Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Once again, the Gustavus Women's Soccer team did not disappoint with their costumes this year!  The creativity continues to be taken to the next level with every teammates' Halloween spirit.  This year we had people dressing up as food items, puns, super heroes, animals, movies, and more!  Every year we deem one practice for the women to dress up and play soccer in their costume -if they are able.  The team takes this day very seriously, as it is one of their favorite practices of the year.  Below are pictures from our great day:

2016 Gustavus Women's Soccer Halloween Team

 Here we will start with the ever so serious Ginger Bread Man pictured on the left.  This is our witty Head Coach, Laura Burnett-Kurie.  As you can see, Ginger is in her genetics, so the costume just came naturally.

On the right we have our Assistant Coach, Benton Frayne, dressed up as a greaser.  His mother hand sewed his patches onto the jacket, all patches having personal meaning in his life.

Roisen Granlund, Coursey Edwards, Jana Elliott

We had some tough players out on the field, from left to right, "Run for Kills, SLAYER, and Ja-NICE" scaring away their opponents.  These three went from everyday Nursing and Athletic Training majors, to hardcore baddies overnight.  Yikes!  I wouldn't want to be caught in a 1v1 situation with any of these chicks.

Maddison Ackiss
 Next, a field fairy flew out to practice for the day!  Senior, Maddison Ackiss, looked so beautiful playing soccer with her hair down and flying past defenders.  The wings gave her additional turbo speed!
 The "twins" were very hard to tell apart on the field.  Freshman, Abby Mullenbach (left), and Junior, Paula Miller (right) hardly needed a costume on Halloween!  How clever!
Katie Johnson and Ashley Becker

It may be the end of October, but to sophomores Katie Johnson (left) and Ashley Becker (right) it was a perfect summers day.  For these two, the weather was beautiful for a day at the beach!
Judith Hepburn

Coming all the way from Alaska to save the day, we have Blue Ranger Billy...just kidding, it's our freshman, Judith Hepburn!!
 Here we have Freshmen Lucy Thompson (left) saving the day as Super Man with the help of her minion, Maggie Leininger (right).
 Junior, Chase Miller, expressing her patriotism as Lady Liberty!  Very well done.
Hannah Sturtz

Baller on the field, and baller on the court...Junior, Hannah Sturtz with some straight swag.
Trina Rinke, Grace Brustad, Riley Viner

 What is the perfect game day meal?  For us, it is definitely candy corn, grapes, and a Big Mac!  We must point out how creative Trina was crafting her costume, despite her losing her candy corn hat to match.
 Can you name that movie?  Here is a hint:  This little fish swam very far away from home, he touched the butt of a boat, and somehow found himself leaving the sea to be captured in a dentist's office.  Junior, Emily Odermatt (left) is NEMO! And junior, Ellyn Adelmann is Darla from Finding Nemo.
Emily Hilk and Sophie Leininger

Two grumpy cats unhappy about everything.  What is that in the background?  
Kylie Lamberty

On the right we have the talented Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.  It's been a rough season for him, probably because he's been out here focusing more on soccer instead of throwing the ball.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Season Ending Shootout

Women’s Soccer Season Ends In Shootout Loss At St. Kate’s

Posted on November 1st, 2016 by

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team’s season was ended in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff matchup by a shootout loss at St. Catherine University Tuesday afternoon.
With the double overtime tie and shootout loss the Gusties have their season cut short by the Wildcats. Gustavus finishes the season with an overall record of 10-6-3.
No. 4 seed St. Kate’s took down the No. 5 seed Gusties 3-1 in a shootout after two overtime periods left the scored tied 1-1. Sophie Leininger (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) scored the lone shootout goal for the Black and Gold.
Both regulation goals for Gustavus and St. Kate’s came in the second period of play. Chase Miller (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead around the 53rd minute mark, tallying her second goal of the season. The Wildcats responded just a minute later as Iryna Talkachova tied the game up at 1-1 with her fourth goal of the season.
After regulation time and two overtimes, the Gusties and Wildcats were unable to change the score. St. Kate’s led in shots 29-24 while Gustavus led in shots on goal, 8-7. Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) and Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) led the Gustie attack with two shots on target each.
In the shootout the Wildcat’s first two shooters put goals past Gustie goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.). Leininger was the lone Gustavus scorer and three Gustie misses along with another Wildcat goal allowed St. Kate’s to prevail, 3-1.
“At the beginning of the season the team set a goal of making it to the playoffs,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “We found ourselves in a tough spot in achieving that goal after the first week of October. At that point the team came together and committed to each other and their goals and we went 5-1-1 in conference play. Making that commitment and achieving that success allowed us to be playing in this game today.  That’s what this season is all about. We overcame adversity multiple times this fall and it was great to see that resiliency. We battled hard today and didn’t end the season on a loss. Not many teams can say that.”
“As for the seniors, they were our first recruited class so they will always hold a special place in our heart. They started at the bottom of the conference and during their four years they qualified for the MIAC playoffs twice, won a playoff championship and was able to experience playing in the NCAA tournament. That alone speaks volumes to their talent and character. They are a pretty great group,” Burnett-Kurie said. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Defeated in Double Overtime

Women’s Soccer Downed By Hamline In Double Overtime, 1-0

Posted on October 29th, 2016 by

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team fell by a score of 1-0 in double overtime Saturday at Hamline University to close out regular season play.
With the loss the Gusties finish the regular season with a record of 10-6-2 (6-5 MIAC).
“We created opportunities for ourselves offensively and our defense battled hard,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “It was a tough, gritty battle and despite our efforts we weren’t able to get the result we wanted.” 
A goal at the 101 minute mark of double overtime by Arendje Louter served as the game-winning goal for Hamline. Louter tallies her ninth goal and third gamer-winner of the season as the Pipers improve their record to 11-6-1 (5-5-1 (MIAC).
In an even matched game, the Gusties and the Pipers both notched seven shots on goal. Gustavus led in total shots, 15-11. They also led in corner kicks, 7-3.
Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) led the Gusties with seven shots and a season-high five of them on target.
Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) made six saves in goal despite suffering her sixth loss of the season.
“It’s disappointing but at the end of the day, the team put us in a position where we had clinched playoffs regardless of the result. We are still playing well and looking forward to our quarterfinals on Tuesday,” Burnett-Kurie said.
The Gusties travel back to St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday to take on St. Catherine University at 2 p.m. for a MIAC Playoff quarterfinal matchup.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conquering Concordia

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Concordia On Senior Day

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by

Sophie Leininger (center) celebrates with teammates. Leininger led the Gusties with two goals and an assist.
Sophie Leininger (center) celebrates with teammates. Leininger led the Gusties with two goals and an assist.
ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team was lifted by two goals from co-captain Sophie Leininger (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) as the Gusties shut out Concordia College on senior day, Tuesday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.
With the win Gustavus improves to 10-5-2 overall (6-4 MIAC), while the Cobbers fall to 4-10-3 (1-8-1 MIAC).
“We wanted to play for the seniors and all the hard work they’ve put in over the last four years,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “What they’ve done for the program and how they’ve helped set our standard of excellence is admirable, so it was great to be able to get the result in honor of them. Ultimately, the team is on a mission to finish the season strong and clinch that playoff spot and they are proving that every game.”
In the first period the Gustie attack peppered the Concordia defense with 19 shots, three of which snuck past goalkeeper Maddy Reed.
Around 12 minutes into the game, Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) took a shot and Leininger buried the rebound to tally her first goal of the season. Leininger added another goal at the 24th minute mark when Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) centered the ball to Leininger, who put a shot into the top left corner of the goal.
“Sophie is a such a crafty player and despite not having the points to show for it this year, much of our attack still goes through her,” Burnett-Kurie commented. “It was great to see her breakthrough and not only score, but to score a second in the first half.”
At the 32nd minute, Ackiss recorded her team-leading ninth goal of the season to give Gustavus a 3-0 cushion with a great shot from 30 yards out, registering a goal in three-straight games. Leininger was credited with the assist on the goal to notch her fifth point of the game, which is an individual game high for Leininger and the Gusties.
In the second period Concordia stole away some of the Gustavus momentum, outshooting the Gusties 11-3. Despite a strong push-back, the Black and Gold defense stood tall. Goalkeeper Roisen Granlund (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) came in to assist starting goalie Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) at the 75th minute mark and backstopped the Gusties with six saves. Becker was credited with her 10th win of the season.
“We are so happy to see Roisen get some minutes and show what she’s capable of. Everyday she works hard in practice and continues to push herself and everyone within the program to reach that next level. Today she had the opportunity to step onto the field and help hold down the fort to secure that goose egg,” Burnett-Kurie mentioned.
Gustavus closes out the regular season at Hamline University on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We are very focused on finishing out the season strong, but today’s post-game was all about honoring our spectacular senior class and their families. They’ve given so much to this program it’s difficult to truly honor them,” said Burnett-Kurie.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Krushing" St. Kate's

Three-Goal Second Half Propels Women’s Soccer To Victory At St. Kate’s

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 by

Senior co-captain Jana Elliott scored the game-winner for the Gusties.
Senior co-captain Jana Elliott scored the game-winner for the Gusties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team was guided by three-goals in the second period to capture a road win from St. Catherine University Saturday afternoon.
The Gustie’s fourth win on the road pushed their overall record to 9-5-2 (5-4 MIAC), while the Wildcats fall to 9-5-1 (4-4-1 MIAC).
“Today was a big win for us,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “The team came out ready to fight and they did just that. We gave up an early goal, but the team kept their heads and continued to fight. Everyone did their jobs and more, which helped us get our results. It was a physical battle, but we moved the ball well and were relentless in our attack.”
St. Catherine got on the scoresheet first, just under three minutes into the six-goal game. Kaitlin Machovec tallied her third goal of the season to give the Wildcats an early lead. An own goal by St. Kate’s at the 33rd minute allowed the Gusties to even the score at 1-1, which stood as the score after one period of play. 
Gustavus stepped up the second half and took a 3-1 lead with goals from Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) and Jana Elliott (Sr., Eagan, Minn.). Ackiss posted her team-leading eighth goal of the season and Elliott notched her second goal of the season as well as her first point in seven games. Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) and Hannah Sturtz (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) each added helpers on the goals.
Moments later St. Kate’s cut the Gustie lead to 3-2 as Machovec scored her second goal of the game from a header off a corner kick. However, around five minutes later Gustavus would wipe out the Wildcat’s comeback hopes with more contributions from Skogseth and Sturtz. Skogseth fed Sturtz who put a shot high-corner past St. Kate’s goalkeeper to seal a 4-2 victory for the Black and Gold. The four goals is the most by the Gusties during a conference game this season.
In the past five games, Skogseth and Sturtz have each tallied five points. Skogseth’s two assists today stands as a career-high and a goal and assist for Sturtz is also a career-high three points.
Gustavus outshot St. Kate’s 19-17, while the Wildcats led the Gusties in corner kicks 5-4. Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) made seven saves to record her ninth win of the season. Her 80 saves on the season is tied for the MIAC lead.
“Now we have to focus on finishing our the regular season,” Burnett-Kurie commented. “The MIAC is always super tight which means we need to focus on the last two games, both of which will be tough battles, in order to give us a spot in the playoffs. No game is an easy game in our conference.”
Gustavus has just two regular season games remaining on the schedule and returns home for senior day to take on Concordia College Tuesday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gusties Get the W from UW-Stout

Ackiss Leads Charge As Women’s Soccer Edges UW-Stout, 2-1

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by

Maddison Ackiss recorded her third two-goal game of the season.
Maddison Ackiss recorded her third two-goal game of the season.
MENOMONIE, Wis. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stout 2-1 in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night.
Just two games ago last Saturday, Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) powered the Gusties with a two-goal game in the win at Bethel. Ackiss proved to be lethal once again as she tallied two goals to lead Gustavus to victory. Ackiss’s team-leading sixth and seventh goals stand as her third two-goal game of the season and the sixth multi-goal game of her career.
With the win Gustavus improves to 8-5-2 overall while the Blue Devils fall to 5-8-1.
“Tonight was a great game for the team,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “We started out strong, moving the ball very well and it paid off with a goal fairly early in the first half.” 
The first goal came just seven minutes into the game when Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) threaded the ball in behind to Ackiss for her sixth goal of the season. Skogseth’s helper was her third of the season.
The Gusties and the Blue Devils each posted three shots each as Gustavus left the first period leading 1-0.
At the 54th minute of the second period, Hannah Sturtz (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) notched her third assist of the season working hard to get around the outside of her defender and crossed the ball to Ackiss who recorded the eventual game-winning goal for the Gusties, her third game-winner of the season.
“Stout gained some momentum in the first half, but nothing that our team was unable to handle defensively. In the second half, we controlled the majority of play except when Stout made a strong push in the final ten minutes,” Burnett-Kurie commented.
UW-Stout made a strong push-back in the second half and cut the Gustie lead in half with 10 minutes to go in the match, but it wasn’t quite enough. Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) enjoyed strong play from the Gustie defensive unit as they only allowed two Blue Devils shots on goal. Becker recorded her eighth win of the season. 
We talked at the end of the game how it was a great overall performance, especially on the road on a weeknight,” Burnett-Kurie said. “The team is really starting to click on the field, which is great to see. We know what level we are able to play at, and now it’s about maintaining that urgency, work ethic, and desire to achieve it heading into our final three games. We made a commitment a couple weeks back to focus on finishing the conference strong and doing what we needed in order to make it to the conference tournament. We need to focus on one game at a time to achieve that goal.” 
Gustavus looks to carry the momentum into the weekend and secure a MIAC Playoff spot with three conference games remaining in the regular season. The Gusties return to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon as they travel to St. Paul, Minn. to take on St. Catherine University.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weakend by Wartburg





Women’s Soccer Drops Non-Conference Match To Wartburg

Posted on October 16th, 2016 by

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team fell by a score of 3-0 in a non-conference matchup against Wartburg College Sunday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.
The loss moves the Gusties to 7-5-2 overall while the Knights improve to 8-3-2 overall after their third consecutive shutout.
Alyssa Drewelow scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season at the 25th minute mark of the first period to put Wartburg on the board. Morgan Neuendorf sent a cross that Drewelow buried from the left side to seal which stood as the game-winning goal.
Neuendorf found her way on the scoresheet again for the Knights as she streaked down field and took a pass from Alyssa Hewitt to push the lead to 2-0. Just three minutes later, Wartburg increased its lead to 3-0 with a goal from Nicole Adair.
“Credit them for scoring three, but they were fixable mistakes for us,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “They were breakdowns defensvily that are easily fixable and the big thing is to take what we did well walk away with some confidence.”
Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) was handed her fifth loss of the season despite making some big saves for the Gusties. Just before the Knight’s first goal, Becker sprawled out towards the top-right corner of the goal to deny a great shot from Adair. “Definitely the save of the year, it was unbelievable,” commented Burnett-Kurie.
Gustavus was outshot by Wartburg 16-11. The Knights also led in corner kicks, 6-2. Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) led the Gusties with two shots on goal.
“We had moments when we moved the ball around and were in dangerous on the field, but we either didn’t get the shot off or we weren’t quite able to finish,” Burnett-Kurie said. “This isn’t necessarily a setback because we played well. We got every healthy field player in today, which was nice to see. Having that urgency and finishing opportunities is big, that’s what we learned today. We have to fight to the end in this conference, so hopefully Wednesday we can build some confidence.”
The Black and Gold next head to Menomonie, Wis. on Wednesday for another non-conference matchup, taking on the Universtity of Wisconsin-Stout.