The big prize the Wright State women’s soccer team seeks is the Horizon League tournament championship and the automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. It won’t be able to win those until this weekend.
On Monday, the Raiders earned some other hardware that should tide them over until Friday when they play Oakland or Youngstown State in the tournament semfinals in Milwaukee.
Coach Pat Ferguson was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. Senior Brooke McCurdy was named goalkeeper of the year. Junior Ally Metzler was named defender of the year.
McCurdy and Metzler led a defense that gave up three goals in six Horizon League games.
“I’m really honored to get (the award),” said Metzler, who’s from Colorado Springs, Colo. “The Horizon League is really a competitive league. To get anything is a real big honor.”
The Raiders won their last three games of the regular season against Milwaukee, Green Bay and Cleveland State, all by 1-0 scores. They had the same number of Horizon League losses as Milwaukee, but the Raiders tied one game, so they ended up with the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Milwaukee hosts the semifinals and finals as the top seed.
“I think our chances in the tournament are really good,” Metzler said. “They’re the best so far since I’ve been here. I’m a junior now, and we made it to the championship the last two years. I think our experience will help a lot. We know what it takes to get there. We know all the teams. We’re playing really well. I think everyone wants it bad. When you come so close, you want it that much more.”
Men’s basketball: Coach Billy Donlon said Cole Darling (foot/ankle) and Miles Dixon (shoulder) will not play in Sunday’s 5 p.m. season opener against Mount St. Joseph at the Nutter Center. He remained hopeful that Kendall Griffin, who missed the exhibition game last Friday, will play.
Cross country: The Wright State men placed third at the Horizon League championships Saturday in Youngstown. It was their best finish since 2000.
Senior Dan Shafer finished second overall, the best performance by a Wright State runner ever at the meet, in 25 minutes, 50 seconds in the 8-kilometer race. He and junior Matt Peters, who was sixth, earned All-Horizon League first team honors. They are the first Raider runners to make the first team since Cory Scheadler in 2003.
Men’s soccer: The Raiders played their fourth overtime game in the last five games on Saturday, beating Detroit 2-1. The first three overtime games went two overtimes. This one ended in the first overtime on a golden goal by Bellbrook High School grad Eric Lynch.
The Raiders finished 3-4 in Horizon League play. The Raiders tied Kentucky 2-2 on Tuesday in a makeup of the season opener.