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The EMU women’s soccer team continues to have a dismal showing in non-conference play. Sunday they lost 2-0 at Western Kentucky (5-2-0), dropping their record to 0-5-1. Through six games they’ve managed just four goals while allowing 13. This Friday at 4 pm, the Eagles will finally play their regular season home opener at Scicluna Field, hosting the Illinois State Redbirds (4-3-0), and they’ll being MAC play a week later.
The EMU football team picked up a commitment for 2012 this week. Jake Hurcombe, a 6’3″ 275 pound who’s played at various spots on the offensive line, though on his highlight video he seems to be mostly at left tackle. Here’s the video — make of it what you will, but be sure to check out his pad level in the segment starting at 1:23. Also, the play starting at 1:56 is one of the crazier things I’ve seen.
After another solid defensive effort, it’s fitting that EMU linebacker Marcus English was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week.
Senior linebacker Marcus English (Dayton, Ohio) posted a team-best 10 tackles in a 14-7 win over Alabama State. English added 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and was part of a defense that held the Hornets to minus-13 yards rushing in the contest to break the EMU record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a contest.
I don’t know when the last time EMU had a defensive player of the week, but I know it’s been a while. Kudos to English, and the entire defense! According to EMU, their eight sacks were “the most in recent memory”. I don’t know how far “recent memory” goes, but it’s at least 12 years, since the previous best effort mentioned was in 1999. EMU also noted that the -13 yards rushing allowed broke a 45-year-old school record.
Kickoff for EMU’s game at Penn State has been set for noon. The game will broadcast somewhere on the ESPN family, though that might mean ESPNU/ESPN3/WatchESPN.
Former EMU linebacker Neal Howey, who was cut by the Seattle Seahawks near the end of the pre-season, has signed with the Virginia Destroyers of the financially struggling United Football League.
The men’s cross country team had the week off, but junior Terefe Ejigu was named the MAC Runner of the Week for his first-place performance on September 2 at the Toledo Rocket Open. Astonishingly Ejigu, the defending MAC champion, had never been named Runner of the Week before! The team will resume action this Friday at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing.
The women’s cross country team are off this week, after taking first place as a team at the George Dales Invitational in Kalamazoo for the second consecutive year. The Eagles took five of the top ten spots, with freshman Victoria Voronko in first place, Morgan Churchwell (the previous week’s MAC Runner of the Week) second, Courtney Calka third, Rachel Quaintance eighth, and Natalie Webb ninth.
The volleyball team won last Tuesday at Youngstown State, 3-1, then headed to the Utah Tournament in Salt Lake City, where they beat Utah 3-2 and UC-Riverside 3-0, but lost 3-1 to Brigham Young. Ashley Mason and Haley Stein were named to the all-tournament team. The Eagles take a 9-2 record into their final weekend of non-conference play, as they head to Pittsburgh for the Robert Morris Tournament. In addition to the host school, they’ll face Morgan State and Texas-Pan American.
Also speaking of the volleyball team, Rachel Iaquaniello was named the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week last week. And the Eastern Echo reports that Cassie Lynn Sowers “can beat anyone in Mario Kart”. We’ll keep that in mind in case the MAC ever adds it!