Soccer player Jazmin Gac graduates with honors, earns Magna Cum Laude
December 12, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - A total of three current and former Stephens College student-athletes received their degrees Friday, Dec. 12 during fall commencement ceremonies. Stephens President Dianne Lynch conferred degrees on roughly 50 graduate and undergraduate students at the ceremonies held in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall.
Headlining the group of student-athletes was senior Jazmin Gac, who graduated magna cum laude, an honor bestowed upon students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 to 3.89. Gac was a three-year varsity letterwinner on the soccer team and played a key role on defense for the Stars.
Also joining Gac was Tara Chronister, a member of the Stars’ cross country team for three years (2011-13) and Mary White, who played softball in 2013.
Award-winning actor, therapist and children’s theatre facilitator Sara Herrnstadt Crosby ’76 delivered the keynote address. Crosby received her B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens and enjoyed a varied acting career based out of New York City. Her roles brought her to Off-Broadway, television and film as well as regional theaters.
Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl, both earning B.F.A.s in film, delivered remarks on behalf of the undergraduate class while Sandra Silva, who is earning a Master in Strategic Leadership, represented the graduate class.
By sport, here are the current/former student-athletes completing their degrees in December 2014:
Cross Country (1) - Tara Chronister, B.S. in Biology
Soccer (1) - Jazmin Gac, B.S. in Fashion Marketing & Management
Softball (1) - Mary White, B.S. in Fashion Marketing & Management
Gac, Martin, Ponder and Wilson become soccer program’s first NAIA Scholar-Athletes
December 3, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced this past week that 578 women’s soccer student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. A total of four Stephens College soccer players made the list including Jazmin Gac, Anna Martin, Briannica Ponder and Dani Wilson.
It marks the first year that Stephens has placed students on the Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete list. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
In early November, the quartet of Gac, Martin, Ponder and Wilson also received recognition for their academic achievements with a spot on the AMC Academic All-Conference team.
Senior defender Jazmin Gac, a fashion marketing & management major from Louisiana, Mo. has carried a 3.79 grade-point average, while playing three seasons for the soccer Stars. During her career, Gac played in 37 matches and made 23 starts.
Junior defender Anna Martin, a strategic communications major from Florissant, Mo., has maintained a 3.66 GPA and played the past two seasons for the Stars. She has been a mainstay on the backline for Stephens, starting in 28 matches.
Senior goalkeeper Briannica Ponder, a theatre major from St. Louis, has maintained a 3.58 GPA. A three-year letterwinner, Ponder had a record-setting season in 2013 as she set an NAIA single-game record for most saves in a match with 36 stops against Lyon College. In addition, the goalkeeper finished the season ranked first in the NAIA in saves per game (14.20) and total saves (255). She logged two career wins in goal and started in 17 contests.
Junior midfielder Dani Wilson, a fashion design & product development major from St. Louis, carries a 3.67 GPA and has been a member of the team since its resurrection in 2012. The two-time captain has made 34 career starts and notched a pair of goals during the 2013 season.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here.
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Andrade becomes second player in program history to earn AMC All-Conference honorable mention; Stars also land 10 on AMC Academic All-Conference squad
November 13, 2014
ST. LOUIS - After leading the Stephens College soccer team in points scored for the second straight season, Stars midfielder Kenzie Andrade earned All-AMC honorable mention, the league announced on Thursday.
The announcement marks the second time in program history that the Stars have garnered American Midwest Conference honors. Former Stephens goalkeeper Taylor Baker was named AMC All-Conference honorable mention in 2012 during the Stars’ first season of NAIA competition.
“For every second of her two years as player and captain, Kenzie has been the driving force in talent and passion for the Stephens soccer program’s continued improvement,” head soccer coach Xander Kennedy said. “I feel immense pride that her abilities and contributions have now been recognized by the conference with this award.”
Andrade, a native of Columbia, Mo., transferred from MCC-Maple Woods and looked to provide a spark for a young, upstart program. Two years later, she leaves the program as the all-time leader in goals (7), points (18), assists (4), shots (77), shots on goal (38) and game-winning goals (2).
Despite playing from the midfielder position this year, Andrade made the most of her opportunities and improved her numbers in nearly every offensive category. During the 2014 campaign, Andrade set new single-season records on offense with four highlight-worthy goals, three assists, 54 shots and 27 shots on goal.
Making a strong case for an AMC All-Conference nod, Andrade scored half of her goals this season against AMC opponents. Both scores marked the program’s first goal against the respective programs – Missouri Baptist and Freed-Hardeman. The other goals came in non-conference competition against Faith Baptist Bible and Lincoln Christian.
Also on Thursday, the league announced the recipients of the AMC's Academic All-Conference award. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be in his/her second term of attendance at the institution and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the nominating institution. The Stars landed 10 student-athletes on the list including Andrade, Rose Baka, Sammy Dorman, Jazmin Gac, Kirsten Izzett, Anna Martin, Joelle Mason, Briannica Ponder, Sarah Vitel and Dani Wilson.
Stephens soccer shows drastic improvement in 2014; allowed 120 fewer goals than 2013
October 29, 2014
PARKVILLE, Mo. - Down by just three at halftime, the Stephens College soccer team was unable to hold off Park University on Wednesday evening. The Pirates pulled away after halftime with six second-half goals and reached the 10-win plateau for the eighth time in nine seasons.
Flashing back to the 2013 matchup, Stephens was held without a shot and saw Park total 63 shots in a 21-0 loss. On Wednesday, the Stars made sure that history wasn’t repeated. This time around, the Stars put up six shots and allowed just 37 shots on the night.
Playing her final game in a Stephens uniform, captain Kenzie Andrade registered the first shot on goal in the 17th minute, followed by a shot on target by Morgan Daniels with 12 minutes remaining in the half.
Park forward Shnell Briscoe, who racked up 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists) against the Stars last season, put the Pirates on the scoreboard in the sixth minute of play and again at the 19:38 mark. PU tapped in one more goal to extend its lead to 3-0 before the break.
In the second half, Pirates’ Allison Anderson added two goals in the first 15 minutes to earn a hat trick. Park continued to place the ball well and outrun the SC defense, which ultimately led to four more goals to make it 9-0 by the end of the game.
Andrade, the heart and soul of the Stephens offense the past two seasons, notched four shots and two shots on goal against the Pirates. Daniels and Sarah Vitel accounted for the team’s other two shots. Unfortunately, the Stars couldn’t break through and find the back of the net.
Playing all 90 minutes, goalkeeper Amanda Chapman put up another gutsy performance for the Stars, laying her body on the line and coming up with 13 stop. It marked the eighth double-digit save performance in 12 matches.
The Stephens soccer team finished the 2014 season with a record of 3-14, 0-11 AMC. Despite a two-game improvement from last year, the Stars are still in search of their first win in American Midwest Conference play.
The Cougars outshot Stephens 34-6 on Monday and scored all 10 goals in the first half
October 27, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Stephens College soccer team (3-13, 0-10 AMC) closed out its home schedule on Monday with American Midwest Conference’s top team Columbia College. The Cougars, who came into the game with a 9-5-1 overall record, clinched their second straight AMC regular season championship with a 10-0 shutout of the Stars.
The crosstown opponent got to work early as Tiffany Weaver juked a defender and put one in the back of the net in the fourth minute. Columbia tacked on six more goals over the next 15 minutes and increased its lead to 7-0 by the 18:16 mark. By halftime, the Cougars had increased the scoring margin to 10-0.
Playing a fundamentally sound game, Columbia consistently made quick passes and created several breakaway opportunities for its offense. Despite being put in a difficult position, Stephens goalkeeper Amanda Chapman pulled in 13 saves.
Captain Kenzie Andrade notched two shots in the first half, both of which were solid attempts. One was pulled in by CC goalkeeper Flavia Rosado, while the other one missed wide right.
Following halftime, Columbia shut down its offense. In fact, the Cougars, who registered 34 shots in the first half, didn’t take a single shot attempt in the second period. CC worked on possessing the ball the remainder of the match, while Stephens found a few holes in Columbia’s approach and recorded four more shots, three of which were on target.
The Stars’ top scorer, Kenzie Andrade, finished the afternoon with three shots on goal in four attempts. Freshmen Gerica Curry and Rachael Long each had one shot a piece to round out the SC offense.
The Stephens soccer program will wrap up its 2014 campaign with a road match on Wednesday at third-place Park University. Kick off is set for 5 p.m. in Parkville, Mo.
Stephens honors three seniors (Kenzie Andrade, Jazmin Gac, Briannica Ponder) on Friday night at Cosmo Park
October 24, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Playing under the lights for Senior Night, the Stephens College soccer team played a great game defensively, but came up short in a 3-0 loss to Johnson & Wales (Colo.). It marked the fewest goals allowed by the Stars since a 2-0 loss to Harris-Stowe State on Sept. 24.
The Stars (3-12, 0-9 AMC) held the Wildcats to a scoreless draw up until the 39th minute when the visitors drew a lucky bounce and capitalized. An infrequent source for an assist, the JWU goalkeeper Rayanna Gossett booted the ball past the midfield line and saw it hop over the SC backline. Forward Chay Stark controlled the ball and delivered a goal to the lower right.
Johnson & Wales fired off an onslaught of shots in the first half (21), however it was Stephens goalkeeper Amanda Chapman who was a human highlight reel. The Kansas City, Mo., junior pulled down eight saves by halftime and nine in the second half, including many that were placed extremely well. In addition to her saves, Chapman’s big-play ability forced the Wildcat offense to change their shot location on a several occasions.
Stephens continued to play solid defense after the break and played another 30 minutes of scoreless soccer. In the 76th minute, JWU extended its lead off a free kick. Amanda Thoe had a 1-on-1 opportunity, shot high and dumped the ball over Chapman’s head.
In what looked to be a 2-0 finish, the Wildcats added one more insurance goal in the final minute of play aided by a pass behind the SC defense.
Senior Kenzie Andrade paced the Stars on Friday evening with two shots, both of which were on goal. Defender Cassie Huett and midfielder Sarah Vitel each added one shot apiece to bring the team total to four. JWU outshot the Stars 41-4.
Stephens will wrap up its five-game homestand with crosstown opponent Columbia College on Monday, followed by the season finale at Park on Wednesday.
2014-15 Senior Class
#6 Kenzie Andrade | Midfielder/Forward | Columbia, Mo. | Rock Bridge High School (MCC-Maple Woods)
With her extensive soccer background and previous experience at the collegiate level, Andrade immediately gained the respect of her teammates and has been voted a team captain in each of her seasons at Stephens. She has also set the bar with her performance on the field, providing benchmarks for years to come. She currently holds single-season and career records in almost every offensive category including goals, assists, points, shots, shots on goal and game-winning goals. She has started all 33 matches the past two seasons and has seven career goals and four career assists to her credit. Andrade registered the program’s first-ever multi-goal performance in 2013 with two goals and one assist versus Faith Baptist Bible College.
#3 Jazmin Gac | Defender | Louisiana, Mo. | Clopton High School
Gac has been a part of the program for all three years since Stephens reinstated soccer as a varsity sport. Her speed and competitiveness on the field has not gone unnoticed. During three seasons with the Stars, Gac has made 23 starts, including all 18 matches in 2013. Last season, Gac also showed off her shooting skills as she knocked in a long-range goal at home against Harris-Stowe State on Sept. 25, 2013.
#99 Briannica Ponder | Goalkeeper | St. Louis, Mo. | Ritenour High School
Like Andrade, Ponder has set some standards for her position. As a theatre major, Ponder is a third-year senior, and has logged nearly 2000 minutes in goal for the Stars. She has played in 30 career games and made 17 starts during her record-setting seasons in 2013. Last season, Ponder set a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) single-game record for most saves in a match when she recorded 36 stops on the road against Lyon College. In addition to the single-game record, Ponder finished the season ranked first in the NAIA in saves per game (14.2) and total saves (255). She has logged two career wins in goal.
The Stars were down by just one at halftime before FHU scored four second-half goals
October 23, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Soccer captain Kenzie Andrade scored a beautiful first-half goal on Thursday to set a new single-season record for the Stephens College soccer team. Despite the record-breaking goal, the Stars lost at home to Freed-Hardeman University, 6-1.
The Lady Lions got on the scoreboard early with a goal in the seventh minute. Julianne Renner, who scored another goal later in the contest, delivered a powerful shot that ricocheted off Amanda Chapman’s hands and into the net. FHU knocked in another score at the 29:00 mark, but that was the last the Lady Lions would get in the first half.
In the 41st minute, Stephens got deep into Freed-Hardeman territory and capitalized on the experience of Kenzie Andrade. The senior midfielder/forward possessed the ball in the box, turned around her defender and then delivered a left-footed shot to the top left corner. With her team-leading fourth goal of the season, Andrade narrowed the margin to 2-1 before the break.
At halftime, Freed-Hardeman led the shot battle, 14-3, and it didn’t look any brighter for the Stars in the second half. The Lady Lions outshot Stephens 23-2 in the second half and increased its lead to 6-1 by the end of the contest.
FHU midfielder Taylor Jenkins recorded a hat trick with three goals on eight shot attempts. Julianne Renner also had a multi-goal game for the Lady Lions.
Andrade paced the Stars with four shots, three of which were on target. SC goalkeeper Amanda Chapman registered 90 minutes in net and had four saves in each half.
The Stars will return to the pitch on Friday evening at Cosmo Park (Field #4) for a night match against Johnson & Wales-Denver at 6 p.m.
Stephens was unable to find the back of the net after firing off three shots in the first six minutes
October 21, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Plagued with injuries to several key starters, the Stephens College soccer team struggled at home Tuesday as it was shut out by Hannibal-LaGrange University, 13-0. The Lady Trojans (6-8, 5-4 AMC) received a boost offensively from midfielder Stephanie Hall, who knocked in a game-high six goals.
One of the bright spots for Stephens in the first half was the quick start on offense. The Stars wasted little time pushing the ball upfield into Hannibal-LaGrange territory and fired off three shots in the first six minutes. Captain Kenzie Andrade contributed two shots (1 SOG) along with midfielder Morgan Daniels. Unfortunately, the team combined for just one more shot the rest of the half.
HLGU’s Juliana Lopes Roberto started off the scoring in the seventh minute and Stephanie Hall followed with three consecutive goals in an eight-minute stretch. By halftime, the Lady Trojans had extended their lead to 8-0 on 25 shot attempts.
Stephens head coach Xander Kennedy subbed in goalkeeper Jordan Mayle after the break and received a solid performance from the sophomore. Mayle picked up one save and along with the defense helped the decrease the Trojan goal output by three in the second half.
For the third straight meeting, Hannibal-LaGrange prevented the Stars from finding the back of the net. Andrade, Stephens’ top offensive weapon, had a team-high three shots, two of which were on target. Morgan Daniels registered two shots and midfielder Dani Wilson had one.
The Stars continue their busy stretch with home games on Thursday, Friday and Monday. Originally scheduled for Oct. 9, Freed-Hardeman (5-7-1, 2-6 AMC) comes into town on Thursday for a 2 p.m. meeting with Stephens.
Aggressive second-half play by Stephens not enough to overcome 3-0 deficit
October 12, 2014
ST. LOUIS - Behind a second-half goal by Kenzie Andrade, the Stephens soccer team snapped a four-match scoreless slump and fought hard in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Tuesday evening. And once again, the Stars received a strong showing from its junior goalkeeper Amanda Chapman, who puled in a new career-high 19 saves.
Stephens dropped to 3-8 overall, while St. Louis College of Pharmacy won its second game of the season and improved to 2-4.
Neither team showed much on offense during the first 30 minutes of the game, but a foul near the Stephens box opened the door for the Eutectics. STLCOP’s Morgan Giessler took the free kick from 19 yards out and earned the assist on Christina Arackal’s goal in the 38th minute.
At halftime, St. Louis College of Pharmacy led by a slim 1-0 margin. In addition to the strong defense, Chapman made a statement in goal with nine saves in the first half. The Stars offense on the other hand had just one shot attempt in the first 45 minutes.
STLCOP opened the second half with a pair of Jordyn Norde goals to increase its lead to 3-0. Shortly after the Eutectics’ third goal, Stephens registered its third shot of the game. And, the third time was the charm for the Stars. Andrade, the team’s leading scorer entering the match, knocked in a goal in the 70th minute and brought her season total to three.
Other Stars who notched shots on the day included Morgan Daniels and Rose Baka. Andrade recorded one more shot on goal in the final minutes that was brought in by STLCOP goalkeeper Melissa Maxiner.
Stephens returns to Columbia to begin a five-game homestand. On Saturday, the Stars will host new AMC member Lindenwood University-Belleville for a 2 p.m. contest.
Stephens suffered a 6-0 setback and was shut out for the fourth straight match
October 12, 2014
FULTON, Mo. - The Stephens College soccer team lost a 6-0 decision to William Woods (4-5-2, 3-1-2 AMC) Sunday afternoon at Firley Field. With the loss, the Stars dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-6 in American Midwest Conference (AMC) action.
Junior goalkeeper Amanda Chapman grabbed a career-high 13 saves on Sunday, surpassing her previous best by one. Earlier in the season, Chapman recorded back-to-back performances with 12 saves versus both MacMurray College and Manhattan Christian College.
Stephens held off the Owls for the first 15 minutes of the match before Sarah Krispin scored an unassisted goal and opened up the floodgates. William Woods struck while the iron was hot and tacked on two more goals in the 19th and 20th minutes, both scored by Jordan McNamara.
The Owls padded their early lead with one more goal to take a 4-0 advantage into halftime. At the break, SC goalkeeper Amanda Chapman had already collected 11 saves on 21 WWU shot attempts.
Following a pair of header goals in the 47th and 59th minutes, the Stars were able to contain the William Wood attack, limiting the Owls to just five shot attempts and only one on target the remainder of the contest.
As for Stephens, the Stars’ offense was efficient in its shot selection, but couldn’t find the back of the net for the fourth match in a row. The Stars recorded three shots on goal in five attempts on Sunday afternoon.
While the offense has struggled to put up points lately, the defense continues to improve. Last year, 10 of the Stars’ opponents scored double-digit goals compared to this season where they have yielded more than 10 goals in just two contests.
The Stars will travel to future AMC soccer member, St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Tuesday evening. Kick off for the first-ever meeting between the two teams is at 7 p.m.
Stars’ goalkeeper Taylor Crowder made eight saves in the loss
October 3, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Stephens College soccer team (3-6, 0-5 AMC) was held scoreless for the third game in a row, falling to Lyon College by a score of 11-0 on Friday. Due to poor field conditions at Cosmo Park, the Stars were forced to play at Hickman High School’s Robert M. Lemone Field, which has FieldTurf installed.
In addition to playing under the lights and on an unfamiliar surface, the Stars also had to battle less than ideal weather conditions: temperature in the mid-40s.
The Stars’ defense did a great job of holding off the talented Lyon squad (5-4-1, 3-2-1 AMC) in the beginning of the match, but surrendered the game’s first goal at the 9:02 mark. Scots’ Anna Waldman started off the scoring and is a name that popped up frequently throughout the first half.
In fact, Waldman scored four goals in the first half to put Lyon ahead 4-0 heading into halftime. While Lyon distanced itself, freshman goalkeeper Taylor Crowder had a solid performance in the net for Stephens as she posted eight first-half saves including a diving save in the 38th minute.
The Scots continued to make crisp passes and find their way behind the Stars’ defense. This posed a problem often creating one-on-one opportunities and giving the SC goalkeeper’s little chance of stopping the attack. Lyon notched seven more goals in the second half and kept the Stars off the scoreboard, despite four shots on goal in the game by Stephens’ Sarah Vitel (2), Kenzie Andrade (1) and Bridget Teixeira (1).
Next week on Thursday, the Stars play host to Freed-Hardeman University. Kick off is set for 2 p.m. at Cosmo Park.
Stephens was shutout by the Bulldogs and managed just one shot on goal
September 27, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Benedictine University Springfield scored 11 goals in the first half in a 13-0 shutout over the Stephens College soccer team on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Stars drop to 3-5 on the season and have now lost four in a row after starting the season 3-1.
Right from the start, the Bulldogs fired away, particularly forward Lyndi Saccaro, who notched the first four goals of the game in the first six and a half minutes. By the 30-minute mark, Benedictine had taken a 9-0 lead and added two more goals before halftime. Stephens was held without a shot in the first half of the match.
Stephens midfielder/forward Sarah Vitel registered the team’s only shot on the day in the second half, coming just a minute after the break. Defensively, the Stars cut down Benedictine’s shot total significantly, limiting the Bulldogs to 13 in the second half in comparison to 31 in the first half. In goal, freshmen Taylor Crowder got her first career start and was credited with five saves and six goals allowed. Relieving Crowder was goalkeeper Olivia Brocious. In her first action this season, Brocious logged 33 minutes in goal with eight saves and seven goals allowed.
In all, eight different BENU players found the back of the net on Saturday.
The Stars have a few tough tests coming up next week as they play host to Columbia College (Oct. 2 @ 4 p.m.) and Lyon College (Oct. 3 @ 7 p.m.).
Stephens shut out the Hornets in the second half, limiting the home team to seven shots
September 24, 2014
ST. LOUIS - After jumping out to a quick start and winning three of its first four games, the Stephens College soccer team has now lost three straight, all coming against American Midwest Conference (AMC) opponents. On Wednesday, Harris-Stowe State scored two first-half goals and that was all it needed to claim a 2-0 shutout over the Stars.
No doubt it was a physical game from the get go, but it seemed to be a little bit of luck and a little bit of positioning working in favor of Harris-Stowe State. The Hornets took the 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on a goal scored by Katelyn Cherry. A shot that first hit the left post, bounced off the iron and trickled along the goal line until it was enough to get the Hornets on the scoreboard.
Following an injury to starting goalkeeper Briannica Ponder, freshman Taylor Crowder came in off the bench for her first appearance in a Star uniform. Crowder immediately made her presence known with a save on a powerful and well-placed ball by HSSU’s Cherry.
Just before halftime, the Hornets were again in the right place at the right time. At the 41:36 mark, Harris-Stowe’s Alexis Traylor drew Crowder out of the box and got a shot off that again found its way to the goal line and barely found the right side of the net.
Even though HSSU recorded 16 shots and controlled possession for most of the first half, the Star defenders did a superb job of forcing off-target shots.
Both teams continued to play stout defense, keeping the ball between the 20s for most of the second period. Stephens allowed just seven shots in the final 45 minutes and Taylor Crowder pulled in two more saves for the Stars.
Upperclassmen Sarah Vitel and Kenzie Andrade led SC with two shots apiece with Andrade logging the only shot on goal for the Stars.
Also of note, freshmen Rachael Long and Miranda Mammen logged their first career starts on Wednesday.
The Stephens soccer team (3-4, 0-3 AMC) will travel to Illinois on Saturday to face Benedictine-Springfield, who enters the match with a 5-2-1, 2-0 AMC record.
Outscored 22-0 in the first two meetings, Stars finally put up a goal against MBU
September 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Stephens College soccer team (3-3, 0-2 AMC) faced a tough match-up at home on Saturday afternoon, falling to Missouri Baptist, 7-1. Senior midfielder Kenzie Andrade scored the lone goal for the Stars and squelched all hopes for a Spartan shutout.
Missouri Baptist (2-3-1, 2-0 AMC) was the first to get on the scoreboard when Taylor Giese sent a cross to the middle of the box in the 12th minute and Melissa Patchin finished it with a shot to the lower right corner. Then in the 16th and 17th minutes, the Spartans utilized speedster Mary Lee to knock in a pair of goals and extend their lead to 3-0.
Stars’ starting goalkeeper Amanda Chapman left the match due to injury following the third goal and was relieved by Stephens’ single-season and career saves record holder, Briannica Ponder.
MBU’s Mary Lee completed a hat trick with a header into the back of the net at the 31:19 mark. At halftime, the Stars trailed 4-0 with just three shot attempts.
Out of the break, Stephens continued to push forward and finally found the right scoring opportunity. Although a bit unconventional, Kenzie Andrade played a ball that was nearly 40 yards out. Placing it perfectly out of reach for MBU back-up Haley Meinhart, the ball sailed in and gave the Stars their first-ever goal against Missouri Baptist.
Both teams traded possession and played sound defense over the next 24 minutes, however, the Spartans had another stretch of goal opportunities that they capitalized on. At 78:19, Hannah McElroy increased Missouri Baptist’s lead to 5-1 with a shot from outside the box and off Ponder’s hands.
MBU secured two more goals which took place just 32 seconds apart in the 82nd and 83rd minutes.
Andrade led the Stars on offense with a team-high in goals (1), shots (4) and shots on goal (2).
Stephens returns to the pitch on Wednesday as they travel to St. Louis to play conference opponent Harris-Stowe State at 2 p.m.
Stephens College registered just five shots on the day, none of which were on goal
September 18, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Opening American Midwest Conference (AMC) play on Thursday with Williams Baptist, the Stephens College soccer team was shutout, 5-0, at home. The Stars are now 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the AMC, while the Eagles move to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
Williams Baptist midfielder Marlo Stacy, who scored four goals against the Stars in 2013, registered another hat trick and finished Thursday’s game with three goals. The quick and talented sharpshooter from WBC notched six shots on goal and scored a pair of goals within two minutes of each other.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute as Stacy intercepted a pass into a breakaway opportunity. Once inside the box, she sent it right above goalkeeper Briannica Ponder’s head. At the 14:32 mark, Stacy sent a hard enough shot at Ponder’s hands that it deflected into the back of the net. Williams Baptist added one more goal before the end of the half to take a 3-0 lead into the break.
The Stars allowed two more goals in the second half and were unable to connect on their limited shot attempts. Senior captain Kenzie Andrade recorded a team-high two shots, both off free kicks. As a team, Stephens logged just five shots and were held without a shot on goal for the second time this season.
Up next for the Stars is a 2 o’clock meeting with conference opponent Missouri Baptist on Saturday (Sept. 20).
Freshman Gerica Curry scored the game's only goal with the help of Kenzie Andrade, Rachael Vilord
September 13, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As a young and up-and-coming program, the Stephens College soccer team continues to break down several barriers. On Saturday, the Stars achieved another milestone as they recorded their first win against an NAIA opponent, shutting out Lincoln Christian University, 1-0.
Stephens (3-1, 0-0 AMC) had previously defeated opponents that are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and NCAA Division III.
One of the more unique parts of Saturday’s match was the fact that the game was played 9-on-9 as opposed to 11-on-11. LCU traveled just nine active players for Saturday’s soccer match at Cosmo Park and despite having a deep roster this season, Stephens head soccer coach Xander Kennedy made the executive decision to play 9-on-9 to accommodate the shorthanded Red Lions (0-3, 0-0 AII).
“We have been on the other side of that and it’s no fun to play 11 against nine,” Kennedy noted. “It was obvious throughout the entire game that we couldn’t quite figure out how to play with just nine players out there. We had at least 80 percent of the possession this game, but because we had two offensive pieces missing from our regular formation, it was hard to adjust.”
The Stars dominated the stat sheet on offense, but were unable to connect on several scoring opportunities. Stephens outshot the Red Lions 17-2 in the first half and entered halftime at a 0-0 deadlock.
SC midfielders Rachael Vilord and Kenzie Andrade each registered a shot on goal within the first 10 minutes of the second period, both of which were pulled in by LCU keeper Katie Stuva. The pair continued to work hard in the box and finally prevailed in the 56th minute. A quick pass from Andrade to Vilord was then finished off with a one-timer by freshman Gerica Curry, who recorded her first collegiate goal for the Stars.
Stuva remained a strong force in the net for Lincoln Christian pulling in five more saves following the game’s only goal. The real story in the second half was the lockdown defense played by the Stars. Stephens held the Red Lions without a shot and controlled possession for majority of the half. On the day, LCU attempted just two shots and only one on target.
Senior captain Kenzie Andrade registered a game-high nine shots and six shots on goal, while Vilord wasn’t far behind with seven shots (1 SOG).
Splitting the shutout were junior goalkeepers Amanda Chapman and Briannica Ponder. Ponder, who played the second half and was in goal during the gamewinner, was awarded the win.
Stephens College (2-1, 0-0 AMC) was shutout on the road, 5-0
September 11, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Stephens College’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday when Manhattan Christian College defended its home field and posted a 5-0 victory. The Stars, who entered the match undefeated at 2-0, were held to zero shots on goal and just 10 shot attempts.
The Thunder wasted little time and built a commanding 3-0 lead heading into halftime. It marked the first time all season that the Stars have trailed and they were unable to dig themselves out of the hole. Stephens registered seven of its 10 shots in the first half, but came away empty-handed. With two shots apiece, freshman Gerica Curry and junior Dani Wilson led the Stars in scoring opportunities before the break.
Manhattan Christian extended its lead in the second stanza to 5-0 and completely shutdown the Stephens offense aside from Kenzie Andrade’s three shot attempts.
Fresh off AMC Defensive Player of the Week honors, junior goalkeeper Amanda Chapman allowed five goals compared to a season best 12 saves.
The Stars have a quick turnaround as they host Lincoln Christian University for a tilt on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The junior was recognized by the AMC after posting 12 saves and the Stars’ first-ever shutout victory
September 8, 2014
ST. LOUIS - For the first time in her career, Stephens College goalkeeper Amanda Chapman has been named American Midwest Conference (AMC) Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday. The junior from Kansas City, Mo., picked up a shutout this week to help take down NCAA DIII opponent MacMurray College, 2-0.
Chapman has allowed just one goal in two matches this season and improved her record to 2-0. She also helped break ground for the young, but up-and-coming Stephens soccer team by registering the program’s first-ever shutout victory.
The MacMurray Highlanders, who defeated the Stars by a score of 9-1 in 2013, outshot Stephens 25-11 last Wednesday. Twelve of the shots were on target, giving Chapman 12 saves on the day. She currently ranks 17th in the NAIA in saves per game (8.00) and 25th in goals against per game (0.500).
Last season, midfielder Kenzie Andrade garnered AMC Offensive Player of the Week accolades, but Monday’s defensive award marks a first for the Stars.
Freshman Rachael Vilord gave the Stars a boost with a goal in each period
September 3, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - Freshman Rachael Vilord’s two goals and solid play at the midfield position helped Stephens College to a 2-0 shutout over NCAA Division III MacMurray College on Wednesday.
With the win, the Stars open the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 record and the program’s first-ever shutout victory and winning streak. This comes on the heels of a two-year stretch in which the Stars recorded just one win and 26 losses.
“This was an exciting team effort,” said head soccer coach Xander Kennedy. “Everyone contributed and we had some especially remarkable individual performances, including a two-goal effort from Rachael [Vilord] and a number of huge stops from Amanda [Chapman]. The thing I’m most excited about is the fact that this group of young women is nowhere near their ceiling yet.”
Vilord, who scored a goal in the season opener on Friday against Faith Baptist Bible College, was back at it again in the 15th minute. The Springfield, Mo., native gave Stephens a 1-0 lead after knocking one in from 25 yards out. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Vitel was credited with the assist.
Shortly after halftime, Vilord struck again. She’s quickly establishing a formidable duo with senior captain Kenzie Andrade, who for the second game in a row delivered an assist to the freshman. Off a perfectly placed corner kick, Vilord stood at the goal line and bodied the ball into the net for her second goal of the match.
Stars’ goalkeeper Amanda Chapman earned the clean sheet to improve her record to 2-0. Even more impressive was the fact that the Highlanders outshot Stephens 25-11 for the match and had 12 shots on target. Assisted by a strong defensive corps, the junior keeper from Kansas City, Mo., registered 12 saves and has allowed just one goal in two matches.
Stephens continues its two-game roadswing on Thursday (Sept. 11) with a 4 p.m. matchup at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kan.
Vilord, Andrade goals build early lead; Defense buckles down after FBBC goal off PK
August 29, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior captain Kenzie Andrade had a goal and an assist to lead the Stephens College soccer team to a season-opening 2-1 win over Faith Baptist Bible College at Cosmo Park on Friday afternoon.
It marks the first time in program history that the Stars have opened the season with a victory.
Not long after Friday’s 30-minute lightning delay, freshman Rachael Vilord broke open the scoreless tie in the 17th minute. On the receiving end of an Andrade pass, Vilord delivered a strong shot to the hands of FBBC keeper Laura Sturgis. What appeared to be a save, turned into the first goal of the 2014 season as Sturgis lost grip of the ball and watched it trickle in.
Vilord, who played defense in high school, made a statement at midfield as she registered three more shots on goal following her goal. Controlling much of the possession in the first half, the Stars had several opportunities to build a cushion.
After missing high on a few and hitting the crossbar on one, midfielder Kenzie Andrade finally found her shot in the 40th minute. From 30 yards out, the Columbia, Mo., native locked in on the top left corner and put it in the back of the net. Freshman Morgan Daniels was credited with the assist.
Stephens took a 2-0 advantage into halftime and led in the way in both shots (15 to 4) and shots on goal (6 to 3).
The Star defense continued to limit the Eagles offensive production, however in the 57th minute, FBBC Kristen Passwaters got behind Stephens’ back line of defense. Drawing a foul in the box, Passwaters also took the penalty kick and snuck one past Stephens goalie Amanda Chapman to narrow the margin.
Following the PK goal, Stephens tightened up its defense and allowed just one shot during the remainder of the contest.
Chapman logged all 90 minutes at keeper and registered four saves along the way. On the offensive end, Rachael Vilord paced the Stars with eight shots and four on goal. Also recording multiple shots on the day were Andrade (5), Daniels (4) and freshman Gerica Curry (3).
Next up for Stephens is an away match at NCAA Division III MacMurray College on Wednesday (Sept. 3).
Two-year varsity letterwinner at Central High will play forward/midfielder for Stars
June 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Stephens College soccer program has announced the addition of Rachael Long to the 2014 squad.
Hailing from Cape Girardeau, Mo., the forward/midfielder will make her way to Stephens after playing three seasons under head coach Dan Martin at Central High School. While a Tiger, Long started on varsity as a junior and senior. During her sophomore season, she bounced between both the JV and varsity squads. She was named JV team captain and earned the Silver Boot Award for scoring the second-most points in 2012.
The 5-foot-7 student-athlete has been equally productive in the classroom. An honor roll student all four years, Long graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a National Honor Society member. She also received a yearbook excellence award as well as student of the month recognition.
Long was also active in student organizations such as FBLA, orchestra and student senate. An active member of her church, she has participated in five mission trips with her youth group.
Rachael, daughter of Jeffrey and Lois Long, plans to major in biology with a pre-med emphasis at Stephens.
At Raytown South, Chapman earned a starting spot at goalie as a freshman
June 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Looking to build quality depth, the Stephens College soccer team took a step in the right direction with the addition of goalkeeper Amanda Chapman, a 2012 graduate of Raytown South High School. A junior transfer from MCC-Longview, Chapman has all four seasons of soccer eligibility remaining.
Chapman was an immediate contributor on the pitch as a freshman and sophomore for head coach Dan Porter and the Cardinals. At age 16, the 5-foot-8 goalkeeper was a two-year starter and had enough high school credits to earn her diploma and move on to college. Aside from high school soccer, the Kansas City, Mo. native played club for SSC Fire.
In addition to soccer, Chapman also played JV basketball (2010-11) and ran cross country (2011-12). Outside of athletics, the RSHS honor roll student was involved in debate, student council and volunteered at a local animal shelter.
Amanda, the daughter of Karen Chapman, plans to study pre-veterinary medicine while attending Stephens.
June 12, 2014
BUDA, Texas – Stephens College head soccer coach Xander Kennedy recently announced the signing of Vicki Vargas, a 2014 graduate of Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas.
With a limited soccer background, Vargas will bring a different dynamic to the Stars’ defense. Since her sophomore year, the 5-foot-4 athlete has ran cross country at Hays High School.
Away from athletics, Vargas volunteered at Austin ISD schools and was a community officer for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club.
Vicki, daughter of Antonio Vargas and Griselda Galindo-Vargas, plans to follow the pre-med track and minor in creative writing at Stephens.
Gardner comes in with an extensive club soccer background
May 30, 2014
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Stephens College soccer team strengthened its backline with the recent addition of Caitlyn Gardner, a Francis Howell North High School senior.
The defensive-minded Gardner was recruited by Stars’ head coach Xander Kennedy to play defensive midfielder, defender and wing. At Francis Howell North, the 5-foot-4 athlete played on the freshman and JV teams in ninth and 10th grade. However, as a junior, she decided to take a step back from high school soccer and focused on work, class president responsibilities and year-round club soccer.
On the club circuit, Gardner spent time playing for the Tony Galvin and Metro Strikers club teams as well as at the Panathinaikos (PAO) Soccer School. She was coached by the likes of Nick Campagna, Tony Galvin, Steve Jose, Sam Fahardi and Nicholas Karidis. During that period, she help her team to three separate second-place finishes at college showcase tournaments including Just for Girls Iowa College Showcase, Blues City Blowout and the Zionsville Invitational.
An honor roll student all four years, Gardner took complete advantage of the extracurricular opportunities at Francis Howell North. Throughout her high school career, she was a member of student council and club class delegates. As a junior and senior, she was a member of the nationally recognized marketing club (DECA) and also was selected into the mentoring program.
At Stephens, Gardner plans to major in fashion communications, while minoring in event planning. Caitlyn is the daughter of David and Lisa Gardner.
Wren spent two seasons on varsity at Southern Boone HS
May 30, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Looking to build depth for his third season at the helm, Stephens College head soccer coach Xander Kennedy has added Columbia, Mo. native Carlene Wren to the ever-growing roster.
Wren, a 5-foot-5 midfielder, arrives at Stephens with four seasons of soccer eligibility. The 2010 Southern Boone High School graduate played JV soccer as a freshman and sophomore before earning a varsity letter in her final two seasons.
Previously enrolled at Moberly Area Community College and Central Methodist University, Wren plans to major in psychology and minor in English at Stephens.
Carlene is the daughter of Jason and Heather Wren.
The two-way athlete brings with her 16 years of basketball and eight years of soccer experience
May 29, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College continues to expand its reach to students across the country and that is no different for transfer admissions coordinator and head soccer coach Xander Kennedy. More than 1,800 miles from Columbia, Mo., Kennedy scored a commitment from Hanford, Calif. native Bridget Teixeira.
Teixeira, who played two seasons of basketball at Reedley College, will be a dual-sport athlete at Stephens, competing on the soccer and basketball teams. In the fall, she will arrive with four years of soccer eligibility and two seasons of basketball remaining.
With 16 years of basketball experience, the versatile Teixeira gave Reedley flexibility at several different positions including point guard, shooting guard, power guard and even in the post. Last season, the 5-foot-9 guard was named team captain and led the Tigers in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8).
In high school, Teixeira played three seasons on varsity at Fresno Christian High School. She helped guide the Eagles to an impressive 64-22 overall record and a perfect 24-0 mark in league play during that span (2008-11). In addition to being a second-team all-league selection, Teixeira played club basketball for Hanford Elite, Central Cal Swoosh and L.A. Swoosh.
Outside of athletics, the Fresno Christian high honor roll student was a National Society of High School Scholar (NSHSS) and was involved with high school theatre and government.
Bridget, the daughter of John and Deborah Teixeira, plans to major in psychology at Stephens.
Representing the Stars were eight sophomores and senior Polly Mytinger
2013 AMC Academic All-Conference Recipients (Fall Sports)
November 17, 2013
ST. LOUIS – The Stephens College soccer program collected another set of awards when the American Midwest Conference (AMC) announced its fall academic all-conference recipients on Saturday (Nov. 16). The Stars placed nine student-athletes on the women's soccer Academic All-Conference team, the fourth-most among league institutions.
Representing Stephens College on the Academic All-Conference team were sophomores Michaela Daniels, Bianca Fitzpatrick, Jazmin Gac, Kirsten Izzett, Anna Martin, Briannica Ponder, Illi Siegwald and Dani Wilson, along with senior Polly Mytinger.
Seventy-seven women's soccer players received the accolade, which recognizes student-athlete achievements in the classroom. In order to be eligible for the conference honor, student-athletes must be in at least their second term of attendance and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
The Stephens College soccer team earned the annual award for the second year in a row
November 15, 2013
ST. LOUIS – The Stephens College soccer team is the recipient of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Fair Play and Sportsmanship Award, the conference office announced Thursday (Nov. 14). Voted on by the league coaches, the Stars are back-to-back winners, having won the award in 2012 following their first season of AMC soccer.
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, ethical behavior and fair play on the field, a key focus of the NAIA's Champions of Character program.
"Last year, I really feel like we perhaps won the Fair Play and Sportsmanship award in part because we were not fully a soccer team in some ways," said head coach Xander Kennedy. "We had athletes who would go in hard for a ball and if an opponent fell over, would stop in the middle of the play and pick them up."
Kennedy went on to say that this year's team was much more aggressive, yet they conducted themselves in a manner that warranted the sportsmanship award.
Also for the second year in a row, the Stars' soccer team went the entire season without drawing a card (yellow or red).
"We have yet to receive any sort of disciplinary action while competing," Kennedy added. "That's a tribute to our young ladies who are competing hard, but doing so in a way that they don't get overly frustrated and don't let their emotions get out of control."
The Fair Play and Sportsmanship Award was announced on Thursday, along with all-conference honors, following the conclusion of the AMC Women's Soccer Championship match between Columbia College and Park University.
Stars unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities including pair of SOGs, crossbar shots
October 30, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – With heavy rain and less than ideal playing conditions, the Stephens College soccer team took the field for the final time in 2013 as it hosted Benedictine University at Springfield on Wednesday (Oct. 30). The visiting Bulldogs spoiled Senior Day at Cosmo Park, claiming a 15-0 victory over the Stars.
"It wasn't a perfectly satisfying conclusion to the season. I think that especially after the lightning delay, our ladies weren't mentally in it anymore," said second-year head coach Xander Kennedy.
Polly Mytinger, one of just four upperclassmen, was the only senior on this year's squad. Playing in her final game as a Star, the defender from Shawnee Mission, Kan. made her 21st career start in 23 appearances.
Benedictine-Springfield wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Taylor McPhillips scored the first goal 71 seconds into the match. Shortly after, the Bulldogs registered two more close calls including a Briannica Ponder save and one off the post. With a 1-0 ballgame, the Stars came knocking on the door as junior midfielder Kenzie Andrade was on a fast break and delivered a well-placed ball to the upper-right corner of the net. Unfortunately, a nice save by Benedictine goalkeeper Lindsay Taylor prevented Stephens from knotting the game at 1-all.
Less than a minute later, Andrade had another scoring opportunity, but came up short as her shot hit the crossbar and went out of play.
Down 5-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Stars' offense moved the ball deep into Bulldog territory and received a penalty kick after junior Kara Henry was tripped up inside the box. Andrade took the PK for Stephens, but for the second time in a row, shot high and nailed the crossbar. Benedictine scored one more goal before halftime to take a 6-0 lead into the break.
Following halftime, a patch of lightning forced the two teams to take cover for a 30-minute delay. When play resumed, Benedictine came back with even more energy and scored nine second-half goals.
For the match, midfielders Kenzie Andrade and Michaela Daniels led the Stars on offense with a combined six shots, including two on goal. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs rattled off 49 attempts and 28 shots on goal.
The Stephens College soccer team finished its second year under head coach Xander Kennedy with a 1-17 overall record, while going winless in AMC action at 0-10. The Stars knocked down several barriers throughout the 2013 season including the first lead, first multi-goal game and first program victory at Faith Baptist Bible College (Oct. 15).
"There are some reasons to be optimistic for the future," said Kennedy following the match. "We have gotten markedly better this season, however, we also need a better understanding of the sport across the board to really push the program forward."
Captains Kenzie Andrade, Michaela Daniels registered the only two shots for the Stars
October 26, 2013
HENDERSON, Tenn. – On the road for its fifth consecutive match, the Stephens College soccer team (1-16-0, 0-8-0 AMC) dropped its fourth AMC contest in a row in to Freed-Hardeman University. Struggling to produce on offense, the Stars were blanked 9-0 and were shut out for the 12th time in 2013.
The Lions wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they notched three quick goals in the 7th, 8th and 9th minutes. Ten minutes later, FHU was back at it again coming away with two more goals to increase its margin to 5-0.
Ten shots and 46 minutes passed before the Lions could muster another goal. FHU's Taylor Jenkins found the back of the net at the 65:42 mark and reached hat-trick status with the goal. The home team tacked on three more goals for the 9-0 victory.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, the Stars pushed the ball upfield into Lion territory and managed to get off two shots. Junior captain Kenzie Andrade placed one on goal that was brought in by FHU goalkeeper Jadey Richey, while sophomore Michaela Daniels recorded the Starsï¿½ other shot, one that missed wide.
Star sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in 14 saves on the day in addition to a pair of team saves credited to the Star defense.
The Stephens College soccer team will conclude its 2013 campaign on Wednesday (Oct. 30) with a home match against Benedictine University at Springfield. The lone senior on the team, defender Polly Mytinger, will be recognized on the Stars' Senior Day.
Stephens ended its two-game slump without a shot, posting three on goal against WBC
October 25, 2013
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – In the first of back-to-back road matches, the Stephens College soccer team (1-15, 0-8 AMC) encountered a Williams Baptist squad hungry for its first AMC and program victory. The Eagles, who entered the contest with a 0-14-1 overall record, coasted to a 6-0 victory largely due to five second-half goals.
The match remained scoreless for much of the first period as Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder posted seven saves in the first 40 minutes of play. Offensively, the Stars were able to end their slump of two games without a shot. Midway through the first half, sophomore Michaela Daniels delivered two shots on target that were pulled in by WBC goalkeeper Hunter Links.
Williams Baptist snuck a goal in before the half and broke open the 0-0 tie with a goal by Jeri Stacy in the 42nd minute. The home team managed to outshoot Stephens 12-2 and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Only two minutes ran off the clock before the Eagles' Jeri Stacy punched in another goal to increase their lead to two. Some unfortunate calls led to three WBC penalty kicks and on the third try, Stacy knocked in her third goal of the game giving the Eagles their first-ever hat trick.
The momentum continued in Williams Baptist's favor as the Eagles scored a pair of goals in the 62nd and 66th minutes and added one on for good measure in the 88th.
Stephens College captain Kenzie Andrade registered one more shot on goal for the offense to give the Stars three on the afternoon. Williams Baptist ended the match with 23 shots and 14 shots on goal.
The Stephens College soccer team will look to rebound from the 6-0 shutout with an 2 p.m. meeting Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.
The Trojans out-shot Stephens 59-0, becoming the fifth AMC team this season to hold the Stars to zero shots
October 22, 2013
HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Stephens College soccer team has now dropped two consecutive contests to AMC opponents after scoring the program's first win at Faith Baptist Bible College last week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Stars lost to Hannibal-LaGrange University, 10-0.
With temperatures in the low 50s, swirling winds and a hard playing surface, the Stars were unable to adjust to the conditions and for the fifth time this season, were held without a shot. The Trojans managed to take 59 shots on the afternoon, with 27 of them on target.
Hannibal-LaGrange jumped out to a 4-nothing lead in the first 16 minutes and notched another pair before the break to take a 6-0 advantage into halftime. The Trojans found the back of the net four more times to make it a 10-0 ballgame. Following the Trojans' 10th goal at the 69:08 mark, the Stars amped up the pressure defensively and prevented the Trojans from scoring on their next 11 shot attempts.
Stars' goalkeeper Briannica Ponder recorded five saves in the final 20 minutes to bring her total to 17 saves on the day.
Next up for the Stars is a makeup game with Williams Baptist (Ark.). Originally scheduled for Sept. 28 in Columbia, Mo., the Stars will now travel to Walnut Ridge, Ark. in order to fit the game into both teams' schedules.
The junior captain from Columbia, Mo. earned the Stephens College soccer program's first-ever AMC weekly award
October 22, 2013
ST. LOUIS – Stephens College junior midfielder Kenzie Andrade was tabbed as an American Midwest Conference (AMC) Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Stars to their first program victory last Tuesday. Andrade (Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge HS) notched a team-record five points in the Stars' 4-3 milestone victory over Faith Baptist Bible College.
In the earlygoing, Andrade knocked in a goal from just inside the box to give the Stars a 2-0 advantage over FBBC. Less than a minute and a half later, Andrade was credited with an assist on Rose Baka's goal to increase the Stephens lead to 3-0.
Faith Baptist Bible College made a run of its own with three straight goals, including an equalizer in the 76th minute. Showing poise and experience, Andrade quickly answered with the game-winner and her second goal of the match in the 78th minute. Her multi-goal performance is another first for the Stephens College soccer program.
Sophomore goalkeeper Briannca Ponder was well above her average saves total collecting 22 against the Spartans
October 19, 2013
ST. LOUIS – Fresh off its first win in school history, the Stephens College soccer team was faced with the tough task of playing Missouri Baptist, one of the top contenders in the American Midwest Conference. On a brisk Saturday night under the lights, the Stars pushed themselves to the limits in their 8-0 loss against the Spartans.
Even though Missouri Baptist dominated the time of possession battle, give credit to the Stars' defense for keeping the Spartans in check throughout the match. Entering the game with the NAIA's top saves per game average (13.92), sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in another 22 saves to add to her stat line.
Missouri Baptist got off to an early start with a goal in the ninth minute and added four more to take a 5-0 lead into halftime. After the break, however, the Spartans were limited to three goals on 27 shots.
Offensively, the Stars seemed to be passing the ball more efficiently, but for the fifth time this season, Stephens was shut out and held without a shot attempt. Overall, the Spartans registered 63 shots and took 11 corner kicks.
The Stephens College soccer team, which dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in conference, will be back in action on Tuesday (Oct. 22) with a road match at Hannibal-LaGrange scheduled for 3 p.m.
Junior Kenzie Andrade punched in the game-winner vs. Faith Baptist Bible; led the Stars with 5 points (2 goals, 1 assist)
October 15, 2013
ANKENY, Iowa – The Stephens College soccer team (1-12-0, 0-5-0 AMC) finally got the result it was searching for with a historic 4-3 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College on Tuesday (Oct. 15). The 4-3 outcome gives the Stars their first win as a program and their first win under the guidance of head coach Xander Kennedy.
"It was one of those days where everything came together," said Kennedy, the second-year head coach. "Despite cold and windy conditions, the team was feeling good before the game and it carried over into the match. They played their positions as well as I've ever seen them and willed themselves to victory. It wasn't easy, but the Stars finally broke through."
Not only did the Stars get their first program victory for both eras (NAIA and NCAA DIII), but they also recorded their first-ever lead. Sophomore midfielder/forward Ilia Siegwald (Concordia, Mo., Concordia HS) put Stephens on the scoreboard 54 seconds into the match, which also goes down in the record books as the quickest goal scored by a Star.
Junior Kenzie Andrade (Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge HS) added to the Stars' lead in the 20th minute as she floated one over the Eagle defense and out of reach for Eagles' goalkeeper Tayler Martinez.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders, the Stars quickly moved upfield and created another scoring opportunity. Less than a minute and a half later, freshman Rose Baka (Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge HS) retrieved a pass from Andrade and slid one past the goalkeeper to give the Stars a 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles capitalized on a defensive miscue in the 34th minute and was credited with an own goal. Stephens carried a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Playing with a greater sense of urgency, Faith Baptist managed to score a pair of goals within two minutes of each other. It was Eagles' Kirsten Passwaters, who scored the equalizer in the 76th minute and tied the match at 3-3.
Luckily, it took just under two minutes for the Stars to put an end to their offensive lull. Stephens College junior captain Kenzie Andrade came through in a big way as she caught the Eagles out of position and knocked in the game-winner in the 78th minute.
Following Andrade's goal, the Stars buckled down on defense and ultimately kept Faith Baptist out of the box. The Eagles had zero shots and just one corner kick in the final 12 minutes of the contest.
Overall, Faith Baptist Bible College held a 20-13 shot advantage over the Stars. Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in 13 saves compared to Eagles keeper Tayler Martinez, who made seven stops on the day.
Individually, Andrade led the Stars with five points (2 goals, 1 assist), while Baka was next in line with three points (1 goal, 1 assist).
Stephens College will look to continue the momentum from its historic victory as it travels to AMC opponent Missouri Baptist University on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Freshman midfielder Sammy Dorman registered the Stars' first shot in four matches
October 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – In three of the past four matches, the Stephens College soccer team had been held scoreless and without any shot attempts, but in Sunday's match against William Woods University, the team managed to record a shot in the waning minutes. Albeit snapping the long streak of minutes without a shot, the Stars suffered a 9-0 setback in American Midwest Conference play and dropped to 0-12, 0-5 AMC.
Five different Owl players found the back of the net in the first half, including a header and two that sailed top shelf and out reach for Stephens College goalkeeper Briannica Ponder.
Dominating the first-half statistics, William Woods notched 33 shots and 14 on goal in the first stanza. Meanwhile, the Stars' Ponder recorded nine of her 10 saves on the day in the first half.
After the break, the Stars found a bit of life on both offense and defense. Defensively, Stephens significantly cut down on the Owls' shot attempts, limiting the visitors to just nine shots. Offensively, the Stars began to connect on their passes late in the match and registered their only shot of the game in the 88th minute. Freshman midfielder Sammy Dorman was credited with the shot.
William Woods starting goalkeeper Brittany Griffin and backup Kelly Abernathy combined for the shutout, giving the Owls their third in four matches.
The Stephens College soccer team has a quick turnaround and returns to the pitch on Tuesday (Oct. 15) with an away, non-conference contest at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.
Stephens keeper Briannica Ponder broke a 25-year-old NAIA record for saves in single game with 36
October 8, 2013
BATESVILLE, Ark. – From the very start of Tuesday's American Midwest Conference (AMC) soccer match between Stephens College and Lyon College, the Scots' offense was operating at record-pace. Meanwhile, the Stars were unable to gain any ground offensively as Lyon College cruised to a 16-0 victory.
Defensively, the short-handed Stephens team held Lyon in check for the first 30 minutes, allowing just two goals. During the next 60 minutes of play, the Scots found the back of the net 14 more times, including 10 second-half goals.
It was a busy day for goalkeeper Briannica Ponder and the Stars' defense. As the final whistle sounded, the Scots had amassed an astounding 93 shots and 52 shots on goal. Ponder, who entered Tuesday's match ranked second in the NAIA in saves per game (12.2), accounted for 36 saves at Lyon. Her 36 stops broke a 25-year-old NAIA record for saves in a single game, previously set by Carrie Schroeder of Tiffin University, who recorded 30 saves.
After opening AMC play on Sept. 25 with a two-goal performance against Harris-Stowe State, the Stars have been held scoreless and without a shot attempt in three straight league matches. In the past three games, Stephens has been outscored by Columbia (Mo.), Park (Mo.) and Lyon (Ark.), 51-0.
The Stars (0-11-0, 0-4-0 AMC) return to Cosmo Park for their second-to-last home match of the season on Sunday (Oct. 13). Stephens will host AMC opponent William Woods University at 4 p.m.
Lady Pirates dominate time of possession, convert on 21 of 40 shot on goal attempts
October 2, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Looking to bounce back after a 14-0 loss at Columbia College last Thursday, the Stephens College soccer team faced yet another quality opponent from the American Midwest Conference (AMC) in Park University. On Wednesday (Oct. 2), the Stars were held scoreless for the sixth time this season and were shutout by the Lady Pirates, 21-0.
From the get-go, the Stephens College squad (0-10-0, 0-3-0 AMC) was forced to chase the ball as the Lady Pirates (3-5-0, 3-0-0 AMC) moved the ball quickly and stretched the field the entire 90 minutes. The aggressive attack and stout defense prevented the Stars from taking any shot attempts, while Park cranked out 63 shots, 40 of which were on goal.
All 11 of the Lady Pirates' field players scored at least one goal. Leading the charge for the visitors were forward Shnell Briscoe and midfielder Bridget Steiner. Both Park players recorded 5 goals and 2 assists apiece in the contest.
Stephens College sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder made 19 saves, including several that were destined to find the back of the net.
The Stars will look to halt their scoreless streak when they head to Batesville, Ark. for a league matchup with Lyon College on Tuesday, October 8.
Stephens soccer was shutout by the Cougars after scoring in four of the past five matches
September 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Stephens College soccer team made the short trip to Columbia College on Thursday (Sept. 26) to take on a Cougar squad that received votes in the recent NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll. The Cougars backed up the ranking, as they recorded their sixth shutout of 2013 and defeated the Stars 14-0.
Despite the lopsided score, the Stars continued to put their best foot forward until the final whistle sounded. The defense allowed nine goals before halftime, but stepped up in the second period to decrease the opponent's shot total by eight and limit the Cougars to five second-half goals.
After combining for 34 shots and 15 shots on goal in the two previous matches, Stephens was shut down by a stout Cougar defense. In fact, the Stars were unable to take a single shot under the lights at the R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium.
Columbia piled up 48 shots on the evening, with 27 on target. Sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder notched 13 saves and surpassed the 100-save plateau in the ninth match of the season.
Stephens dropped to 0-9-0 overall and is now 0-2 in American Midwest Conference (AMC) competition. With parents in town for Family Weekend, the Stars will take on a winless Williams Baptist (0-8-0, 0-3-0 AMC) squad on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 11 a.m.
The Stars scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes, but fell 5-2 to the Hornets
September 25, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Although the Stephens College soccer team remains winless in eight games, the group came away from Wednesday's 5-2 loss with a huge swing of momentum. Held scoreless during the first 87 minutes of the conference-opener with Harris-Stowe State, the Stars rattled off back-to-back goals, within two minutes of each other.
It marks the second game in a row that the Stephens defense has held its opponent to five goals or less. Simultaneously, the Stephens offense has scored in four of the last five matches, while scoring twice in each of the past two contests.
The visiting Hornets got on the scoreboard at the 2:42 mark, but were held in check by the vastly improving Stars' defense for the next 25 minutes. HSSU notched two more goals to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. At the break, the Hornets held an 11-3 shot advantage over the Stars.
Stephens (0-8-0, 0-1-0 AMC) looked to cut into the Harris-Stowe State lead early in the second stanza and had a golden opportunity 10 minutes in. Junior captain Kenzie Andrade nearly put the Stars on the board with her shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Shortly after freshman Rose Baka gained control of the deflected ball, the forward was tackled from behind in the box, which earned the Stars a penalty kick. Sophomore Dani Wilson took the freebie, but pushed the ball slightly left of the post.
Harris-Stowe tacked on two more goals, including a header in the 84th minute, to extend its lead to 5-0. Then came the Stars' offensive outpouring. Avenging her missed PK, Dani Wilson booted the ball off the hands of HSSU goalkeeper Casey Scherr and into the net from 25 yards out.
Fired up by Wilson's goal, defender Jazmin Gac pushed upfield, and from a similar distance, sailed the ball over the keeper's head. The goal came in the 89th minute with just 1:05 remaining in the match.
Averaging 11.14 saves per game, sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder stayed on pace with 12 stops on Wednesday (Sept. 25). Offensively, the Stars recorded nine shots and three shots on goal.
A crosstown battle at (RV) Columbia College awaits the Stephens Stars next. Gametime is set for Thursday (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m.
The Stephens soccer team recorded its first multi-goal game of the season, held Red Lions to just five goals
September 21, 2013
LINCOLN, Ill. – The Stephens College soccer team is starting to put the pieces together and it was particularly evident in the Stars 5-2 loss to Lincoln Christian University on Saturday (Sept. 21). There were several firsts for the Stars on Saturday including, but not limited to, the first multi-goal game of the season and the first time the team controlled possession for majority of the match.
Since breaking the ice with a goal at MacMurray College on September 10, the Stephens offense has now scored in three of the last four matches.
Sophomore captain Dani Wilson, who leads the team in shots (11) and shots on goal (5) scored her first goal as a Star in the first half against Lincoln Christian. The midfielder out of St. Louis, Mo. poked the ball past the Red Lions' keeper to even the match at 1-1.
Scoring Stephens College's second goal of the match, and fourth of the season, was sophomore Kirsten Izzett. With Izzett's goal, the Oregon City, Ore. native joined Rose Baka, Kenzie Andrade and Wilson as Stars who have found the back of the net in the last four games.
For the match, the Stars outshot LCU, 25-17, and also held a 12-11 advantage over the Red Lions in shots on goal. It marks the first time in 2013 that Stephens has led an offensive category at the end of 90 minutes.
The Stars (0-7-0) will begin their 10-game league slate with American Midwest Conference opponent Harris-Stowe State on Wednesday (Sept. 25). Kick off for the home contest is set for 4 p.m. at Cosmo Park, Field #3.
Tiger forward Savanna Blair stopped short of 10 goals in IWC's 15-0 win over the Stars
September 16, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following a stretch of two matches with offensive goals, the Stephens College soccer team (0-6-0) failed to find the back of the net on Monday (Sept. 16) in a 15-0 loss at home to Iowa Wesleyan College (1-1-0). The Stars finished the match with three scoring opportunities, but were unable to convert the shots on goal.
Two of Stephens' shots on goal came in the first half, the first by captain Dani Wilson in the 15th minute, and the second by Rose Baka in the 26th minute. Less than a minute after Baka's missed attempt, Stars' newcomer Kara Henry took a breakaway down the left side of the field and booted a shot wide left.
It didn't take long to pinpoint the visitor's superstar, #23 Savanna Blair. The junior forward gave Iowa Wesleyan a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the match with a pair of goals. She continued to find the open lane and added three more goals before the end of the half.
The Tigers outshot the Stars 26-4 in the first half and held an 8-0 advantage heading into the break.
In the second half, the Stars' offense once again moved the ball upfield into Tiger territory. In the 69th minute, freshman Sammy Dorman had her chance to put Stephens College on the board, but IWC goalkeeper Caitlin O'Neil stepped in front of the shot for her third save of the afternoon.
The Tigers found the back of the net seven times in the second half, including four more from Savanna Blair to increase her day's total to nine.
Junior captain Kenzie Andrade registered one final shot attempt for Stephens to give the Stars four during Monday's match.
Before next Wednesday's (Sept. 25) conference opener at home against Harris-Stowe State, the Stephens soccer team will hit the road for a matchup with Lincoln Christian University on Saturday (Sept. 21) at 2 p.m.
Junior captain Kenzie Andrade highlighted the 16-1 loss with her top-shelf goal in the 79th minute
September 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Overshadowing the 16 goals allowed in the Stephens College soccer match with Central Methodist (Mo.) was another second-half goal scored by the Stars.
Junior captain Kenzie Andrade (Columbia, Mo.) said after the game that the pieces are starting to fall in place for the Stars.
"I'm amazed with how quickly these girls improve game-by-game," Andrade noted. "We can only go up from here. Our defense has it on lock down. Now we just need to put our offense in the same place."
After going 13 matches in a row without finding the back of the net, the Stars (0-5-0) have now scored in two straight matches. Only 106 minutes of play passed between freshman Rose Baka's goal Tuesday against MacMurray College and Kenzie Andrade's goal in the 79th minute on Friday (Sept. 13).
Stephens capitalized on a CMU defensive miscue and pushed upfield with nice passes from Kara Henry and Dani Wilson. Andrade juked the remaining defender for the open shot on goal. Instead going left or right with the shot, the junior went top shelf and out of reach for Eagles' goalkeeper Raechel Favuzza.
The goal was just another glimpse of the drastic improvement and teamwork coming from the Stephens soccer club running with just one sub.
The Stars totaled three shots on the day including a shot on goal by Rose Baka. Keeper Briannica Ponder recorded 12 saves as Central Methodist posted 28 shots on target.
On Monday (Sept. 16), Stephens returns to the pitch for a 4 p.m. matchup with Iowa Wesleyan College.
Stars' defense shines in second half, limiting the Highlanders to a pair of goals on 17 shots
September 10, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – It isn't often that the lone goal scored in a 9-1 loss generates so much excitement, but the goal scored by Stephens freshman Rose Baka in the 62nd minute set off a rather joyous celebration.
The long-awaited first goal for the recently resurrected Stephens College soccer team arrived in Tuesday's (Sept. 10) road match at NCAA Division III MacMurray College. Since re-establishing a soccer program at Stephens in 2012, opponents punched in 183 goals prior to the Stars shaking the proverbial monkey off their back.
"I have no doubt that getting this hurdle out of the way will allow us to move forward and focus on other things," Stephens head soccer coach Xander Kennedy said.
Despite a 7-0 deficit heading into the break, the Stars remained loose and confident. That showed in the second half as Stephens buckled down on defense, limited its miscues and moved the ball into Highlander territory.
It was only fitting that an impressive build up accompanied the first goal in 13 matches. The Stars strung together several crisp passes to find a wide-open Rose Baka. With a one-on-one opportunity from 15 yards out, the Columbia, Mo. native sent a low shot right past MacMurray goalkeeper Amanda Gorell at the 61:38 mark.
Overshadowed by the goal, the Stars limited the Highlanders to just two goals in the second half, a season-best for the Stephens defense.
"It was a completely different game in the second period," Kennedy added. "I wish we could have come out with that sort of identity the entire game. You take the score from the second half and it's a 2-1 ballgame."
Stephens College recorded another season-high in the match with five shots, those coming from Baka, Kenzie Andrade, Ilia Siegwald, Dani Wilson and Sammy Dorman.
The Stars (0-4-0) are back at home this Friday, Sept. 13 to take on Central Methodist University at 4 p.m.
Stars showing progress in early-season matches at home
September 7, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A scorching, mid-afternoon affair with Central Baptist College awaited the Stephens College soccer team (0-3-0) on Saturday, less than 24 hours after playing University of the Ozarks on Friday with zero subs. The outcome for the Stars was nearly identical to Friday's 16-0 loss, as the team played with one sub and yielded 17 goals to Central Baptist.
"We have to focus on the positives at this point in our development," said Stephens head soccer coach Xander Kennedy. "The fact that I'm sensing more passion in our team with each passing game really counts."
The visiting Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders. Even with three solid saves by Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder, CBC knocked in four goals within the first 10 minutes of the match.
In the 36th minute, the Stars had their best chance at finding the back of the net as midfielder/forward Ilia Siegwald got behind the Mustangs' defense. The sophomore from Concordia, Mo. had a one-on-one opportunity and delivered a well-placed ball, but a spectacular save by Central Baptist goalkeeper Becca Clements thwarted Stephens' opportunity at the program's first goal.
Central Baptist took a 9-0 lead into halftime with 24 shots, 18 of which were on goal. The Stars limited the Mustangs to 15 second-half shots and one less goal in the final 45 minutes.
Central Baptist's Tarra Hendricks led all scorers with five goals, along with a pair of assists.
Up next for Stephens is the team's first road match in Jacksonville, Ill. at MacMurray College. The match is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff.
Stephens soccer reduces number of goals allowed by nine from last week's contest
September 6, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missing some key pieces to the puzzle, the Stephens College soccer team (0-2-0) took to the pitch on Friday night (Sept. 6) with just 11 players. That meant the active roster for the Stars' matchup with University of the Ozarks (Ark.) would be on the field for the entire 90 minutes.
With zero subs and just one 15-minute break for halftime, the Stephens soccer team held off the visiting Lady Eagles for as long as they could. However, as the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard read 16-0.
"It's hard not to feel disheartened by that sort of final score, but I appreciated that our 11 ladies persevered and didn't give up on each other," said Stephens head soccer coach Xander Kennedy following the loss.
Considering the circumstances, the Stars matched up pretty well with Ozarks in the first half, allowing just five goals, compared to the 14 first-half goals from last Friday's home opener against Spring Hill (Ala.).
Controlling possession for majority of the match, the Lady Eagles cranked out 62 shots, 38 of which were on goal. While Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder allowed 16 goals, she also recorded a monstrous 22 saves throughout the contest.
Ozarks' Victoria Romero came off the bench to record a game-high five goals. Her teammate, Haley Gilliam, also recorded a hat trick with three goals and 10 shots on goal.
In search of the program's first goal and first win, the Stars have little time to rest as they return to action on Saturday (Sept. 7) with a 2 p.m. match against Central Baptist (Ark.) College.