Buccaneers Officially Start Their Season
How great is it that sports are back? I’m excited, I know these athletes are excited to be back. I wish we didn’t have to worry about cancellations, but we do. Unfortunately, some teams have had cancellations. Men’s and Women’s soccer both had cancelled games on Sept 4 due to COVID-19 protocols. Volleyball also had a game cancelled on the 7th of Sept. Let’s hope those are it, as we don’t want our athletes to have any less games.
Beloit volleyball started off 3-1, beating Rockford and Alverno College twice. However, they had a rough weekend in Steven Point, losing three straight matches. While you never want to lose, these non-conference games are when you figure out what works and what doesn’t. Abbie Schmidt’24 leads in aces with nine, Katrina Sanchez’24 is second with eight. In kills, it is Isabel Conchillo Martinez’23 leading with 74, followed by Regina Guehlstorf’22 with 71. Beloit will have two more road games before they begin conference games starting at the Flood Center Friday, Sept 24 against Illinois College.
Cross country has two meets under their belts. Held by Beloit in Roscoe, Ill. No team scores were kept. Beloit College Athletics wrote about some of the results. The top finisher was junior Lexy Olson’23, she finished fifth with a time of 23:36. After Olson finished fifth, three more Bucs came to finish 7-9, Josephine Czuj’25, Margaret Baugh’22 and Charlotte Bretz’23, in that order. For the men, Aiden Cortinas’25 finished in seventh and Christian Bowers’25 finished eighth.
Their second meet was last week. The women took first place. Where seven of the first 13 finishers were Beloiters, led by Olson at third, followed by Madeline Holicky’22 at eighth. The men finished third. They were led by Bowers who finished with a time of 35:40.
Football has their largest team in program history, the team has 77 players. Week one did not go as planned, as the Bucs lost to Concordia University Chicago 30-7. They got down early 14-0 in the first quarter and 23-0 at halftime. But the second half was an even 7-7 game. Definitely something to improve upon and work for.
Week two ended with a similar score, 38-7 at Cornell College. However, the score at halftime was only 10-7. The combination of a good second half in week one combined with the solid first half of week two, the stars seemed to be aligned to have a good full game in week three. It’s exciting to see where this Bucs team will end up at the end of the year.
Men’s soccer stands with a record of 2-1-1 and a cancelled game. Their first win came against Carroll University. They won 2-1, the winning goal coming from Conor Waldron’23 via penalty kick in the 84th minute. In their second game, they jumped off to a 2-0 lead and held on to win 2-1. They have a three game home stretch, the final two coming on Wednesday, Sept 15 at 4:30 PM and Sunday, Sept 19 at 3:30 PM.
The women are 1-0-2 with both of their games going into double overtime. The lone win by a score of 4-0. The tie games were both on the road against Marian University and Edgewood College, by scores of 1-1 and 2-2. The win was only a 1-0 game at half, however the Bucs scored three second half goals. Each goal scored by a different player; Makenna Downing’22, Christy Melton’22, Abigail Membrino’24, and Cailee Smith’24. The Bucs played Sunday, their next home game is Saturday Sept 18 at 11 AM.