UW-Parkside Women’s Soccer advances to conference championship with 2-0 victory

On Nov. 7 the Ranger women continued their journey to an undefeated season with a 2-0 shutout victory over Truman State. The game was back and forth for stretches, but overall the strength of the team, the defense, kept the ball on our side of the field for the majority of the contest. Both goals, assisted by sophomore defender Niekie Pellens, came off of corner kicks. Though the girls couldn’t seem to get calls to go their way, they toughed through it and persevered, just like we Rangers do.

The first half was dominated by the Ranger women, other than a few spurts by the Bulldogs (two shots on goal in first half); we kept the ball on our side of the pitch and controlled the tempo. There seemed to be a lot of chances late in first half to score, but the girls failed to pull the trigger on many of them. The first goal came with twenty minutes left in the first; Niekie Pellens served up a beautiful kick, and sophomore midfielder Lauren Bialas, who had literally just checked into the game, came soaring for the header goal. Wood Road Field came unglued as the fans felt the girls inching closer to the title game. The first half ended with the Rangers up 1-0.

The second half felt like an encore of the first, with the Rangers controlling the tempo and threatening early and often (finishing with five shots on goal for the day). The game started to get physical as Truman State got a lot of the calls; the girls were visibly getting flustered (two of our players picked up yellow cards), but they kept their composure and struck again. With thirty one minutes left, another corner by Niekie Pellens was headed in by senior midfielder Kelsey Armour. That was all the girls needed to capture their sixteenth victory of the season, shtting Truman St. out 2-0.

The women play in their second straight GLVC Championship game against Missouri University S&T on Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon. Location: Wood Road Field/Ranger Central. Come out and support on what should be a memorable ending to this historic conference season.

Go Rangers!

Article by Jalen Perry

Superstar Freshman Mario Samuel wins GLVC Freshman of the Year honors

True freshman Mario Samuel was announced as the GLVC Freshman of the Year on May 7. He had an amazing season, pitching in eleven total games and starting ten of those. He had an impressive E.R.A. of 4.42 while compiling a team high 59 strikeouts, and also pitched the most innings (nearly 74) with five complete games.

One of the highlights of Samuel’s season was winning GLVC Pitcher of the Week on April 1st. He pitched a complete game shutout before claiming the honor in a victory against The University of Indianapolis, 2-0.

He’s the first player to win the honor for Parkside in ten years. Samuel’s record on the year was 5-5. The Rangers overall wrapped up their season with a 15-29 record, 13-23 in conference and finishing 7th in the GLVC East.

Article by Jalen Perry

Women’s basketball preview 2012-2013

The Lady Rangers have a lot to live up to this season. They have been a powerhouse in the GLVC for nearly a decade playing under Coach Jenny Knight-Kenesie, while also making some noise in post-season play on the national scene, NCAA division two, over the past few seasons. This year’s version of the Lady Rangers has a good mixture of experience and youth.

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Men’s basketball preview 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 men’s basketball team here at Parkside is a talented one. If they can stay healthy this year, they can do some damage in conference. Health is one thing that Coach Reigel can’t control, but is going to heave to deal with all season. With that being said, he has a talented bunch that is led by a multi-talented senior.

The team’s scoring catalyst and overall best player is senior forward Jeremy Saffold. Saffold was a prized recruit coming out of high school that has not been disappointing. His scoring average has been in the mid-teens while gobbling up five rebounds a game during his first three seasons. Those numbers have garnered some awards and recognition for Saffold that will hopefully land him overseas next season. This year, Saffold is a potential division two All-American. Through five games this season, Jeremy is averaging 23.5 points a game and pulling down 5.6 rebounds. He has produced better numbers by becoming a more efficient player. He is shooting 52 percent from the field, 83 percent from the line, and 39 percent from downtown. If he finishes this season anywhere close to those numbers, they will all be career highs.

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