Some athletes simply have a taste for the position they play.
Kenny Lauderdale, a Rockford University junior soccer player and Litchfield graduate, would be one such player.
"I love stopping the other team more than scoring," said Lauderdale, a defensive player for the Regents. "I feel better about knowing I saved a game because of defense rather than scoring. Scoring goals is good, but if you get scored on more, then it doesn't matter."
Lauderdale played in 13 games and made two starts this year. He finished with two shots on goal. He was part of a Rockford defense that made 90 saves this year. They allowed 50 goals. The Regents were 6-13-1 this year. They finished 3-8 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Association.
"The best thing about the season was watching our three seniors play and not a single one was out for an extended period of time," said Lauderdale. "I concentrated on staying healthy, because my first two years of college I came in after surgery and a dislocated knee. I just tried to stay healthy over the summer and work on my conditioning this year during the pre-season."
For next year, his final as a Regent, he would like to get better touch to control the ball and play faster with smarter choices.
"I want to have a bigger impact on the game," said Lauderdale. "This year, I played a little better in more games. I would have liked to play more. I think we could have had four more wins if we could have limited our penalties a little bit."
Lexi Lusk (Hillsboro) hit the back of the net twice as her college team, Blackburn College, downed Eureka College 4-0. Lusk scored the first and fourth goals of the game, respectively scoring at the 13:26 of the first period and 72:20 of the second period.
Tess Saathoff (Hillsboro), also a Blackburn player, started at midfield in the contest, but had no stats. The win over the Eureka Red Devils snapped a five-game losing streak. Blackburn is 4-10 overall and 2-5 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Alex Bishop (Litchfield) finished fourth in the Purdue University-Northwest hosted Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invitational, which was held at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, Indiana. The Purdue-Northwest Pride golfer shot a 157 for 36 holes. He helped The Pride win the outing by five strokes. They carded a 632. Governors State University took second with a 637.
Jade Taylor (Litchfield) scored Greenville University's sixth goal in their 9-0 blanking of Iowa Wesleyan University. Taylor hit the back of the net at the 17:10 mark of the first period. Greenville is 10-5-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the SLIAC.
Austin Grabow (Hillsboro) started at center for the Illinois College Blueboys as they downed Cornell College 56-17 in their Midwest Conference-South Division Opener. The Blueboys posted 538 yards of offense. Of their yards, 407 were rushing yards, while 131 were passing yards. IC had 20 first downs and eight touchdowns, all of which were rushing scores. Illinois College is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Midwest Conference-South Division.
Jordan Tuetken (Hillsboro) and Zach Wieland (Lincolnwood) both started for Blackburn College in their 4-1 loss to Westminster College. Tuetken started on defense, while Wieland started at midfield. Neither player had any stats. Blackburn is 2-9-1 overall and 0-5-0 in the SLIAC.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.