PC sports season recap


Junior Rebecca McGrath (24) scored her first goal of the season against Radford. Photo courtesy of Presbyterian College Athletics.

Pete Peterson, Staff Writer

Occasionally in sports we must take a step back and reflect over past performances whether they have been good or bad. Sometimes reflecting back over losses can bring up heartache but when reflecting over victories it can bring a smile to the faces of athletes and fans alike. So far this athletic season the Blue Hose have experienced both heartache and triumph.

Presbyterian College women’s soccer team has had quite the season so far, despite their losing record they can still hold their heads high as they constantly performed at a high level. The PC women’s soccer team’s record stands at 5-6 and 1-2 in conference play. The Blue Hose  started out the season with a tough double overtime loss to Francis Marion (1-2). However, they have been able to rebound with victories over North Florida (1-0),  South Carolina State (2-0), USC Upstate (3-1), Hampton (10-0) and Radford (2-1). The Hose however have came up short in their contest with: Jacksonville, VMI, Furman, Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville. The Hoses are coming into the most important part of their schedule as they get into the depth of conference play.

 The Presbyterian College Men’s soccer team has not seen as much success as the women’s team but should be excited as their last performance was the best one of the season so far.  The men’s soccer team started out the season with a home game against LIU Brooklyn (1-3) and unfortunately that loss has set the tone for the season. The Hose have lost games to teams such as: Georgia Southern, USC Upstate, Wofford, UT Rio Grande Valley, Mercer, Georgia State, and Radford. In the last game of the season the Hose stood strong and held High Point to 0 goals. Unfortunately despite the valiant effort the offensive could never get any momentum together as the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The Blue Hose’s record currently stands at 0-8-1 and 0-1-1 in conference play.

The Presbyterian College volleyball team can still hold  their heads high, despite their losing record. They have been excellent in every game they have played in this season. The Blue Hose started their season on a high note with a win over Fordham but never quit secure any momentum. But it should be noted the Hose have faced an extremely tough schedule. PC stands with currently holds a 3-13 record and are 1-2 in the Big South.

The Presbyterian College Cross Country teams have experienced early success this season. The men’s team opened the season up with a 3rd place finish in the Winthrop invitational, then followed it up with a twelfth place finish at the Furman invitational. The men’s cross country team then turned it back around at the Asheville Cross Country Carnival with a 5th place finish.  The Presbyterian College women’s cross country team experienced similar results.  They opened their season with a 4th place finish at the Winthrop invitational. Like the men’s team they struggled at the Furman invitational and finished 13th. They turned it around though and secured a 5th place finish at the Asheville Cross Country Carnival. Both the Men’s and Women’s cross country team have experienced early success and should have a great season ahead of them.

Both Presbyterian College’s men’s and women’s golf teams have begun their season. However the women’s team has competed twice while the men’s team has competed just once.  The men’s team finished 10th at the Memphis Intercollegiate. During this competition we saw a strong showing from Davis Parker who finished one under par. The men’s team will look to build and will see more tournament play in the spring. The Presbyterian College Women’s Golf team opened their season at the William and Mary invitational with a 10th place finish.  Senior Libby Crawford tied for 20th place.  The women’s golf teamed followed it up with an 8th place finish at the Forest Oaks Fall Classic despite the nasty weather. Presbyterian College’s Women’s Golf team, much like the men’s team, has a promising season ahead of them.

Last season the Presbyterian College football team played lights out and finished with a 6-5 record, the best since moving to division 1. They had high expectations when moving into this season. Unfortunately for the Blue Hose they have failed to live up to expectations as they stand 1-4 in the season so far. The Blue Hose opened the season with a 26-7 loss to Miami (Ohio). Following the opening week loss the Blue Hose traveled to Charlotte to take on the 49ers. The Blue Hose never quite got any offensive momentum together as they suffered another tough loss 34-10. Following their second straight loss, the Blue Hose were able to secure their first win of the season, in the first home game of the season against the Campbell Camels. The Blue Hose were firing on all cylinders as they secured a 23-13 victory. Following their first win of the season the Blue Hose looked to make it two straight home victories but unfortunately fell short and were shutout 21-0 against Chattanooga. After the tough loss to top ranked Chattanooga the Blue Hose traveled to the mountains to take on Western Carolina. Unfortunately the Hose were not able to keep the streak alive as they lost 33-21. Similarly, the Blue Hose lost to their first Big South Conference game of the season against Coastal Carolina, and to Charleston Southern last Saturday at Homecoming. With an upcoming bye week, the Hose will have a chance to recuperate and take on Gardner-Webb at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31.

Good luck to the Hose.