Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sneak Preview: Spring Break

Panama City.  Cancun.  Cabo San Lucas.  Bahamas. Miami.  Las Vegas.  These are typically the first spring break locations that pop into college students heads.  What about Raleigh, NC? Did anyone think of Raleigh? 

Raleigh, North Carolina is not typically on anyones top five most popular spring break trip locations.  And yet, we have five women's soccer players and our senior athletic training student heading there for spring break, March 28th-April 6th, 2015.  

Why, you ask?  They plan to help build affordable houses with the Habitat for Humanity Organization.  

Here's the short:  First Years Sophie Leininger, Hannah Sturtz, and Josie Mazzone, Sophomores Jana Elliott and Kendyl Landeck, along with Senior ATR student Angela Gewerth, will head to Raleigh, NC to build affordable housing, become immersed in a new community, think critically about the challenging experiences they encounter, and have meaningful discussions regarding issues of poverty across the country.  This Spring break trip is part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. 

What's the Habit for Humanity Collegiate Challenge? The Collegiate Challenge is one of Gustavus Habitat for Humanity's biggest successes each year by getting volunteers to spend their time in meaningful and rewarding ways while raising awareness on housing issues across the nation.  The Collegiate Challenge is almost a tradition for our women's soccer program, as back in 2012, Liz Underwood '14, Emily Papagapitos '14 and Lizzy Kroker '14, went to Pensacola, FL where they performed various home construction tasks such as roofing, painting, framing and putting up sheetrock. 
2012 Collegiate Challenge in Pensacola, FL with 3 Gustie Soccer Alums

Gustavus Habitat for Humanity: The purpose of Gustavus Habitat for Humanity is to work with both local and outside chapters, as well as within our own chapter, in an effort to build affordable housing for families in need.  Habitat for Humanity strives to meet the needs through building, fundraising, advocacy, educating and organizing consistent with their values of community, compassion, service, faith and teamwork.  Every spring break, Gustavus sends over 75 students to Habitat for Humanity affiliate sites to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, an alternative spring break program.

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, check out this video:

Don't worry!  We will have a follow up post (with pictures, quotes and more) about their experience in Raleigh, NC, so make sure to check back in April.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our New Face: Benton Frayne

We are excited to announce the hiring of Benton Frayne as our new Assistant Women's Soccer Coach here at Gustavus Adolphus College.  Benton will enter his first season this Fall 2015, however he will start working with the program immediately.  Later in the Spring we will have a Coffee Shop Interview with Benton so you can get to know him further, but for now here's a little about how he became our assistant coach!

Assistant Coach Benton Frayne
For the last two years, Benton has worked with the Bethany Lutheran College women's soccer program, adding experience as the men's assistant this past fall.   In 2014, Benton helped the women's team place third in the conference and qualify for the conference tournament for only the third time in school history.  On the men's side, he helped the program place fifth, narrowly missing out on the post-season tournament.  Benton was involved in all the aspects of running two successful NCAA Division III program, including recruiting, assisting with team practices and running goalkeeper sessions.  During this time, he also coached several club teams within Mankato United Soccer Club and earned a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Benton collected an impressive coaching resume prior to working at Bethany Lutheran with his involvement at the college, high school and club levels.  In 2012, he helped guide the girls high school team at Mankato East to the top seed in the section playoffs as well as being ranked at the state level.  From 2010 to 2011, Benton worked with the varsity and junior varsity girls teams at Albert Lea High School, helping them also earn the top seed in the section playoffs.  Prior to his career at the high school level, as the assistant women's soccer coach at Grinnell College in 2009, Benton helped lead the pioneers to a 7-10-1 record.  

A native of Albert Lea, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism with a Coaching Minor at Winona State University in the spring of 2009.  Additionally, Benton holds his NSCAA National Diploma, USSF E License, and was a 2013 MYSA Oaths Award Winner.

Benton will be a tremendous addition to our Gustavus Women's Soccer Program and we are excited to get to know him further as well as see his impact on the continued development of our program. We hope you feel the same, so, if you're a recruit, keep your eye out for emails from him!  


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Welcome Home!

The Gustie Women are back from abroad! 

For those of you who read our earlier blog post (you didn't, here is the link) about our player's excitement to travel abroad over the month of January, they have returned!!! Not only have they returned, but returned with many once in a lifetime memories and new friendships.  Studying abroad is deeply rooted in the Gustavus College experience, and we encourage all of our players to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity.  So, now, let's get to the good stuff, aka the post-study abroad follow up interviews:

Coursey Edwards

Where: Germany, France, England, Ireland
Tottenham vs. Leicester City 

What was your favorite place you visited or the favorite part of your trip?
My favorite place I visited was London.  I went to an FA Cup game and watched the Tottenham

Hotspurs play Leicester City.  We had front row seats behind one of the goals!  Can't beat those seats!  That was an incredible experience and one I will remember forever.

Out of all the incredible food and drinks each country has to offer, what was the best and why?
I really enjoyed the typical German food.  My favorite food was the sausage and sauerkraut. I grew up eating this meal, so it comforted me while I was overseas.
Coursey at the Notre Dame

What was the greatest cultural experience you encountered? 
I think my greatest cultural experience was when I was in Paris and I could not communicate with the French because of the language barrier.  I attended Mass at Notre Dame and found that to be an eye opening experience because of the barrier and also because it was Notre Dame, so how could it not be?

A message to future Gusties: 
Studying abroad is definitely worth the time and money because you come back a changed person for the better.  You get to embrace the culture you are in and experience things you otherwise couldn't in the states.  It is truly an unforgettable time.

Kendyl Landeck
Where: Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber
What was your favorite place you visited or your favorite part of your trip? 
This question is so hard because all of it was my favorite.  If I had to choose a favorite small town, it would have to be Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  This is a small medieval town that still has the original wall surrounding it from back in the 13th century.

Out of all the incredible food and drinks the country has to offer, what was the best and why? 
All the food was delicious, however there was one desert that I was served constantly, because of my lactose sensitivity, that I grew to love.  It's called Rote Grutze, which is a read fruit jam.  At first it feels like you are just eating a bowl of jam, but by the end of the trip I looked forward to eating it after dinner.  My favorite drink was probably Apfelschorle, which is made with carbonated mineral water and apple juice.  It's just like a sparkling cider. So delicious!!

What was the greatest cultural experience you encountered? 
Kendyl with Host Family
The greatest cultural experience was in Northern Germany, where we stayed with host families.  Staying with a host family allowed me to learn more about the differences within the German culture and also experience traditional homemade food.

A message to future Gusties: 
Studying abroad allows you to meet amazing people in the country you are traveling to, but especially during J-Term, you also meet amazing Gusties.  I was able to make 15 new friends that I had never known at Gustavus before.  The time you spend together allows you to grow close and the bond you create, specifically in a different environment, holds you together for a long time.


Where: South Africa

Post-Interview still to come... keep checking back!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Recruiting Schedule through July 2015

   Spring and Summer are the time for recruiting and, let us tell you, we are so excited to see you play!  Every weekend of recruiting means an opportunity to find Future Gusties.  It also means we can continue to build our relationship, evaluate your play and provide you with feedback as to where we see you fitting into our program.

   Peruse the list of tournaments, showcases and cups we plan to attend over the next 5+ months; if your team will be attending any of them, please send us an email (Coach Burnett-Kurie, with your schedule! Make sure to include in the email your Name, Graduation Year, Team, Game Schedule, Jersey Number and Position.  Bonus information would be your mailing address, contact number and the home and away colors of your team uniforms!

March 2015

March 20-22nd: Players Showcase in Las Vegas, NV 

April 2015 

April 27-31st: MN State Cup (Play-in Games) in North Mankato, MN; U16-U18

May 2015

May 2-3rd: MN State Cup in North Mankato, MN
May 9th: MN State Cup in North Mankato, MN 
May 16-17th: MN State Cup in North Mankato, MN 
May 23-24th: NSC Cup in Blaine, MN 

June 2015

June 19-21st: Academy Open hosted by Sporting St. Croix in Lakeland, MN 
                       MTA Academy College Showcase in Rosemount, MN 
June 26-27th: Prairie Cup in Eden Prairie, MN 
                       MTA Invitational in Richfield, MN 
June 24-27th: Midwest Elite Soccer Camp at Hamline University
June 28-July 1st: Midwest Elite Soccer Camp at Hamline University

July 2015

July 6-9th: Gustavus High School Girls Soccer Camp (GREAT RECRUITING OPPORTUNITY!!) 
July 10-12th: USA Cup Weekend in Blaine, MN 
July 14-18th: Schwans Cup Week in Blaine, MN 

If you are attending a showcase that is not listed above, send us an email to let us know and we will do our very best to get out and see you play!  

Tournament/Showcase Schedules can be sent to: Coach Burnett-Kurie; 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gustavus Soccer Camps - REGISTRATION OPEN

For a third summer in a row, by popular demand, we will again be offering two soccer camps at Gustavus Adolphus College, and new this year, our camps will be run by IN2 Soccer.  First up this summer is our Gustie Co-Ed Youth Soccer Camp, ages 8-17, June 21-24th, followed by our high level High School Girls Soccer Camp, grades 9-12, July 6-9th.  

More information can be found at, including our camp brochures with mail in registration and online registration (note there is a non-refundable credit card fee if you pay online). You can learn about the camp philosophies below as well.

CO-ED YOUTH CAMP, June 21-24th:

Camp Philosophy: 
Our Gustie Soccer Co-Ed Youth Camp is a positive resource for soccer players of Southwestern Minnesota.  All campers will receive quality instruction, experience a positive learning environment and have fun during the week.  Each session focuses on individual skill training, in the context of team play, progressing from drills to small sided games.  We encourage players from various backgrounds and abilities to attend as we always strive to keep camp numbers smaller (Coach to Player ration is under 1:8) to allow for individual attention and coaching from our qualified staff.


Camp Philosophy: 
The Gustavus High School Girls Camp challenges high school players to take their skills to the next level through advanced player development and exposure to NCAA collegiate coaching.  We focus on the individual player, in the context of team play, emphasizing possession, speed of play, technical development and improvement of tactical understanding.

Camp Features: 
What makes the Gustavus High School Girls Soccer Camp UNIQUE is that we target high school soccer players who are preparing to take their game to the next level, both on and off the field.  Through quality position based coaching, college level sessions and evening matches utilizing different formations, participants will be prepared to succeed at the next level, whether that be C1 or Premier Club, high school varsity or college.  We also have daily presentations focused on maximizing exposure in the recruiting process, optimal performance in strength and conditioning, and injury prevention.  


What is IN2 Soccer?
New this year, Gustavus Soccer Camps will be run by IN2 Soccer.  IN2 Soccer was founded by Camp Director and Gustavus Head Women's Soccer Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie.  The mission of IN2 Soccer is to provide cost-effective, quality, age and skill appropriate, individually centered soccer instruction and programs.  With a foundation deeply rooted in the community, our philosophy is grounded in developing students of the game by creating a platform on which to develop speed, coordination, flexibility, and balance along with technical prowess, tactical awareness and mental strength.  Want to learn more about IN2 Soccer? Read about it on our camp website:


Our camp brochures with information about registration are attached to this email and more information can be found at, including online registration (note there is a non-refundable credit card fee if you pay online).  

Help us spread the word so we can continue to provide unique opportunities for youth players to develop their game and reach the next level.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Embarrassing Moments on the Pitch

Everybody out there has experienced at some point in a game something going horribly wrong that you can't help but laugh off.  Whether it's walking out to warm-ups with your shorts on backwards or falling over your own shoelaces, we've all been there, trying to play past it so we can leave these small moments where we lose all coordination and athleticism behind us.  Yet, despite our efforts to shrug it off, our biggest hope still remains that we don't see it in slow motion on our next film session for everybody to relive a few more times.  As a tribute to these non-athletic moments in everybody's lives where we forgot that we're playing a sport, we've thrown together a little list of our top 5 embarrassing moments from this past season, from our own Gusties.

Missing a wide open shot from inside of the 6 yard box.

This season, while there wasn't one time in particular that we can pinpoint as the sitter of the year, we've had numerous times where an attack has built up to a great opportunity within the six, and whether the shot is barely slotted wide of the post off a one touch, or a volley or a shot has forced a miraculous save by the keeper that leaves us all scratching our head as to how we didn't score, more than a few times we've been left this year wondering how the ball managed to avoid the net (we could list more than a half dozen players here), we're thinking it might've been an allergic reaction to the net this year, but we've all been there.  So the #5 spot on our list this year is missing that shot from within the six and just wishing you had another shot at it.

Tripping out of nowhere when the ball comes to you during the game.

It's happened to everybody at some point where the ball comes to you during a fast paced game, and whether it's a new ball that is still a little sticky and gets stuck under your foot or maybe it's just your excitement as you're already thinking a play or two ahead about the goal you're about to score.  The trip that sticks out for us this year occurred during our game against Crown College.  We were transitioning into the attack and Molly Johnston was carrying the ball up the left side of the field, she cut the ball back inside to find Hannah Sturtz making a great run across the field into a gap in the defense and as the ball arrives at Hannah's foot, the ball sticks to the ground as if the 20 yard line was made of superglue, throwing herself face first into the turf and stopping the counter attack.  Don't worry, it earned a spot for her in this year's highlight reel.

Tripping over yourself on multiple occasions during the year.

Whether is was the proverbial sniper at all games, or an invisible trip wire out on the field, there was one girl on our team this year who seemed to fall victim to this mishap almost routinely. Her name was Ellyn Adelmann.  Luckily, all the trips were all in our attacking third where she had been pressing high up the field as we like to see and was able to get up quickly to recover to her position without anything really coming of it.  However, she did manage to make a few slow motion appearances in our film analysis this year, highlighting the split second paralysis of her feet causing her to collapse to the pitch as if a spell had been cast on her by Professor Snape himself.

Finalizing a season-ending injury at the hands of your own... hands.

So early on in the season this year, sophomore Coursey Edwards was on the wrong end of a fairly aggressive tackle by an opposing player, earning not only a free kick but also a not so pleasant meeting with the ground.  This meeting with the ground tweaked her collar bone a little bit.  Getting up and realizing the discomfort, Coursey rotated her arm in a big circle, during which she heard a CRACK, and proceeded to try to reverse it by rotating her arm back the other way, ultimately finishing the job for her collar bone. As she is doing all of this (aka realizing that she is in a lot of pain and will need a substitute), nobody on the bench really understood what had just happened to her or that she had just broken her collar bone, so in the background her assistant coach was yelling for her to quickly get into position for the free kick. During this time, we already had a substitute at the line for go in for another player,  so following the kick (for which she did not get into position for), the substitute went to call off her teammate on the far side of the field, but instead Coursey looked her in the eyes and said "NO! You're coming in for ME." The player willfully obliged and Coursey calmly came off of the field heading directly to the trainer to figure out what the extent of her injury was.  

All in all, to sum up a longer story: Coursey did in fact break her collar bone on the play, but proceed to snap it in half on her own.  

Premature Celebration... (Click on the link below)
It's happened to everybody at one point or another. Maybe you've just beaten the keeper and are slotting in what you think is an easy tap in only to realize a recovering defender actually saved it off of the goal line, or maybe you've just taken a cracker of a shot and know in your head that it's going to be a goal and begin to celebrate it in your head before the ball even gets to the goal.  The determining moment in these events however, is how visible you make it to everybody that you're sure the shot is going to go in, before showing how equally disappointed you are when it somehow doesn't find the back of the net. 

 The number one spot for most embarrassing moments on the soccer field this year therefore, goes to junior Brittany Chase, for her glorious celebration during our Carleton game earlier this season before seeing the ball bounce back off of the crossbar.  In a very tight matchup early in the year, our first conference game actually, Britt had made a great run to be on a 1v1 breakaway with the Carleton goalkeeper, realizing the keeper had left her line early, Britt attempted to chip the ball over the her head.  It was a fantastic shot and even with the keeper managing to get a seemingly impossible touch on the ball, it still seemed destined to go in, which everybody on the field was all thinking at the time. Britt however, proceeded to jump up in the air and throw her hands straight up over her head, celebrating what she thought would be her first goal of the year.  Split seconds later however, she sees the ball barely reach the crossbar and bounce back into play and once again jumps into the air, but her hands were no longer standing triumphantly over her head, but instead hung down to the ground looking, for half of a second, more deflated than a sixty year old balloon, before rising back up and refocusing on the game. The team remembers the moment as vividly as if it had happened yesterday, partly because some of them still go back from time to time if they are stressed to find it on Hudl. Congratulations, Britt! :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Goin' Global

Traveling the world is an amazing experience.  It broadens people's horizons, helps people move in new directions and ultimately, fundamentally transforms people by engaging them in new activities in new places with new people.  Our students are able to experience travel through our numerous study abroad opportunities for entire semesters for 3-4 weeks over January Term.  We highly encourage all of our student-athletes to study abroad in some capacity during their four years at Gustavus and this J-Term we have three abroad.  Read the pre-trip interviews below and then check back in February for their post-trip interviews! 

Coursey Edwards
Germany, France, England, and Ireland
   I am studying abroad in the month of January with a group of roughly 30 other Gustavus students. My course title is the Olympic Quest Tour. I will travel to Germany, France, England, and Ireland. Within these countries I will be going to many cities and will look at pre and post World War Olympic Sites.

Berlin, Germany
1. You are visiting many countries over the month’s span, what does your itinerary look like?
Warner Bro's Harry Potter Sight
 Very busy!!! I first start my journey in Berlin, Germany. I will see many sites while I am here, one of them relating to sports being the Olympic Stadium. Another stop for us is the Checkpoint Charlie Museum as well as one of the few bunkers remaining after the war. From Berlin I head to Wittenberg, the key town in the Reformation. After Germany I will head to France. I will be seeing many of the major sites here, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and many more! Another fun excursion is our day trip to a vineyard located outside of Paris. I am also headed to the Stade de France (Olympic Soccer Stadium). Moving on to England, I will travel to London and see places like Westminster Abbey and the Warner Brothers Harry Potter site! 

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Lastly, I will finish up in Dublin. I do not spend a lot of time here, so I will want to use my time well and see Trinity College which houses the Book of Kells.

 2. Of the four countries, which are you most looking forward to visiting and why?
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France 
   I am most looking forward to France. We get to spend a lot of time there and I cannot wait to explore the country. I also am excited to experience the different culture that France has, not to mention to delicious cuisine!!
3. What new food(s) are you excited to try?
 I am excited to try all of the pastries and desserts that France has to offer! Especially crepes!

Brittany Chase
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

      1.   How did you choose South Africa?
       I chose to go to South Africa opposed to the other places available, because the focus of the trip is on global service. Our group will be volunteering for a non-profit organization called Africa Jam which helps underprivileged kids and teens by providing services for community programs, more opportunities for education, and leadership skills. We get to work with these children directly and help improve their lives which sounded so rewarding to me which is why I chose South Africa. We will also be going on a two day safari which will be very fun!
      2.  What do you believe will be the hardest part about adapting to and connecting with a completely new culture
Lion's Head Mountain
         I feel that the most difficult part about adapting to this new culture that I have never experienced before will be the food, the extreme poverty in certain areas, racial tensions, and the large time difference. It will be difficult initially but I really hope I can get out of my comfort zone to truly connect with the people I meet their and create meaningful relationships.

      3.  What are you most excited for
Robben Island
I am most excited to experience and immerse myself into new culture and meet some amazing people on the way. I am also very excited to go on a safari, going to Robben Island, climb Lion’s Head Mountain, go to several museums, and try some really unique foods! I am also excited to simply explore the city during our free time.
  I will be departing January 3rd and returning January 22nd!

Kendyl Landeck
Kendyl on a previous trip to Germany
1. Where in Germany will you be studying and what inspired you to study here?
    We will be studying in Northern Germany and then we will be traveling to Berlin and continuing onto Munich. I wanted to go on this trip because my dad’s side of the family is from Germany/Austria. This would be a great opportunity for me to travel around the country where my great great great grandfather came from. Also this trip is about debunking the stereotypes we have about Germans. As a sociology major this was very interesting to me.

2. There are more soccer fan clubs in Germany than there are anywhere else in the world, are you planning on attending any matches or exploring soccer from the Germans perspective?
   I do not plan to attend any soccer games, however I never know what my professor has up her sleeve. Depending if there are games taking place we might experience the Germans’ love of soccer through their spirit.

Munich, Germany
3. One of your goals of the trip is to learn about and debunk the stereotypes of what we, here in the U.S. and other places think about Germany –how are you planning to accomplish this?
    I plan to accomplish this by keeping an open mind to the culture there and learning about their way of life. I will experience people who may fit the stereotypes we associate with Germany, however, despite those who fit the stereotype, there are so many more Germans that don’t and I can’t wait to learn about them. I want to know what living in Germany is like and experience it to the best of my ability for the 3 weeks we are there.

We hope you can see yourself studying abroad at Gustavus as well!