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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rough day for Mount Mercy teams

The Mount Mercy fall sports teams suffered a tough day on Saturday with both soccer teams, both cross country teams and the women's volleyball squad not able to experience success.

The women's soccer team lost to third-ranked Benedictine, 5-0, in wet and chilly conditions in a Heart of America Conference match at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

The men's soccer team was trimmed by 23rd-ranked Benedictine, 3-2, after building a 2-1 lead at home.

The Mount Mercy cross country teams competed at the Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, with the women finishing in 14th place and the men finishing 19th out of 19 teams without most of their top runners.

The women's volleyball team was trimmed by Baker University, 24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, in Kansas.



Mount Mercy men blank Clarke

DUBUQUE - Souleymane Diallo scored a pair of goals Wednesday as the Mount Mercy men's soccer team blanked Clarke University, 3-0, in a Heart of America Conference match in Dubuque.

Diallo struck in the 24th minute of the first half to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Sava Dragic scored in the 87th minute for a 2-0 advantage, then Diallo scored less than two minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

Matias da Fonseca made three saves for the shutout.



Pottratz helps Mustangs kick Clarke

DUBUQUE - Payton Pottratz booted home a pair of goals Wednesday to help the Mount Mercy women's soccer team trim Clarke University, 2-1, in a Heart of America Conference match in Dubuque.

Pottratz began the scoring with a goal in the 40th minute late in the first half for a 1-0 lead. Clarke countered in the 70th minute, but Pottratz struck again three minutes later with another unassisted goal for a 2-1 lead and the margin of victory.

Sarah Johnson played 63 minutes, 47 seconds in goal for Mount Mercy and turned away all five of the shots that Clarke sent her way.



Mustangs spiked by No. 2 Grand View

You knew the Mount Mercy women's volleyball team might be in a for a rough night Tuesday when the Grand View Vikings strolled into the gym with a shiny No. 2 national ranking and a half-dozen players who all measured at least six feet tall.

The Mustangs gave the Vikings a good battle at times but dropped a Heart of America Conference match, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

"They're a heck of a good team," said Mount Mercy Coach Deb Marlin. "The conference title is right there for them to snag. And I don't think a national championship is out of the question for them."

Grand View raised its perfect records to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Mount Mercy fell to 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the league.

"We had to have our best game tonight," said Marlin. "And I thought we played really well at times and we played hard at times. Just crucial mistakes at crucial times."

The second set was tied, 23-23, but Grand View won the last two points for a 2-0 lead.



Bruyeres takes 3rd at Mid-South golf

NEWTON, Kan. - William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy fired a 2-under-par 70 Tuesday and finished in third place at The Mid-South Classic at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

Bruyeres shot rounds of 75, 71 and 70 to finish the 54-hole tournament at even-par 216, just one shot out of first place. Carson Seals of Oklahoma City and Coleman Houk of Kansas Wesleyan shared medalist honors at 1-under 215.

Oklahoma City won the team championship by 19 shots. Mount Mercy tied for third place out of nine schools, 21 strokes off the pace.


1. Oklahoma City 872, 2. Murray State 891, 3. (tie) Mount Mercy 893, Sterling 893, 5. Kansas Wesleyan 898, 6. Wayland Baptist 900, 7. William Woods 902, 8. Culver-Stockton 917, 9. Grand View 960.

MOUNT MERCY - 3. William Bruyeres 75-71-70=216, 15. Philip Nelson 73-75-75=223, 18. Thomas Schuhkraft 75-73-76=224, 31. Nile Happel 76-79-76=231, 44. Kaleb Hagge 75-82-86=243.


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