Women’s Soccer News Archive 2015-2016

Hesston boots Pratt 3-1; now 8-3

The Hesston College women’s soccer team downed Pratt (Kan.) CC 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 22, improving its season mark to 8-3.

In the 28th minute Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) connected with Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) on a beautiful crossing pass to setup the game’s first goal and Zook’s 14th of the year.
Hesston controlled much of the first-half action and went to the break with a 1-0 lead and a 4-to-1 advantage in shots-on-goal.

With the Larks in control and seemingly headed for a shutout win, Pratt snuck in a goal to pull even at 1-1 with 17 minutes to play. Hesston responded less than two minutes later when Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) found the back of the net to bring the home crowd to its feet. Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan) added a late goal in the closing seconds to set the final score.

Hesston Women’s Soccer is closing in on the season wins record (9 wins by the 2012 team) with nine games remaining.

Zook, meanwhile, continues her assault on the Hesston College record books, as the sophomore is now second in career goals scored (19) and tied 1st for goals in a season. Zook is three goals short of the all-time career goals mark of 22, held by current Larks assistant Megan Schrock (2007-08).

The Larks, 5-2 in Region VI play, host Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) for a 5 p.m. match on Friday, Sept. 25 as part of the college’s homecoming weekend celebration.

Hesston continues fast start with big home win

The Hesston College women’s soccer team took care of Northwest Kansas Tech 6-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 15, improving its season mark to 6-2.

Just two minutes into the match Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) continued her incredible year with a breakaway goal to give Hesston an early lead. The Larks controlled the early action but missed several opportunities to lengthen the lead as the first-half wore on, including a penalty kick opportunity that wasn’t converted.

With 14 minutes left in the half, Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) added to the lead with a pretty assist from Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) to give the Larks breathing room. Another goal by Ebersole a minute later built a commanding three-goal lead that Hesston took into halftime.

In the 59th minute, Jackie Rivas scored to get NW Tech on the board, but a Zook put-back with 26:45 left reestablished the three-goal lead at 4-1. Capping off yet another outstanding night, Zook added two late goals and now ranks third in the country in goals scored at 12.

Larks keepers Jaymee Bowers (Goshen, Ind.) and Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa) played another solid match in the net. Hesston out-shot NW Tech 12-8.

The Larks travel to Allen CC (Iola, Kan.) for a 2 p.m. Region VI match on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Larks 5-1 after latest shutout win

The Hesston College women’s soccer team improved its season mark to 5-1 following a 5-0 win at Graceland University JV (Lamoni, Iowa) on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) opened the scoring in the 12th minute on an assist from Adele Hofer (Denver, Colo.). Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) scored on an assist from Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) in the 30th minute to make it 2-0.

Shortly after halftime, two goals two minutes apart (60th minute: Zook – assisted by Hofer, 62nd minute: Ebersole – assisted by Matsuda) assured the Larks of the road win.

Christy Kauffman (West Liberty, Ohio) got in on the action with a goal of her own (assisted by Matsuda) in the 82nd minute to set the final score.

Jaymee Bowers (Goshen, Ind.) stopped two shots and Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa) added a save to combine for Hesston’s fourth shutout of the young season.

The Larks travel to Rose State College (Midwest City, Okla.) for a 4 p.m. match on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Zook’s big day drives Larks to win

The Hesston College women’s soccer team beat Kansas City Kansas CC 4-3 on Tuesday, Sept. 8, improving its season record to 4-1.

A 30-minute lightning delay was the only thing that slowed down Mikaela Zook, (Millersburg, Ind.) as the sophomore enjoyed a monster day with three goals and an assist to spearhead the Larks attack.

After her first goal in the 5th minute opened the scoring, Zook found the back of the net again in the 31st minute with a beautifully placed shot in the top corner to make it 2-0. Just two minutes later, Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) scored on a nice through ball from Zook to extend the lead.

Seven minutes into the second half, Zook completed the hat-trick with a put-back off a point-blank shot-on-goal by Ebersole to make it 4-0. A furious KCK rally in the final 20 minutes made things interesting, but Coach Kehr’s Larks pulled out the region win.

After five games, Zook is tied for ninth nationally in points scored with 18 (7 goals, 4 assists.) Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) (16 points) and Ebersole (15 points) are also ranked in the top-20 in points.

Up next for Hesston is a 5 p.m. match on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Graceland University JV (Lamoni, Iowa).

Larks win in Texas, now 3-0

The Hesston College women’s soccer team made a quick trip to Dallas, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 28 to take on Mountain View College and came away with a 3-0 win.

Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.), Genessis Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Jaymee Bowers (Goshen, Ind.) all scored in the shutout win.

The Larks, now 3-0 on the year, have yet to surrender a goal this season. Hesston travels to Dodge City (Kan.) CC for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Larks improve to 2-0 after rolling over Neosho

The Hesston College women’s soccer team continued its fast start to the 2015 season with a 15-0 drubbing over Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.) on Tuesday, August 25.

Just 40 seconds into the match, freshman Genessis Martinez (Las Vegas, Nevada) got things rolling with a point-blank goal assisted by Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.). Cristy Kauffman (West Liberty, Ohio) made it 2-0 with a well-timed header off a corner kick in the 6th minute.

Mika Matsuda’s (Kyoto,Japan) goal in the eighth minute kept the offense going and set the tone for a big day for the freshman, as both her and Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) each finished with four goals.

Rachel Brown’s (McKinney, Texas) goal off a free kick in the 35th minute made it 10-0, establishing a new program record for goals in a game.

The Larks travel to Dallas, Texas for a 7 p.m. match versus Mountain View College on Friday, August 28.

Ebersole, Larks topple Cowley

The Hesston College women’s soccer team won its home opener by a 2-0 count over Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kan.) on Saturday, Aug. 22.

In the 19th minute, freshman Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) found the top corner of the net with a inside-of-the-boot strike to put the Larks on top.

The score remained 1-0 at the break after sophomore keeper Jaymee Bowers (Middlebury, Ind.) stopped three first-half shots.

Ebersole, whose second goal in the 82nd minute iced the win, just missed a hat-trick as another shot sailed wide with four minutes to play.

Freshman Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa) made a terrific save in the 80th minute to keep the score at 1-0.

Hesston hosts a 5 p.m. match versus Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.) on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Hesston women’s soccer looking to breakout

Fifth-year Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr believes a dynamic midfield and added talent on the offensive side will propel the Larks to success in 2015.

Last year’s leading scorer Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan) joins newcomers Adele Hofer (Denver, Colo.) and Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) in the midfield. Freshmen Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.), Genessis Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Christy Kauffman (West Liberty, Ohio) join sophomore Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) as the Larks look to form an exciting attack.

Several talented new faces join returners Jayme Bowers (Goshen, Ind.), Chase Spencer (Oologah, Okla.) Jenna VonBargen (Baldwin City, Kan.) and Enneliese Alcantar (Garden City, Kan.) on the defensive side.

“We have smart players who are anxious to learn,” Kehr said. “A talented freshman class will add to our nice mix of sophomores and I believe we will be fun to watch.”

One of 16 Division I programs in the rigorous NJCAA Region VI, Hesston College Women’s Soccer annually boasts a competitive soccer environment and this year’s schedule is no different. The Larks home opener, a 5 p.m. match versus Cowley College on Saturday, Aug. 22, will be a good measuring stick for the Hesston program.

Women’s Soccer adds Nevada talent to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Genessis Martinez, a midfielder from Desert Pines High School, Las Vegas, Nev., as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

An all-Sunrise League second-team player as a senior, Martinez was a key part of a Desert Pines program that made three consecutive post-season appearances from 2012-14. A two-sport student athlete in high school, Martinez adds depth and athleticism to the Larks roster.

“Genessis is an experienced player who can play several positions well,” Kehr said. “She comes from a successful high school program and she scored critical goals for the team during its run to a conference title.”

Martinez is the daughter of Jose and Maria Martinez, Las Vegas. She will study athletic training at Hesston College.

Women’s Soccer adds Texas defender to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Rachel Brown, a defender from McKinney (Texas) High School, as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Brown, a second-team academic all-state selection, helped McKinney High to a district championship her senior year.

A Texas Association of Soccer Coaches academic all-state pick, Brown will study early childhood education at Hesston.

“Rachel played on an elite team in Texas and will make a good addition to our program,” Kehr said. “She made several connections with other players during her visit and I anticipate she’ll be a great fit at Hesston College.”

Brown is the daughter of Marsha Anderson, McKinney. She attends Lifepointe Fellowship Church, McKinney.

Women’s Soccer adds forward to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Christy Kauffman, a forward from West Liberty (Ohio)-Salem High School, as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A key part of West Liberty-Salem’s conference championship team in 2014, Kauffman tallied nine goals and seven assists and brings athleticism and experience to the Larks attack.

An honor student and National Honor Society member, Kauffman will study graphic design at Hesston. She attends Maple Grove Mennonite Church, West Liberty.

“We’re excited to have Christy join the Larks soccer program,” Kehr said. “She comes from a successful high school program and she scored critical goals for the team during its run to a conference title.”

Kauffman is the daughter of Jerry and Roxanne Kauffman, West Liberty.

Women’s Soccer signs Iowa Mennonite School senior

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Cassidy Bontrager, a goalie/defender/forward from Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A four year varsity player in soccer and basketball, Bontrager scored one goal and saved 44 shots as a senior for IMS soccer. An academic all-conference selection in basketball as a junior, Bontrager will study youth ministry and early childhood education at Hesston.

“Cassidy has been a strong asset to our program for the last four years,” IMS coach Maya Kehr Yoder said. “Last year she was a valuable player at both forward and keeper.”

Bontrager is a member and youth group participant at Wellman (Iowa) Mennonite Church. She is the daughter of Gary and Julie Bontrager, Wellman.

“Cassidy is a hard working player who will communicate well with her team mates,” Kehr said. “She will be a great addition for the Hesston program.”

In soccer, Hesston College competes in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

Women’s soccer adds Hofer to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Adele Hofer, a center midfielder/keeper from Denver Christian High School, as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A soccer team captain, Hofer also excels in basketball at Denver Christian where she was named MVP after she led the team in scoring her junior year.

“Adele is a gifted midfielder who will have an immediate impact on our program,” Kehr said. “She was a multi-sport athlete in high school who served leadership roles in both basketball and soccer.”

A National Honor Society member and honor student, Hofer will study psychology at Hesston.

“Adele is an incredibly intelligent player,” said Denver Christian coach Brad Homan. “She reads the game well both offensively and defensively and distributes the ball well from her central position. Adele had been a rock in the midfield for us the past two years. Her intelligence along with her work ethic will allow her to have success at the next level.”

Hofer is the daughter of Preston and Marjorie Hofer, Denver. She attends Peace Mennonite Church, Aurora, Colo.

Women’s soccer signs Ebersole to letter-of-intent

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Allison Ebersole, a forward/midfielder from Centaurus High School, Lafayette, Colo., as the first member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A first-team all-conference and second-team all-state performer, Ebersole was voted team MVP in soccer and volleyball at Centaurus High. She tallied 10 goals scored as a senior.

An Honor Roll student her junior year and student council member, Ebersole, will study athletic training at Hesston.

“Allison is a proven scorer who I believe will make an immediate impact for us,” Kehr said. “She’s grown up around the game as her dad coaches the Centauras High boy’s soccer team and is a former soccer coach at Hesston College. Allison has a great understanding of the game.”

Ebersole is the daughter of Ken and Meredith Ebersole, Lafayette. She attends Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette.