Eagles Men’s Soccer Team Qualifies For Postseason

Ozarks (7-6-5, 2-2-4 ASC) will enter the ASC Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will play nationally-ranked Texas-Dallas (11-1-5, 5-1-4 ASC), the No. 3 seed, at 2 p.m. Thursday in Abilene, Texas.

Hardin-Simmons University (9-3-5, 6-0-4 ASC) will host the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will receive a first-round bye. Texas-Tyler (10-2-4, 7-2-1 ASC) will be the No. 2 seed and will also receive a first-round bye. Louisiana College (9-8-1, 6-3-1 ASC) and East Texas Baptist University (4-7-2, 3-5-2 ASC) will be the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively.

The Eagles were tied with both East Texas Baptist and Mary Hardin-Baylor for the final two spots with a .400 winning percentage. East Texas Baptist received the No. 5 seed and the Eagles earned the sixth seed by winning the ASC tiebreaker over Mary Hardin-Baylor, which didn’t have a win against Ozarks or East Texas Baptist.

Ozarks last made the ASC playoffs in 2009. Mississippi College, which finished atop the league standings, is ineligible for the ASC Tournament due to its reclassification to NCAA Division II.

“The boys’ effort was phenomenal from beginning to end Saturday,” head coach John Cossaboon said. “We were fighting for our life to get into the tournament and Texas-Dallas was fighting for a first round bye. Our team has earned the privilege of making it to the postseason.”

In facing Texas-Dallas for the second straight match, Cossaboon doesn’t anticipate changing his philosophy against the Comets.

“My feeling is we have to go back and not change things in major ways,” Cossaboon said. “We need to bring that same effort. We deserved the result we got on the day. We are playing well right now. Going into the tournament, I’ve got to give credit to our defensive group. The defense has been holding us together lately.”

This tournament in particular will be wide-open, much like the regular season, according to Cossaboon.

“In terms of parity, this is the most competitive I’ve seen it,” he said. “Every team has to show up with its best performance, and we are no different.”

The Eagles have been among the top offensive teams in the ASC all season. Ozarks is ranked in the top-3 in points, goals and assists. The Eagles have tremendous balance as seven different players have scored three or more goals.

Shaun Keane and Thomas Mills each have seven goals. The Eagles are in the middle of the pack as a defensive unit, ranking fifth in shutouts (4) and sixth in goals against average (1.79).

The winner of the ASC Championship Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

Hardin-Simmons University Soccer Complex, Abilene, Texas

Thursday

Quarterfinals

Game 1: #4 Louisiana College (6-3-1) vs. #5 East Texas Baptist (3-5-2), 11 a.m.

Game 2: #3 Texas-Dallas (5-1-4) vs. #6 Ozarks (2-4-4), 2 p.m.

Friday

Semifinals

Game 3: #1 Hardin-Simmons (6-0-4) vs. Winner Game 1, 11 a.m.

Game 4: #2 Texas-Tyler (7-2-1) vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.

Sunday

Championship

Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1 p.m.

Wilbanks leads Lady Eagles at ASC Championships

ABILENE, Texas — University of the Ozarks women’s cross country runner Kara Willbanks paced the Lady Eagles at the American Southwest Conference Championships Saturday in Abilene, Texas, with a top-25 time in the 6K race.

Willbanks, from Fort Smith, was the team’s top finisher after running a 28:06.12 and placing 24th overall. Emily Gorham (32:57.57-53rd), Ellery Mayleben (34:39.99-58th), Lynette Pina (36:08.32-62nd) and Elly Eibes (46:07.00-65th) rounded out the Lady Eagle runners.

The Lady Eagles finished seventh as a team.

Ryan Holt finished second at the American Southwest Conference Championships and was named ASC Freshman of the Year and All-Conference.

Holt, from Belfast, Ireland, posted a 26:49.68 in the 8K race en route to earning All-Conference First Team honors. Matt Friant placed 15th overall with a 28:47.95, just missing All-Conference honors by one spot. Calvin Jones placed 56th with a time of 33:47.89. Robert Elder was 59th running a 34:03.93. 67. Trevor Lister was 67th running a 37:14.84, while Max Hilgendorf was 70th with a 37:56.55 time and Sam Binns placed 71st with a 38:07.87 time.

As a team, Ozarks finished sixth overall. Texas-Tyler won the men’s team title and Nicklas Huff from Texas-Tyler won his second straight individual conference title.

The NCAA III regional is November 16 at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

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