Owls have a weekend full of highlights

Column by Hunter O. Lyle — Sports Editor

Over this past weekend, Southern athletics has witnessed a variety of great moments. From the start of a playoff push to the start of a season, the Owls have made big waves and big news recently in three sports. With that being said, let’s dip into the good news:

Kiana Steinauer has certainly never been afraid of making herself stand out. Besides averaging a double-double in points and rebounds last year, the forward also set a record for the first 30-30 game in NE10 and Southern women’s basketball history ever — 33 points and 31 rebounds during the 96-48 demolishing of Concordia College on Dec. 19. In her senior year, she is back at it again.

While opening the regular season with her team in the Bridgeport Crossover Challenge against host University of Bridgeport, Steinauer joined elite talent as she made her way into the 1,000 point club. In the midst of blowing the Purple Knights out 71-55, Steinauer finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, which pushed her to become the 22nd inductee to the 1,000 point club. Sitting with 1,014 points, she now ranks 20th overall in school history in terms of scoring.

Sticking with basketball, the men’s team also had an exciting time at the Bridgeport Crossover Challenge, although they did not start off so hot. After losing a close one to Post University 69-64 in their first matchup of the tournament on Friday, they faced Goldey-Beacom University out of Delaware.

At first, it seemed as if the Owls were outmatched, going down 15 early in the second half. However, thanks to the efforts of CJ Seaforth, a junior guard who transferred from DI Iona last year, and the chippy atmosphere that he fed off of, the team claimed a sweet victory. In order to do this, Seaforth had to drop a team-high 25 points as well as six rebounds and four assists. The Owls are now 1-1 after the win.

During their playoff debut, the women’s soccer team would have to face Stonehill, the team they played to qualify for the playoffs in the first place. In a win-or-go scenario, the Owls came out on top, beating the Skyhawks 1-0. The only goal of the game came from defender Amanda Dustin, who scored her first goal of the season with 14 minutes left in her second-ever playoff game.

In just one weekend, Southern athletics saw three great performances from three great teams, with more on the way.

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