Just six matches into the 2017 season, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team has already matched the college record for wins in a season.
Win No. 5 came Tuesday, a 3-0 blanking of Cowley County at Arkansas City. The win also boosted the Lady Blue Devils’ record in Jayhawk Conference play to 2-1 with both wins coming on the road.
The Blue Devils will go after a record sixth win Tuesday when they host St. Charles in a 6 p.m. kickoff.
KCKCC took control in the first three minutes at Cowley when sophomore Emilie Lutz of Toronto, Canada, broke away for an unassisted goal. The Blue Devils quickly made it 2-0 at the 17-minute mark when Harmon freshman Itzel Almanza headed in a shot off a corner kick by Lansing sophomore Bailey Zinser.
The Blue Devils’ final goal came when an alert Almanza scored when Cowley goalkeeper Paulina Dziubek dropped a corner kick. The two goals were Almanza’s fourth and fifth of the season. “Five goals in six games for a freshman is pretty impressive,” said Uhlenhake. “She’s really been a dangerous player for us in scoring goals.”
The shutout posted by freshman goalkeeper Morgan Longstreth of Olathe Northwest was the Blue Devils fourth of the season. “That’s the reason we’re 5-1; we’ve allowed only two goals all season,” said Uhlenhake. “That’s impressive for a young team. Also, we scored early which really help. Their goalkeeper made some very good saves, four on point blank shots.”
Longstreth posted four saves on shots on goal while the Blue Devils got off 16 shots including seven on goal.
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team proved to be a great finisher Saturday.
Deadlocked 1-1 in the second overtime at Allen County, sophomore Emilie Lutz knocked in a corner kick from freshman Carmen Rush for a 2-1 win. The goal came with just five minutes remaining and boosted the Lady Blue Devils’ record to 4-1.
The win was also the first in Jayhawk Conference play for the Lady Blue Devils, who are right back on the road at Cowley College in Arkansas City Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. before returning home to host St. Charles Thursday at 6 p.m.
“Emily made a great run to capitalize on a later corner and deserved to get the game winner,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “I was very proud that the ladies found a way to win late in the second overtime. It was a tough game but all of our conference games will be this way.”
Freshman Itzel Almanza scored an unassisted goal 35 minutes into the game for a 1-0 KCKCC lead but Allen County tied it on a Brynn Suddeth goal with 20 minutes left in regulation.
KCKCC had 12 shots on goal with Red Devil goalkeeper Morgan Cossaairt turning away 10 attempts. “Our midfield was solid with Madison Plate, Natalie Zink and Marisol Rangel and defensively Mike’e O’Dell, Carmen Rush, Bailey Zinser and Joanna Filbert played well in holding Allen County to just four shots on goal,” said Uhlenhake. Freshman Jessica Hill had four saves in goal for the Blue Devils.
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s soccer team made it two wins in a row Sunday, coming from behind for an exciting 2-1 win over Dodge City.
The unbeaten Lady Blue Devils are right back in action Friday when they host Blue River at 5 p.m. The game will be followed by a men’s contest matching KCKCC and Blue River at 7:30 p.m.
Despite a heavy downpour of rain most of the first half, all the scoring came in the first 45 minutes. Dodge City scored first when one of the Lady Conquistadors stepped in front of an errant pass back towards goal and scored with just 15 minutes left in the half.
But the Blue Devils rebounded almost immediately, tying the game on freshman Itzel Almanza’s second goal of the season. The goal came on an assist from Bishop Ward sophomore Serena Ortiz.
The winning goal came with five minutes left in the first half on a free kick. Natalie Zink, a freshman from Leavenworth, got the goal on a pass from Ortiz, her third assist of the season. “Natalie hit the ball low and hard on the ground and past the goalkeeper after a slight deflection,” said KCKCC assistant coach Katie Kelly.
Without more rain, the KCKCC defense pitched a shutout the second half. “We got great work by freshman Carmen Rush of DeSoto and sophomore Bailey Zinser of Lansing in the defense to keep them from scoring and sophomore Marivel Gomez played well in the second half by keeping the ball away from Dodge City from the forward position.”
Its opening day Tuesday for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young but very promising women’s soccer team.
The Lady Blue Devils will kick off the 2017 season with four straight home matches starting Tuesday against State Fair at 7 p.m. Dodge City will follow Sunday at noon with Blue River Sept. 1 and the Jayhawk Conference opener against Neosho County Sept. 5, both at 5 p.m.
For Shawn Uhlenhake, its season No. 2 as head coach but only his first full season of recruiting and he’s landed a bevy of 15 high school standouts, all but one from Kansas schools.
“Our goal is to change the culture of the program and I think this is a good first step with the players we’ve brought in,” says Uhlenhake. “The majority of the freshmen played in the first or second divisions of their club league play and most were team captains and team leaders.”
With nine returning sophomores and one transfer, Uhlenhake has built the depth the Blue Devils lacked a year ago. “We identified holes from last year and filled them with quality players,” he says. “This provides a lot of competition for training, something we did not have last year.”
With more depth, the competition for starting positions is even more heated – competition that should begin to sort itself out in the three home non-conference games starting the season. “By the time conference play starts, we should have a good idea of who we want on the playing field,” says Uhlenhake.
The fiercest competition starts in goal where three freshmen – Jessica Hill of Shawnee Heights, Morgan Longstreth of Olathe Northwest and Caitlin Cordes of Wichita East – are locked in a battle for starting job.
Sophomore captain Bailey Zinser of Lansing and freshman Carmen Rush of DeSoto will anchor the defense along with sophomores Brenna Stoffle of Leavenworth and Shaytel Nieto of Sumner Academy and freshmen Mike’e Odell of SM North, Audrie Wooten of Olathe North, Joanna Filbert of Tonganoxie and Shayla Lee of Benton High School.
Veteran Marisol Rangel of Sumner and freshmen Madison Plake of DeSoto and Natalie Zink of Leavenworth will be the mainstays at midfield where they’ll be joined by sophomores Emilie Lutz of Toronto, Canada; Joseline Oregon of SM North and Ana Suarez and Alejandra Jiminez, both of Sumner; and freshmen Trinity Rosberg of SM North and Katelynn Danzer of Springfield, Mo. The Blue Devils lost two other top midfield prospects in Kaitlyn Rose of Bonner Springs and Micayla Nemnich of Topeka Seaman, both of whom suffered torn ACL’s in high school. Both will redshirt this season.
Marivel Gomez of Jarrel, Tex., returns at forward where she’s being challenged by freshman Itzel Almanza of JC Harmon and Joanna Filbert of Tonganoxie and Bishop Ward sophomore Serena Ortiz, a transfer from Missouri Western.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 5-7 season. It’s the most wins in a single season for the young program and now Uhlenhake wants to take it to a higher level. “Our goal is to make the playoffs for the first time in history,” he says. The Blue Devils play a 17-game schedule with a record 11 home contests. “Butler County is the heavy favorite in the Jayhawk Conference and Johnson County is always in the conversation,” says Uhlenhake. KCKCC will play home-and-home games with all six Jayhawk rivals, Allen County, Neosho County, Coffeyville, Cowley, Butler and JCCC.
Uhlenhake is being assisted by Katie Kelly, a collegiate All-American at Marquette, who played professionally for five years; and Kenny Mayer, who is coaching the goalkeepers after working with goalkeepers with the Kansas City Comets.
Very young lot of freshmen on the field. Good provide lott comeptionat for trainining, have depth, something we did not have last year,. \
Best competition – 3 freshmen all competing, Jessica Hill, Morgan Lognstreth and Caitlin Cordes. Real strength.
DEFENDERS – Carmen Rush; Madison Pi8ke midfielder, MNatalie Zink MF; top scoer, Marivel Gomez from last year; Itzel Almanza, scoring leader from Harmon.
All Kansas but two.
FORWARD – Marivel Gomez, Itzel lbackup – Lost 2 to torn ACL who would have hlepd at end of high school seasons.
DEFENDERS – Bailey Zinzer and Carmen Rush anchor the defense. Milke’e O’Dell aDurie Wooten, Joanna Filbert, Brenna Stoffle. Shayla Lee. Shaytel Nieoto
MIDEFIELDERS - Madison Plake, Natilie Zink, Return Marisol Rangel mainstays. Emile Lutz, Alejandra Jiminez, Trinity Rosberg Joseline Oregon, Ana Suarz Danzer
Freshmen identified holes from last year and filled with quality players. First true recruiting class. We’re cautiously optimistic. Very young, change culture of the program, think good first step with the players we’ve brought in. Majority first or second division of their club kleague play and most of them were captains, team leaders.
Goal is to make playoffs for first time in history, four from each side.
Play 12 conference games. 11 home games. Butler heavey favoritie JC always in the conversation.
3 nona conference to start season – by time conf. play starts good idea of who we want on the playing field.