Weekend recap: Cougars have mixed results
It was a busy weekend for athletics as the Cougars had four teams in action. As many know, football secured their second win of the season, but other teams also performed well.
Here is how soccer, cross country and volleyball fared.
The Cougars continued their winning streak to start the season, improving to 3-0-1 with a 4-1 victory over Texas A&M — Corpus Christi Friday night. The Islanders got off to an early lead with a goal in the 29th minute, which didn’t last long as junior Selena Peters responded with a goal in the 39th minute off an assist by teammate Vanessa Almaguer.
Coming out of the break, the Cougars tied 1-1.
The Cougar controlled the second half as they added three more goals, including the first career goal for freshman Brook Runyon off an assist from junior Hannah Dauzat.
Dauzat scored her fourth goal of the season in the 75th minute.
Peters concluded the scoring with her second goal of the night and third of the season in the 89th minute to seal the win off an assist from freshman Kaitlyn Wild.
The women’s cross country team finished third and the men’s team 10th at the Rice Invitational on Friday night.
Redshirt senior Selena Sierra led the way for the Cougars with an 11th-place finish (14:56.61) with senior Maddie Brown right behind at 15th. All five Cougars broke 16 minutes with sophomore Jennifer Dunlap (15:29.54, 25th), sophomore Nikita Prasad (15:51.63, 37th) and redshirt freshman Kristin Powell (15:52.83, 39th).
Sophomore G.J. Reyna secured his second-straight top-10 finish to start the season, leading the Cougars with a ninth-place finish at 19:24.10.
Running in his first cross country meet, sophomore track and field distance runner Brian Bell was shortly behind Reyna at 20:01.87.
Volleyball struggled for the first time this season, going 1-2 and finishing third in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Classic.
The Cougars opened with a 0-2 start on Friday, falling to San Jose State 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 14-16) and Houston Baptist 3-0 (13-25, 17-25, 18-25).
After falling behind 0-2, the Cougars rallied against the Spartans behind setter Keandra McCardell’s 22nd career double-double, forcing the game into a fifth set.
The junior had a then-season-high 40 assists and 10 digs, while junior Sarah Afflerbaugh and freshman Megan Duncan each led the Cougars with 17 kills.
McCardell was later named to the All-Tournament Team.