Rough start for Beaver fall sports squads

CARLINVILLE (Sept. 6 2018) – Blackburn’s men’s soccer team, women’s soccer team and volleyball team all opened the season this past Friday.

The men’s soccer team lost a pair of games, dropping one to the Mississippi University for Women squad, 2-0 on Friday at home.

MUW got a goal in each half in the 14th and 70th minutes. The Beavers had just one shot on goal by Prince Balaba. MUW outshot Blackburn 17-4 with John McGee earning the win.

Both teams had three yellow cards called against them.

On Sunday, Berea edged Blackburn 1-0 in double overtime, getting a goal from Issac Domenech in the 100th minute of action.

Alex Hammerlinck made five saves in goal for Blackburn, which was outshot 20-4 by Berea. There were 30 fouls called in the match, 16 by Berea. Both teams had a yellow card infraction.

Women’s soccer

Blackburn’s women opened with a pair of 8-0 losses at Monmouth and at home to North Park.

On Friday, the Beavers fell behind 5-0 in the first half. Monmouth had a 44-1 edge in shots, with Erica Bechtold the lone Beavers shot on goal. Makayla Shaw had two goals and an assist, and Taylor Coffman added two goals for Monmouth.

In the home opener on Saturday, the Beavers allowed four goals in each half, and were outshot 55-6 by North Park in a loss.

Bechtold had two shots on goal for Blackburn.

Sam Mareno had a hat trick with three goals, adding one assist. Soria Lorena added two goals for North Park.


The Beavers opened at the Illinois College tournament in Jacksonville Friday and Saturday, going 0-4 in the two-day tourney.

Friday, the Beavers opened with a 16-25, 15-25, 19-25 loss to host Illinois College.

Kendall Burleyson had 21 assists and Lucy Magnussen had six kills for Blackburn. Kendall Knop added eight digs.

Illinois College got 13 kills from Ali Pankey and 11 kills and two blocks from Maddie Ramsey.

Later Friday, Anderson, Ind. swept Blackburn in three games.

Saturday’s action had Blackburn losing a 20-25, 22-25, 24-26 battle with Culver Stockton.

The Beavers got eight kills and a block from Magnussen, 14 assists from Burleyson and 11 digs from Kaitlyn Wiegand.

Culver-Stockton got 13 kills from Gabby Hickman, and 12 digs and 14 assists from Maryanna Catrine. Kendra Gengenbacher had 20 assists.

The final match of the tournament saw Knox hold off the Blackburn Beavers in four games. Blackburn won the first game 30-28, but lost 13-25, 18-25, 20-25 in the next three.

Alanni Young had 11 kills and eight digs; Knop added 10 kills and 17 digs and Annika Ochs had 23 digs. Burleyson added 23 assists.