KCKCC’s volleyball winning streak comes to end at nine

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College ran its volleyball winning streak to nine in a row before it came to an end in the Highland Classic Saturday.

Ranked No. 12 in NJCCC Division II, the Lady Blue Devils defeated Southwestern Iowa, Cloud County and Coffeyville before falling in four sets to Indian Hills of Ottumwa, Iowa.

KCKCC took a 27-25 lead in the opening set against Indian Hills before falling 26-24, 25-22 and 25-11 to fall to 9-2 for the season. The Blue Devils opened the tourney Friday by defeating Southwestern Iowa 25-8, 20-25, 25-8, 25-15, and Cloud County 25-20, 25-21, 25-14 and then opened Saturday play by defeating Jayhawk rival Coffeyville 25-16, 25-16, 26-28, 25-23.

The Lady Blue Devils stay on the road this week, playing at Longview Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then competing Friday and Saturday in the Pasco Hernando Tournament in New Port Richey, Fla. They do not return home until Wednesday, Sept. 24, when they play host to No. 3 ranked Johnson County at 6:30 p.m.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Dwyer ties club record with 18th goal of year; Sporting KC drops match 2-1

Dom Dwyer

Sporting Kansas City suffered the team’s fourth straight loss on Saturday in a 2-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Dom Dwyer scored his 18th goal of the season, tying the club’s single-season goal scoring record set by Preki in 1996.

New York opened the scoring in the game’s 11th minute from the penalty spot.

Sporting KC captain Matt Besler’s slide tackle brought down Bradley Wright-Phillips inside the area and the Golden Boot leader calmly converted the ensuing penalty with a well-struck shot to Andy Gruenebaum’s right for his 21st goal of the season.

The goal snapped Sporting Kansas City’s 348-minute shutout streak at Red Bull Arena dating back to April 2011. It also continued a stretch of 12 games without a clean sheet for the reigning MLS Cup champions in MLS play.

Sporting Kansas City has now conceded seven penalty kick goals in 2014, tying the team’s single-season record first set in Major League Soccer’s inaugural 1996 season. MLS referees have whistled 109 penalty kicks to date this season, surpassing the previous single-season high of 84 set in 2011.

Less than four minutes after giving his side an early lead, Wright-Phillips had a look for his second goal in short succession but pushed the effort wide of the far post.

Sporting Kansas City’s best scoring opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came in the 27th minute when Paulo Nagamura — returning to the lineup for the first time since July 6 — played Dom Dwyer behind the Red Bulls backline, but the Englishman sent his shot high with Luis Robles coming off his line in the one-on-one situation.

Thierry Henry, New York’s all-time leading scorer, threatened to double the home side’s lead in the 33rd minute. The designated player found space inside the penalty area and sent his shot just wide from an acute angle.

Three minutes from halftime, Sporting Kansas City saw a pair of shots blocked inside the 18-yard box. Dwyer’s attempt from the top of the penalty area was mishit and ultimately cleared away with Robles out of position. In the aftermath, Benny Feilhaber turned and released a shot that was blocked by Jamison Olave.

Robles made his only save of the match in first half stoppage time, denying Dwyer an equalizer. Dwyer peeled off Olave to run onto Feilhaber’s through ball and struck a first-time shot with his left foot that was superbly saved by Robles.

The Red Bulls stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute from the foot of Henry with his first goal against Sporting KC in nine career matches. The Frenchman sent his shot from 20 yards out into the top corner for his 50th goal in MLS competition (including playoffs), eight of which have come in 2014.

Sporting Kansas City responded immediately to cut its deficit in half with a historic goal from Dwyer just over two minutes later. Graham Zusi’s free kick found Seth Sinovic, who won the header at the backpost to set up Dwyer for a first-time side volley from six yards out.

Dwyer — making his 50th MLS appearance (including postseason) — is second on the MLS goal scoring chart with six games remaining.

Zusi earned his sixth assist of the season, tied for most on the team, and 37th assist of his six-year MLS regular season career, while Sinovic’s assist was his second of the season and seventh of his professional career.

Sporting Kansas City would go on to outshoot the Red Bulls 17-5 on its home field however only put three of the attempts on target, all of which were put on frame by Dwyer.

Sporting Kansas City remains in second place in the Eastern Conference despite a four-game losing streak, the team’s the longest since May 2011. The final game of a three-game road trip comes next Friday at Chivas USA, who are currently winless in the last eight MLS matches.

Friday’s match will kickoff at 9:30 p.m. at StubHub Center and will be shown live on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot in Kansas City and on SKCTV across the Midwest. The team’s official watch parties will be held at the Johnny’s Tavern locations at the KC Power and Light District (1310 Grand Blvd.) and in Prairie Village (8262 Mission Road).
– Story from Sporting KC

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Blessed Sacrament Church, 2203 Parallel, will have a parish fiesta from after the 4 p.m. Mass to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. After a bilingual Mass at 4 p.m. there will be games, booths and entertainment.

A garage sale Sept. 6 at CrossRoads Family Church, 8822 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will be a benefit for a food pantry located there. The event is sponsored by the Civitan Sochi Club. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Those attending will be able to pay $10 for a 13-gallon bag of garage sale items. So far, clothing and books have been donated to the garage sale, with other items expected.

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.

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans Grandparent Recognition Sunday on Sept. 7. The Sunday morning worship service is at 11 a.m.

Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Holy Women, The Desert Mothers,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, will be the presenter. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

New Beginnings Community Church recently opened at 3051 A N. 51st. The church is celebrating with a dedication event at 3 p.m. Sept. 6.

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.

Our Lady of Unity Parish will hold Our Lady of Unity Fest from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Sacred Heart field, 2646 S. 34th, Kansas City, Kan. The event includes family entertainment, carnival games, inflatables for kids, talent contest, variety of musical groups, Mexican dance groups, American and Mexican-style food, drinks and a silent auction.
A Ladies Tea is planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, at the Cole Activity Center.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the 13th Sunday after Pentecost Sept. 7; the service in English will be at 10 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:30 p.m.

University United Methodist Church, 3148 Parallel, is planning a garage sale Sept. 6.

Village West Family Church, 2205 N. 102nd, (the former Victoria Tabernacle), plans a night of worship at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, will hold a fall garage sale, bake sale and barbecue on Sept. 19 and 20. Food available for lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Homemade baked goods will be available. There will be a variety of items for sale.