The OCU Lady Oaks women's soccer team has competed in the Regional Tournament three times since the women's soccer program began in 2001. Under the guidance of coach David Morris, the team's matches are played from August through December.
Front Row, L-R: Assistant Coach Erin Smithers, Christina Haag, Tori Flowers, Mary Lee, Ashley Lampert, Carmen Van Winkle, Kylee Wargel, Danielle Perry, Manager Cassie Arndt
Back Row L-R: Head Coach Dave Morris, Emily Karns, Maria Cottier, Sam Parsons, Stephanie Solorza, Katie Harrison, Allie Schechner, Rachel Bowling, Hannah Tupman, Eleni Moreland, Athletic Trainer Allison Miller
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Nov. 15, 2013 - Lady Oaks Soccer Well Represented in the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association Post Season Awards
The Independents Collegiate Athletic Association, made up of NCAA Division II programs not affiliated with a conference, has recognized the Oakland City University women's soccer program by selecting members to recognize for their outstanding season.
Selected from seven schools, including OCU, Chowan, Lincoln, Palm Beach Atlantic, Spring Hill, Union, and Washington Adventist, Lady Oaks head coach Dave Morris was selected as the 2013 Coach of the Year. Carmen Van Winkle capped off a record setting season by garnering Player of the Year honors. Hannah Tupman joined Van Winkle as a member of the ICAA First Team, while Mary Lee, Christina Haag and Allie Schechner were selected to the ICAA Second Team.
Haag received First Team honors as a freshman last season, while Van Winkle has spent each of the past three seasons as a member of the First Team.
More information may be found by viewing the ICAA website.
The Oakland City University women's soccer team competed in post-season play for the first time since 2009, following a record setting season, the first team to reach ten wins in one year. However, facing Cedarville University, the regionals top seed, proved too great a test, and the Lady Oaks fell 4-0.
Emily Karns played the first half in goal for the Oaks, saving four shots, while giving up a pair of goals. Eleni Moreland played the second period between the posts, giving up two goals and stopping four shots. Hanna Harris was the keeper for Cedarville, compiling four saves, including three in the second half.
Allie Schechner managed to get three shots off for the visiting Oaks, putting two of them on goal, while Carmen Van Winkle and Christina Haag each had one shot on frame. Cedarville managed 24 shots in the game, putting 12 of them towards the back of the net, led by seven shots, three on goal, for Grace Miorelli, who also had an assist in the game.
What proved to be the winning goal was scored early in the 19th minute, touched in by Kristie Wolff, assisted by Miorelli and Ashlee Wilson. The Yellowjackets struck again early in the 23rd minute, when a cross from Wilson found Jacoby Ziegler for the one timer. Ziegler scored again in the second half, when Wolff crossed a ball into the box for the header in the 55th minute. Carly Gregory rounded out the scoring by finishing a scramble in the box with just 36 seconds remaining in the game.
Oakland City University's women's soccer program carries a record of 10-5 into postseason play, the most wins in school history, as they prepare to face Cedarville University (14-6) in the NCCAA Mi-West Regional tournament.
After seeing their ten-game win streak snapped against Lindenwood University-Belleville to finish out their regular season schedule, the Lady Oaks look ahead to a NCCAA Mid-West Regional Semi-Final game against Cedarville University. It will be the first time the OCU women's soccer team has advanced to post-season play since 2009, when they lost 5-0 against Cincinnati Christian University in the first round of the regional tournament, finishing with a record of 5-8 for the year.
The Lady Oaks will travel to Cedarville, Ohio, to play on Wednesday, November 13. Game time is slated to kick off at 3:00 pm EST.
Oakland City University's women's soccer coach, Dave Morris, announced the signing of Allie Schechner, who will join the Lady Oaks soccer team next season.
Schechner, the daughter of Martin and Laura Schechner, played her high school soccer at Shoreham-Wading River High School, where she graduated with advanced regents honors after being a member of the New York State Region I Championship team in 2007-2009. She was named All-Conference in 2009, All-County in 2010, and 1st Team All-Region in 2012. Schechner attended Georgia Military College last season.
"I chose Oakland City University because it gave me the opportunity to continue my soccer career in a region of the world I have not yet experienced," stated Schechner.
"Allie is a great two-way player," said Coach Morris, " She will bring some maturity to our program."
The OCU women's soccer coach, Dave Morris, announced the signing on Hannah Tupman, from Holy Cross High School, in Covington, Kentucky, for the 2013-14 school year. A three-sport athlete during her high school career as a Holy Cross Indian, Tupman competed in soccer, under the direction on Coach Craig Lipscomb, basketball, under Kes Murphy, and softball.
"I am very excited to be joining the Mighty Oaks in the fall of 2013," stated Tupman, "The academic programs were in line with my future goals, and to be able to play soccer, was a bonus! My family and I were very impressed with the entire administrative team during the recruiting process. Everyone was very welcoming.
"I am happy that the hard work during my 13 year soccer career has paid off and will allow me to continue at the collegiate level.
"I chose to attend OCU for many reasons, but the main being the ability to play the game I love, led by Coach Morris. I believe I will be a tremendous asset to assist the team moving forward. I like the small school feel, where I will be more than just a number."
Coach Morris remarked, "I expect Hannah to be a strong contributor in three key areas for us, not only on the field, but also in the classroom and as a member of the student body. She is a great player and a great person. I am glad she is joining our program."
Hannah has two sisters, Maggie and Emma, and lives with her parents, Anthony and Faith Tupman.
Lady Oaks head coach Dave Morris announced the addition of Covington High School player Danielle Perry on Tuesday, February 19. Perry is the second player to commit for the 2013-14 school year.
Perry, who has been playing soccer for fourteen years, was the only female on her high school varsity team the last two years. She has also spent the past four years on a co-ed travel team.
" I am very excited to be given the opportunity to play on the Oakland City University women's soccer team," stated Perry, who also competed in basketball, tennis, track, and softball.
St. Louis prep standout striker Mary Lee, daughter of Mike and Sandra Lee, headlines the Oakland City University Lady Oak soccer recruiting class, the school announced today.
Lee earned Suburban South All-Conference honors last spring as she chipped in 13 goals to help Webster Groves to a 20-win season and a trip to the Regional semi-finals. Mary also had the “goal of the year” in district play. Lee played club soccer for Coach Mike Deane’s “WC St. Louis Premier” team, a defending league champion and repeat state cup contender in Missouri.
Lee is also an academic standout, carrying a 3.9 GPA. She plans on majoring in Biology at Oakland City. “We expect Mary to be an immediate triple-threat contributor,” says Coach Dave Morris, “she will be a tremendous addition to our attack on the field, a great academic contributor to the University and she’s a great fit in our community.”
Jan. 24, 2013 - Lady Oaks Soccer Team Earns Two National Soccer Coaches Association of America Awards
The Oakland City University women's soccer team earned the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Ethics Award, earning the award for the second year in a row.
The Lady Oaks earned the Bronze level of the award, joining four other NCCAA schools with the award, as Covenant College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Mount Vernon Nazarene, and the King's College each earned the Silver level of the award.
There were 96 schools nationwide who earned the award, including 87 women's and nine men's teams, which is given annually to schools based on the amount of red and yellow cards accumulated during the season. the Gold level is awarded to teams who are given no cards at all, Silver goes to teams with no red cards and no more than five yellow cards, while the Bronze level goes to teams with no more than ten cards during the year.
It is also the second year in a row that the Lady Oaks have received the NSCAA Team Academic Award. This award is based on the team's overall grade point average.
Carmen Van WInkle, junior forward from Bretzville, Indiana, the National Christian College Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Week in Division I Women's Soccer. Van Winkle had six goals and two assists for 14 total points in a pair of matches as the Lady Oaks beat Kentucky Christian University 6-4 on Friday, September 21, and Grace Bible College 6-0 on Saturday, September 22.
Carmen Van Winkle had one of the most outstanding single seasons in Lady Oaks Soccer history last year, leading the team in goals scored (18), points (38), goals per game (1.286) and points per game (2.71). Her goals per game and points per game marks led all players in the NCAA Division II rankings.
The Bretzville, Indiana, native accomplished all this in just her Sophomore campaign, garnering her national recognition by the NCAA, who listed her among their top ten Returning Players to Keep an Eye on.
Rachel Bowling, from Salem, Indiana, and a member of the Salem High School soccer team, announced her decision to join the Oakland City University Lady Oaks soccer team in the 2012 season.
Coming from a small town, OCU felt like the perfect fit for Bowling. "I am from a small town," states Bowling, "Everyone knows everyone. I have always played sports and been active. I love soccer, softball and basketball. I am really looking forward to going to Oakland City and being a part of their soccer program. I hope to further my skills and be useful to the team."
A four-year varsity award winner in soccer, basketball and softball, Bowling received All-Conference honors, as well as being named Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player her senior season. In basketball, she was named Best Defensive Player.
"I would like to thank Coach Gary Brown, my high school coach. I would not have been able to accomplish any of this without him. Thanks, Gary!"
Dave Morris, Head Coach of the Lady Oaks soccer team, announced the addition of Chelsea Crane, starting goalkeeper for Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana, to the 2012-13 recruiting class.
Crane brings a wealth of experience to a young OCU roster, having won numerous awards on the high school pitch, including being named 2nd Team All-City twice, 2nd Team All-Conference, Honorable Mention 1st Team All-District, Sectional MVP twice, Overall MVP, and defensive MVP. Crane also received Academic All-City honors twice.
At the conclusion of her senior season, Crane stood atop six school records, besting the previous marks in most career shut-outs, most single season shut-outs, best career goals against average, best single season goals against average, best career save percentage, best single season save percentage, while taking over the second slot in career saves.
"Chelsea is a great athlete," states Coach Morris. "She is going to contribute to the Lady Oaks soccer program and will also be a great fit for our University community and Christian environment."
Oakland City University women's soccer coach Dave Morris announced the addition of North Knox High School goalkeeper and three-sport athlete Eleni Moreland to the Lady Oak soccer program.
Eleni, the daughter of John and Larisa Moreland, lettered multiple times in soccer, basketball, and softball at North Knox High School and led the team as goalkeeper under coach Bob Evans. At North Knox, she holds records for saves in a game, saves in a season and saves in a career. She was also nominated for All-Area, All-Conference for three years, Top Team Player of the State two years, Team MVP, and Defensive MVP two Years. She is also involved with student council, National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Totem yearbook staff, and a mentor for the North Knox elementary schools.
Eleni says, "I plan on majoring in social work/psychology. I am excited to play at the collegiate level and couldn't do it without the support and encouragement of my friends, family, and coaches. I would also like to thank God for giving me the ability to play. " Coach Morris added, “We are excited to add a young woman who is a great all-around athlete to our program. On her visit with us she really fit in with our team and it was obvious that Eleni is going to be a successful student-athlete here at Oakland City University on every level.”
The Oakland City University women's soccer team received a substantial boost today with the addition of an impressive signing day class, featuring five standout young women, all from Southern Indiana.
Sullivan High School’s 2010 and 2011 captain, Christina Haag, with the help and dedication of her teammates, led the Golden Arrows to four consecutive league titles, as well as earning sectional titles in 2009 and 2011.
Individually, Christina ended her high school career with 131 goals, the 3rd highest total in ISHAA history, including a school record 36 her senior season, and was named 1st Team All-State in 2011, Terre Haute Tribune Star Female Soccer Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011, along with All-District and Western Indiana All-Conference honors three years in a row. She also played for the Terra Haute Flyers and Wabash Valley United.
Outside of soccer, she was part of a school record 4x800 relay team, was a member of Student Council, Beta Club, Spanish Club, and Key Club. This year marks 10 years in 4-H and 2 years employment at the Sullivan County Public Library.
Christina says, “I couldn't even begin to thank my coach Kurt Hauger enough. He was always there to support our team and I through any game or obstacle. He was a great coach that taught me many different things about the game that I plan to take with me to the collegiate level. I also would like to thank Richard McPhail, Raymond Secrest, and Paige Bond for all of their help with coaching an outstanding group of girls.”
Lauren Wuerth, is a three-sport star (soccer, basketball, softball) and central defender for Evansville Central High School under Coach Damon Brown. In addition to her high school career with the Bears, she also played club soccer for Evansville Blitz and travel softball as well. Off the field, she participated in Link Crew to help freshman adjust to high school, and along with the entire Bears soccer team, ran in the Race for the Cure to support breast cancer research.
Lauren says, “I am also planning to attend Oakland City University in the fall to play soccer and I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity!”
Peyton Vanmeter was team captain of the two-time Blue Chip Conference champion Wood Memorial High School under Coach Dan Gomez. She led the team in assists in 2011, was Offensive Player of the Year for Wood in 2010, and earned the Coach's Award as a freshman.
The daughter of Barry and Karena VanMeter, Peyton was a four-year varsity soccer player, in addition to stints as a varsity cheerleader, basketball player and track athlete. VanMeter is also involved in school sponsored Spanish club, SADD, as well as 4-H, showing goats and pigs.
Peyton says, “I want to further my education to become a special education teacher and play soccer for OCU.”
Midfielder Tori Flowers was a team captain, four year letter winner, all-city honorable mention, and academic all-city award winner at Evansville Central under Coach Damon Brown. She also played club soccer for SWISA, Lady Blitz, and Evansville United.
Beyond soccer, Tori qualified for semi-state 3 times in cross country, where she made 2nd team All-SIAC and academic all-city. She also runs varsity track, has been an honor roll student every year of high school, while serving on the LinkCrew as a Junior and Senior. The daughter of Tim and Kim Flowers and sister to Hayley Flowers, she also works at Windmill Dairy Queen.
Tori says, “I am excited to get the opportunity to play college soccer at Oakland City University. I plan to major in Elementary Education and may even coach someday. I felt like Oakland City was the best fit for me. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”
Missy Brown was a 4-year letter winner for the Heritage Hills Patriots, leading the team in scoring her junior (17 goals) and senior (20 goals) years. Missy was a key member of a team that set consecutive records for most wins in a season, 13 wins in 2010 and 15 wins this fall under Coach Doug Satterfield. Her teams won back-to-back Pocket Athletic Conference titles and won the first sectional title in HHHS girls soccer history her senior season. In her senior year, Missy was selected to the PAC All-Conference 1st team after earning honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior.
Missy also played soccer for SWISA soccer club in Evansville. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Darlene Brown and has two brothers, Cory and Derek.
Sept. 22, 2011 - Lady Oaks Notch First Win Under Coach Morris; Carmen Van Winkle Sets Single Game Scoring Record
The Lady Oaks hosted the Eagles of Midway College in a rematch of last season's 4-0 win in Kentucky. Carmen Van WInkle tallied all five goals in the game, setting a single game scoring record, helping the Oaks to a 5-0 victory.
The first half saw the Lady Oaks control possession most of the time, sending 12 shots at the goal, seven of which were on their mark. Carmen Van WInkle scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 17 minutes into the game off of a pass from Heather Dixon. She notched her second goal less than a minute later, finishing a pass from Rachel Oakley into the top-left corner of the net. Dakota Armfield sent a pass in behind the defense with less than 15 minutes to play in period one and Van Winkle outran the Eagles, finishing over the keeper from 12 yards out and giving the Lady Oaks a 3-0 advantage at the half.
Van Winkle scored two more goals, one assisted by Jenni Hubbard, the other from Ashley Lampert, to end the game with five goals, a new OCU record.
The Lady Oaks move to 1-5 on the year. Heather Dixon left the game late in the first half due to a leg injury, forcing the Lady Oaks to play a man down as Katie Harrison and Steph Solorza sat the game out as they each recover from previous injuries.
OCU will be back in action on Wednesday, September 28, when they travel to Anderson University to play at 4:00 PM.
With only eleven healthy players, the Lady Oaks traveled to Marian University on Tuesday to play their third game in six days. The Knights, receiving votes in the NAIA national poll, came in 3-0 following a 3-0 win over NCAA Division III #11 Denison University in Ohio over the weekend, but the mismatch on paper never really materialized on the field.
Despite allowing an early goal in each half, the Oaks battled the Knights for 90 minutes, shutting them out for the final 43 minutes en route to a 4-0 loss that the young OCU team can build upon.
OCU conceded a number of long shots to Marian as they stayed tight defensively, but great scoring chances were few and far between for both sides. After Marian broke through in the seventh minute, the Oaks’ defense held firm until the 28th minute when OCU allowed its first set play goal of the season in the form of a Marian corner that stayed in off the top of the cross bar and fell to an unmarked Katy Toth who banged in it from in close. Marian scored their final goal of the half on a counter-attack in the 35th minute.
The Oaks nearly clawed a goal back in the 41st minute when a long serve from Ashley Lampert found Carmen Van Winkle streaking in behind the Marian defense. Only a diving save by Julia Naab denied Van Winkle her first goal of the season as the Knight defense scrambled the rebound clear before Van Winkle could pounce.
In the second half, Samantha Cook scored only a minute after the re-start on a 25 yard effort that eluded Katie Harrison in the Oaks’ goal, but the Lady Oaks rallied to close out the game and shut out the Knights for the final 44 minutes.
The Lady Oaks return to action on Saturday, September 10, when they travel to Belleville, Illinois, to face Lindenwood University-Belleville. Game time is set for 1:00 PM CST.
In front of a large Youth Day crowd that braved rainy weather to watch OCU’s home opener, the Oaks were overmatched by Illinois-Springfield out of the GLVC and lost 11-0.
After a competitive first half that saw OCU generally frustrate the larger and stronger Prairie Stars, and despite conceding a 3-0 lead, the second half opened with a UIS flurry of scoring. In the 20 minutes it took the Oaks to adjust, the game had gotten beyond them as UIS hit for 7 goals in that span. Despite UIS maintaining their regular rotation for substitutions throughout the match, they managed only 1 goal in the final 23 minutes as OCU stiffened their resistance and Carmen Van Winkle dropped back into midfield to help defend.
The Oaks return to the field Tuesday at Marian University in Indianapolis. Kick-off is at 6:30 PM CST.
OCU opened the 2011 campaign at Asbury College on Thursday, September 1. Despite playing short-handed due to injury, the Lady Oaks competed hard in their opening match, but their efforts were not enough to pull out the victory as OCU fell by the score of 6-1.
Playing a counter-attacking style, the Oaks were able to prevent the Eagles from penetrating into the penalty area, but a 30 yard effort found its way past Katie Harrison and helped settle Asbury into the match.
Down 2-0, OCU turned to Emily Karns in goal and turned up the pressure on the Eagle defense. Carmen Van Winkle was unlucky to fire over the bar when she had gotten in clean behind the Asbury defense just before the stroke of halftime. The Lady Oaks looked good for a breakthrough in the second half.
The goal did come, although Van Winkle turned provider, holding up a pass from Rachel Oakley before playing the senior midfielder into space between defenders just beyond the center circle. Oakley accelerated into the seam and coolly finished over the on-rushing goalkeeper to bring Oakland City back into the match.
Shortly after Oakley’s goal, Van Winkle forced a save from the Eagles’ keeper after stripping the Asbury centerback, and when the Eagle defense responded to the increasing pressure by bringing her down Jamie Goldsberry fired the ensuing free kick just wide. With the Lady Oaks reduced to just nine players due to heat, Asbury was able to seal the match late on. Although Oakland City ended the game on the attack, earning a corner in the final seconds, there was not enough time or resources to hold off the host Eagles.
The Lady Oaks return to action on Sunday, September 4, when they host the University of Illinois-Springfield for Youth Soccer day. Game time is set for 1:00 PM CST.
The Oakland City University Lady Oaks Soccer team played an exhibition match at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Sunday, August 28. Despite a great effort, the Lady Oaks’ inability to score proved to be the difference in the game as Rose-Hulman won the game by the score of 1-0.
The trio of OCU goalkeepers split time in the game, each playing one 30 minute period. Katie Harrison conceded the goal in the first 30 minutes, but also made a pair of nice saves on shots from distance as Rose-Hulman struggled to get behind OCU’s defense. The goal came when a ball took an awkward hop off a defender’s head and looped behind the defense for one of Rose-Hulman’s strikers to run onto. With just seven days from move-in day to the first scrimmage match, the early going featured an OCU side looking to develop a rhythm and Rose-Hulman controlled possession for much of the first 20 minutes of the frame. A solid effort from Jamie Goldsberry, Ashley Lampert, and Brynn Dossett limited the damage as the OCU central midfield of Jenni Hubbard, Sam Parsons, and Rachel Oakley worked to settle into the game.
Emily Karns played the second period, stone-walling a Rose-Hulman attacker who had gotten free about eight yards from goal. Karns confidently saved a pair of long range efforts as well. Going the other way, Carmen Van Winkle shot wide from 15 yards and Hubbard ended a mazy run through the Rose-Hulman defense with a shot that didn’t have quite the power she intended. With an increasingly assured looking backline making runs up the field, and Hubbard and Oakley pulling the strings, OCU began to force the Engineers to defend and foul. A Goldsberry free kick over the defense from midfield created a dangerous scoring chance, but the OCU attackers couldn’t quite get on the end of the serve.
Dakota Armfield played the third period, looking confident with her feet and saving the one shot on goal that she faced as the Mighty Oaks controlled the majority of possession in the frame. Oakley played Van Winkle in on goal and her shot was just wide early in the period, while Lampert blazed a 25 yard effort over the bar with the keeper beaten a few minutes later. Defensively, Ashlyn Sweeney moved into the backline and was effective patrolling the Mighty Oak right side. On the left, Stephanie Solorza provided increasing defensive pressure and good attacking ideas while Heather Dixon was effective in a variety of roles.
“Overall, it was a great first effort,” said Coach Morris, “We played with effort, supported each other and showed that we can compete. Our job now is to build on this performance and challenge ourselves to continue playing at a higher level.”
The Lady Oaks return to action on Thursday, September 1, when the play Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Game time is slated for 3:00 PM.
David Morris has been named head coach of the Lady Oaks soccer team after most recently coaching at Culver-Stockton College in 2009-10, compiling a record of 7-8-3 while leading the Wildcats to one of the best seasons in recent years. The Wildcats had just seven players when Coach Morris took over, and in just one season, they were an HAAC competitor, earning draws with nationally ranked Lindenwood and Benedictine.
In 1996, Morris coached the Rockville High School boys' soccer team and the Whitman High School girls' basketball team, where he helped lead as an assistant coach to the Maryland State Championships.
In 1995, Coach Morris earned the NSCAA Advanced National diploma.
Morris took over as coach of the women's soccer program at UW-Stout in 1999, a team that had never finished over .500 in its history. In 2001, the Blue Devils broke the .500 barrier, a season mark they set every season from then on under Coach Morris. In 2005, UW-Stout finished with an unbeaten record in the WIAC for the first and only time in school history. In 2005-06, Coach Morris was named to the NCAA D-III Central Region Championships Committee.
In 2007, Morris accepted the coaching position at CSU-Pueblo, his first at the NCAA D-II level, leading the team to a record of 14-6-1, the best record in program history and the best turnaround in all of Division-II that year while advancing to the conference championship game. The team finished with a record of 6-10-3 the previous season.
In 2008, CSU-Pueblo advanced to the RMAC playoffs for the second consecutive season for a first time in the program's history and Coach Morris was listed among the NCAAs winningest active coaches.
in 2007, CSU-Pueblo's Robin Hayes was named RMAC Player of the Year and Rikki Warmack ws named RMAC Women's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year, both under Morris's direction.
From 1999-2011, every team Morris has coached has won the NSCAA Team Academic Award, an eleven year streak of academic excellence.
Coach Bruce Nichols announced the signing of Dakota Armfield, a goalkeeper from Danville Community High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Coach Nichols said, "Dakota is ver aggressive and strong coming off her line and has great individual skills. I am very excited to have Dakota here as a goalkeeper. We will have real competition for that spot. She comes from a competetive club team and she will add a lot to our team." Armfield played for Westside United Football Club in Indianapolis beside competing for Danville Community High School.
Pictured Left to Right - Front Row: Todd Armfield, Dakota Armfield, Lisa Armfield
Back Row: Michael Burdsll (DCHS GK Coach), Justin Sullivan (Westside United FC Coach), Sarah Jones (DCHS Girls Soccer Coach), Kristin Leimann (DCHS Girls Assistant Coach)
Coach Bruce Nichols announced the signing of Stephanie Solorza, a defender from Owensboro Catholic High School. Solorza is expected to help add experience and depth to the Lady Oaks' defense next season. "When I first saw her, I was amazed at her toughness," says Coach Nichols. "She plays very hard and will help strengthen our defense."
Pictured L-R: Bayardo Solorza, Stephanie Solorza, Susana Solorza, Jose Solorza
Coach Bruce Nichols has announced the signing of Ashley Lampert, a Forest Park High School standout. Lampert is expected to add depth to the left side of the field. "Ashley is a hard worker and a competitor," stated Coach Nichols, "she will fit in well at OCU."
Pictured: Bryan Lubbenhusen (Former FPHS Coach), Karen Wendholt (Asst. Coach), Ashley Lampert,
Wayne Burger (FPHS Head Coach),
Larry Niehause (FPHS Travel Coach),
& Doug Louden (FPHS Athletic Director)
Coach Bruce Nichols has announced the signing of Brynn Dossett, a defender from Henderson, Kentucky. Brynn has chosen to follow in her sister's footsteps and join the Lady Oaks soccer team. Kelsey Dossett played for the Lady Oaks, graduating at the end of this season.
Coach Nichols said about Brynn, "I plan to use Brynn in the defense. She is a strong defender and has played club and high school soccer for many years. I know she will be an assett to the team." Brynn is currently attending Henderston High School.
Pictured: Karen Dossett, Brynn Dossett & Don Dossett
The Oakland City University women's soccer team finished 4-10-1 this season, but their record does not do justice to their performance on the field. Improvements were made and records fell, but the Lady Oaks failed to reach the post-season.
They lost a heartbreaking game early in the year to Bluefield 1-0. Ten days later, they lost to Kentucky Wesleyan 4-2, followed by back-to-back three-goal losses to Lambuth (1-4) and Greenville (0-3). Their one tie game against St. Mary of the Woods in a hard-fought 2-2 game. Had they turned those close losses into victories, they would have finished above .500 for the first time since 2004.
For the year, the Lady Oaks were only one assist shy of the school record, set in 2004 at 30, and one shutout behind the overall record of five, set in 2002, 2003 and 2004. They were able, as a team, to set the record for most shots in a single game when they struck 55 in their 5-0 victory over Robert Morris-Springfield.
Individually, Megan Nanney's three-goal game against Lindenwood University places her second behind only Emily Gries's pair of four-goal games in 2002. Nanney's eight points in that game also places her second for most in a game, also trailing Gries. Nanney moved into second place for career goals, bringing her total to 25, trailing Gries's 30. She is also second in career points with 57, behind Gries's 72. Nanney's nine goals on the year places her third on the single-season list, trailing Danielle Hinton (15 in 2003) and Gries (15 in 2002 and 2003). Freshman Kylee Eveans put herself into the record books by tallying the second highest total for assists in a season with 6, tied with Gries (2002 and 2003) and behind Hinton's 8 in 2003. Eveans also set the school record for assists in a single game when she totalled three against Midway College.
With only Nichole Tsimekles and Kelsey Dossett graduating, the team looks to improve upon their success from this season. With a strong recruiting class expected for next season, the excitement surrounding the Lady Oaks soccer team will be growing.
The 2009 lady oak soccer team set two major goals before the 2009 season started. First, they wanted to reach the NCCAA regional tournament, a goal they met when they faced Cincinnati Christian in the Mid-East Regional game on November 16. Second, they wanted to improve on their goal difference from the 2008 season of -30, a goal they also met.
“We did well” said first year coach Gerald Nichols “Getting to regionals was a rallying call for the girls and many stepped up for the team” The team Goal difference rose to -17 “We have a lot of work to get that one on the positive side, but this is a great start”
Many fresh faces, combined with some familiar ones, allowed the Lady Oaks to improve upon their previous season. Among those familiar faces was Sophomore Megan Nanney, the Lady Oaks leading scorer. Nanney played in all thirteen games, scoring 8 goals. A trio of players played in every minute of every game, the Lady Oaks' lone Senior Nichole Tsimekles, as well as Sophomores Kerrie and Kyndal Thompson played 1175 minutes each.
Sophomore Goalkeeper Kaci Weatherholt also played every minute of the thirteen games. Weatherholt, the only keeper on the Lady Oaks roster, posted two shut outs to go along with a 2.46 goals per game average. She was also able to stop 3 penalty kick during the season. “Kaci was one of the most improved players on the squad, last year her GPGA was 4.19.”
Among the new players to OCU, Freshman Midfielder, Jamie Goldsberry played an important role in the midfield, “her versatility helped us when we need help at forward or defense.” Forward Ciara Leslie also contributed greatly to the team’s progress, Leslie was the second leading scorer with three goals. Holding down the center defense along with Tsimekles was Karrin Bryant from Princeton. These, along with upcoming recruits will help to build on what the Oakland City University Women's Soccer team has accomplished over the years and, hopefully, will continue to improve the tradition that is Lady Oaks' Soccer.
The 2010 roster is already beginning to take shape as the Lady Oaks announce the signing of midfielder Kylee Eveans of Marquette High School in Moro, Illinois. The 5'4" Eveans, daughter of Rick and Carey Eveans, was on the State Runner-Up team in 2009 after leading her team to a record of 47-18-5 in her final three years of high school. She scored 17 goals and had 31 assists, 19 of which came in her senior campaign, in 70 games at the varsity level.
A member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Peer Leadership, Student Council Ambassadors, Campus Ministry and Youth Group, Eveans plans to major in Special Education while playing for the Lady Oaks' squad.Coach Nichols said about Eveans, "I am very happy to have a player like Kylee at OCU. She comes from a culture of winning, like we are trying to build here. Her skills will help us hold the ball in the middle of the field and give us more time to attack and take the pressure off the defense."