published Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

UTC SoCon's first in N4A approval

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department this past week received full certification from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. The Mocs' office of Student Support Services is the first in the Southern Conference and one of just 21 in the nation to attain the N4A accreditation. "A commitment to academics is the first pillar of our mission to guide, encourage and support our student-athletes in their quest for comprehensive excellence," interim AD Laura Herron said in a UTC release. "Dr. Emily Blackman has done an outstanding job leading our academic support unit, and I commend her and her staff for achieving this recognition." Blackman and staff members Rhonda Reynolds, Lisa Tarr and Lindsey Wendorf all received individual N4A certification during the 2011-12 school year. UTC's aggregate athletes' grade point average has risen from 2.51 in the spring of 2007 to a school-record-tying 2.97 this past spring. The UTC men's cross country team's 3.81 was the highest in the country in that sport, men's track and field and women's cross country were third and fifth.

Soccer

• CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Former Cleveland High School standout Sias Reyneke is continuing his soccer exploits for hometown schools as a Lee University senior. He was voted most valuable player of the Olive Garden Lee Invitational after the Flames won the tournament with a 3-2 defeat of Martin Methodist on Saturday, and junior teammate Josh Ball was the offensive MVP with Martin Methodist's Niklas Larsson the defensive MVP. Luke Cuthbert and Marvin Ochieng also were on the all-tournament team for Lee (3-1). Cuthbert scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick at 64:13, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead. Reyneke assisted Sebastian Vallejo to make it 1-1 at 16:52, and Ball one-timed a Vallejo cross for a 2-1 edge at 31:57. Lee outshot MMC 16-11 and had a 13-5 advantage in corner kicks.

• SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Sewanee women's soccer team scored a goal early in each half in opening its season Saturday evening with a 2-0 victory over visiting Methodist. Caitlin Sneeden scored from an Ellie Quinn assist at 14:42, and Bobbe Chaffin found the net at 50:38.

• DAYTON, Tenn. -- Pedro Antonelli's goal in the 81st minute gave the University of the Cumberlands a 2-1 men's soccer victory Saturday night at Bryan College. Filipe Silva scored for the visiting Patriots 2:30 into the second half, and the Lions' Daniel Branley equalized with a double assist from Miles Christian and Johannes Muller 20 minutes later. Bryan won the shots count 15-8. The Lady Lions lost 4-1 earlier in the day at Cincinnati Christian.

• LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Covenant men's soccer team dominated the match but lost 1-0 on an early mistake Saturday against Franklin & Marshall after the schools' women's teams tied 0-0. Goalkeeper Hannah Bales had the 110-minute shutout with seven for the Lady Scots (0-1-1), who were outshot 23-7. Shuler Polk had six saves for the Scots (0-2); F&M scored 3:11 in.

• The Tennessee Temple men's soccer team got its first win of the season Saturday morning, beating Trinity Baptist 9-1 at Camp Jordan Park, and the Lady Crusaders (0-3-1) followed with a 2-2 tie against Florida College. The Crusaders are 1-2.

Cross Country

• The Bryan College cross country teams opened their season Saturday at the Sewanee-Berry Invitational at Mount Berry, Ga., with recent program standout Bryson Harper as interim head coach, after Rodney Stoker took an assistant's job at the University of Tennessee. With only half their roster, the Bryan men finished third in the 8-kilometer race, led by junior Alex Stephens with a 12th-place time of 26 minutes, 56 seconds. Freshman Parker Sorenson and sophomore Conner Hatfield were close behind in 27:29 and 27:37. Sophomore Jessica Stockton led the Lady Lions in the 6k with a 57th-place 26:39, and freshman Michelle McLeod was 61st. "The key today was staying relaxed," Harper said. "Both the men and women are looking down the road and know that it is a long season. The [NAIA] national championship isn't until November 17th, so we are going to be cautious because we have lots of time to prepare. The heat really took its toll today, especially for the women."

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