Saint Mary had a busy weekend in soccer, volleyball, football, cross country and swimming.

The Spires’ men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Tabor College for a matchup with the Bluejays.

The women played first and fell 2-1 to Tabor.

Tabor jumped out to a 1-0 lead in less than 15 minutes with a goal from Courtney Yochum. Alexis Olivares would add a second goal in the 56th minute. Megan Fletcher would get the Spires on the board in a goal assisted by Justine Brown De-Costa with a corner kick. Emilie Korenek had three saves on the day for the Spires. The loss drops the women to 2-9 overall and 2-4 in KCAC.

The men also fell to Tabor in a 1-0 loss.

Goalkeeper Blake Kuehl would play strong defense for the Spires with five saves, but a goal in the 86th minute by Federico Bove would give the Bluejays a 1-0 lead. Tonatiuh Morales tried to answer with a shot on goal, but Derrick Eszlinger would get the save for Tabor. The Spires fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the KCAC.

The men and women will travel to Friends University on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. for the women and 8:30 p.m. for the men.



The volleyball team opened their weekend with a home match against Friends University.

The Spires lost the first set 25-23 but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17. 

Cali Odom had a career-high 17 kills on the night. Ashley Van Gieson tied her season-high 28 assists.

The Spires also honored Katy Koepke prior to the match for eclipsing 1,000 career digs last Wednesday against York College.

The volleyball team saw a quick turnaround and traveled to Southwestern College on Saturday. The Spires would get the sweep on the road winning 25-23, 25-18 and 28-26.

Cody Offerle led the team with 13 kills on the day. Bailey Wright and Van Gieson combined for 30 assists and Angela Wade had 15 digs.

The Spires have now won four of their last five to improve to 14-10 overall and 5-1 in the KCAC. The team will return home on Tuesday against 11-11 Tabor College. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.



The Spires’ football team fell on Saturday at No. 11 Kansas Wesleyan 56-0.

The offense for Saint Mary struggled to get things going all game while the Coyotes jumped out 14-0 early and never looked back. The Coyotes finished with 680 yards off offense compared to the Spires’ 220. Kansas Wesleyan had 27 first downs compared to 11 for Saint Mary. 

Drew Cortez threw for 195 yards for the Spires. Tae Turner had 104 yards on four receptions. On defense, Trey Espy led the team with nine total tackles.

The Spires fell to 1-4 on the year. They will return home this weekend to take on 1-4 Bethel College.

The Threshers are coming off of their first victory of the season after a 56-42 win over McPherson on Saturday. The matchup with nationally televised online on ESPN3 as part of the KCAC ESPN3 Game of the Week series. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


Cross country

The Spires’ cross country teams continued their successful seasons on Saturday with strong finishes at the Emporia State Invite. The ninth-ranked men’s team came in third place with 73 points. The 20th-ranked women finished fourth with 98 points.

Phillip Lagemann led the men with a sixth-place finish. Johnathan Bowen finished seventh and Brendan Erwin was 10th. 

Kaitlyn Shoemaker finished first overall for the women. With Brittany White-Dold and Shelby Stouffer placing in the top 25 at 14th and 24th place.

Both teams will return to competition on Oct. 20 at Mount Mercy University for the NAIA Seminole Valley event.



The Spires’ swim team traveled to Fremont, Nebraska, for the program’s second meet against Midland University and Barton County Community College. 

The men would fall 138-27 to Midland and 118-43 to Barton County. Women fell 64-48 and 96-40. 

Despite the losses, the highlight of the night came from the men’s 200 medley relay. The team of Will Dvorsky, Brendan Jamerson, Andrew Goode and Mathew Burton qualified for the NAIA nationals with a time of 1:46.11.

In the women’s division, the 200 medley relay team of Anna Loch, Melody Klein, Megan Cutting and Robyn Lewis placed fourth with a time of 2:18.08. The four would also finish second in the 200 freestyle relay. 

Cutting and Klein also added a second- and third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

The swim teams will be back in action on Oct. 27 when they travel to Lincoln, Illinois, to take on Lincoln College. The races are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.