Abravanel scores first collegiate goal
Junior midfielder Leon Abravanel of South Lake Tahoe recently scored his first goal as a member of the University of Denver Pioneers’ men’s soccer team.
It also marked the first goal of his college career. His only other collegiate point came during his 2004 season with San Diego when he assisted on a goal.
Abravanel one-timed a corner kick from senior defender Eric Vogel for the goal during a 7-0 rout of Birmingham Southern.
Abravanel played for the Vikings’ first state championship soccer team in 2003.
The Pioneers (3-2-0) won their final game in the Green Bay Nike Classic on Sunday, beating Albany 2-0. Denver scored twice in the final 16 minutes of the match.
Denver outshot Albany 22-5.
“The stats show it all,” Denver coach Bobby Muuss said. “We used every field player we had, and it was a good team effort.”
Next weekend, Denver players matches against Washington and Portland in Seattle.
Arroues 18th; Biola wins again
All 10 of Biola’s women’s runners finished in the top 26 of a 79 runner field Saturday on the Westmont campus in Santa Barbara.
Kimmy Arroues, a freshman from South Lake Tahoe, placed 18th in the 5K race at 20 minutes, 58 seconds.
The eighth-ranked team in the NAIA won the meet with 33 points. They were followed by Fresno Pacific with 45 and Westmont with 61.
Arroues’ teammate Kristin Schmidt, a sophomore, won the race in 18:59.
Biola’s next race is Oct. 6 in Costa Mesa.
More digs for Woods
Jessica Woods appears to be settling into a back row position for the Wright State Raiders’ volleyball team.
Woods, a former Whittell High star, helped the Raiders win their first two Horizon League matches with her defensive skills. She had 14 kills in a come-from-beind 30-25, 24-30, 22-30, 30-25, 16-14 victory over Cleveland State on Friday. The freshman also contributed four kills.
Woods’ play was a little more well-rounded the following night as she produced 16 digs, five kills, a block and two assists in Wright State’s 30-26, 28-30, 30-22, 17-30, 15-9 victory over Youngstown State.
It’s the first time since 2002 that WSU has started league play 2-0.
Wright State, 4-9 overall, plays at Green Bay on Friday and Milwaukee on Saturday.
Woods’ former Whittell teammate, Kelly Karmann, didn’t play last weekend for Cornell in the American Volleyball Invitational in Washington, D.C. The Big Red lost American, Lafayette and Army and defeated Navy.
The Big Red is 3-4 heading into matches at San Fancisco and St. Mary’s this weekend.