By Mark Jurgena
The women’s soccer team from SWIC split their games at last week’s NJCAA Division II National women’s soccer tournament at the Kino Sports Complex-North in Tucson, Ariz.
They were unable to advance past pool play.
SWIC began the tourney with a 4-1 win over South Suburban Community College from Chicagoland on Nov. 15.
CHS graduate Lexie Munoz picked up an assist on the opening goal of the game by Maddie Casey.
In their second game of the tourney, they lost 5-1 to the eventual National Champions Phoenix, Ariz. Community College.
Collinsville graduates Munoz, Mariah Siverly, Morgan Rader, and Sarah Henze competed for SWIC this season.
Taylor at SIUE
CHS grad Ray’Sean Taylor continued his road back after a knee injury last January.
The Cougars were in Farmville, Va. last weekend to take part in the JK54 tourney at Longwood University.
Sunday, SIUE Taylor hit a deep three with one second remaining in the 1st half to give SIUE a 35-27 lead at the break over the host school and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 2:00 to help the Cougars beat the Lancers 61-56 and win the tourney with a 3-0 record.
He finished with a team-high 15 points including three from beyond the arc and went 6-for-6 from the line for the game. He pulled down five rebounds as well.
They beat VMI on Saturday 93-67 with Taylor picking up a season-high 19 points including four threes and five steals.
SIUE pulled out a last-second victory against Fairleigh Dickinson 79-78 on Nov. 16 to begin their stay in Virginia. Cougar Lamar Wright hit the game-winning shot.
Taylor had seven points and six rebounds against FDU.
On Nov. 14, the Cougars traveled to Columbia, Mo. to face the University of Missouri. Mizzou won the contest 105-80 but Taylor dropped in 17 points including a pair of threes.
Hall at Briar Cliff
Nate Hall, a 2021 CHS graduate is playing basketball for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa this winter.
He had five points, two rebounds, one assist, and a block in eight minutes of action during a 78-58 home loss to Concordia (Neb.) on Nov. 12.
Stewart at NIU
Austin Stewart is a freshman wrestler at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He competed for the Huskies at the Michigan State Open recently in the Fresh/Soph 165 lb Division tourney.
In his opener, he fell to Joseph Martin of Northwestern via pinfall at the 1:51 mark then fell to Nick Marienfeld of Central Michigan by decision.