College Sports

Winthrop squads hope to take care of business at home

Winthrop's sports teams have a busy schedule this weekend with four teams playing at home.

The men's and women's soccer teams have matches at Eagle Field. The volleyball has home-court advantage, and the baseball team is playing its annual intrasquad Banana Split series.

The men's soccer team has won three straight and will face winless VMI at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Eagles are 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big South. VMI is 0-9, 0-2 in BSC play.

Coach Rich Posipanko's squad hasn't played since Sept. 30, a 2-0 win at Presbyterian. They were scheduled to host High Point last Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to rain. The match will now be played at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Eagle Field.

The rainout has provided an extended break.

"It is more of a break than what I would have liked," Posipanko said.

The time off has given midfielder Michael Luk (two goals, two assists in 2008) more time to heal his injured calf. He will play Sunday.

"In that regard, it has helped. Everyone is anxious to play," Posipanko said. "We are always concerned playing VMI. I guarantee VMI will work hard, they always work hard. I don't know why they are 0-9. We struggled to a tie there last year."

The women's soccer team has struggled through the first half of the season, having lost four in a row after Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Francis Marion. The Eagles are 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the Big South.

Winthrop matched its longest conference losing streak (three) when it dropped a 2-0 decision at High Point on Oct. 1. The Eagles lost to UNC Asheville to start the conference slate, then fell at VMI and High Point. They have yet to score a goal in BSC play and are 1-6 in the conference dating back to last year, including the BSC tournament.

They'll get a shot at righting the ship at 7 p.m. today when they host the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

"At VMI, we didn't show up," coach Melissa Heinz said. "At High Point, we worked. It wasn't the best effort, but we worked. High Point scored in the first three minutes. When they scored very early, it immediately puts pressure on the forwards. It really causes them to do things that hurt more than help."

Starting defender Stevie Lucas missed the High Point and Francis Marion matches with a concussion suffered in practice. Chelsea Tidwell is out with a concussion in a separate practice incident. She might be out until the Oct. 17 match at Coastal Carolina.

Britney Soto, a sophomore midfielder, has a quadriceps strain that might sideline her for a while.

Starting keeper Dimi Poulos missed the Francis Marion game with back spasms.

"Everybody has injuries, bumps and bruises this time of year," Heinz said. "You have to be physically and mentally strong enough to get through it."

The volleyball team strays from the Big South schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday to take on Charlotte. The team has lost 6-foot sophomore outside hitter Kellie Sellers for the season. She tore the ACL in her left knee Oct. 3 against Presbyterian. An MRI last Wednesday revealed the tear.

Sellers, from Allentown, Pa., had 101 kills on the season, the second-highest total on the team at the time of her injury.

The baseball team will play games two and three of the six-game Banana Split series at 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The series continues next weekend with games at 3 p.m. Friday, 1:30 Saturday and 1:30 Sunday.

The intrasquad games pit the Gold team against the White team. The losing team has to buy the winners banana splits at a party at the end of the semester.