For the first time in history, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team will enter a new season as the defending Jayhawk Conference champion and nationally ranked. But also will come with a big bullseye for Jayhawk rivals.
“Anytime you start a season with a national ranking, there will always be a target on your back,” says sixth year head coach Shawn Uhlenhake of his 16th nationally ranked Blue Devils. “We’ve had a lot of success against conference teams the last two seasons so they’ll be coming very hard at us. If you want to be a nationally ranked team, you have to beat a nationally ranked team and that’s us.”
The Blue Devils open the season Wednesday when they’ll host Neosho County at 5 p.m. and then entertain Cowley College Saturday at 2 p.m. in a collision of last year’s East and West champions.
The last two seasons, the Blue Devils won 25 games, more wins than KCKCC had won in its first seven seasons. The 2019 team finished 13-4 (most wins ever); the 2020-21 team 12-4-1 and earned an at-large berth in the NJCAA DI national tournament along with the Jayhawk championship.
However, graduation took eight starters from those two teams, leaving Uhlenhake with only six returnees around whom to build. “We’ll be leaning a lot on our sophomores,” says Uhlenhake. “Although there’s only a handful, we think they’ll be up to the challenge and the freshmen will follow the lead. It’s hard to explain to the freshmen what they’re getting into. With so many newcomers, they have to see it to believe it.”
Heading the list of returnees is 5-5 midfielder Katharina Oelschlager, a COVID freshman from Germany. The Jayhawk Player of the Year last spring, Oelschlager scored 13 goals and had nine assists. Also returning to the starting lineup will be midfielder Kaylee Shaw of Leavenworth, defender Grace Runyan of Blue Valley and goaltender Suzie Lopez of Turner, who has moved to a forward spot this spring. Also returning are midfielder Piper Newell of Wichita and defender Samantha Wojahn of Park Hill,
Uhlenhake’s biggest concern is at forward where he has no returnees. “It’s really critical because it’s an unknown position and you have to score goals to win,” he says. Lopez, who played one game at forward last spring and scored a goal, will be joined by freshmen Gabby Lopez of Platte County, Rand Tabb of Ruskin of Ruskin and Addison Leonard of Park Hill South on the front line.
Strength will be at the midfield position where Oelschlager, Shaw and Newell all return. “They’re good leaders and organizers; we’ll need their experience,” says Uhlenhake. Freshmen Lena Bauer of Germany, Jasmine Alcantara of Raytown South, Aislann Harrison of Staley, Samantha Calderon of Sumner Academy and Rosana Kasemier of the Netherlands make for a deep and talented midfield corps.
Runyan is the only returning defensive starter although Wojahn saw playing time and William Penn transfer Zoe Ganley has playing experience. ”Runyan is a great leader and that’s huge,” says Uhlenhake. Freshmen defenders vying for starting berths include Kate Erpelding of Eudora, Kayleigh Sumier of Belton and Ellie Heimann of Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel,
Leah Williams, a 5-9 freshman from Eudora, will be in goal. “She’s got length we haven’t had before, is a good shot stopper and will challenge and take team’s best shots,” says Uhlenhanke, who is again being assisted by Jefferson Roblee.
The Blue Devils will play a 13-game schedule with all games against Jayhawk Conference rivals. Also, all games will be played either on a Wednesday or Saturday. Butler County at No. 11 is the only other Jayhawk Conference team ranked nationally. Butler and KCKCC will collide in the Blue Devils first road game Sept. 8 and then Butler will be at KCKCC Oct. 12.
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s magic soccer ride kept right on rolling Tuesday.
Despite a 1-0 deficit and a 1½-hour rain and lightning delay, the Lady Blue Devils rallied with two goals in the final 14 minutes of the second half for a 3-1 win over Dodge City and a berth in the Region VI DI semifinals.
KCKCC (12-1-1) will take on Barton County (11-3-1) Saturday at the Stryker Soccer Complex in Wichita. It will be the second meeting of the two teams, the Blue Devils winning 3-2 at Barton Sept. 24. Game time has not been announced but it is expected KCKCC and Barton will collide at noon with Hutchinson (8-3-3) meeting Butler County (6-8) at 2 p.m. in Saturday’s other semifinal. The finals will be played Sunday and all contests are scheduled to be streamed on the KJCCC or NJCAA websites.
“This might be the first day we’ve had the entire starting eleven in good health since the middle of the season,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “The group may get anxious at times but its put us in the best situation going into the playoffs.”
While almost the entire first half was played in Dodge City territory, it was the Blue Devils who trailed 1-0 when the Conquistadors’ Gabby Staley beat KCKCC goalkeeper Susie Lopez to a misplaced kick for an open net goal with 6:15 remaining in the first half. It was only the 10th goal given up all season, the fewest in the Jayhawk Conference.
However, the Blue Devils quickly responded, Maddy Broeker scoring from in front of the goal on a pass from Melissa Siegel with 2:45 left in the half. “The score just before halftime was very important,” said Uhlenhake. “We were playing well and had some really good opportunities but our shots were right at the goalie or just off. I wasn’t concerned, it was just a matter of when we scored although in the playoffs you never know.”
Jaidlyn Yingling broke the 1-1 tie with 13:23 left in the game. Getting assists from Broeker and Paige Liston, Yingling poked home the go-ahead goal in a scramble in front of the goal. Less than three minutes later, Katharina Oelschlaeger added an insurance goal on an assist from Kennia Acuna Soto with 10:56 left.
Unofficially, KCKCC got off 31 shots to just six for Dodge City. “Our midfielders (Kayley Pedersen, Accuna Soto, Oelschlaeger) took control of the game, winning all the goal kicks and punts,” said Uhlenhake. “And in doing that, it allowed our forwards to run in. When we do that, we’re a hard team to beat.”
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There were smiles and grins all around after KCKCC’s 3-1 win over Dodge City Tuesday that advanced the Blue Devils into the semifinals of the Region VI DI playoffs in Wichita Saturday. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
Lightning struck twice in a matter of seconds for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s unbeaten women’s soccer team Wednesday
Two goals in the span of 45 seconds earned the Blue Devils a 2-0 win over arch-rival Johnson County and the Jayhawk Conference East championship – the college’s first. “We’re going to get a banner,” said an excited Blue Devil forward Corrine Hughes.
Vaulting up to No. 6 in the latest NJCAA DI rankings, the win was the 11th in a row for the Blue Devils and put them in position to wrap up the Region VI championship with a home win over Hutchinson Saturday (2 p.m.) or at Coffeyville a week from Saturday.
Scoreless through the first half, the Blue Devils struck with a flurry. Freshman Katarina Oelschlaeger broke the 0-0 deadlock when she fought through a scramble to drive a shot just inside the right post at 36:26. Just 45 seconds later at 34:49. Maddy Broeker took a pass from Kayley Pedersen from in front of the goal and her kick got past a diving Cavalier goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.
“We’ve been notorious for scoring in bunches,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “We got the first goal out of a scramble and then came right back down the field with a good finish for the second one.”
The Blue Devils got an outstanding performance from freshman goalkeeper Susie Lopez, who had a couple of spectacular diving and mid-air saves in the first half and then blunted every Cavalier challenge in the second half. It was the seventh shutout of the season for Lopez and backup Mia Tomasic, who have allowed only five goals all season.
“Lopez had a great game,” said Uhlenhake. “She’s very good at making reaction saves. Anything in front of her, she’ll get. And the defense has done a good job of protecting Susie and Mia, not allowing a lot of shots by getting in the way of the ball and blocking shots. No one is getting wide open shots; everything is being challenged.”
The Blue Devil lineup has pretty much been intact this season with Jaidyn Yingling, Paige Liston, Katrina Sargent and Grace Runyon on the back line; Melissa Siegel, Kaylee Shaw and Pedersen at midfield; and Hughes, Oelschlaeger and Broeker at the forwards.
Uhlenhake said the win was “More of a relief than anything. The last two years our goal has been to win conference. Soccer is the only sport without a banner in our building. With so many games in the first week (4), I could not tell our players how important each game was but they’ve responded well. But I didn’t expect to be 11-0.”
The Blue Devils’ final two games will be against the two teams that are second in the two divisions. Hutchinson (5-3-2) trails Cowley (9-1-1) in the West while Coffeyville (7-3) is KCKCC’s closest pursuer in the East.
Kansas City Kansas Community College celebrated its climb into the Top 20 of the NJCAA’s DI women’s soccer ratings with a 6-0 blanking of Neosho County in Chanute Monday.
Ranked No. 19 in the latest poll, the win comes on the heels of a 2-1 win over No. 16 Cowley last Friday. However, another ranked foe looms next for the Blue Devils – a home collision with No. 12 Butler County Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Sophomore Corrine Hughes of Grain Valley had two goals and an assist to lead the Blue Devils while freshman Katharina Oelschlager had a goal and an assist and soph Kayley Pedersen two assists.
The Blue Devils took a 2-0 halftime lead despite going into a strong wind and then dominated the second half. Hughes got the first goal on an assist from Oelschlager early in the first half, then reciprocated with a pass to Oelschlager late in the period for the 2-0 lead.
“Scoring those two goals was big for us,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “But everything between those goals was tough. Neosho defended well making it tough for us to score. Once we got with the wind, the ball basically never left their half of the field. We had a lot of scoring opportunities.”
Once playing with the wind, the Blue Devils widened the gap. Hughes scored on a pass from Pedersen and Melissa Siegel had an unassisted goal for a 4-0 lead. Freshman Kennia Accunia from Olathe North and sophomore Caroline Rutledge closed out the scoring, Rutledge scoring on an assist from Pedersen.
Freshman Susie Lopez of Turner got her second shutout in goal with help from another frosh, Mia Tomasic, who just joined the squad from the KCKCC volleyball team.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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)
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.
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.
Powered by strong defensive play and a new look offensively, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout over Allen County at Iola Saturday.
The win was the first in Jayhawk Conference play for the Lady Blue Devils, who are 2-1-2 heading into a conference doubleheader at Coffeyville Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Lady Blue Devils then return home Saturday to host perennial conference power Butler County in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
Cristina Alvarez, a freshman forward from Seattle, Wash., scored two unassisted goals in the first half for a 2-0 halftime lead and KCKCC made it 3-0 early in the second half on an unassisted goal by Catherine Small of Wichita Maize.
“Offensively, we connected play between the midfielders and forwards for the first time this season which led to some good scoring opportunities,” said KCKCC Coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “Our third goal really gave us the confidence to put the game away.”
Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Alee Alter of Kearney had six saves in posting her third shutout in five games this season. “The defense played very well, holding one of the top forwards (Destinee Smith) in the conference without a goal,” said Uhlenhake. “All in all, a good team performance. Allen County is a good team and will be tough to beat when they come here Oct. 16.”
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KCKCC opens women’s home soccer season Aug. 22
Sophomores will lead the way for this fall’s Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team.
Six sophomores and one transfer will be joined by 13 freshmen when the Lady Blue Devils open the 2018 season with a home contest with State Fair Wednesday, Aug. 22. The first kick will come at 6 p.m.
“We’ll be depending on the sophomores for leadership, that’s for sure,” says third year Blue Devil head coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “We’ll have some growing pains but so far, this group has shown a real willingness to work for each other which is a great step in the right direction.”
The Blue Devils will have leadership at both ends of the field. Last season’s leading scorer, Itzel Almanza, returns at the forward position while Jessica Hill of Topeka Shawnee Heights will again be in goal. “We expect Jessica to be a leader in the nets and most happy to have the return of Almanza at forward along with transfer Jasmine Blindt,” said Uhlenhake, who said the two sophs may be paired together at forward. A high school teammate of Hill at Shawnee Heights, Blindt transferred from Hutchinson Community College.
Two Shawnee sophomores, Madison Plake of DeSoto and Trinity Rosberg of Shawnee Mission North, will anchor the midfield while Carmen Rush of DeSoto and Shayla Lee of Shreveport, La., will head up the defense.
Where additional playing help will come will hinge on the progress of the big freshman class. “Young players in new roles takes time and game experience,” says Uhlenhake. Take Alee Alter, a freshman from Kearney for example. “Alee can play every position on the field and we may play her at every position, maybe even in goal.”
Christina Alvarez from Seattle, Wash., and Sydney Guerra of Perry, Iowa, head a list of promising newcomeers along with a trio of area freshmen, Karleigh Enyart of Olathe Northwest, Alex Schemmel of DeSoto and Erin Williams of DeSoto, and the Liberal duo of Ruth Nunez and Arlene Ruiz.
Catherine Small of Wichita Maize will be joined at midfield by two KCK products, Fatima Rebollo of JC Harmon and Olivia Lainez of Sumner Academy while freshman Martina Glenn of Bonner Springs will back up Jessica Hill as goalkeeper.
“Position changes will be made,” says Uhlenhake. “With so many freshmen, they are going to get a chance to step in and see a lot of playing time. So far our freshmen have been a breath of fresh air. They’ve come in with a lot of energy and revived the sophomores with their enthusiasm to work with them.”
The Blue Devils will be without three freshman, Mable Mayes of Norman, Okla,, who is out with an injury, and Abby Peterson of Wichita South and Grace Ankrom of Van Horn, both of whom are being red-shirted because of injuries.
The Blue Devils, who are coming off seven wins – the most in KCKCC history – will play a home-and-home schedule with their five Jayhawk Conference rivals, Allen County, Neosho County, Johnson County, Coffeyville and Cowley College. “It’s going to be tough, like it always is,” says Uhlenhake.
Uhlenhake is being assisted by former Avila University head coach Sara Matthews in her first season and goalkeeper coach Kenny Mayer in his second season.
Sophomores (from left) Jasmine Blindt, Jessica Hill, Itzel Almanza and Shayla Lee and (second row) Carmen Rush, Madison Plake and Trinity Rosberg will lead the way when Kansas City Kansas Community College hosts State Fair in the season opener Wednesday, Aug. 22. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
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.
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s soccer teams posted their second Jayhawk Conference sweep of the season Tuesday, the Blue Devil men winning a thrilling 2-1 overtime decision over Neosho County after the Lady Blue Devils had posted a 2-0 shutout.
The sweep sets up the final home games of the season for both teams Friday, the Lady Blue Devils kicking off at 5 p.m. against Allen County with the men following under the lights at 7:30 p.m.
Freshman Hiago Gaspar’s goal less than three minutes into overtime won it for the Blue Devil men, who boosted their Jayhawk record to 4-3. Sophomore Jesus Galvan of J.C. Harmon gave KCKCC a 1-0 lead in the first half only to have Neosho County tie it with 19 minutes left in the second half.
Deadlocked in a scoreless first half, the KCKCC got second half goals from freshmen Marivel Gomez of Jarrel, Tex., and Bailey Zinser of Lansing for the 2-0 women’s win. It was the fourth goal of the season for Gomez, who was assisted by freshman Emily Lutz of Toronto. Jessica Ibarra, a sophomore from Piper, got the shutout in her first start of the season at goalkeeper. “It was our second win in the last three matches going into a tough game against Allen County Friday,” said Coach Shawn Uhlenhake, whose Blue Devils are 3-5 in Jayhawk C
New Kansas City Kansas Community College women’s soccer coach Shawn Uhlenhake has put ‘community’ at the forefront in building his first Lady Blue Devil team.
Sixteen of the 24 members of the 2016 team played at Kansas City Kansas high schools. Two others come from Leavenworth County and two from nearby Shawnee Mission North High School. “We will always have a group of athletes from the local high schools,” says Uhlenhake.
The Blue Devil roster includes five graduates of Sumner Academy, four from J.C. Harmon, three from Piper, two from Wyandotte and one each from Washington and Bishop Ward.
The Blue Devils open the season this coming Monday at Blue River Community College in Independence and then open at home against State Fair Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.
“Right now, we’re still in the process of sorting out what everyone’s role is on the field,” says Uhlenhake, who was not hired until mid-April because of a change in coaches. “I definitely feel it’s a team with the potential to get better. The overall attitude has been great, everyone shows up for training and does everything that we ask. All in all it’s a fun group with which to work.”
While there are nine sophomores on the roster, only six played last season –Cheyann Lake, Katie Trzok and Jessica Ibarra, all of Piper; Liz Falcon of Harmon and Veronica Samaniego of SM North, all of whom are defenders; and goalkeeper Hannah Bishop of Van Horn in Independence.
However, two other sophomores have past KCKCC experience, midfielder/defender Heidi Chavez of Bishop Ward who played on KCKCC’s first women’s team in 2011; and Friday Landford, a forward from Harmon who played two years ago. Norma Montes, a Harmon grad who transferred from Maple Woods, rounds out the corps of sophomores as Hannah Bishop’s lone challenger at goalkeeper.
“We expect the sophomores to show the way, not only on the playing field but how to handle classes, training and other facets of lifestyle off the field,” said Uhlenhake, who has named Cheyann Lake and Veronica Samaniego sophomore captains along with freshman captain Bailey Zinser, a midfielder from Lansing.
Two freshmen, Joseline Oregon of SM North and Emilie Lutz of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, are the main challengers to Landford at the forward position while midfield and defensive positions are wide open.
Freshmen midfield candidates include Marisol Rangel, Shaytel Nieto and Amber Chavez, all of Sumner Academy; Carolina Sotelo and Jennyfer Lucero, both of Wyandotte; Wendy Salinas of Harmon; Karla Gonzalez of Washington; and Marivel Gomez, a midfielder/defender from Jarrel, Tex.
Leading defensive candidates from the freshman corps include Alejandra Jiminez and Ana Suarez, both of Sumner Academy; Brenna Stoffle of Leavenworth; and Sarah Capps of Denham Springs, LA.
For the first time, the Blue Devils will face each of their Jayhawk Conference rivals twice as part of a home-and-home format. Other teams in the conference include Johnson County, Cowley College, Butler County, Coffeyville, Neosho County and Allen County. Non-conference foes will include Blue River, State Fair and Maple Woods.
A 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, Uhlenhake played on four teams that qualified for national tournaments – two each at State Fair and Lindenwood University. He began his collegiate coaching career at Barton County for one year before coaching both the men’s and women’s teams at Western Texas College the last four seasons.
Uhlenhake is being assisted by Katie Kelly, an All-American defender at Marquette University. A Kansas City native who helped St. Teresa’s Academy win three Missouri state high school championships, Kelly played one professional season with FC Kansas City and five years in Sweden, Germany and Finland before retiring at the end of the 2015 season to begin a career in coaching.
Not only did goalkeeper Maria Hansen and her Kansas City Kansas Community College teammates post their fourth shutout of the season Tuesday, the Lady Blue Devils did it against the No. 11 ranked team in the nation
KCKCC WOMEN’s SOCCER TO RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team is on an October journey to do more than just win soccer games and secure a berth in the regional playoffs.
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lady Blue Devils will be raising money for the Great Kansas City Susan G. Koman Foundation at their four home games during the month.
Donations will be accepted at the gate for the following games: Johnson County, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.; Dodge City, Friday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.; Hutchinson, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m.; and Barton County, Monday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Donations will also be accepted in the KCKCC Athletic Department or by mail to KCKCC Women’s Soccer, 7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS. 66112.
“This is a great opportunity for our ladies to play for a cause bigger than themselves,” said KCKCC Coach Jeremy Wizmer. “I have personally lost a family member to breast cancer and in the past I’ve coached players who lost parents and relatives to breast cancer. So this month will bring forth a great deal of emotion and passion. From this point on, it is not about winning or losing. It’s about bringing together a community and fighting for a good cause and ultimately the biggest win, bringing an end to breast cancer.”
The women’s soccer team at Kansas City Kansas Community College has gone to the dogs – and that’s a good thing.
Taking a break from practice and studies, the Lady Blue Devils spent a Saturday volunteering at the Humane Society Animal Shelter in Kansas City, Kan. Litter boxes were cleaned, storage units organized and waste bins emptied along with any other needs.
“Dogs were also taken out for exercise and kicking a soccer ball around and a few of the ladies had the opportunity to rescue a young cat that had been abandoned,” said KCKCC Coach Jeremy Winzer. “Getting out and serving the community is very important. My group of ladies have big hearts and were more than willing to give up their Saturday to help out. We definitely look to see ways to help even more in the community.”
Volunteering at the Humane Society Animal Shelter in KCK provide a photo opportunity for Kansas City Kansas Community College women soccer players (front row, from left) Emily Soetart, Cynthia Conchas, Loida Carranza and Cheyenn Lake; and (back row) Madison Simmons, Karen Ruiz-Gonzalez, Jade Davila, Veronica Samaniego and Veronica Navarro. Not pictured Leticia Ramos and Katie Trzok. (KCKCC Photo)
Maria Hansen is the first Kansas City Kansas Community College woman’s Jayhawk Conference soccer player of the week.
A 6-foot freshman from Copenhagen, Denmark, Hansen was named Goalkeeper of the Week for her outstanding play in the Lady Blue Devils’ 2-1 overtime win over Maple Woods. Hansen had six saves in the win and helped set up both KCKCC goals. Hansen first advanced the ball to Bonner Springs freshman Allie Ledbetter, who then crossed the ball to Piper’s Katie Trzok for KCKCC’s first goal. Hansen then advanced the ball up the left flank 40 yards which led to Trzok’s game-winning goal in overtime.
Earlier this season, Hansen posted a shutout against Lincoln College. “Division I talent, she could play any position on the field,” says KCKCC Coach Jeremy Winzer. “A very unselfish player, she will do anything to help this team win. She’s a real leader with her communication skills and the confidence she brings to the rest of the team.”
The Blue Devils will be trying to even their season’s record at 3-3 Tuesday when they host Garden City in a Jayhawk contest at 5:30 p.m. The game will be followed by a men’s game at 8 p.m.
Two goals by former Piper standout Katie Trzok, the second in overtime, has given the Kansas City Kansas Community College women’s soccer team its first two-game winning streak in the short history of the sport.