Elk Lake grad helps BBC to title

KARIN MOWRY

BY SCOTT WALSH, Times-Shamrock Writer

Baptist Bible College women’s soccer team could not have picked a better time to play its best three games of the season.

Backed by a defense that did not allow a goal in three games in the tournament, the Lady Defenders won the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championship last weekend in Kissimmee, Fla.

“We went down there knowing we had to pull together as a team and we did,” junior defender and Elk Lake graduate Karin Mowry said.

“The seniors on our team won the national title when they were freshmen, so we wanted to send them out with a bang.”

In its first game in the seven-team tournament Nov. 9, BBC faced Manhattan Christian College from Kansas. Manhattan was the national champ the previous two seasons, eliminating BBC in the process.

But behind goals from Nathalia Nassar and Mowry and the goalkeeping of Cierra Byron, the Lady Defenders beat Manhattan, 2-0.

“That was a big win for us,” Mowry said. “They knocked us out the last two years and we didn’t want to lose to them again. The win set the pace for us for the rest of the season.”

Mowry’s goal was her third of the season. Being a defender, she doesn’t always get offensive opportunities.

“It was cool to be able to put one in the net,” she said. “It was a neat experience, especially in such a big game.”

Next, BBC faced Northland International from Wisconsin in the semifinals and won, 3-0.

Then, in the final, the Lady Defenders blanked top-seeded Point University from Georgia, 1-0, to claim the championship.

Junior Erin Law, who netted the lone goal in the final and scored four in the tournament, was named the Most Outstanding Player. Senior Carly Harper was chosen the Most Outstanding Defensive Player, while senior Sandy Richie received the Michelle Akers Award for excellence in competition, academics and Christian service.

Law, Richie and senior defender Jacqueline Jennings were named to the all-tournament team from BBC.

While at Elk Lake, Mowry was a three-sport athlete for the Warriors in soccer, basketball and volleyball. She also plays softball for the Lady Defender team.