The weekend was certainly filled with exciting sports action. Let’s get to it.
The Lion Women picked up a huge last second win that was worthy of an ESPN top ten call. Sophomore Mindy Shoffit knocked in a header with 2 seconds left off of a Leslie Cumpanzano corner kick to give the Lions their second win of the season in Commerce on Thursday night. The second game of the home stand was less forgiving as the Lions dropped a 3-1 decision to Colorado-Colorado Springs. The Lions hit the pitch this afternoon at Oklahoma Baptist and do not return to action until next Wednesday when they start LSC play against Dallas Baptist in Big D and then return back to Commerce for a tilt against UT-Permian Basin, looking to get above .500 for the season.
Lion Volleyball has gotten off to a rough start this season. Aside from having to cancel their first 4 games due to health protocols, the Lions faced 3 very good Volleyball teams at the Metro State Classic in Denver, losing their first 3 matches to # 10 Central Missouri, # 20 Metro State, and # 6 Cal State-Bernardino, before closing out the tournament with a convincing win over Lynn College. The Lion Women have a HUGE weekend ahead as they face off against Eastern New Mexico in Commerce on Friday night and then host West Texas A&M the next afternoon at 1 PM. With all those who will be on campus this weekend for the Football game, get yourself over to The Fieldhouse and support these Ladies in their quest to get back to the NCAA tournament.
The Lion Cross Country teams hosted the annual East Texas State Shootout at Centennial Park in Commerce and came up with strong showings, as the Men took second place out of 7 teams with Alex Speer and Tanner Townsend taking the top 2 spots. The Lion Women were not able to compete as a team as they only had 3 runners (in Cross Country to compete as a team, you must have at least 5 runners). Whether the other members did not run due to something health related or another reason, we do not know, but we hope they are ready to run for the next meet for both Men Women at the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Missouri this Saturday.
The Lion Football team is having to deal with some major blowback from the loss Saturday night. After a rough weekend full of high emotions and a lot of loud opinions ranging from “the season is over” to “no big deal we blew a 24 point lead” , the Lions dropped from # 7 to # 21 in the AFCA coaches poll heading into their matchup with top ranked West Florida. Russ will have the pre-snap read and the Blue Gang defensive preview to see how both sides match up against West Florida. This game was already big, now it is gargantuan. The Lions need to win this game more than they did coming in, or it will be a tough road to go for the rest of the season, even with just two losses. We will have more on this during the week as the game gets closer, but it is safe to say this game is on par with four other games that have been played in Commerce with massive importance, the 1972 NAIA title game, the 1980 NAIA National Semifinal game, the 1991 home game against Pittsburg State, and the 2017 semifinal game against Harding.