Women’s Soccer News Archive 2015-2016

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.

Women’s Soccer makes players’ worlds smaller

When Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr recruited midfielder Chihiro Hikita, Hokuto, Japan, he correctly assumed he’d added an unmistakable talent and instant scoring threat. Hikita didn’t disappoint in the fall of 2011, leading Hesston to a then program-best seven wins. What Kehr didn’t realize is that Hikita was the first of many Japanese players who would make an impact for the Larks.

A year after Hikita led the Larks in goals and points scored, Kehr added Myu Kobayashi, Yokosuka, Japan, and Yoshie Ueno, Tokyo, Japan, to the 2012 roster. Kobayashi exploded onto the college soccer scene in her debut, recording a hat-trick in a season-opening Hesston win. Ueno, meanwhile, was becoming a positive leader and role model on the team – a role that Kehr describes as very significant.

Kobayashi, HC’s all-time assist leader and team captain her sophomore year, ranks fifth in career points. Hikita is tied for 8th in that same category, while current freshman Machi Kanematsu, Osaka, Japan, was the Larks’ leading scorer this season and has already cracked the career points top 10.

Looking back, the four players’ time with the Hesston program has made an impact on much more than just the stat sheet. Indeed, Hikita, Ueno, Kobayashi and Kanematsu have shared their culture and friendship, along with their athletic talents, with their teammates in south-central Kansas.

Following her first semester, teammate Jessica Donnelly ’14 hosted Ueno for several weeks at her Gresham, Ore., home, just as she had done for Kobayashi the year before. Now an Oregon State University (Corvallis) student, Ueno’s time on the Hesston soccer team enriched her college experience.

“Playing soccer gave me so many great memories,” Ueno said. “I didn’t have many American friends before I joined the team, but my teammates quickly became like family to me. The relationships I built on the team enhanced my college life a great deal.”

Japanese students have a long and significant international student presence at Hesston, and the recent women’s soccer players from Japan have added to the rich Hesston history of diversity and multiculturalism. Studying in another culture while playing soccer, the Japanese students managed to do some teaching, too.

As part of Kehr’s prescribed monthly team social activity, Ueno and Kobayashi hosted a sushi meal their freshman year. About half the team participated, Kehr remembers, with the other half being a little unsure of Japanese cuisine. A year later, Kehr recalls clean plates and a new-found appreciation for new experiences. This year’s sushi meal has been scheduled for February.

“Coach Kehr taught me so many things through soccer practice and games,” Ueno said. “He gave me a chance to join the team and for that I am grateful. As an international student, playing soccer allowed me to meet many amazing people. Words can’t explain how much I love my former teammates.”

“Through counting in Japanese instead of English, having a Japanese word of the day and learning to make sushi as a team we’ve all enjoyed having international students on our team,” said sophomore Elisabeth Wilder, Hesston, Kan. “It’s been a great way to build relationships across cultural lines.”

Women’s soccer earns road win

The Hesston College women’s soccer team earned a 2-1 win over Southwest Adventist University (Keene, Texas) on Sunday, Oct. 12, improving its record to 4-7-1.

Megan Baumgartner (Hesston, Kan.) and Rachel Short-Miller (Bellingham, Wash.) each scored for the Larks, while Cadie Kiger (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Dusti Diener (Harrisonville, Mo.) recorded assists.

Hesston looks to make it two wins in a row when they play Dallas (Texas) Christian College at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.

Hesston women’s soccer wins again

The Hesston College women’s soccer team continued its recent strong play with a 2-1 win over Pratt (Kan.) CC on Friday, Sept. 19. The win was the Larks third in its past four games.

Down 1-0, Hesston freshman Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan) evened the score with an unassisted goal at the 26:35 mark. Hesston and Pratt took the 1-1 tie into the second half, where Larks’ freshman Mikaela Zook (Middlebury, Ind.) found the back of the net in the 67th minute.

Assisted by Rachel Short-Miller (Bellingham, Wash.), Zook’s goal proved the difference, as sophomore keeper Skylar Tripp (Craig, Colo.) stopped four shots on goal to get the win in the net.

Having improved its season mark to 3-4-2, the Larks look to keep the good times rolling with a 5 p.m. home match against Barton CC on Tuesday, Sept. 23.


Larks erupt for 6-0 win

The Hesston College women’s soccer team scored six times after the intermission in a blowout win over Indian Hills CC (Ottumwa, Iowa) on Sunday, Sept. 14, improving its record to 2-4-1.

Scoreless at the half, Savannah Sizer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) put the Larks on the board in the 49th minute, assisted by Dusti Diener (Harrisonville, Mo.) and Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan). Following Sizer’s goal, the Larks offense found the back of the net often en route to the big road win.

Rachel Short-Miller (Bellingham, Wash.) scored in the 53rd minute, assisted by Diener and Mikaela Zook (Middlebury, Ind.). Zook scored seven minutes later, while Jaymee Bowers (Middlebury, Ind.) made it 4-0 in the 65th minute. Short-Miller finished with two goals, while Kanematsu capped off a busy night with an unassisted goal to go with three assists.

Hesston keepers Skylar Tripp (Craig, Colo.) and Starr Caldwell (Ashland, Ky.) combined for the shutout in goal.