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Soccer Falcons Climb Over .500 Mark Near End of Season
October 18, 2013

By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor The Missourian For the second match in a row, the East Central College soccer Falcons netted six goals in a victory Wednesday, Oct. 2. ECC fell Sunday, Oct. 6, at St. Charles Community College, 2-1, but shut out St. Louis Community College at home. The Falcons returned with a 2-1 win at Crowder College in Nevada Saturday. It was the fourth victory in five matches for the Falcons. ECC plays its final regular season match next Saturday at Lincoln, Ill. Central Methodist The Falcons (10-8) captured a 6-0 win over the Central Methodist University JV team in Fayette. Sophomore Vadim Cojocov (Beneavin, Dublin, Ireland) netted a hat trick for the Falcons. Freshman Zakariae Merzouk (Quincy, Ill.) scored twice and freshman Tyler Osborne (Hannibal) put one shot into the goal. Sophomore David Moore (Southern Boone) recorded three assists. Merzouk ended with two and freshman Dylan Cassidy (Lucan, Dublin, Ireland) recorded one assist. "I'm thrilled that we're finally starting to come around when it comes to taking advantage of our opportunities and finishing them," Barclay said. "I was also happy that we managed to get out of there with a clean sheet." Sophomore Andrew Hamerlinck (Pleasant Plains, Springfield, Ill.; Southwestern Illinois College) was in net for the Falcons. St. Louis The Falcons returned home and shut out St. Louis Community College last Wednesday, 2-0. Cojocov scored on a penalty kick for the first tally after freshman Gino Bono (Northwest) was knocked down in the box. Freshman Clay Cunningham (Hannibal) scored the second goal on an assist by Merzouk. Hamerlinck recorded the shutout, his fourth of the season. Crowder Visiting Nevada and a site which always has been difficult for the Falcons, ECC came out with a 2-1 victory. Freshman Gino Bono (Northwest) scored the team’s first goal with freshman Kris Garcia (Garland, Texas) assisting. Cojocov scored his 17th goal of the season with sophomore Steve Smith (Colaiste Phadraig, Dublin, Ireland) assisting on that. St. Charles Barclay was upset with how the Falcons lost to St. Charles Community College on the road Sunday (Oct. 6), 2-1. The Falcons netted their only goal in the 89th minute, by Cojocov. Sophomore Reggie Faucher (Flanigan, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) assisted. St. Charles scored in the 35th and 65th minutes. "We were a bit unlucky when their keeper dropped a ball that we finished for a goal, only for it to be called back for an apparent free kick," Barclay said.

April 3, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:30 am

Winning five of six games in recent days, the East Central College softball Falcons have equalized their record on the season at 5-5.

And, that record could stand for a bit after heavy snow blanketed the region Sunday and Monday. Between 8-10 inches of snow was reported to have fallen over most of Franklin County.

Having games called off is nothing new. The six games played Thursday, Friday and Saturday came after three consecutive rainouts. In total, One tournament and nine regular-season doubleheaders have been called off through Monday.

In the wins, there were two common themes. Sophomore Julie Scheer (New Haven) was the winning pitcher for all of the games. She earned two of those victories in relief.

“The ‘real’ Julie Scheer is starting to emerge in the pitcher’s circle, allowing only three runs (two earned) in 25 innings,” ECC Head Coach Brad Wallach said.

And the Falcons hit nine home runs in the wins over Cottey College and Mineral Area College.

“Against Cottey and Mineral Area, we had big fifth innings, getting three home runs in each,” Wallach said. “In over 25 years of coaching softball, I’ve never had a team hit three home runs in one inning and it happened two days in a row. But I can assure you, it’s not because we’re trying to. It’s because we preach patience and pitch selection and we work at being able to take the outside pitch to the opposite field. That’s what separates good hitters from the rest. Everybody can pull the ball.”

Wallach said things are improving.

“We’re starting to get some traction, especially in the Cottey and Mineral Area doubleheaders,” Wallach said. “We won the first games in dominating fashion (8-0 and 7-0) and came from behind (5-2 and 8-3) to win the second games.”

The Falcons opened with a home doubleheader Thursday against Missouri Valley JV. The Falcons won the first game, 4-3, but lost the second, 11-5.

On Friday, ECC swept Cottey College at home. ECC won the first game, 8-0 and finished the sweep with a 6-5 victory.

On Saturday, the Falcons earned a huge sweep against Mineral Area College. The contests were huge not only for the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference standings, but also for NJCAA Division II Region 16 rankings.

“Those come-from-behind wins were the result of composure, not panicking, and patience at the plate to get good pitches,” Wallach stated.

There still is room for improvement.

“Defensively, we’re still making too many errors and making things harder than it has to be but it’s getting better,” Wallach said. “I think part of that might be people putting too much pressure on themselves. Relaxing a little bit would probably help.”

ECC was scheduled to take on Jefferson College Tuesday in Hillsboro at 2 p.m. The Falcons are supposed to travel to Lewis & Clark in Godfrey, Ill., Wednesday at 2 p.m. On Thursday, the team’s supposed to play at John Wood in Quincy, Ill.

Games are set for home against the Lindenwood-Belleville JV team Friday and John Wood next Monday. Of course, all are in doubt with the heavy snow which has blanketed the area.

Missouri Valley

The Falcons posted their first win of the season in the opener against Missouri Valley.

“We didn’t play exceptionally well or poorly; we just kind of got by,” Wallach said.

In the first game, the Falcons scored three runs in the bottom of the third. Each team scored once in the fourth. Missouri Valley scored twice in the sixth, but ECC held on for the win.

Scheer was the winning pitcher. She allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk. She struck out seven batters.

Sophomore Kris Stevens (Union) posted two hits, both doubles. She also scored and drove in a run.

Sophomores Grace Fritz (Borgia), Chloe Galati (Borgia), Scheer and freshman Haley Zenner (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded one hit each. Galati’s hit was a home run while Zenner doubled.

“Chloe Galati’s two run homer in the third was big,” Wallach said.

Other runs came from freshman Michelle Bryant (Crocker), Galati and Zenner. Galati drove in two while freshman Abby Job (Warrenton) also drove in a run.

Freshman Alex Adelsberger (Timberland), Bryant, Job and Zenner walked.

In the second game, the visitors scored once in the top of the first. ECC tied it in the second, but Missouri Valley added a run in the third.

Missouri Valley scored once in the fifth, but the Falcons tied it with two in the bottom of the frame.

In the sixth inning, the Falcons allowed five runs. Missouri Valley added three more in the seventh. The Falcons scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.

ECC struggled defensively, making seven errors in the game.

“Defensively, we’re making this a whole lot harder than it has to be,” Wallach said. “We’re making way too many errors, which in turn puts more pressure on our hitters and our pitchers. All of a sudden, individuals feel like they have to do too much to make up for it, which compounds our problems. We’re better than this.”

Freshman Chelsea Bax (Fatima) started and went 5.2 innings. She allowed eight runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. She struck out five Vikings.

Zenner relieved and finished out the game, throwing 1.1 innings. She gave up three runs (one earned) on one hit, two walks and one hit batter. She struck out one.

Job led the way offensively with three hits, including a double. She was hit by a pitch, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Sophomores Ashley Brooks (Centralia) and Amber Odom (Linn) each had two hits. Brooks drove in two runs and Odom added a stolen base.

Freshmen Megan Heimbaugh (Rolla) and Brittany Miller (Lindbergh) and sophomores Stevens and Sara Wade (Union) recorded one hit each.

Heimbaugh scored and Miller drove in a run. Stevens scored twice and stole a base. Wade also walked.


The Falcons hosted Cottey College Friday, earning their first winning sweep of the season.

In the opener, the Falcons scored single runs in the first and second innings. ECC added three runs in the third and three in the fourth. When Cottey failed to score in the fifth, the game ended early on the mercy rule.

Scheer tossed a two-hitter, also allowing a walk.

Offensively, the Falcons received three home runs with Galati, Stevens and Zenner hitting the ball over the fence. Heimbaugh doubled.

Brooks, Fritz, Galati, Heimbaugh, Stevens and Zenner each had one hit.

Zenner scored three runs while Brooks, Fritz, Galati, Job and Stevens also scored.

Heimbaugh drove in two runs. Bryant, Galati, Scheer, Stevens and Zenner drove in one run apiece.

Brooks and Zenner each walked twice. Bryant walked once. Bryant and Scheer contributed sacrifices.

Stevens stole two bases. Fritz and Job each stole one base.

In the second game, Cottey scored once in the top of the first. Each team scored once in the second. Cottey then added a run in the third.

The Falcons cut another run off the lead in the fourth, but Cottey added two runs in the fifth.

The Falcons took the lead for the first time with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and that’s how it ended.

Bax started and went 4.2 innings. She allowed five runs (two earned) on nine hits. She struck out six.

Scheer earned the win, throwing the final 2.1 innings while walking two and striking out five.

Zenner doubled for East Central’s only extra-base hit. Bryant, Miller, Odom and Scheer also contributed one hit each.

Scheer scored twice. Galati, Odom, Stevens and Zenner scored one time apiece.

Odom and Zenner drove in two runs each. Bryant had one RBI.

Fritz, Galati and Zenner each walked twice. Job, Miller and Scheer walked once. Fritz and Odom added sacrifices.

Mineral Area

The first game between the two NJCAA Division II Region 16 rivals was scoreless through four innings. Mineral Area was blanked in the top of the fifth and the Falcons exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the inning. That was all the scoring for the game.

In the fifth inning, Job, Stevens and Zenner homered.

The runs allowed Scheer to post a shutout. She allowed three hits and two walks while striking out eight Cardinals.

Offensively, the Falcons added four doubles with Scheer getting two of them. Fritz and Galati also doubled.

Galati and Scheer had two hits each. Bryant, Fritz, Job, Stevens and Zenner posted one hit apiece.

Bryant, Fritz, Galati, Job, Scheer, Stevens and Zenner each scored once. Job and Zenner drove in two runs apiece. Fritz, Scheer and Stevens posted one RBI apiece. Galati also walked.

In the second game, the Falcons scored twice in the bottom of the first. Mineral Area College responded with one run in the second and three in the third. The Falcons added a run in the bottom of the third.

Mineral Area scored once in the fourth, but the Falcons exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth and that’s all it took to earn the win.

Bax pitched 3.2 innings while allowing eight runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks. She struck out five.

Scheer picked up the win in relief, throwing 3.1 innings while allowing three hits and one walk. She hit two batters and struck out two.

Each team hit three home runs in the game. Stevens belted two for the Falcons while Fritz also homered.

Fritz, Galati, Job and Stevens each had two hits. Bryant, Scheer and Zenner posted one hit apiece.

Fritz and Stevens each scored three runs. Bryant, Galati, Job, Miller and Scheer scored once.

Fritz and Stevens drove in three runs each. Galati drove in two and Scheer had one RBI.

Miller walked and Stevens was hit by a pitch.

April 3, 2013

Soccer Falcons Hold Off Heartland, 2-1
September 18, 2012


Soccer Falcons Hold Off Heartland, 2-1

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 2:11 pm, Fri Sep 14, 2012.

Making an early goal stand up, the East Central College soccer Falcons defeated visiting Heartland Community College Wednesday, 2-1.

The Falcons (5-2-1) continue their homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. match against Crowder College. That will be the team’s annual “Flank the Field” promotion with free T-shirts, hot dogs and drinks available to spectators.

“Saturday will be our last home game for a string of games, so I’m hoping the college and community will really be out in full force to give us a good lift,” ECC Head Coach Kean Barclay said. “If our fans can create the type of atmosphere they’ve been capable of at games past, it’ll be a great lift to the boys.”

ECC hits the road Sunday to play at Blackburn at 3 p.m.

East Central jumped out to an early lead Wednesday when sophomore Paul McCallum (Excelsior, Sunrise, Fla.) scored when Heartland failed to clear the ball out of the box.

“We still haven’t gotten Paul back to full speed, but I’m hoping he starts feeling more confident and gets more assertive and aggressive in the attack,” Barclay said.

ECC made it 2-0 later in the game on a goal by freshman Vadim Cojocov (Beneavin, Dublin, Ireland).

“This year has been about getting total performance from everyone, and today required it,” Barclay said. “Some of the boys looked a little drained from the tough schedule we’ve had over the past couple of weeks, so we needed a lift from some of the boys coming off the bench. Contributions from players like Matt Hulsey (Union) in a number of different roles shows his commitment to his teammates.”

Heartland scored after the second ECC goal, but the Falcons were able to hold on for the win.

“I know AK (Aaron Kelly) was disappointed to lose out on getting a shutout, but his performances over the last couple of games have really lifted us,” Barclay said about his freshman netminder from St. Aidan’s High School, Dublin, Ireland. “He’s got a commanding presence and we’ll need him to carry that into Saturday without a doubt. With our second regional game coming this Saturday at home against Crowder we’re hoping to get back on track with playing our game.”

October 24, 2011

The NJCAA #16 East Central College Volleyball Falcons (25-12) beat the NJCAA #3 ranked team Parkland Cobras in straight sets 25-16, 25-23, 26-24 and won the Illinois Central Tournament. ECC picked up another win against Lakeland 25-20, 20-25, 28-26, 25-22 and went the distance of five sets, but dropped one to Illinois Central 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 7-15. A stellar week was capped off with Tiffany Borgerding being named NJCAA DII Player of the Week. Tiffany is #19 in the nation with 3.45 kills per set and 407 total for the year. Maddie Kelly is #11 in the country in the digs per set category with 5.82 and 664 total on the season. Another statistical listing has Sarah Schwentker at #31 in aces per set at .50 and 55 in total.

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