Jade Taylor, a Litchfield graduate, only had one goal and one assist for Greenville University this year.
But, it could not have come at a better time. Well, the assist could not have. By the time the goal was scored, the GU Panthers were well on their way to a women’s soccer win over the Blackburn College Lady Beavers. The Panthers ended up winning an 8-0 decision.
Taylor assisted the second goal of the game, which was scored in the first 24:31 mark of the contest. It gave Greenville a 2-0 lead at the time.
She hit the back of the net with the sixth goal of the game. She scored in the second at the 65:53 mark.
The win occurred in the final regular season game. Greenville finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark. They were 4-4 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro) and Tess Saathoff (Hillsboro) each played in the contest for Blackburn and each played 90 minutes. Neither woman had stats for Blackburn in their loss to Greenville. Blackburn will enter the SLIAC Tournament with an 0-9 overall record. They were also 0-9 in the SLIAC.
Kendra Jacob (Hillboro) was 2-for-3 with a double to help the Hannibal-LaGrange University softball team dump Crowley’s Ridge College 10-0. Jacob drove home a pair and scored two as well.
In the 7-5 loss to Crowley’s Ridge, the HLG senior smacked a solo homer and finished 2-for-3. She finished with two RBIs and one run scored. She also had the only HLG hit in their 8-0 loss to Columbia College. Hannibal-LaGrange is 11-22 overall and 5-9 in the American Midwest Conference.
Samuel Painter (Litchfield), an Illinois Wesleyan University freshman, competed in two meets in the last two weeks. In the Augustana College Meet of Champions, which was held at Paul V. Olsen Track in Rock Island, Painter was third in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 11.50 inches. He was also a member of the IWU 400-meter relay, which took third in 43.02 seconds. As a team, IWU was seventh with 67 points. Wartburg College took first with 203.5 points.
In the Eastern Illinois University-hosted Big Blue Classic, which was held at O’Brien Field in Charleston, he also competed in two events. In the 400-meter relay, the IWU foursome dashed to the finish line in :42.84, which was good for sixth place. Individually, he was 11th in the 200-meter dash. He finished in :22.80. IWU took eighth as a team with 25 points. Eastern Illinois took first with 247 points.
Alex Bishop (Litchfield) finished 26th in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Purdue University-Northwest golfer shot a 73 in the opening round and a 74 in the second round for a 147 total for 36 holes. Purdue University-Northwest took 10th with a 626. Grand Valley State University won the event which was held at the Stoatin Brae Golf Club in Augusta, Michigan. Grand Valley State shot a 546.
Evan Hopper (Lincolnwood) was 1-for-1 and drove home a run for Blackburn College in their 14-2 loss to Wheaton College. Blackburn is 4-16 overall and 4-14 in the SLIAC.
Carter Sabol (Nokomis), a Lake Land College freshman pitcher, worked two innings in Lake Land’s 10-6 win over Lincoln Trail College. Sabol, who did not get the win or a save, allowed one hit. He struck out two and walked two. Lake Land is 19-25 overall and 7-15 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Kaili Hanner (Hillsboro), a St. Louis University pitcher, worked 3 1/3 innings in SLU’s 9-2 loss to George Washington University. Hanner allowed two earned runs on two hits. She walked three and fanned one. SLU is 17-23 overall and 10-8 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Austin Marburger (Litchfield) recently finished his soccer season with the Eureka College Red Devils. The 5-foot-9, 140-pound, junior defensive player did not have any stats. He played in and started six games. Eureka finished 0-9 both overall and in the SLIAC.
Devan Morgan (Litchfield), an Illinois College soccer player, started both of IC’s games against Lake Forest College and Knox College. Morgan started on defense. Unfortunately for IC, they were topped in both games, losing 8-0 to LFC and 6-0 in Knox.
Jordan Morgan (Litchfield) started at midfield for IC against Knox. Abbi Jett (Hillsboro), also an IC player, subbed in at midfielder against LFC. IC is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the Midwest Conference.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.