The University of Saint Mary Spires had a busy Tuesday and Wednesday with soccer and volleyball in action.

On Tuesday, the men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted Southwestern College. 

The women were up first and beat Southwestern 1-0. 

Paige Nagy scored her first goal of the year early and the defense held strong against Southwestern, including seven saves by Emilie Korenek. 

The Spires improved to 2-8 on the year and own a 2-3 record in KCAC play. They will travel to Tabor College on Saturday for a matchup with the Bluejays. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

The men followed up the women’s game with another double-overtime thriller, but the Spires fell short 2-1.

Both teams played strong defense for the majority of the game with the first 80 minutes remaining scoreless before Fabio Schneider scored the first goal of the game at 81:57 to put the Moundbuilders up 1-0. Rodney Smith would answer six minutes later with his eighth goal of the year to tie the game 1-1 with just minutes remaining in regulation. Three minutes into the second overtime, Innocent Niyonkuru would score to secure the victory for the Moundbuilders. The men fell to 3-6-1 and 1-3-1 in the KCAC. They will travel to Tabor College on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. 

 

Volleyball

The Spires volleyball team had a thrilling comeback victory at home against York College on Wednesday night.

Saint Mary took the first set 25-22 but would fall in two straight 25-23 and 26-24 to go down 2-1 after three sets. 

The Spires would control the fourth 25-14 to tie the game going into the final set. The team would continue the momentum from the previous set to take the final 15-9 and win 3-2. 

The victory also featured Katy Koepke reaching 1,000 career digs and career highs in kills for Bianca Asheim and Cali Odom. 

The Spires improved to 12-10 overall with a 3-1 KCAC record. 

They will continue the homestay on Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Friends University for military night. All active military get in free.