Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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World-wide Mustangs battle to draw

Nikola Petrovic speaks Serbian, English and Portuguese and is working on his French, which makes him a perfect guy to play for the Mount Mercy University men's soccer team.

Coach Amir Hadzic, a native of Bosnia, has players from 13 different countries on his international roster this season, just like he has during many of his 24 years at Mount Mercy.

Petrovic, who is from Serbia, fits right in with his teammates from Germany, Portugal, Jamaica, The Netherlands, England, Senegal, Austria, Brazil, Mali, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

"It's pretty interesting and fun, of course, meeting a lot of cultures and getting to know a lot of languages as well," he said Tuesday night. "I live with a Brazilian guy, and I'm learning Brazilian and he's learning Serbian. It's pretty fun."

Petrovic scored the only goal for Mount Mercy Tuesday as the Mustangs battled Grand View to a 1-1 draw in double-overtime in an intense Heart of America contest at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Souleymane Diallo, who is from Senegal, got the assist as Mount Mercy took a 1-0 lead late in the first half. Grand View scored in the 73rd minute and both clubs missed opportunities after that.


Bruyeres takes 3rd at Rathbun golf

MORAVIA - William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy was Mr. Consistency in the Warrior Challenge golf tournament at Rathbun Lake.

Brureres fired three straight rounds of 69, 69 and 69 to tie for third place with a 54-hole score of 9-under 207. He finished just three strokes out of first place Tuesday.

The Kirkwood Eagles placed third in the six-team field with an aggregate score of 865. Mount Mercy finished fourth at 868.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood placed ninth at 2-under 214. Will Babcock and Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for 10th and James Morgan of Kirkwood tied for 12th place.


Mount Mercy women boot Vikings

Jamie Hill and Payton Pottratz scored goals during a two-minute flurry in the second half Tuesday night to help the Mount Mercy women's soccer team trim Grand View, 2-1, in a Heart of America match at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Hill scored an unassisted goal in the 67th minute to tie the match, 1-1. Pottratz tallied in the 69th minute with an assist from Olivia Ramsey for a 2-1 lead that proved to be the game-winner.

Sarah Johnson played the entire 90 minutes in goal for Mount Mercy and made an important save.


Mustang volleyball falls in 5 sets

DUBUQUE - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team pushed Clarke University to the limit Tuesday night before falling in five sets in a Heart of American Conference match in Dubuque.

Clarke prevailed 25-14 15-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10 as the two teams traded sets all night.

Kayla Daggett led Mount Mercy with 38 assists. Maddie Bell had 11 kills, Olivia Coe nine, Alyssa Weldon eight, Olivia Makinen six and Becca Thomson six.

Lauren Stopko collected 26 digs and Weldon had 20. Bell blocked five shots.


3 more Mustangs join IWSL for 2019

Payton Bruner, Peyton Baskerville and Alexis Berry have joined the parade of Mount Mercy Mustangs who have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2019 campaign.

Eight players from Mount Mercy have now joined the IWSL for next season, including Morgan Braughton, Emily Oler, Sydney Robertson, Skylar Hop and Taylor Henderson.

A total of 48 players have registered as of Sept. 17. Kathryn Edmond of Cornell also enrolled in the past week.


The fall registration period runs through Dec. 31. Anyone who registers between now and then will receive a 25 percent discount and have a $75 registration fee instead of $100.

The fall registration period is for all players, whether they participated in the IWSL in 2018 or not.

Anyone who registers between Jan. 1 and April 30 will be charged the full $100, if space permits.


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