34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
CEDAR RAPIDS-The Central College women's soccer team was picked to finish third in the Iowa Conference preseason poll, as voted by the league coaches. The Dutch finished the 2012 regular season with a 12-6-2 overall record, a school record in victories and winning percentage (.650). It marked the program's first back-to-back 10-plus-win seasons. The team set school records for consecutive victories (six) and fewest goals allowed (20). Central finished fourth in the 2012 conference standings.
Preview by Josh Schroeder, Iowa Conference director of information:
Loras College, the 2012 Iowa Conference regular season champion and tournament winner, is the unanimous choice of the league’s coaches to capture the 2013 IIAC women’s soccer crown. The Duhawks, who advanced to the third round of last year’s NCAA Division III Championship, received all seven available first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams) for a total of 56 points.
Wartburg College, which finished second to Loras for last year’s IIAC regular-season title and also advanced to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championships, received the remaining first-place vote. That, coupled with six second-place votes, left the Knights in second place with 50 points, while Central College and the University of Dubuque are tied for third with 39 points, four points clear of fifth-place Luther College.
The complete 2013 IIAC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll follows.
Rank School (1st place votes) Points 2012 Record
1 Loras (7) 56 19-5-0, 7-0-0 IIAC (21 pts.)
2 Wartburg (1) 50 12-5-3, 6-1-0 IIAC (18 pts.)
T3 Central 39 12-6-2, 3-2-2 IIAC (13 pts.)
T3 Dubuque 39 11-7-2, 4-2-1 IIAC (11 pts.)
5 Luther 35 7-10-1, 2-5-0 IIAC (6 pts.)
6 Simpson 27 9-9-0, 2-5-0 IIAC (6 pts.)
7 Coe 18 7-9-2, 1-5-1 IIAC (4 pts.)
8 Buena Vista 16 10-8-1, 1-6-0 IIAC (3 pts.)
Iowa Conference Schedule: The season opens Friday, August 30, with seven teams in action. Buena Vista hosts Martin Luther as part of the annual BVU Classic, Central is at St. Catherine (Minn.), Dubuque travels to Grinnell, Loras is at St. Scholastica, Luther ventures to San Antonio to face Trinity (Texas), Simpson is at Bethel (Minn.) and Wartburg entertains St. Olaf. The remaining school, Coe, takes to the pitch for the first time on Sunday, September 1 when it hosts Blackburn. The Iowa Conference schedule opens Saturday, September 28 with a complete schedule of four games.
New Coaches: There are two new women’s soccer coaches in the Iowa Conference – Kristen Gay at Buena Vista and Scott Myers at Coe. Gay comes to Storm Lake after spending the past five years leading the women’s program at the University of North Dakota. She originally joined the UND soccer staff as an assistant coach in 2006 and was promoted to head coach prior to the 2008 season. Before arriving at UND, Gay spent two years as assistant coach at Indiana State and two years as head coach at Dana College.
Myers, a 2001 Coe graduate, takes over for Homer Screws, who remains at the helm of the Kohawk men’s program. He has spent the last three seasons as the head women’s coach at Menlo (Calif.) after stints as an assistant at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Redlands.
Preseason Polls: Loras is ranked 11th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Preseason Poll. The D3soccer.com Preseason Poll will be released later this month.
Conference Tournament: The top-six teams following the regular season round-robin schedule qualify for the 2013 Iowa Conference Tournament with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Two first-round matches will be Saturday, November 2. The semifinals will be held Wednesday, November 6, followed by the final on Saturday, November 9. All matches will be hosted by the higher seed.
Team-By-Team Preview: A brief preview for each Iowa Conference team follows.
Buena Vista University Beavers
2012 record: 10-8-1 overall, 1-6-0 IIAC (3 points, eighth)
Starters returning/lost: 8/3
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15-4
Buena Vista returns eight starters and 15 letter winners from last season's 10-8-1 team that finished eighth in the Conference with three points and a 1-6-0 record. Leading the Beavers offensively will be sophomore forward Tori Carson. Carson, the team's second-leading scorer, posted 42 points on 16 goals and 10 assists. She also contributed three game-winning goals. Carson ranked second among all IIAC players in points, goals and assists and tied for eighth in shots (57).
Junior defender Sam Richards ranked fourth on the team with nine points on four goals and an assist. She also had a game-winning goal for the Beavers. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey O'Connor added six points on a goal and four assists, while senior midfielder Sharon Feld added an assist.
Buena Vista head coach Kristen Gay says, "It's a new beginning here at BVU and we are excited to get the season going. The IIAC is a tough conference, but we expect to certainly improve from last season."
Central College Dutch
2012 record: 12-6-2 overall, 3-2-2 IIAC (11 points, fourth)
Starters returning/lost: 8/3
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Central returns eight starters and 16 letter winners from last season's 12-6-2 team that finished fourth in the Conference with 11 points with a 3-2-2 record. The Dutch will be led by senior forward Alayna Bailey. Bailey, a two-time all-IIAC pick, led the team in scoring last season with 31 points on a team-high 15 goals and an assist. She also notched six game-winning goals, accounting for 50 percent of Central's goal scoring. Bailey ranked second among all IIAC players in shots (75) and game-winning goals, tied for third in points and fourth in goals.
Junior forward/midfielder Emily Saville, a second team all-conference selection last year, ranked third on the team in scoring with eight points on two goals and four assists. She also had a game-winning goal. Junior forward Brittany Hinton led the team in assists (6) and was second in points (14), goals (4) and game-winning goals (2). She tied for fifth among IIAC players in assists.
Senior Hannah Davy and junior Liz Daniels will anchor the backline as the Dutch look to break in a new goalkeeper after the graduation of Stephanie Hasken, who played every minute in goal for Central a year ago and led all IIAC keepers with seven shutouts, an 0.98 goals-against average and an .845 save percentage. Davy earned second team all-league honors in 2011. Daniels, an all-IIAC honorable mention in 2012, ranked third on the team with three goals, including a game-winner.
Central head coach Mike Kobylinski says, "I expect our team to carry on our same competitive nature we have tried to establish over time. We have some talented freshman coming in to mesh with our returning players who are eager again this year to compete. We think this group can continue to do special things and we are committed to working together to accomplish those goals. I see the conference being very competitive yet again this year."
Coe College Kohawks
2012 record: 7-9-2 overall, 1-5-1 IIAC (4 points, seventh)
Starters returning/lost: 7/4
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/6
Coe returns seven starters and nine letter winners from last season's 7-9-2 team that finished seventh in the Conference with four points and a 1-5-1 league mark.
Sophomore forward Sarah Fathallah led the team in scoring with 18 points on nine goals, including three game-winners. She scored both of the Kohawks' goals in league play last year. Overall, she ranked ninth among league players in goals scored. Junior Danica Mason will provide some support in the midfield after ranking third on the team in scoring last year with eight points on three goals and two assists. One of Mason's goals was a game-winner.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kaylee Weems played in all 18 games a year ago, playing all but 45 minutes. She finished the year with a 7-9-2 record, a 1.42 goals-against average, 118 saves, an .819 save percentage and four shutouts. She also shared a fifth shutout with Lauren Lee. In league play, Weems posted a 1.62 GAA and 52 saves. Overall, she led the conference in saves and ranked third in save percentage (.819).
Coe head coach Scott Myers says, "Coe is transitioning from one coach for both programs to just two head coaches. I am grateful to be back at Coe to help move the program forward. We have a great group of young ladies returning and this season will be very exciting for us."
University of Dubuque Spartans
2012 record: 11-7-2 overall, 4-2-1 IIAC (13 points, third)
Starters returning/lost: 8/3
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/6
Dubuque returns eight starters and 15 letter winners from last season's 11-7-2 team that place third in the league with 13 points and 4-2-1 record. The Spartans return over 90 percent of their goal-scoring from 2012 as 11 of the top 14 scorers return. Senior forward/midfielder Alexandra Watkins, a three-time all-IIAC pick, was the team's leading scorer last season with 30 point on 13 goals and four assists. She also had two game-winners. Watkins ranked fourth among IIAC players in shots (69) and fifth in points and goals.
The offense will be supplemented by a pair of juniors – forward Megan Siepler and midfielder Melanie Prudhomme. Both were all-IIAC honorable mention a year ago. Siepler ranked second on the team in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. She also had a team-high four game-winning goals which ranked fourth among IIAC players. Prudhomme notched five points on a goal and three assists.
The back line will be led by junior Lauren Waddell, a second-team all-league pick last season. She also contributed three assists on offense.
Dubuque head coach Jason Berna says, "This year will be another exciting year in the IIAC with very competitive teams top to bottom. I hope we can continue to improve from last year's performance in conference and take the next step as a team."
Loras College Duhawks
2012 record: 19-5-0 overall, 7-0-0 IIAC (21 points, champion)
Starters returning/lost: 7/4
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/5
Loras returns seven starters and 20 letter winners from last year's 19-5-0 squad that swept through the Iowa Conference with a 7-0-0 mark, won the IIAC Tournament and advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. In all 10 players on the 2013 roster have been recognized by the league's coaches in one form or fashion during their careers.
Sophomore midfieldler/forward Katie Truesdale, a second-team all-league honoree, tied for the team lead in scoring with 29 points on 12 points and five assists. She also notched a league-high seven game-winning goals. Truesdale tied for sixth among league players in points, was seventh in goals and 10th in assists.
Supporting Truesdale up front will be junior midfielder/forward Kristina Everding and senior midfielder Maddie Tennant. Everding, a first-team all-IIAC pick, ranked sixth on the team with nine points on a goal and a team-high seven assists. She also tied for third among IIAC players in assists, while Tennant, a second-team all-IIAC selection, tied for sixth on the team with seven points on three goals and an assist.
The strength of the 2013 Duhawk squad will be its defense where three seniors – Kinsey Campbell, Sarah Trump and Lynn Devriese – return. Campbell was a first team all-league pick each of the last two seasons. Devriese joined Campbell on the first team, while Trump was named honorable mention for a second time after being a second-team pick in 2010. Last year's unit allowed a league-low three goals in IIAC play. Playing both ends of the field, Devriese tied for the team lead in points after scoring three assists and a team-high 13 goals. She also ranked third among league players with 71 shots and five game-winning goals, tied for fifth in goals and tied for sixth in points. Trump added a pair of assists and Campbell notched a goal and an assist.
Loras head coach Dan Rothert says, "Our young team matured into having a great 2012 which leads to very high expectations in 2013. The IIAC has done well regionally and nationally and we expect the conference race to be another close one."
Luther College Norse
2012 record: 7-10-1 overall, 2-5-0 IIAC (6 points, tie-fifth)
Starters returning/lost: 11/3
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/6
Luther returns 11 starters and 17 letter winners from last season's 7-10-1 squad that tied for fifth in the league with six points and a 2-5-0 record. The Norse will be led offensively by forward Elly Arend, a two-time all-conference selection, who ranked third on the team in scoring last year with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Two of Arend's goals were game-winners.
Junior defender Erin Wilson was a second-team all-IIAC pick last season, scoring six points on three goals in 18 games. She tied Arend for the team lead with two game-winning goals.
Senior midfielder Maggie Jasper saw action in all 18 matches last season making 17 starts. She tallied four points on a goal and two assists.
Luther head coach Russ Schouweiler says, "I think the conference is very competitive and I expect every game to be a challenge. In the end, I expect there to be many teams to be fighting for the championship and we think we can be one of those teams."
Simpson College Storm
2012 record: 9-9-0 overall, 2-5-0 IIAC (6 points, tie-fifth)
Starters returning/lost: 5/6
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/7
Simpson returns five starters and 10 letter winners from last season's 9-9-0 team that tied for fifth place in the league with six points and a 2-5-0 league record. The Storm will be led offensively by juniors Amber Johnson and Heather Adolph, who tied for the team lead in goals with seven apiece. Johnson, a forward who received all-IIAC honorable mention, led the team in scoring with 16 points. She also added two game-winning goals. Adolph was second on the team with 14 points while also netting a game-winning goal. Johnson and Adolph tied for 10th among IIAC players in goals.
Sophomore midfielder Kate Morford registered one assist on 11 shots a year ago.
Simpson head coach Ryan Sander says, "Despite losing six starters and not having a senior on the team, I am excited to build upon what we have coming back and coming in. The Iowa Conference continues to get stronger year after year."
Wartburg College Knights
2012 record: 12-5-3 overall, 6-1-0 IIAC (18 points, second)
Starters returning/lost: 7/4
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/12
Wartburg returns seven starters and 17 letter winners from last season's 12-5-3 team that finished second in the Conference with a 6-1-0 mark and fell in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. Defense will be a hallmark early on as the Knights work through the graduation of three first-team all-league selections up front. Senior Lauren Bauer and sophomore Lisa Trizzino will serve as the anchors. Bauer also contributed four goals, including two game-winners, offensively.
The Knights led the Iowa Conference in scoring last season, scoring 22 goals in seven league games, but saw two-thirds of its offense from 2012 graduate.
Senior forward Rachel Torry is the team's top returning scorer, finishing fourth on the team with 11 points on five goals and an assist. She also netted a game-winning goal. Junior midfielder Ashley Frush added an assist.
Wartburg head coach Tiffany Pins says, "It will be another very competitive year in the Iowa Conference."