Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 15, 2013

Soccer season approaches for local colleges

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRIDGEPORT — The Concord University men's soccer team is the preseason selection to finish seventh in the inaugural Mountain East Conference coaches' poll.

Charleston (48 votes, 6 first place) was the preseason favorite to win the MEC, followed by Notre Dame College (2nd, 39), West Virginia Wesleyan (3rd, 34), Urbana (t4th, 26), Wheeling Jesuit (t4th, 26), Shepherd (6th, 15) and the Mountain Lions (7th, 8).

Concord, which finished the 2012 season with a record of 5-11-2 overall, returns 13 lettermen and seven starters from a squad which posted the program's second-highest win total since the sport was reinstated in 2008.

Concord will be led by seniors Tyler Farrar and Sebastian Escobar.

The Mountain Lions open the season on Sept. 7 by hosting Ferrum.



Lady Rams picked 5th in MSC

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Bluefield College women’s soccer team has been predicted to finish fifth in the Mid-South Conference this season.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), the defending NAIA national champion, is favored to win the regular season title, receiving 81 voting points. The Blue Raiders took nine of the 10 first-place votes. Defending MSC tourney champion Cumberland (Tenn.) claimed second in the poll with 73 points and the final first-place vote. They were followed by the Campbellsville, Georgetown, with Bluefield fifth out of 10 teams.

Bluefield posted a 9-10-1 overall record while going 4-5 in Mid-South Conference play.

Tom Price took over as head coach for the Rams in January. The Rams return Pip Pattison and Jessica Dutka.



Rams picked 7th   in MSC

BLUEFIELD, Va. —The Bluefield College men’s soccer team has been predicted to finish seventh in the Mid-South Conference this season.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is favored to win the regular season title, receiving 81 voting points. The Blue Raiders took nine of the 10 first-place votes.

Rio Grande (Ohio) claimed second in the poll with 73 points and the final first-place vote. The RedStorm captured their second regular season crown last season.

Campbellsville (Ky.) and Cumberlands (Ky.) came in third and fourth, respectively, while Cumberland (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio) ranked fifth and sixth. Bluefield received 33 voting points to finish seventh out of 10 teams.

Bluefield posted a 8-11 overall record while going 4-5 in Mid-South Conference play.

Fourth year head coach Peter Dryer returns top scorers Erik Albarran and Michael Callaghan and veteran keeper Jefferson Watson.



Bluefield baseball reloads roster

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Bluefield College Rams baseball team has reloaded its roster for the 2014 season with a strong mix of experienced transfers and several products from Virginia.

Twenty-two players have been added to the team, including Donnie Robins, a former Bluefield High School standout and transfer from Bluefield State, and Narrows product Austin Meadows.

Bluefield also added Roanoke, Va., products Nic Ratliff and Keith Yancey, and a trio of transfers from Clark College, located in Washington state. Ratliff drove in 30 runs for Hidden Valley High School last season. Yancey was the Pioneer District Player of the Year, batting .406 with 33 RBIs and seven doubles for James River High School.

  "I am very excited about the potential that this recruiting class has," said Bluefield College head coach Mike White, entering his ninth season with the Rams. “As a staff we have worked hard to address the needs of the program that will allow us to compete daily in Mid-South Conference.

“I am very pleased with the work Coach (Ryan) Lambert has done in putting this recruiting class together and feel we will be a much improved club for the 2014 season.”