College Sports

Beesley paces Eagles in cross country

LEHIGH, Pa. -- Trevor Beesley continued a strong senior campaign with a stellar performance at the 34th Paul Short Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University as he ran the second-fastest 8-kilometer time in the history of Winthrop cross country.

Beesley (Greenwood) finished with a time of 24:28 to finish 10th for the Eagles in what was the largest collegiate meet held in the nation this weekend. Beesley's time trails only the 24:11 turned in by former All-American Jeff Greene in 1994. Senior Brad Orr (Piedmont) also ran a solid race, as his 23rd-place time of 24:48 placed him fourth on the all-time list. This helped carry the Eagles to a 22nd-place finish in the field of 41 teams.

"We feel that this was a great front-running effort by Trevor and Brad," coach Ben Paxton said. "The only pieces missing are the health issues with Brandon Hudgins and Casey Lyons. If we can get those resolved, we could be very dangerous in the next couple of weeks."

The Lady Eagles ran a solid performance over the 6-kilometer course. The Eagles were again led by sophomore Lisa Sickman (Clarkston, Mich.), as she finished in 152nd place in 23:09. The young women's squad had five athletes running their first race over the 6K distance as they finished 42nd out of 46 teams.

"The women are very young. This was a baptism by fire with no fewer than six of the nation's top 20 teams competing. We will be better in a month, especially when freshman Carly Moss (Florence) is back and running healthy," said Paxton.

Winthrop will be off this week and will travel to Greenville for the Furman Invitational on October 13.

• MEN'S SOCCER: In Lynchburg, Va., the Winthrop men's soccer dropped a hard-fought 1-0 game at Liberty.

The game-winning goal was scored by forward Adrian Bumbut, who found the upper right corner off a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the sixth minute of the first half.

"We are certainly disappointed with the result. It was a very hard-fought game that could have gone either way. Bumbut's free kick early in the game was outstanding and turned out to be the difference at the end of the day," coach Rich Posipanko said. "All the credit to Liberty, they played extremely hard, and were very well organized on defense, which made them hard to break down. Playing at Liberty has always been the most difficult place to play for us. It was a great game with a good soccer atmosphere today."

Senior defender John Gilkerson led the Eagles (5-2-1, 1-1 Big South) in shots with three attempts. As a team, Winthrop combined for eight shots, while Liberty (6-1-1, 2-0 Big South) had 10 with Bumbut leading the team with four.

Both goalkeepers finished the game with four saves, while Winthrop had one team save.

The Eagles had a golden chance to tie the game up as junior forward Saidi Isaac missed wide on a one-on-one breakaway with five minutes left in the first period.

Senior defender Dave Carton kept the Eagles alive in the game as he deflected a ball that was going in with Mitrovich out of the play with 12 minutes remaining in regulation, but Winthrop's offense didn't manage to get any goals to back him up.

Winthrop's next face non-conference foe College of Charleston at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Charleston.