KCKCC faces pivotal week in pursuit of volleyball title

by Alan Hoskins
Safely over the hurdle of dangerous Southeast Nebraska Friday night, Kansas City Kansas Community College heads into another into another pivotal week in the Lady Blue Devils pursuit of a Jayhawk Conference volleyball championship.

Facing a Southeast team with 15 wins in 22 starts, the Blue Devils posted 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 wins to boost their overall record to 17-3.

“It was a real team win; everyone contributed,” said KCKCC coach Mary Bruno. “That’s a good Southeast team.”

Unbeaten in Jayhawk play, the Blue Devils are back home against Highland Monday night at 6:30 p.m. and then go to No. 10 ranked Cowley County Wednesday before finishing the week with four matches in the Iowa Western Invitational Tournament in Council Bluffs.

Sporting KC falls 3-2 to New England Revolution

Sporting Kansas City lost 3-2 to the New England Revolution at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday.

Dom Dwyer extended his single-season club record with his 20th goal of the season, while Paulo Nagamura added a goal and an assist in the defeat.

The visiting Revolution opened a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from Kelyn Rowe and Jose Goncalves before Sporting KC struck twice in two minutes to pull level in the 56th minute. However, U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones struck for the game-winning goal in the 85th minute with his first MLS goal since being acquired by New England in August.

Sporting KC has now suffered three consecutive home MLS losses for only the second time in club history, conceding three goals in each. The Revolution won in Kansas City for the first time since 2008 and swept the season series for only the second time in 19 years.

The reigning MLS Cup champions, who ended the Revolution’s season in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the previous meeting at Sporting Park, began the match on the front foot. Dwyer’s free kick from 30 yards out curled just wide of the far post in the fourth minute. Nine minutes later, Benny Feilhaber saw Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth off his line and let loose a dipping effort that carried narrowly over the crossbar from well outside the penalty area.

Nevertheless, it was the Revolution who found the back of the net first. Alston began the play with a throw-in on the right flank and received the ball back from Teal Bunbury before sending a cross to the back post that found Rowe for a first-time finish with his left foot. The third-year forward now has four goals on the season and 15 in his MLS career (including postseason), while Alston has multiple assists for the first time in his six seasons with New England.

New England’s lead doubled in the 35th minute on an individual effort from Goncalves. The reigning MLS Defender of the Year won the ball in his own end and dribbled 60 yards prior to placing a left-footed shot from 20 yards out inside the far post for his first goal of the season.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg made two saves on the night in his first MLS match since July 6. The first came in the 40th minute to stop Chris Tierney’s free kick from the middle of the park and the second save was recorded in the 70th minute to deny Lee Nguyen from long range.

Trailing by two goals to start the second half and playing without both Aurelien Collin (injury) and Lawrence Olum (suspension), Sporting Kansas City rallied to draw level by putting a pair of shots past Shuttleworth in short succession. Nagamura started the comeback with a composed strike in the 54th minute after receiving a penetrating pass from Kevin Ellis that split both Revolution defenders on the right flank. Nagamura took one touch and lifted his shot over Shuttleworth for the 12th goal of his MLS career and second of the season.

Less than two minutes later, Nagamura proved pivotal again on the game-tying goal. The Brazilian looped his header toward the back post on a service from Antonio Dovale, setting up Dwyer to push the ball across the goalline with a header inside the goalmouth. Dwyer now has 20 goals in 2014, second most in Major League Soccer behind Bradley Wright-Phillips (24).

With the momentum and a sellout crowd of more than 19,500 fans in attendance, Sporting Kansas City saw a spree of scoring opportunities come up short in the ensuing minutes. Graham Zusi’s well-struck shot was spilled by Shuttleworth in the 63rd minute only to see Dwyer ruled offside in the scramble for the rebound.

Nagamura nearly netted his second of the match with a volley four minutes later that was punched away to safety by Shuttleworth. The sixth-year goalkeeper was called into action less than a minute later for his fourth save of the match as Igor Juliao put a first-time shot through traffic and on target.

The Revolution did well to weather the burst and then claimed all three points with Jones’ game-winner coming five minutes from full time. Given space, the World Cup veteran delivered the dagger from distance on a shot from 25 yards out that was beyond the reach of Kronberg.

Sporting Kansas City and New England are now tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining in the regular season. Sporting KC will return to the road to take on D.C. United, who currently lead the East by three points, next Friday at RFK Stadium.

The match will be nationally televised on NBCSN.
– Story from Sporting KC

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A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Christ the King Catholic Church basement, 3024 N. 53rd. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate Slovenefest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Monsignor Mejak Hall, gym and school grounds, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The event is dedicated to the late Don Lipovac, accordionist, in recognition of his contributions to the community. Slovenefest begins with a Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan. The festival, after the Mass, includes games, souvenirs, a silent auction, and a Slovenian dinner.

The Five Loaves Food Ministry is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The food pantry will provide one box of healthy food for families in need.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is preparing for its 50th year celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28. A potluck-fellowship is planned after the 10:30 a.m. service. A variety show also is planned as part of the celebration.

St. Martin Lutheran Church will sponsor its eighth annual German Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church, 13849 Hollingsworth Road (the corner of Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road), Kansas City, Kan. The program features live music from the Grisnik Orchestra and the German Dance Group, “Blautaler Schuhplattler Dancers.” There will be face painting, inflatables, and children’s activities. The event includes a beer garden, silent auction for charities, tethered hot air balloon rides and hayrides, weather permitting. A dinner of roasted pork, brats, homemade sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, dessert and more is planned. There are hot dog meals available for children. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

St. Mary – St. Anthony Church will hold a Fall Afternoon of bingo starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Bishop Forst Hall, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. A $5 ticket admission will receive a bingo card, free desserts, popcorn and coffee. Beer and soda will be available for purchase. For more information or volunteer to help contact Carol Shomin at 913-897-4833 or the Rectory Office at 371-1408. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., and the HistoricWestheight Neighborhood Association are planning to celebrate Oct. 5 with a St. Francis Festival. St. Francis Day starts with a service on the lawn in English and Spanish at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. The festival will include the blessing of the animals, food and games. The event will be a fund-raising activity for outreach programs.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is planning a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Cole Activities Center. A movie, “Acts of God,” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5.