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Missouri State's Michael Creek

A Lindbergh High product, Missouri State junior goalkeeper Michael Creek is a second-year starter for the Bears, who enter Saturday's regular-season finale at Drake with a 15-0 record. Crook is among the nation's leaders with a 0.63 goals-against average and a Missouri Valley Conference-leading 0.769 save percentage. (Photo from Missouri State University)

With a chance to close out a perfect regular season, Missouri State men’s soccer team plays Saturday afternoon at Drake.

The Bears, ranked 10th nationally, are 15-0 overall and 9-0 atop the Missouri Valley Conference. Drake is 7-7-1, 4-4-1.

Missouri State, the top seed in the postseason tournament Nov. 13-17 in Chicago, is the only Division I squad without a loss this season.

The Bears have outscored opponents 36-9 and trailed in just four matches this season.

Junior goalkeeper Michael Creek (Lindbergh) has made all 15 starts and is ranked seventh nationally with a goals-against average of 0.60. Other St. Louis-area players on the roster include sophomore keeper Gage Steiner (Alton), sophomore defender Evan DeGreeff (De Smet) and senior midfielder Ian Jones (Alton), who’s played in all 15 games and has three goals and an assist.

Senior Matthew Bentley leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and three assists. Other key attackers include Josh Dolling (5 goals, 4 assists), Stuart Wilkin (5 goals, 4 assists) and midfielder Jack Denton (0 goals, 8 assists).

Eight Bears have earned weekly MVC honors this season.

The MVC women’s tournament is being played this weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Second-seeded Illinois State (14-5) knocked off No. 3 Missouri State (10-5-2) in overtime, winning 4-3.

Top-seeded Loyola (13-4-1) beat Drake 1-0 in the other semifinal. The title game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Bears sophomore Anna Durnin (Fort Zumwalt North) joined senior Ashley Coonfield and junior goalie Kaitlin Maxwell on the all-conference squad. Other area players on the Missouri State roster include senior Brittney Robinson (Eureka), junior Jacqueline Baetz (Webster Groves), sophomores Cammie Robinson (Eureka) and Josie Meeks (Kirkwood) and freshman Emma Hensley (Edwardsville).

In other soccer tournaments:

• The Great Lakes Valley Conference begins tourney action this weekend, with McKendree securing both No. 1 seeds.

In men’s action Sunday, McKendree (13-2-2) hosts No. 8 Drury (9-7-2) at 2:30 p.m., No. 2 Bellarmine (13-0-4) hosts Lindenwood (7-6-4) at 2:30 p.m., No. 3 Maryville (14-2-2) hosts No. 6 Illinois-Springfield (9-7-2) at 1 p.m. and No. 4 Indianapolis (12-4-1) hosts No. 5 Southern Indiana (8-6-3) at 2:30 p.m.

In the women’s bracket Sunday at noon, McKendree (13-3-2) hosts No. 8 Lewis (8-7-3), No. 2 Indianapolis (13-3-1) hosts No. 7 Southern Indiana (10-6-1), No. 3 Rockhurst (13-4) hosts No. 6 Maryville (10-5-1). In a game scheduled for 1 p.m., No. 4 Truman State (10-6-1) hosts No. 5 Bellarmine (11-4-3).

The tournaments will continue Nov. 15-17 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

• All-conference forward MacKenzie Litzsinger (Summit) scored in the first half and Megan Keeven (St. Charles West) added a second-half goal while goalkeeper J.J. Schoch (Eureka) stopped nine shots as fourth-seeded SIU Edwardsville upended top-seeded and host SEMO 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals Friday night. SEMO finished 11-5-1.

The Cougars (10-5-4) will meet sixth-seeded Belmont (8-8-4) for the championship 2 p.m. Sunday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Belmont upended second-seeded Murray State 2-1 in Friday’s other semifinal. Murray State finished 11-8.

• After finishing 7-1 atop the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference soccer standings this season, the women’s teams from Webster (14-4-1) and Greenville (11-6-2) will meet for the postseason tournament title 1 p.m. Saturday at Soccer Park in Fenton.

In the regular-season finale last weekend, Webster beat visiting Greenville 1-0.

• St. Louis Community College’s Maggie Tovar (Marquette) scored first, but visiting Lewis and Clark had the next six goals, coming away with a 6-1 win in the NJCAA Central District championship match Friday in Kirkwood.

Rabale Boitumelo had the hat trick for the Trailblazers (19-2), who also got goals from Candice Parziani, Emma Lucas (Roxana) and Ella Kiely (Fort Zumwalt West). SLCC finished 14-5.

Lewis and Clark advances to the National Tournament Nov. 18-23 in Melbourne, Florida.

In the men’s Central District title game, St. Louis Community College (12-7-1) plays 6 p.m. Saturday at Central Illinois College (10-3-3).


Lindenwood quarterback Cade Brister (Fort Zumwalt North) and Missouri S&T senior Tershawn Wharton (University City) were named Great Lakes Valley Conference football players of the week.

Brister threw for a school-record 541 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score in a 34-27 upset of No. 8 Indianapolis in St. Charles.

Wharton led the Miners with eight tackles, including six solos, and 2½ sacks in a 62-0 rout of Southwest Baptist for S&T’s first shutout win since 2016. Wharton also returned a fumble 81 yards for a touchdown in the rout. Missouri S&T (6-3, 3-2) plays at Lindenwood (6-3, 5-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.

• The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball championship will be held Saturday in Greenville, Ill. Top-seeded Greenville (22-8) hosts No. 4 MacMurray (17-15) at 2 p.m., with the match between No. 2 seed Westminster (17-8) and No. 3 seed Webster (17-11) at 4 p.m.

The championship is at 7 p.m.

• SIUE junior Jordyn Klein (Lutheran St. Charles) recorded the 1,000th dig of her career in a sweep of Eastern Illinois last week.

• Southern Indiana setter Casey Cepicky (Ursuline Academy) was named GLVC offensive player of the weekl after helping her team to a pair of volleyball wins, including an upset of No. 8 Lewis. She averaged 10.86 assists and 3.86 digs in the victories.

• The Webster women and Greenville men won the SLIAC cross country titles in Louisville, Kentucky. A pair of Timberland High grads, Greenville senior Dylan Goodyear and Webster junior Kalleigh Linthicum, finished first in their respective races. Webster’s Nathan Freyling (Fox) was runner-up in the men’s race while Gorloks freshman Kaitlin Higgins (Summit) finished third in the women’s race and was named newcomer of the year.

• Washington University had four athletes honored as University Athletic Association athletes of the week: Paige Lawler won her second consecutive UAA individual title, helping the cross country team capture its sixth straight UAA title; Taylor Cohen had a goal and two assists as women’s soccer beat No. 23 Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve; goalkeeper Connor Mathes picked up a pair of wins in men’s soccer; football’s Will Hurley earned UAA honors and was also named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin special teams player of the week after scoring on a blocked punt and picking off a pair of passes.

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