Thursday, February 11, 2016

#Beanboozled Challenge

We had just returned from Touring Week (week of vacation between our January Term and the start of Spring Semester here at Gustavus), when our very own Junior Coursey Edwards came strolling into our office proclaiming she had a challenge for our coaching staff to do.  We were open to participating in a challenge and asked her to further explain.  She said it was the #beanboozled challenge.  Now in hindsight we should have asked many more questions, however agreed to participating in the challenge prior to learning any of the details.

We completed the challenge today, Thursday, February 11th, 2016.  Well... let us clarify, we participated, struggled, barely survived... and now two hours later we are still experiencing the after affects.  Mostly from the three JellyBean tiebreaker to settle the challenge.

What is the actual BeanBoozled Challenge? 

Courtesy of the Jelly Belly website this is how they describe the challenge:

Jelly Belly's wildest collection dares you to compare some of our tastiest, most popular flavors with our craziest ones. But here's the catch - you won't know which ones are which!

The black Licorice bean looks exactly like the Skunk Spray bean! Sweet, luscious Caramel Corn might also be Moldy Cheese. You may think you're tasting our world-famous Buttered Popcorn bean, but what you'll be biting into could actually be Rotten Egg. The only way to find out what beans you're getting is to eat them!

The Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® collection currently contains 10 colors of beans, and 20 flavors (10 "real" ones and 10...well...different ones). You can make a fun, and somewhat hair-raising, game out of it by giving your friends beans of the same color and seeing which flavors they get. But don't be a chicken - you have to participate too. Just try not to get BeanBoozled®!

What is the GAC Women's Soccer Version? 

Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie and Assistant Coach Benton Frayne participated in a head to head competition.  Spin the dial and try all 10 flavors.  If you successfully chewed and swallowed the Jelly Belly you were awarded one point.  The coach with the most points after all 10 "flavors" won.  If the coaches were tied they would have a three Jelly Belly mash-up, sudden death finish.  

Play by Play including Complete Video: 

The play by play will have the two flavors followed by which flavor each coach was awarded.  Coach Burnett-Kurie will be referred to as Coach, Coach Benton Frayne will be Benton.  

1.  Licorice vs. Skunk Spray
     Coach - Skunk Spray, Benton - Licorice
     Points: Coach 1, Benton 1 
2.  Chocolate Pudding vs. Canned Dog Food
     Coach - Canned Dog Food, Benton - unsure but probably Canned Dog Food
     Points: Coach 2, Benton 2 
3.  Lime vs. Lawn Clippings
     Coach - Lawn Clippings; Benton - Lawn Clippings
     Points: Coach 3, Benton 3 
4. Caramel Corn vs. Moldy Cheese
    Coach - Moldy Cheese; Benton - Moldy Cheese
    Points: Coach 4, Benton 4
5. Coconut vs. Baby Wipes
    Coach - Baby Wipes, Benton - Baby Wipes
    Points: Coach 5, Benton 5 
6.  Tuitti Fruitti vs. Stinky Socks
     Coach - Stinky Socks, Benton - Tuitti Fruitti 
     Points: Coach 6, Benton 6
7.  Berry Blue vs. Toothpaste
     Coach - Toothpaste, Benton - Berry Blue 
     Points: Coach 7, Benton 7
8.  Buttered Popcorn vs. Rotten Egg
     Coach - Buttered Popcorn, Benton - Buttered Popcorn
     Points: Coach 8, Benton 8
9.  Peach vs. Barf
     Coach - Peach, Benton - Peach
     Points: Coach 9, Benton 9 
10. Juicy Pear vs. Booger
      Coach - Booger, Benton - Juicy Pear
      Points: Coach 10, Benton 10 

**However it should be noted that Coach enjoyed 9 out of 10 BAD flavors, while Benton enjoyed 4 out of 10 BAD flavors.***

 Rules of the Tie Breaker: 
3 Jelly Belly Mash Up - Take three Jelly Belly's and put them in your mouth at the same time.  

TB: Barf, Moldy Cheese, Rotten Egg
       Coach - All three, Benton - Barf, possibly others
       Points: Coach 0, Benton 1

Alas: Assistant Coach Benton Frayne won the BeanBoozled Challenge 2016: Part 1.  

Enjoy this very entertaining video.  Note: no one threw up in the making of this video.

How do you think we did?!?!  


 Three of our players, Junior Jana Elliott, Sophomore Hannah Sturtz and First Year Emily Skogseth all decided to dabble in the BeanBoozled Challenge.  As their one Jelly Belly selection they chose Peach vs. Barf.  One came out on the Peachy side, the other two...not so much... 

Watch their reaction here

Friday, January 22, 2016

Eight Women's Soccer Players receive Academic All-Conference Recognition

The mission of NCAA Division III athletics is to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to excel on the field, in the classroom, and within the greater community. Our program philosophy emanates from this mission and is grounded in encouraging and supporting our student-athletes to be the best individuals they can be in all aspects of their lives. Our success as a program is not measured solely by a win-loss record, but also by all the accomplishments of our women’s soccer players. The number one reason our student-athletes are attending Gustavus is to receive a quality education, which means we make it a top priority to ensure our players are succeeding in the classroom. And here's proof, our women's soccer team led the way for Gustavus Athletics fall sports with eight MIAC Academic All-Conference honorees. It's also great to note that Women's Soccer, with 83, had the most of any sport across the MIAC, while football was in a close second with 81 honorees.

Congrats to our Gustavus Women's Soccer Players!

MIAC Releases Fall Academic All-Conference Teams, 25 Gusties Honored 

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honored the league’s top performers in athletics and in the classroom with the announcement of the 2015 Fall Academic All-Conference Teams on Friday.

This fall, a record total of 359 student-athletes earned the prestigious honor, which recognizes combined excellence in academics and athletics. The previous record of 356 was established just one year ago (2014).

Of the 359 Academic All-Conference selections from the fall, 25 were representatives of Gustavus Adolphus College. The breakdown of Gustavus’s honorees included three men’s cross country runners, five women’s cross country runners, three football players, two men’s soccer players, eight women’s soccer players, and four volleyball players.

To earn Academic All-Conference honors, MIAC student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while also meeting sport-specific athletic requirements, making the award a perfect blend of the balanced excellence championed by the MIAC and NCAA Division III.

Athletically, student-athletes in team sports must compete in 50 percent of their team’s regular-season varsity contests. The team sports eligible were football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. Cross country student-athletes were required to finish in the overall top 100 or their team’s top seven at the 2015 MIAC Cross Country Championship.

MIAC Release

Women’s Soccer (8)

Brittany Chase (Sr., Victoria, Minn.)

Molly Johnston (So., Mendota Heights, Minn.)

Kendyl Landeck (Jr., Moscow, Idaho)

Sophie Leininger (So., Plymouth, Minn.)

Josie Mazzone (So., Rapid City, S.D.)

Emily Odermatt (So., Minneapolis, Minn.)

Monica Pelkey (Jr., Oak Grove, Minn.)

Hannah Sturtz (So., Plymouth, Minn.)

Men’s Cross Country (3)

John Benson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.)

Carston Dammann (So., Lake City, Minn.)

Samuel Renier (Sr., Cambridge, Minn.)

Women’s Cross Country (5)

Mata Agre (Sr., Medina, Minn.)

Lydia Hayes (So., Decorah, Iowa)

Lauren Shurson (Sr, Chanhassen, Minn.)

Marit Sonnesyn (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.)

Stephanie Welke (Jr., Tomahawk, Wis.)

Football (3)

Tyler Jakes (Jr., North Mankato, Minn.)

Marcus Kelly (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.)

Kyle Krzmarzick (Sr., Sleepy Eye, Minn.)

Men’s Soccer (2)

Eli Bjerk (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.)

John Fox (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.)

Volleyball (4)

Abilene Leitch (So., Mankato, Minn.)

Kelle Nett (Sr., Spring Valley, Ill.)

Alyssa Taylor (Sr., Trimont, Minn.)

Rebecca Woodstra (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gustavus to Renovate A.H. Anderson Hall

Gustavus Adolphus College President Rebecca M. Bergman announced today that the $8 million complete renovation of A.H. Anderson Hall will begin this January. The project, which is expected to conclude by February 2017, will prepare the building to house the Department of Education, the College’s Academic Support Center and Writing Center, the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, and a new multifaith center.

The renovated Anderson Hall will include a gathering space for students and faculty

“Our education program has been a hallmark of Gustavus excellence and service since the College’s founding in 1862,” Bergman said. “This renovation will provide our students with a dynamic learning environment that is designed to produce exceptional K-12 educators.”

Debra Pitton, professor and chair of the education department, looks forward to moving into the updated building. “The teaching spaces and technology will reflect best practices in K-12 schools and enable education majors to prepare for their teaching career in a more realistic setting,” she said. “Overall, the remodeled Anderson Hall provides a space to implement and model effective methodologies that will enhance our future teachers’ pedagogical skills and prepare them to meet the needs of their future learners.”

Located on the College’s main academic mall, the historic Kasota stone building opened in 1948 and originally served as the Gustavus library. It was renamed A.H. Anderson Hall in 1973 and became the home of the social sciences until 2011. In addition to creating inviting spaces for education, advising, and faith exploration, the renovated building will include a three-story open gathering space to encourage collaboration and group work for students and faculty.

“The Anderson renovation is almost exclusively funded through philanthropic gifts. The project is anchored by donations from several members of the Gustavus Board of Trustees, related families, and close friends of the College,” Vice President for Advancement Thomas W. Young ’88 said. “We are deeply grateful to our generous donors for their strong support of excellence in education.”

Nearly all of the $8 million was donated in very short-term commitments and outright cash, which allows for the aggressive renovation timeline. “We are excited that our current and incoming students will have the opportunity to utilize these spaces in the very near future,” Bergman said.

Article courtesy of 
Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication, JJ Akin

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our 2015 Banquet was a Day Brightener!

The 2015 Gusties had the opportunity to celebrate as a team one last time this past Saturday, December 12th.  We wanted this time to say our farewells to Britt Chase, celebrate our accomplishments on and of the field, and thank our family and friends for their unwavering support throughout the season. 

Team photo from the 2015 Gustavus Women's Soccer Banquet

Our Gustie Family

We talk a lot about our Gustie Family and the support from our parents, alumnae and other friends, but we honestly believe the passion, support and encouragement we receive from them is unmatched.  We have family who organize our post-game tailgates and family who continually provide mouth-watering food for every get together and family who donate for fabulous food after away games.  We have family who invite our entire team over to their homes, and family who use all their vacation days to make sure they watch the team play every Wednesday, even if it’s up in Moorhead, MN.  We have family who help create fundraisers that will not only benefit their daughter when they are at Gustavus but that will help benefit the program for years after and we have family who send supportive, uplifting emails.  

There is no way for us to thank our Gustie Family enough, but we are incredibly grateful for everyone who is a member.  We want our Gustie Family to continue to grow, develop and reach new heights just like our program.

Now on to the 2015 Women’s Soccer Banquet summary…

The Banquet 

This banquet was about more than just the awards; it was about the passion, grit, determination and achievement of this team and this season.  When we all took the field together this past August on the first day of preseason, we knew the program was moving the correct direction.  We were continuing to bring in exceptional individuals in all areas of their lives, adding more depth to the roster and developing strong leaders.  We knew we were going to be an improved team and reach greater success this season than the previous three… but wow, we don’t think anyone could have predicted the story of our season.   And the best part of the success, it truly was an entire program effort.  Every single individual that was part of our program from our players to athletic training staff to student workers to support staff all contributed to this breakthrough season.

Unfortunately, everyone’s efforts are the hardest part to put into words.  So while this blog post will be mostly focused on the Banquet Awards we announced (which are incredible honors), we are honoring all members of our program and recognizing them for their huge contributions this season.

We have six team awards that are voted on by the players: Teach Me How to Gustie Award, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, and Overall Team MVP.  Now…drumroll please… here are the recipients of these prestigious awards.

Teach Me How to Gustie

Teach Me How to Gustie Award 2015: Sophie Leininger
This award is given to the player who best represents Gustavus Women’s soccer both on and off the field, with their dedication, work ethic, academic success, extracurricular involvement, etc..  The award this season went to Sophie Leininger.  Sophie had a tremendous season with 9 assists, ranking her second all time for assists in a season, and one game-winning goal.  Sophie also has maintained a 4.0 in the classroom over her three semesters.  Sophie is also a member of Habitat for Humanity, works for student athlete services in the athletic department, and is an avid watcher of The Office. 

The 2014 recipient of the Teach Me How to Gustie Award was: Valerie Belanger

Most Improved Player

Most Improved 2015: Trina Rinke
This award goes to the player who improved the most during the season.   It is very rare when your most improved player of the year also starts all 21 games.   Trina Rinke played as a center back for us all season.  Based on our style of play (very possession oriented), we ask that our center backs are able to start our attack by finding feet when building out of the back.  Trina’s improvement was most noticeable with her ability to pass with both feet as well as her range of passing.  Her wonderful personality contributed greatly to the camaraderie and playing relationship she built with her teammates – both of which helped immensely with our backline’s awareness of each other and their responsibilities. 

The 2014 Most Improved Player recipient was: Laura Johnson 

Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year 2015: Ashley Becker 
This award goes to a new player within the program who had the largest impact on the season in their first year.  We had a lot of unbelievable Rookies to the team this year, so this award was certainly competitive.  The winner of the Rookie of the Year Award played every minute of every game, totaling 1,938 minutes and 50 seconds.  She recorded 11 shutouts and a save percentage of 81 percent.  She was a force to be reckoned with in the back, as she was solid in net every game and jump started our attack with her quick distribution.  Our 2015 Rookie of the Year is Ashley Becker. 

Our next three awards are the Most Valuable player awards.  We have an offensive, defensive and an overall MVP.  

The 2014 Rookie of the Year recipient was: Sophie Leininger

Offensive MVP 

Offensive MVP 2015: Brittany Chase
Our Offensive MVP came into Gustavus as an outside back.  As this player grew and adapted her game to the Gustie Tempo the coaching staff saw that she could be a real asset in the final third, so they immediately started developing her as a forward. While she never became a forward who put goal after goal after goal away, she was always creating dangerous scoring opportunities.  This season she record 3 goals and 6 assists.  Her biggest assist came in the conference playoff semi-finals when she assisted Maddison Ackiss just 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the game.   

The 2014 Offensive MVP recipient was: Maddison Ackiss. 

Defensive MVP 

Defensive MVP 2015: Emily Odermatt
The Defensive MVP was Emily Odermatt.  Emily contributes to our team’s success as the vocal   She also begins our attack with her desire to find feet out of the back and build our attack.  If you made it to a game this season she is the one who will jump over the opponent to win a header…her aerial attack unbelievable!  All in all, Emily is an unbelievable player all-around, possessing the ability to combine in tight spaces, release a forward into space, stick a bone-crunching tackle, or win every air ball that comes within 20yds of her. 
leader of the backline.

The 2014 Defensive MVP recipient was: Emily Odermatt.

Overall Team MVP 

Overall Team MVP 2015: Ashley Becker
Lastly our Team MVP goes to Ashley Becker.  Her stats are listed above, but more importantly than her stats, her desire to improve each day is what makes her such an exceptional player.  Ashley’s desire is contagious, when your goalkeeper is trying to make every single save in a practice it force’s your offense to work that much harder to have the perfect shot to beat her.  She inspires the defense in practice to not allow the offense easy shots, motivating them to play to their maximum capacity.  Overall, it’s Ashley’s strength coming off her line to smother breakaways, ability to get down quickly for those slotted balls in the corners, and acrobatic punches and parry’s over the bar paired with her desire for her teammates to reach greatness and her humble nature that helped her earn the Team MVP award.

The 2014 Overall Team MVP recipient was: Brittany Chase. 

Coaches Award
Coaches Award 2015: Kendyl Landeck

The last award is not voted on by the players, but still highly coveted: Coaches Award.  This season the Coaches Award went to Kendyl Landeck.  Kendyl, as a junior this season, played her first   But it has been through Kendyl’s determination and desire that has inspired the entire team, coaching staff and, in different ways, the entire athletic department.  By the end of the season, Kendyl had earned a starting role as an outside back and dominated.  In both the MIAC Playoff Semi-Finals vs. Concordia Moorhead and Finals vs. St. Thomas, Kendyl made huge tackles off corners in the waning seconds of the game, solidifying both wins and shutouts. 
collegiate soccer game, and wow, she was fantastic. Unfortunately, Kendyl has had to work tirelessly over the last two seasons to come back from multiple significant injuries.

The 2014 Coaches Award recipient was: Moni Pelkey.

Before we sign off, here is a banquet ending quote from our very own Assistant Coach, Benton Frayne:

“As the 2015 season comes to an end marking my first season as an Assistant coach at Gustavus.  It is a sad moment, I will miss practice, team bonding on Friday nights, the bus rides and most importantly watching the women play.  Such a wonderful experience and I look forward to next season.   Fortunately it is only 291 days away.” 

Thursday, November 26, 2015


We are Thankful for every member of our program: Players, Recruits, Alums, Family, Friends and Supporters!  Thank you for everything you have done to make our program phenomenal.  We are lucky to have you in our lives!

Enjoy these jokes from the Gustavus Women's Soccer team to all of you:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Women’s Soccer Nearly Completes Comeback, Drops Heartbreaker 2-1 To Wheaton At NCAA Tourney

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by CJ Siewert

WHITEWATER, Wis. – It was a battle all the way to the final seconds as the Gustavus women’s soccer team nearly completed the comeback on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but Wheaton was able to make a number of late-game saves and escaped with a 2-1 win over the Gusties. With the loss, the Gusties finish their remarkable turnaround season with a 13-7-1 overall record.

“We are a young team and it was the first time in the national tournament, but after the first 45 minutes we realized that we were supposed to be here,” Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie said. “We showed that and took it to them and brought our game to that next level. We found our rhythm and put Wheaton on its heels and it was fantastic to see.”

Wheaton showed its veteran experience on the national stage as it put the pressure on early and scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick 8:14 into the match. Nine minutes later, the Thunder took advantage of a turnover near midfield and got a breakaway goal to take a comfortable 2-0 advantage. The Gusties had a few scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes but logged just four shots. Gustavus nearly netted its first goal of the game with just 20 seconds remaining in the half, but was called offsides.

After halftime, the Gusties came out rejuvenated and put the pressure on the Thunder. The first two shots of the second half were blocked, but at the 66:49 mark Emily Skogseth (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) gave the Gusties their first goal of the game, which also gave them a shot of adrenaline. The goal came after a throw-in near the corner, centered by Brittany Chase (Sr., Victoria, Minn.) with a shot by Chase Miller (Fy., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) where Skogseth took the rebound and fired it into the back of the net past the diving keeper.

From that point on it was all Gustavus as it continued to put Wheaton on its heels. Skogseth gave the Gusties another great scoring opportunity in the 70th minute, but the Wheaton keep came up with a diving save. Maddison Ackiss (Jr., Fairbanks, Alaska) kept the pressure going with a shot-on-goal in the 79th minute, but was again blocked. With just three minutes left in the game, Wheaton keeper Mary Daghfal came up with quite possibly the biggest save of her career as she made a diving stop against a shot by Ackiss directly in front of the goal. Miller gave the Gusties one more look with a shot on goal with just three seconds left in the game, but once again Wheaton came up with a big save to secure the victory.

Gustavus finished the second half with 10 shots compared to nine by the Thunder. Throughout the full 90 minutes, the two teams each tallied 14 shots. Wheaton held a large margin in corner kicks, 7-1, and committed more fouls, 15-10.

MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year goalkeeper Ashley Becker (Fy., Farmington, Minn.) made three saves, while her counterpart, Daghfal, made eight stops.

“The players put their minds to it and they wanted to make this season special,” Burnett-Kurie said. “Everything they did with all the hours of practice and all the hours of watching film and studying, this was the culmination of all of that, and it was great to see. I think by simply getting over that hump and knowing that we belong here is huge for this team.”