Women’s Soccer News Archive 2016-2017

Johnson’s hat trick leads Larks past Swedes

The Hesston College women’s soccer team won their fifth straight match defeating the visiting Bethany College Swedes JV 6-0 on Monday evening pushing their record to 9-1.

Sophomore Kenzie Johnston (Olathe, Kan.) scored three goals leading Hesston College to a comfortable victory. Johnson opened the scoring for the Larks pouncing on a back pass intended for the goalkeeper and slotted it in for a 1-0 lead just seven minutes into action. The Larks continued high pressure and were awarded another goal just after the half hour mark when Johnson struck again to pushing the lead to 2-0 at halftime.

The second half began with a Larks goal in the 47th minute as Miho Okuda (Noroshinoshi chliba-ken, Japan) scored from close range to give the team a comfortable lead. Johnson completed her hat trick in the 75th minute on a nicely taken goal. The nation’s assist leader, sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan), didn’t get an assist but scored a goal in the 85th minute to put the Larks in front 5-0. Sophomore Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) added the exclamation point with the sixth goal of the night coming two minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we looked good and moved the ball around pretty well tonight,” said Coach Kehr following the game. Goalkeeper Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa) notched three saves in route to another shut out.

Women’s soccer will look for their 10th win of the season on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they play host to the Garden City Broncbusters at 5 p.m. Garden City will be looking for revenge after dropping a close 2-0 match to Hesston Sept. 20

Ebersole becomes Larks women’s soccer’s all time leading scorer

To say that sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) is having a good season would be an understatement. It’s barely half over and Ebersole has already grabbed the Hesston College career scoring record. Her 11 goals in nine games have launched the Larks to a an impressive 8-1 record. In 2015, she tallied 19 goals giving her 30 in her career, surpassing Mikaela Zook’s impressive career record of 28 goals set last year.

“It’s just my job,” said a smiling Ebersole following a practice late last week. “My teammates have been able to put me in good places,” including fellow sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan), who came into the weekend leading the nation in assists with 14, many of these going to Ebersole.

Ebersole’s new record at Hesston is more remarkable considering that soccer was not her main sport in high school. A four year letter winner in volleyball at Centaurus High School (Lafayette, Colo.), she didn’t originally plan on playing collegiate soccer. Her athletic ability is no surprise. Allison’s father, Ken Ebersole, was a multi-sport athlete and, later, a coach at Hesston College. Her mother, Meredith, was a college soccer player at Penn State University (State College). Coming into college, Ebersole seemed as if volleyball was her path, however late in the process she decided to commit to Hesston College for soccer, a decision appreciated by both her teammates and coach Bryan Kehr.

“Allison has been an impact player for us from the day she arrived on campus,” Coach Kehr noted. “We kind of knew this record would fall and we hope she will add quite a few more over the course of the season.”

Ebersole and company will look to add more goals and wins on the season as the Larks continue their impressive run. Hesston College women’s soccer will be back in action Monday, Sept 26 against Bethany College JV at 5 p.m.

Women’s soccer rides hot start to cruise past Cougars

A couple of early goals in the first half propelled the Hesston College women’s soccer team past the visiting Barton Community College Cougars (Great Bend, Kan.). The win against Barton is the program’s first ever and takes the Larks’ season mark to 8-1.

Sophomore Christy Kauffmann (West Liberty, Ohio) opened the scoring in the 8th minute, glancing a shot over the hands of the outstretched Cougars goalkeeper from the corner of the box. Sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) doubled the lead minutes later, blasting a shot in from nearly 25 yards out. Sophomore Alicia Ramirez (Albuquerque, N.M.) scored in the 25th minute to give Hesston a commanding lead at 3-0 going into the break.

The teams exchanged goals in the second half to bring the final score to 4-1. Goalkeeper Cassidy Bontrager made three saves for the Larks.

Women’s soccer returns for another home match on Monday Sept. 26, hosting Bethany College JV. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Women’s soccer overcomes slow start to defeat Mules

The Hesston College women’s soccer team shrugged off a slow start against Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, but finished with momentum winning 3-1.

After a scoreless first half, sophomore Kenzie Johnson (Olathe, Kan.) scored to put the Larks up 1-0. The Mules tied the game at 1 at the 60 minute mark. Sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) regained the lead for the Larks and Johnson struck again with only minutes remaining on the clock to seal the victory. With the victory the Larks stretch their win streak to three games and sit at 7-1 overall.

“We came out sluggish and while we dominated possession, we didn’t do much with it. Kenzie Johnson was our bright spot with two goals.” said Coach Bryan Kehr.

Women’s soccer returns to the field Friday night at 5, hosting the Cougars of Barton Community College.

Women’s soccer blanks Broncbusters

The Hesston College women’s soccer team (6-1) continued their run of strong play by defeating host Garden City CC 2-0 on a brisk windy evening in southwestern Kansas.

The Larks didn’t take long to get on the board as sophomore Adele Hofer (Denver, Colo.) scored 45 seconds into the match off a long pass from sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan). Hesston entered the match outscoring its opponents in impressive 34-3 in 6 matches. The Larks controlled the tempo and dictated scoring several opportunities throughout, miss firing on a few occasions.

Matsuda struck with minutes to go before the break as she blasted a shot from 25 yards out past a helpless Broncbuster goalkeeper to give the Larks a 2-0 lead at halftime. Hesston couldn’t find the third goal in the second half but held on for the shutout.

“We got the goal very early by Adele which set the tone for the game,” said Coach Bryan Kehr. “Garden City had a speedy couterattack which our defense was able to shut out. Kudos to defenders Payton Yehnert, Christy Kauffman, Lindsey Yoder, Rachel Brown and Abby Byler. Cassidy Bontrager was the shutout keeper and played a solid game in the net for the Larks.”

The Larks travel again on Tuesday as they take on Northwest Kansas Technical College (Goodland). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (M.D.T.).

Women’s soccer bounces Pratt

The Hesston College women’s soccer team rebounded nicely from a tough loss on the weekend to defeat the Pratt CC Beavers Tuesday, 6-0. With the emphatic victory, the Larks push their overall record to 5-1 on the season.

Sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) opened the game for the Larks scoring her 10th goal of the season putting Hesston in front 1-0. Sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) added a goal before the break to put the Larks in front 2-0. “We had a tentative start, but after halftime we began to move the ball better and find the seams for through balls,” said Head Coach Bryan Kehr. “Pratt was getting a lot of numbers back defensively making penetration difficult, but we were finally able to create some nice goals.”

Sophomore Christy Kauffman (West Liberty, Ohio.) opened the scoring in the second half to make it 3-0, before Ebersole struck twice more to complete her hat trick. With the three goals, Allison Ebersole has broken the school career scoring record (29 goals – 19 in 2015 and 10 so far this year) set last year by Mikaela Zook (28 career goals). Mika Matsuda added to her career assist total. With 11 goals and 11 assists this season Mika’s career totals are 26 goals and 38 assists.

The Larks were relentless in the second half scoring four more goals to cruise past the host. Sophomore Adele Hofer (Denver, Colo.) notched three assists in the winning effort. Sophomore GK Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa.) went the distance making two saves in goal for the Larks.

The team looks to build on their strong showing with another road trip to Garden City (Kan.) on Saturday Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Women’s soccer falls to Trailblazers

The Hesston College women’s soccer team dropped a close 1-0 game to Metropolitan CC-Blue River (Independence, Mo.) on Saturday afternoon in Hesston, giving the Larks their first loss of the season (4-1).

The match was forced to be shifted to the Larks practice field, due to unplayable field conditions on the game field. Playing on a smaller field provided a different element for both sides.

The Trailblazers scored the lone goal of the match at the 87 minute mark. The Larks set up a couple of opportunities to tie the match but weren’t able to score against the stiff and physical MCC-Blue River defense.

Hesston College women’s soccer will look to get back on track when they travel to Pratt on Tuesday to face Pratt CC. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Women’s soccer rolls Mavericks to stay unbeaten

The Hesston College Women’s soccer team (4-0), coming off a weekend in Texas in which they outscored opponents 16-1 in two matches, continued their winning ways Tuesday evening by defeating the Mavericks of Northwest Kansas Technical College 7-0.

Sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) led the way for the Larks, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist. Sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) chipped in two goals and four assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa.) made two saves preserving the shutout for Hesston College.

The Larks host Central Christian College in a 5 p.m. match Thursday, September 8.

Women’s soccer adds to home streak with season opening win

Sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) scored a hat trick, and sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) added two goals as the Hesston College Women’s Soccer team defeated Ottawa University JV Braves 5-1 Aug. 29, extending their home win streak to eight.

The Larks quickly found themselves ahead 2-0 after twenty minutes and took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Matsuda completed her hat trick scoring in the 52nd minute. Matsuda and Ebersole each added an assist, as did freshman Miho Okuda. The Braves scored off a rebound in the 87th minute to avoid the shut out.

The Larks will return to the field Wednesday, Aug. 31, to take on Allen County CC. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer adds Colorado talent to roster

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr signed Payton Yehnert, and outside defender and midfielder from Legend High School, Parker, Colo., as the newest member of the Larks 2016 recruiting class.

“Payton is intelligent, a hard worker and I believe she will be a difference maker for us on and off the field,” said Kehr.

Yehnert was a honor roll student at Legend High and will study criminal justice at Hesston.

“I’m excited to see Payton go on to play at the next level,” said Legend coach Gil Barkey. “She is the consummate teammate who leads through her work ethic and positive attitude. Payton will push her team to a higher performance level while expecting more of herself.”

Yehnert is the daughter of Marjie and Rick Ybarra, Parker.


Women’s Soccer strengthens ties to Japan

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Miho Okuda, a central defender from Japan, as the latest addition to the program.
“Miho comes to us through coach Kanae Haneishi and coach Miyuki, Kehr said. “Players trained by Haneishi have been very technically skilled and have contributed a lot to our teams. We’re excited to have Miho join the Larks this fall.”
“Just like other Japanese players in the past who have played for Hesston, Miho is not only a good player, but also a great person and student who will make a positive impact,” said coach Haneishi.
The Larks are coming off a record-breaking 15-6 campaign in 2015.

Women’s Soccer signs Ohio defender

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Lindsey Yoder, a central defender from Hiland High School, Berlin, Ohio, as the newest member of the Larks 2016 recruiting class.

Named Tri-County Player of the Year and a first-team Greater Akron Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association selection, Yoder was her team’s defensive MVP. She helped the Hawks to a district runner-up finish her senior year.

Yoder is an honor roll student and is deciding her major. She attends Grace Mennonite Church, Berlin, and is active in the youth group there.

“Lindsey will be a great addition to our program, both on and off the field,” Kehr said. “A proven competitor, she’ll be a key piece of a formidable defense this season.”

Yoder is the daughter of Lister and Darlene Yoder, Millersburg.

Women’s Soccer adds two more for upcoming season

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) and Alicia Ramirez (Albuquerque, N.M.) as recent additions to the program.

“Dakoda and Alicia have been successful softball players here and now as they continue their nursing education they’ll help Hesston Women’s Soccer,” Kehr said. “They both bring athleticism and a competitive drive that will enable them to improve quickly, and I look forward to their contributions on the field.”

Hesston College Women’s Soccer is coming off a 15-6 campaign in 2015.

Women’s Soccer adds pair to 2016 fall roster

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Kenzie Johnson (Olathe, Kan.) and Abby Byler (Harrisonburg, Va.) as the newest members of the program.

Johnson and Byler, both current Hesston students enrolled in the school’s four-year BSN program, add to Kehr’s team coming off an impressive 15-6 mark in 2015.

Johnson, a member of the Larks’ women’s cross country team the past two years, has played club soccer for the Kansas City Fusion and has been practicing with Hesston Women’s Soccer this spring. Johnson brings an athletic presence to the field and a strong desire to compete. She is the daughter of Cindy and Todd Johnson, Olathe.

Byler was a member of the Virginia state champion Eastern Mennonite High School (Harrisonburg, Va.) girls soccer squad and will be a great addition to the Hesston program. Byler brings athleticism, technical skill and tactical knowledge to the field. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sandy Byler, Harrisonburg.

Women’s Soccer adds Iowa senior to 2016 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Jenna Boller, a midfielder/defender from Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, as the newest member of the Larks 2016 recruiting class.

A multi-sport athlete at IMS, Boller has competed in five varsity sports throughout her high school years, including basketball, volleyball, track and field, and softball in addition to her time on the soccer field. As a freshman she helped IMS reach the substate soccer finals.

Boller is a National Honor Society member and four-year honor roll student. She will study nursing at Hesston.

“Jenna will be a great addition to our program,” Kehr said. “She brings the ability to play multiple positions and will provide depth in several areas. Jenna’s soccer experience along with her athleticism will enable her to contribute in several aspects of the game.”

Boller is the daughter of Jeff and Carol Boller, Kalona. She attends East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, and is active in the youth group there.