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.
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.
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.
The Hesston College women’s soccer team secured its first victory of the year with an exciting 2-1 overtime win at Cowley College (Arkansas City).
Rachel Short-Miller, a sophomore midfielder from Bellingham, Wash., intercepted a pass in the overtime period and converted the breakaway for the winner. Freshman Mikaela Zook (Middlebury, Ind.) scored Hesston’s first goal on an assist from freshman Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan).
Now 1-3-1 on the year, Hesston travels to Butler CC (El Dorado) for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 12.
The Hesston College women’s soccer team went three overtime periods on Tuesday, Sept. 2 against Rose State College (Midwest City, Okla.), finally finishing at a 1-1 draw.
Machi Kanematsu (Osaka, Japan) gave Hesston a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute on an assist from Dusti Diener (Harrisonville, Mo.). Rose State answered with less than four minutes in regulation to send the game to its first overtime.
Rose State had seven shots-on-goal to Hesston’s five and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Larks keeper Skylar Tripp (Craig, Colo.) had six saves.
Now 0-2-1, Hesston hosts Dodge City (Kan.) CC at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5.
Fourth-year Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr points to improved team speed and an infusion of freshmen talent as the Larks seek to improve upon last year’s six-win season.
Nine first-year players complement a sophomore class led by returning scorer Rachel Short-Miller (Bellingham, Wash.) to give the Larks an athletic roster seeking a second-consecutive Region VI playoff berth. An early task Kehr has is finding a replacement for Carley Wise, last year’s captain and all-Region defender.
“I’m excited about the work ethic this team has shown in practice,” Kehr said. “If we continue to improve technical skill, develop team unity and improve our team tactical understanding we will be successful this fall and may break a few team records in the process.”
One of 16 Division I programs in the rigorous NJCAA Region VI, Hesston women’s soccer always enjoys a competitive soccer environment and this year’s schedule is no different. The Larks open with a 5 p.m. home match versus Allen Community College Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Chase Spencer, a forward from Oologah (Okla.) Public School, as the newest addition to Hesston’s 2014 recruiting class.
A three-sport athlete at Oologah, Spencer ran track and played basketball in addition to soccer. A captain her senior year in soccer, Spencer was named Outstanding Forward following her sophomore and junior years.
“I watched Chase play twice this past year; she’s a versatile player who can play several different positions,” Kehr said. “Chase has a great work rate and has demonstrated leadership qualities. She understands the game well and we’re excited to have her join the program.”
Spencer, a Principal’s Honor Roll student in high school, will study nursing at Hesston. She attends Harbor Church, Oologah.
Spencer is the daughter of Bryan Spencer and Dena Thompson.
Hesston College coaches Bryan Kehr and Dan Harrison announce Erin Coffman, a senior at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks women’s soccer and basketball programs, respectively.
Coffman played soccer and basketball for Cornerstone homeschool team through her junior year before transferring to MdCV. While competing for Cornerstone, she helped win a national championship in basketball and a pair of league titles in soccer. Coffman competed in volleyball, basketball and track at MdCV, which doesn’t offer soccer.
A National Honor Society member, Coffman will study athletic training at Hesston. She attends Mount Pleasant Community Church, Lyndon, Kan.
“I’m excited to work with Erin this coming fall,” Kehr said. “She’s an outstanding student and will add tremendous athleticism to our program. I believe Erin will be a solid player for the next two seasons.”
“Erin will bring athleticism to the small forward position,” Harrison said. “She has a wonderful team-first attitude and I believe she can fill the role of being one of our top defenders on the court.”
Coffman is the daughter of Michael and Sherri Coffman, Vassar, Kan.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Mikaela Zook, a defender from Northridge High School, Middlebury, Ind., as the latest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
An all-conference, all-district and third-team all-state selection during the 2013 season, Zook was a key member of coach Bill Redinger’s highly successful Raider squad which won four consecutive Northern Lakes Conference championships and claimed the 2013 sectional championship. She was an instrumental part of the Raiders defense that didn’t allow a goal in conference play the past two years. Also a standout on the Northridge basketball team, Zook adds speed and athleticism to the Hesston roster.
“We’re happy to have a player of Mikaela’s caliber join the Larks program,” Kehr said. “We’re looking to build on the program’s continued improvement and believe Mikaela can help us take another step forward.”
Zook is the daughter of Doug and Teresa Zook, Middlebury. She will study exercise science at Hesston.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Jenna Von Bargen, a defender/midfielder from Baldwin High School, Baldwin City, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
With the high school program being only three years old, Von Bargen becomes the first player from Baldwin High School to play women’s college soccer. Her senior year, Von Bargen helped Baldwin High to a regional runner-up finish.
“Jenna will be a great addition to our campus and a great team member for the program,” Kehr said. “She’ll bring a great work ethic to the field. We’re excited to add her to Hesston College Women’s Soccer.”
An honor roll student and member of the National Forensics League and National Honor Society, Von Bargen attends Baldwin First United Methodist Church and is active in the youth group there.
Von Bargen is the daughter of Tom and Robin Von Bargen, Baldwin City.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Enneliese Alcantar, a center defender/forward from Garden City (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A two-year letter-winner in soccer for Garden City, Alcantar also lettered twice in band. She will study psychology at Hesston College.
“Everything just seemed to work out for me when I visited Hesston – the team bonding, the school and the class sizes,” Alcantar said.
Alcantar is the daughter of Gonzalo and Maria Alcantar, Garden City. She attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Garden City.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Jaymee Bowers, a central midfielder from Northridge High School, Middlebury, Ind., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A four-year varsity letter-winner, Bowers was a key part of the four-time defending Northern Lakes Conference Champion Northridge High program. The Raiders won a sectional title in 2013.
“After her visit it’s apparent she’ll be an impact player for the Larks next fall,” Kehr said. “Jaymee played in the competitive Northern Lakes Conference, and we’re excited to have her join our program.”
Bowers is the daughter of Greg and Roxanne Bowers, Goshen, Ind. She will study nursing at Hesston College.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Starr Caldwell, a 5’8” goalkeeper from East Carter High School, Grayson, Ky., as the newest addition the Larks program.
An all-area and first-team all-region keeper, Caldwell was a key part of the 2012 regional champion East Carter High team that went 17-2-1.
Active in theatre, yearbook and newspaper at East Carter, Caldwell plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Hesston College.
“Starr will be a great addition to the team,” Kehr said. “She brings valuable high school experience and a strong skill set to the team. We’re looking forward to having Starr on campus next fall.”
Caldwell is the daughter of Gerri and Bill Caldwell, Catlettsburg, Ky.
Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces the signing of Kaye Soto, a 2012 Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School graduate. A three-year starting defender for Jeffersonville High, Soto will enroll at Hesston in January and begin coursework towards a business degree.
“Kaye has playing experience against some of the top large-school programs in the state of Indiana,” Kehr said. “We are excited to have Kaye join the Larks team this spring and begin work on conditioning and skill development.”
Soto is the daughter of Renae Harrison-Hoyt, Jeffersonville.
The Hesston College women’s soccer team saw its season end on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a 4-0 loss to sixth-ranked Butler CC (El Dorado, Kan.) in the first round of the Region VI playoffs.
The Larks fought hard against a powerful Butler squad and trailed 2-0 at the half. The Grizzlies, now 19-2 on the year, proved too much, however, and tacked on two late goals to set the final score.
Butler advances to the regional semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 7 where it faces Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Hesston finishes 6-13-2 on the year.