The College Report: Topper Tandem Scores For Blackburn


Tess Saathoff and Lexi Lusk, both Hillsboro graduates, were each only one goal from a hat trick against Lincoln Christian University. 

In the 8-0 Greenville win, Saathoff, a freshman midfielder, and Lusk, a freshman forward, each hit the back of the net twice. Saathoff also added an assist. 

Saathoff scored first, scoring the third goal in the first period, hitting the back of the net at the 37:14 mark. She would strike again in the second period, this time at the 50:54 mark. Saathoff's second goal of the game gave Blackburn a commanding 6-0 lead. 

The fourth and fifth goals of the game were both scored by Lusk. The 5-foot-5 forward, like Saathoff, struck in both the first and second periods, scoring at 38:20 and 46:04 respectively. 

Lusk, who has three goals on the season, also scored Blackburn's only goal in their 2-1 loss to Lakeland College. Lusk scored the goal in the second period at the 68:59 mark. 

Fellow Blackburn player Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro), a junior forward, has also started all three games. She does not have any stats. Blackburn is 1-2 overall.

Austin Grabow (Hillsboro), the Illinois College Blueboys starting center, helped the IC football team win a 22-7 decision over Rhodes College to start the season. Grabow helped IC post 18 first downs and two rushing touchdowns. They posted 304 yards of offense, 164 of which came through the air and 140 were rushing yards. Illinois College is 1-0.

Jade Taylor (Litchfield) assisted Greenville University's first goal of their 2-2 tie with Concordia University-Chicago The assist tied the score at 1-1 in the first period at the 16:53 mark. Greenville is 0-3-1 overall.

Jordan Tuetken (Hillsboro) and Zach Wieland (Nokomis) have both started all four games for the Blackburn College men's soccer team thus far. Tuetken, a midfielder, has taken one shot on goal, while Wieland, a defensive player, has no stats. Blackburn is 1-3.

Litchfield grad Kenny Lauderdale has played in five games for the Rockford University men's soccer team, including one start in the Regents 4-1 loss to Greenville on Aug. 31. Lauderdale, a junior defender, and the Regents are 3-2 on the season with wins over Principia, Franklin and Ripon.

Litchfield's Spencer Bloome had one of Illinois College's two goals in the Blueboys win over Franklin on Sunday, Sept. 8. Bloome, who has played in all five games for IC, scored in the 87th minute for an insurance goal in his team's 2-0 win. The goal was Bloome's first in his collegiate career. The win improved IC's record to 1-2-2 on the season.

Hillsboro's Abbi Jett earned the start in the MacMurray soccer team's opening season victory over Lakeland on Aug. 30. Jett, who played goalkeeper for much of her high school career, played the field for Highlanders, helping to shutout Lakeland in the 2-0 victory. MacMurray is currently 1-1 on the season.

Litchfield grad Alex Bishop got his sophomore season at Purdue Northwest University off to a good start on Sept. 6-7, finishing fifth overall in the Taylor University Player's Club Invitational.

Teeing off at the Player's Club in Yorktown, IN, Bishop shot a 2-over-par 74 on day one of the tournament, then upped his game with a 1-under 71 on day two. His finish would earn him all-tournament team honors for the event.

As a team, the Pride finished third overall with a 606. Taylor University would win the tournament with a 581, followed by Holy Cross (IN) with a 587.

Bishop and Purdue Northwest will play again on Sept. 30, at the Lewis University Invitational in Lemont.

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