UE News and Notes for Nov. 2, 2012

—The UE women’s soccer team saw its season end Friday in upset fashion, as Indiana State ran out to a lead and held on for a 2-1 win in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament’s semifinal round in Omaha, Neb. The top-seeded Aces trailed 2-0 at the half and were outshot 13-2 after 45 minutes by the fifth-seeded Sycamores, who they beat 3-0 at home earlier this month. Though UEs outshot Indiana State 9-3 in the second half, junior Stephanie Thompson scored the Aces only goal unassisted in the 73rd minute. It wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit, ending a run that saw UE go 4-1-1 in regular-season MVC play to clinch the program’s first championship since 2008.

—UE’s women’s soccer staff was named MVC coaches of the year, freshman goalkeeper Simone Busby is goalkeeper of the year and Abby Springer freshman of the year. Additionally, junior Stehpanie Thompson made first team all-conference and a number of Aces populated the second team and honorable mention lists. View them in full here.

—I got good feedback from fans yesterday regarding a weekly chat during basketball season. Expect to see one Thursday afternoon in time to talk the UE men’s and women’s season openers (I’ll be at both).

—The Associated Press ran its MVC preview on Thursday with a Creighton feature atop and capsules on every member.

—Carson Tigges, Northern Iowa beat writer at the Waterloo Courier, has run down each MVC team since media day earlier this week. Today, he offered three points on UE’s “best team in the six years Marty Simmons has been the head coach.”

—School officials dedicated the new Fifth Third Practice Facility on Friday afternoon, one that was built all thanks to private donations. Because of that, many parts of the building have a namesake, which I explained here.

—UE’s big Homecoming sports Saturday starts with the women’s basketball exhibition against USI at noon. I advanced it in today’s paper, and coach Oties Epps said he’ll be treating it like a real game in terms of rotation.

—Women’s coach Matt Ruffing tweeted a photo of junior center Miranda Liles out of boot she’s been wearing due to a foot injury. Epps doesn’t expect to have Liles available for Saturday’s game but did remain hopeful about her playing in the Aces’ season-opener Nov. 9 at Ball State.

—Other Saturday sports, of course, include the men’s team’s 4:05 p.m. exhibition against Illinois-Springfield and the men’s home soccer match against Creighton at 7 p.m. with the MVC regular-season title at stake. Get updates from everything Saturday on Twitter at @ECP_Lintner.

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