Women’s soccer begins undefeated in division play
BY JAMES PAXSON, SPORTS EDITOR
The Women’s soccer team started off the 2016 season right where they left off last season, sitting on top of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The team currently is 3-0 in conference play and 3-2 overall.
This season’s squad has a very different look to it without some big players, especially last year’s captain Shae-Lynn Van Gassen. Gassen scored 35 goals in 19 games and helped lead the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 National tournament. Also leaving was goalie Katie Danglemaier who put up four shutouts and finished the year with a record of 15-3.
“Both this season’s team and last season’s team are good in different ways. Last year was a great year with a lot of success; it is hard to beat last year,” said head coach Dave Carver.
This season started a little different with a lot of new freshmen faces than last year. Last season the team did not receive their first loss until 15 games into the season on October 17; they also shut out their first ten competitors.
“Last season we just rolled through and beat every team, we didn’t have much competition in the regular season which hurt us in nationals. This year is better that we had more competition against higher ranked teams and that will make us a better team in the long run,” said sophomore forward Katie Vitella.
Two Shutouts in a Row
Schoolcraft showed some of the domination the team acquired last year with two shutouts against two tough competitive teams. The lady Ocelots played in Livonia on the new and improved home turf on Sunday Sept. 11 against Ancilla College from Donaldson, Indiana.
Schoolcraft got the game in their hands with complete domination as soon as they started. Freshmen forward Lauren Wynns got an unassisted fast goal at the start of the game in the first eight seconds. Wynn’s had an unbelievable game by scoring two goals in the first half and assisting another goal at the beginning of the second half.
“Katie has been very impressive in the beginning of this season, she will be a big help throughout the year,” said Sophomore Captain Colleen Mckay.
Schoolcraft won the match 9-0 with goals scored by Lauren Wynns, Colleen Mckay, Olivia Borgdorff, Eliss Jenkins and Devon Powers. Mckay had a hatrick by scoring three goals in the match two in the first half and one in the second.
On Wednesday August 31, Schoolcraft travelled to University Center in Frankenlust Township to play the Pioneers of Delta College. The game started close with only one goal scored in the first half by Schoolcraft’s sophomore forward Devon Powers at the 18 minute mark.
Schoolcraft’s defense showed their power by only allowing Delta to shoot three shots on net and blocking all of them. The Ocelots scored three goals in the second half with Powers Mckay and Jenna Smith to help Schoolcraft prevail again with a 4-0 shutout.
Schoolcraft will hit the road for three games beginning on September 18 as they play Cincinnati State Technical and CC followed by a rematch game with Ancilla in Donaldson, Indiana on Friday Sept. 23. The last game of the road trip will be on Sept. 28 against Muskegon.
To find out schedules and past scores go to the MCCAA website at www.mccaa.org.