Ocelots reign supreme

Women’s soccer continues to shut down competition

BY MITCHELL SUMNER
STAFF WRITER

IMAGES BY JAKE MULKA | PHOTO EDITOR Sophomore Forward Cienna Rael-Whitsitt (17) battles a Delta defender for possession of the ball on Sept. 23.

IMAGES BY JAKE MULKA | PHOTO EDITOR
Sophomore Forward Cienna Rael-Whitsitt (17) battles a Delta defender
for possession of the ball on Sept. 23.

Schoolcraft Women’s Soccer is showing no signs of slowing down this season, as they currently stand with a record of 7-0-0. In total, the team has scored 58 goals and has no goals against. The team has consistently shown chemistry, confidence and passion in their playing to produce win after win.

“The fact that we have so many great players who are working hard all of the time—it brings us together. There’s no separation between us,” said sophomore midfielder Erin McDonald.

The lady Ocelots hosted second place contenders in the MCCAA, Delta College, on Sept. 23 for another win, 7-0.

Delta played a strong defense against the Ocelots in the first half, but Schoolcraft came through with a goal by sophomore captain and forward Shae van Gassen at the 10:11 mark, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Following van Gassen’s goal in the first half, two more goals were powered in by freshmen midfielders Colleen McKay at the 30:33 mark and Devon Powers at the 33:58 mark, both of which were assisted by sophomore defender Lacey Chanady.

Schoolcraft proved to be the better team in the conference as four more goals were added in the second half. McKay racked up her second goal of the game at the 54:06 mark, assisted by sophomore midfielder Kelly Schmidt. Sophomore midfielder Tori Koontz then scored at the 62:24 mark with an assist by Powers. Finally, Freshman forward Katie Vitella added two points to the board at 56:32 minutes, assisted by Chanady, and the final goal at the 79:48 mark, assisted by freshman forward Samantha Alatto.

As the Ocelots continue their dominance in scoring and shutting out competitors, they still have times during the game that cause anxiety, such as their competitors scoring goals.

Head coach, Dave Carver said, “It’s a bit of burden. It’s in the back of your mind: when is the first goal coming against us, and how are we going to react when it does come?”

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Sophomore Midfielder Emily Mulcahy (12) battles two Delta forwards for possession of the ball on Sept. 23.

The Ocelots’ strong offense and defense have proven what kind of competition they bring to the field game after game. Van Gassen has also demonstrated through her on field play that she is a valued player and has what it takes to lead Schoolcraft to a National Championship. In addition Van Gassen has been named NJCAA Division 1 player of the week for the second time this season.

“I’m pretty excited,” Van Gassen said. “It’s my second time, and I really wasn’t expecting that.”

She has added seven goals, and six assists in their last three games.

Schoolcraft continued with a successful week, as they defeated Jackson Community College on Sept. 20 with another double digit scoring shutout, 13-0. This is the team’s second victory over Jackson. During the previous matchup the Ocelots routed the Jets, 15-0 in the first game of the season on August 26.

As the Ocelots approach the second half of the season, the team plans on taking one game at a time.

Sophomore goaltender Katie Dangelmaier has not allowed a single shot past her this season.

“I have my backline to help; they are a huge help,” said Dangelmaier.

The Ocelots have three remaining home games scheduled against Owens Community College on Oct. 9, Muskegon on Oct. 11 and Ancilla on Oct. 16 before they head into post season tournaments.

For more information about stats, rosters and schedules, visit http://www.MCCAA.org.

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