Sports weekend wrap-up
This weekend marked the first games for all of fall Lee athletics except for the volleyball team and men's golf team.
All of the fall sports look promising this year according to Athletic Director Larry Carpenter, but a few teams had very successful weekends to start their season off on the right foot.
The men's cross-country team started their season with a win at the Sewanee Invitational. They came in first out of eight teams at the invitational and five out of the top six finishers were Flames. Freshman Seth Eagleson finished the 8k race in first place with a time of 26:31. The Flames will run in the Commodore Classic on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.
The women's golf team also had a great start to their season this weekend at the Smokey Mountain Collegiate tournament. The Lady Flames beat quality teams like Carson-Newman and Gulf South Conference member West Florida. The Lady Flames look to repeat as national champions this year and this was a great start to what could be a historic season for Lee. The Lady Flames travel to Hilton Head, South Carolina on September 27 to take on Lander University.
The men's soccer team was the only Flames team to stay in Cleveland this weekend. They won the Olive Garden Invitational and started their season 2-0 against Tennessee Temple and Union University. Sophomore midfielder earned the tournament's MVP as he scored one goal, had two assists and earned the game-winning penalty against Union University. Head Coach Paul Furey was pleased with the way the season started.
'It was a good start to our season, I thought we did a lot of things well'I was really proud of the overall team effort,' Furey said.
The Flames go to Dayton to take on Bryan College this Tuesday night.
The women's cross-country team had a good start against many NCAA Division-I teams including University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Martin and Middle Tennessee State University. Against non-division-I schools the Lady Flames went unbeaten and against the Division-I schools the Lady Flames went 4-5. Junior runner Jessica Childers was Lee's top runner as she finished the two-mile race with a time of 12:07 and won five head-to-head duals. The Lady Flames travel to the Commodore Classic with the men's team on Saturday in Nashville.
The women's soccer team started their season 0-2 in Florida against two top tier NCAA Division-II schools Lynn University and No. 3 ranked Barry University. The Lady Flames lost their first game against Lynn 2-1 even though they outshot Lynn 8-6. In their second matchup against Barry the Lady Flames jumped out to a 1-0 lead early, then Barry came back and score two goals late in the second half to grab the 2-1 win. The Lady Flames have their home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. against the University of Findlay in their annual 'Kickin' it for Kids with Cancer' game.
The volleyball team starts their season tomorrow night in Nashville against Trevecca Nazarene University at 7 p.m. Their home opener is September 12 against Valdosta State University.
The men's golf team opens their season in Calera, Alabama at the Montavello Invitational on the 12thof September. They look to win back-to-back NCCAA National Championships and this is where their journey begins.
The Lee University fall sports began their season this weekend and are looking forward to the promising seasons ahead of them.