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2019 Women's Soccer News

  • Explosive start clinches Home Playoff for KCKCC Women
    October 22, 2019
    Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s soccer team stamped its first trip to the Region V playoffs with authority Sunday afternoon. Scoring three goals in the first nine minutes, the Lady Blue Devils’ 6-1 win over Coffeyville not only wrapped up a first time playoff berth but it will be a played at home – this coming Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Barton County (8-7), the defending Region VI champion. And it could get even better. If third place Butler County should win at league-leading Cowley County in a makeup game Tuesday night, the Blue Devils will finish in a tie for the Jayhawk Conference championship – a program-changing accomplishment considering no Blue Devil women’s team has ever had a winning record let alone sniff a playoff berth in its first seven years. “We’ve lost a lot of games so this is special, very special,” said fourth year KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake, whose No, 1 goal when he took the coaching reins was to earn a playoff berth. “That’s the goal every year. Getting a big lead today really helped take the pressure off. This team has really stayed disciplined and focused and just got better and better.” Uhlenhake was particularly pleased with a near shutout of Coffeyville, a team that had defeated the Blue Devils 5-3 earlier. The Red Ravens did not score until the final 1:43. Finishing 12-3 overall and 9-3 in the Jayhawk, the win over Coffeyville enabled KCKCC to avenge each of its three losses. . The Blue Devils got a record-setting performance by freshman forward Melissa Siegel, who had assists on all six KCKCC records. “Has to be a record,” said Uhlenhake. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Sophomore Kayla Deaver and freshman Maddy Broeker each had a pair of goals; freshmen Corrine Hughes and Jaidyn Yingling one apiece. Hughes started with a breakaway goal just three minutes into the game and Broeker made it 3-0, scoring twice on crossing patterns in a span of less than two minutes. The second came just eight minutes and 50 seconds into the game. Deaver’s first goal came at the 26:00 mark, a breakaway blast that left Coffeyville goalkeeper Taylor Lamp grasping for nothing but air. Yingling made it 5-0 at the half. Beating Lamp with goal from outside the box with 6:02 remaining and Deaver got her second goal at 30:17 of the second half, a shot just inside the right goal post. KCKCC got a standout defensive effort from freshman goalkeeper Jaidyn Takaishi, who had a season high 12 saves as the Red Ravens launched 19 shots. Meanwhile, KCKCC’s six goals came on 15 shots against two goalkeepers. The big lead enabled Uhlenhake to go to his bench early. For eight sophomores, it was their final regular season game at home – Sydney Guerra, Alex Schemmel, Karleigh Enyart, Kayla Deaver, Tina Alvarez, Arlene Ruiz, Ruth Nunez and Jasmine Diaz. However, with a home playoff Sunday, it was not their last.
  • KCKCC Women sweep JCCC for the first time; Clinch first Playoff Birth
    October 14, 2019
    For the first time in the 8-year history of women’s soccer, Kansas City Kansas Community College is headed to the NJCAA DI women’s soccer playoff berths – thanks to yet another milestone win. A 2-0 win Friday cemented the Blue Devils’ first ever sweep of arch-rival Johnson County and assured the playoff berth with two games still to go – at Allen County Wednesday and a season-ending home clash with Coffeyville Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20. Still on the line is clinching a home playoff berth and an outside chance of overtaking league-leading Cowley College, A sweep of the final two games and two Cowley losses in the Tigers’ final three games would vault KCKCC into a tie for the Jayhawk Conference championship. Cowley (8-1) leads the league followed by KCKCC (7-3), Butler County (5-3-1), Coffeyville (5-4), Johnson County (5-5), Neosho County (1-6-1) and Allen County (0-9). The Blue Devils did all their scoring against JCCC in the final five minutes of the first half. Freshman Kayley Pedersen of SM West scored on a free kick from outside the box on a shot that just cleared a leaping JCCC goalkeeper Isabelle Joseph with 4:12 left and. freshman Madison Broeker of Lincoln, Neb., followed with a with a breakaway goal with 1:06 remaining in the half. “We played well,” said KCKCC assistant coach Sara Matthews, who has taken the coaching reins while head coach Shawn Uhlenhake recovers from major surgery. “Kayley Pedersen not only scored but shut down a lot of JCCC’s attack before it got to the back line and was able to play balls through to our forwards. Maddy Broeker also provided a lot of energy to the front line and Tina Alvarez stepped up to provide quality minutes in the midfield.” KCKCC got a stellar effort from goalkeeper Jaidyn Takaishi and the Blue Devil defensive back line of Paige Liston, Sydney Guerra, Katrina Sargent and Alex Schemmel. A freshman from Olathe North, Takaishi had six saves on 10 Cavalier shots. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils got off 14 shots against two JCCC goalkeepers. “I am so very proud of this group,” said Matthews. “Our young program’s goal over the last couple of years has been to make the playoffs for the first time. But we can’t lose focus on our preparation every day. This season is not over. We have a chance to host a playoff game so we need to keep our sights on one day at a time.” Ranked No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings, the Blue Devils boosted their overall record to 10-3. “What’s important now is how we go out and earn our successes,” said Matthews. “The season is a grind for every team and while we’ve had our ups and downs, we have shown the competitive heart to win close games. We’ve become a force to be reckoned with and we can’t wait to grow the program even more.”
  • KCKCC's First Win over Butler is also first over a Top 10 team
    September 30, 2019
    Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s soccer team continues to make history. Not only was the Blue Devils’ 4-2 win over No. 8 ranked Butler County the first ever over the Grizzlies in 12 clashes, it was KCKCC’s first win ever over a Top 10 team. More so, the win boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 8-2, the most wins in college history. Finally, the four Blue Devil goals are the most scored by a Jayhawk Conference opponent against Butler since 2010 and the loss marked the first time the Grizzlies have lost two home conference games in the same season since Butler’s inaugural season in 2012. The win tightened KCKCC’s hold on second place in the Jayhawk at 4-2 heading into a home contest with Neosho County Wednesday at 5 p.m. League-leading Cowley College (6-1) hosts Butler Wednesday and then will entertain the Blue Devils in a pivotal collision Saturday at 2 p.m. Led by freshman Melissa Siegel of Endingen, Germany, KCKCC built a 3-0 halftime lead and led 4-0 before Butler scored twice in the final 24 minutes. Siegel scored three goals – two on penalty kicks – to power the Blue Devil offensively. Siegel’s first goal came just 17 minutes into the game, a right-footed shot just inside the right post from 20 yards out after taking a one touch assist from freshman Connie Hughes. Seven minutes later, Siegel scored on a penalty kick following a Butler handball in the box. Sophomore Karleigh Enyart made it 3-0 just before halftime with a 30-yard missile over Butler goalkeeper Lexi Winkle. “A really solid first half, one of if not the best start we’ve had all season against a very tough team,” said KCKCC assistant coach Sara Matthews. “We worked hard to earn a goal in the second half but let them gain a little momentum. A season is about learning lessons along the way; we need to continue to do so to put together a full 90 minutes.” Siegel’s second penalty kick goal 10 minutes into the second half made it 4-0. The kick came after Butler’s Sandra Thiman was issued a yellow care for a tackle in the 18-yard box. Hannah Becker ended KCKCC’s shutout bid on a free kick from 25 yards in the 66th minute and Karter Corini got the Grizzlies final goal on a deflection in the 71st minute. “When this team is focused and prepared to play, it’s a very difficult team to beat,” said KCKCC head coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “The players are really fun to be around and loved to be challenged. Luckily, we are in a conference that serves up weekly challenges albeit it a very difficult league. Although great to get a win at Butler, we still haven’t made the playoffs yet. Our goal is to get into the playoffs.” The Blue Devils have five games to go including three at home. In addition to Neosho Wednesday, KCKCC hosts Johnson County Friday, Oct. 11; and Coffeyville Sunday, Oct. 20. At first place Cowley Saturday at 2 p.m., the Blue Devils also go to Allen County Oct. 16. “This is a team worth watching,” says Uhlenhake. “They’re an exciting group of young ladies to watch. Sometimes the excitement isn’t always in our favor but these young ladies are representing this community and this college like no other women’s soccer team.”
  • Lady Blue Devils protect share of First with 7-0 shutout
    September 24, 2019
    Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 19 ranked Lady Blue Devils tightened their hold on a share of first place in the Jayhawk Conference with a 7-0 blanking of Allen County Saturday. The fifth win in a row for the Blue Devils (7-1) sets up the toughest road schedule of the season – at Coffeyville Wednesday at 5 p.m. and at No. 6 Butler County Saturday at 7 p.m. KCKCC and Cowley share the Jayhawk lead at 4-1 followed by Butler (3-1-1), the only team to defeat the Blue Devils this season. “The toughest week of the season, for sure,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “We’re playing good teams on the road and then add all the travel. And it’s still early. The second round of play is going to be real difficult. We’re going to be facing big challenges.” The Blue Devils were led by freshmen Corrine Hughes, who had a ‘hat trick’ with three goals; and Melissa Siegel, who had two goals and two assists including a blistering free kick from 25 yards out. Sophomore Tina Alvarez and freshman Madison Broeker added the other goals. KCKCC led only 2-0 at the half. Siegel scored what would be the only goal the Blue Devils would need with a shot from outside the box just three minutes into the game and Hughes made it 2-0 late in the half on a header assisted by Kayley Pedersen. Hughes’s second and third goals opened the second half and put the game out of reach. The goals came on assists from Pedersen and Alvarez. Broeker’s goal came on a rebound on a shot by Siegel and Alvarez beat goalkeeper Phoenix Michaelis on a deflection of a corner kick from Siegel. KCKCC’s lone international student from Endingen, Germany, then finished the win when she rocketed a free kick home from 25 yards out. “That was unstoppable,” said Uhlenhake. “The goal of the game,” agreed assistant coach Sara Matthews. “The inside post might still be ringing from how hard she hit that shot.” The Blue Devils finished with 23 shots including 19 on goal. “Allen’s keeper was good with good hands,” said Matthews. “Her saves saved a lot of goals (12).” “We came out slow and were not connecting,” said Uhlenhake. “The defense was not connecting with the midfielders and the midfielders were not connecting with the forwards. We led 2-0 but it was kind of sloppy. But the second half we startedconnecting and returned to being a dangerous team. Melissa was unstoppable and Corrine Hughes has a rare talent of finding ways to score goals. Defensively, we were organized and didn’t give up a goal but had trouble connecting.” “We really didn’t turn on the fire until second half,” added Matthews. “Going into the second half we’re going to need read to pounce from the first whistle. But we’re learning from every game and getting a number of players good field time and experience with good results.” PHOTO IDENTS (unstoppable) Freshman forward Melissa Siegel delivers the goal of the game in KCKCC’s 7-0 win over Allen County Saturday, a blistering shot from 25 yards out from which Red Devil defenders had no chance. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
  • First National Ranking and First win of JCCC
    September 20, 2019
    It was a 24 hours of firsts for women’s soccer at Kansas City Kansas Community College. On Tuesday, the Lady Blue Devils learned that they were nationally ranked for the first time in the 8-year history of the sport – No. 19 in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll. On Wednesday, they validated the ranking by defeating Johnson County 3-2, the first win ever over their arch-rivals in Overland Park. “Obviously, it’s good to get a win over our cross-town rival,” said fourth year Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “We beat a good team today, another step that shows we’re competing at a high level. It’s also great they’re getting the recognition they deserve. It’s a team that enjoys competing and being around each other. They’re having fun and when you’re having fun it’s easier to go to practice and they’re getting positive results. But it’s so early in the season and so much left and now everyone will be coming after us.” The win boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 6-1 with the only loss to No. 6 ranked Butler County 3-2 in overtime. At 3-1 in Jayhawk action, the Blue Devils and Cowley (3-1) trail Butler (3-1-1) by a half-gme. KCKCC is right back in action Saturday, hosting Allen County at 5 p.m. before embarking on a treacherous road trip to Coffeyville next Wednesday and Butler a week from Saturday. Trailing JCCC 1-0 early, the Blue Devils surged to a 3-1 lead on an exhaustingly hot day with temperatures in the 90’s. “It was miserably hot and Johnson County came at us very hard the last 20 minutes,” said Uhlenhake. “But we battled through it. It was tough. I feel fortunate to get away with a win.” The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead at the 24:52 mark of the opening half on a goal by Kayla Ambrose on an assist by Gail Logan before the Blue Devils surged ahead 2-1 on a pair of deflections in the final seven minutes of the first half. Sophomore Karleigh Enyart got the tying goal off a corner kick at 38:03 and 1½ minutes later, KCKCC had a 2-1 lead on a shot from 15 feet out by freshman Connie Hughes on an assist from sophomore Kayla Deaver. What proved to be the winning goal came just seven minutes into the second half, an unassisted missile by freshman Melissa Siegel from 30 yards out into the upper right corner of the net. “An absolutely beautiful free kick,” said Uhlenhake. “She’s come close all year and finally put one away, a great goal.” JCCC’s Ambrose scored her second goal the game on an assist from Kayla Flores with 26:33 remaining before the Blue Devil defense held firm headed by freshman goaltender Jaidyn Takaishi, who had five saves on the Cavaliers seven shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils launched nine shots on goal against two JCCC goaltenders. The KCKCC win was the first in 11 contests with the Cavaliers although the two teams battled to two ties last season. JCCC leads the all-time series 7-1-3.
  • Butler escapes KCKCC with 5.9 seconds left in overtime
    September 06, 2019
    As losses go, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 3-2 overtime loss to nationally ranked Butler County Wednesday night was as painful as they come. Butler came into the contest ranked No. 4 by the U.S. Soccer Coaches Assn. and No. 5 by the NJCAA but it was the underdog Lady Blue Devils who led much of the game. Butler’s tying goal came with just 12:51 remaining on a 45-yard free kick that hit off the hands of KCKCC goalkeeper Jaidyn Takaishi and bounced behind her to Sandra Thiman, who had an open net for the score. Then to add insult to injury, the Grizzlies won it with 5.9 seconds remaining in the first extra period on a 35-yard missile from Maizi Garwood, a freshman from Brentwood, England. “We were very fortunate to score the second goal,” said Butler Coach Adam Hunter. “I think 99 times out of 100 the goalkeeper is not dropping that ball. In overtime, Maizi picked up a ball and took a smart, sensible shot on goal and man – what a shot! She hit a pill. Give KCK a lot of credit to make us fight that hard for the win.” The loss was the first in three starts for the Blue Devils, who resume Jayhawk Conference action Saturday in a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Neosho County in Chanute. The win was the fourth in a row for Butler (6-1). Despite the disappointing loss, KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake was pleased with the Blue Devils’ effort. “I think this proved we’re a competitive team; we led the majority of the game and really played well,” said Uhlenhake. “Good teams make you pay for your mistakes. We made them pay for some mistakes but unfortunately they capitalized on one more mistake than we did. We just have to build off what we learned tonight.” The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead when freshman Kayley Pedersen hit Corrine Hughes crossing into the box with a perfect pass that Hughes blasted into the net with 29:42 left in the first half. “A great goal,” said Uhlenhake. The lead held up until the 9:14 mark when the Grizzlies’ Acsa Reyes headed in a shot from just in front of the goal on a corner kick. KCKCC went back ahead 29 minutes into the second half when freshman Madison Broeker took a pass from Melissa Siegel and beat goalkeeper Lexi Winkle with a left-foot blast into the right corner of the goal. Fired up by the goal, the Blue Devils controlled the ball much of the next 15 minutes before the Grizzlies avoided what would have been the Jayhawk Conference’s biggest upset of the season. “Our entire backline really played well,” said Uhlenhake. “Alex Schemmel and Paige Liston were out on an island on the outside and did really well. This was by far the most entertaining game we’ve played on our field.” Defensively, Takaishi was credited with five saves on Butler’s 10 shots while the Blue Devils got off nine shots. One of Butler’s saves came on a breakaway in the final three minutes by KCKCC’s Kayla Deaver, who had her shot deflected out of bounds by Winkle.