had a goal and an assist to lead HCC.
Jazmin Hartshorn, Madison Pollack and Dayna Johnson also added goals in the victory.
Hutchinson’s fourth goal of the game was a milestone moment in program history. Nicol’s goal from Warren’s assist at the 25-minute mark was the Blue Dragon women’s soccer program’s 1,000th goal in team history. HCC reached that milestone in their 207th all-time game.
The Blue Dragons out-shot North Lake 22-1, including 15-0 in shots on goal. It’s the 39th time in team history Hutchinson has held an opponent to one or less total shots. This was the 25th time in team history to shut out an opponent in shots on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Caroline Howard recorded her first career win without recording a save.
Hutchinson will play Rose State at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
MATCH NOTES – The eight goals in the first half was the 12th time in team history to score at least eight goals in a single half. … This was the first meeting all-time between Hutchinson and North Lake. … The hat tricks by Downing and Nicol were the 67th and 68th all-time hat tricks in team history. … Downing’s hat trick was the 31st time in team history with a player posting a hat trick in a single half. … The Blue Dragons are 9-3 all-time in season openers.
(HCC Sports Information)
ROSWELL, N.M. – One year ago, the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team breezed through the New Mexico Military Institute Classic. Opening day of the 2016 edition of the NMMI Classic was completely the opposite.
Eastern Arizona and Odessa both jumped on the Blue Dragons quickly as Hutchinson suffered a pair of sweeps on Day No. 1.
Eastern Arizona defeated Hutchinson 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 in the afternoon match. Odessa downed HCC 25-14, 25-21, 25-20. The Blue Dragons fall to 1-2 overall. HCC will play New Mexico Military at 9 a.m. (CT) on Saturday and conclude its weekend with Cedar Valley at 1 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.
Freshman outside hitter Page Hiebert posted identical stat lines in Friday’s matches. Hiebert hit .277 with eight kills on 18 attacks and three errors.
Against Eastern Arizona, Nina Pevic and Kyann Eslick had six kills each. Katie Jorn had 18 set assists and Nicole Rutherford added eight assists. Mine Cetinoz had 14 digs and Shania Werner added seven. Hinalei Fihaki and Hiebert had three blocks assists each.
Against Odessa, Fihaki finished with eight kills. Jorn paced the Hutch offense with 15 assists and Rutherford added 10. Cetinoz had 13 digs, while Werner added seven digs.
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