Here is this week’s look at the Falcons’ Olympic sports, which includes a must-win match for men's soccer, the final home matches for volleyball and a strong effort by the cross country teams at the MAC Championships:
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: The next meet for the men will be the NCAA Regionals hosted by Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15. The Falcons finished ninth at the MAC Championships run at Forrest Creason Golf Course on Nov. 2. Senior Jason Salyer became the first BG runner to earn All-MAC first team honors since 1995 when he placed sixth with a 25:12.21 clocking.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: The women will return to action at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15. BG placed sixth at the Mid-American Conference Championships hosted by Forrest Creason on Nov. 2. Sophomore Rebecca Rae led the way for the Falcons, placing 21st with a time of 22:01.61.
MEN'S SOCCER: The Falcons play a do-or-die Mid-American Conference match at West Virginia on Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 p.m. Bowling Green must win that match to advance to the MAC Tournament; with a loss or a draw, West Virginia earns the tournament’s fourth seed. BG is 6-7-5 this season and 2-2-1 in the MAC after suffering a 1-0 loss at Western Michigan on Nov. 2. The Falcons then closed the home schedule by crushing IPFW 8-0 on Nov. 5. Senior Anthony Grant and senior Ryan Comiskey each have four goals to lead the team in that category, while junior Danny Baraldi has a team-best four assists to go with 10 points. Senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest has a 0.72 goals-against average.
WOMENS SOCCER: The Falcons finished the regular-season with a 2-0 loss to Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan on Oct. 31. BG was 0-15-2 and 0-9-2 in MAC play. Senior Madeline Wideman led the Falcons in scoring this season with three goals and three assists, while redshirt freshman Lauren Cadel has a 2.14 goals-against average. Freshman Paige Amodio was named to the All-MAC freshman team.
SWIMMING: The Falcons will return to action with a dual meet at Oakland on Friday, Nov. 8 starting at 4 p.m.. Last week BG suffered a 179-111 dual-meet loss at Miami on Nov. 1 before claiming a 171-89 win at Xavier the next day. Freshman Victoria Griffin claimed two of the Falcons’ four event victories against Miami, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.76) and the 100 free (51.38). In the win over Xavier, BG won 10 events, with eight different swimmers taking home a first.
TENNIS: The Falcons finish the fall portion of their schedule with the WMU Super Challenge on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10. Last weekend BG competed at the UC Bearcat Invitational, which used a “hidden dual” format, and team scores were not kept. The standout for the Falcons was sophomore Drew Fillis, who posted a 4-2 record for the tournament.
VOLLEYBALL: The Falcons will play their final two home matches of the season, hosting a pair of Mid-American Conference rivals at the Stroh Center. On Friday, Nov. 8, BG will hosting MAC East Division leader Ohio starting at 7 p.m. Then Kent State will be at the Stroh on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The Falcons are 12-12 overall and 8-4 in Mid-American Conference play after beating Miami on Oct. 31, then losing at Western Michigan on Nov. 2. Saturday’s match will be the final home event for eight seniors, including All-MAC performers Paige Penrod, Lindsey Butterfield and Danielle Tonyan.