Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Run for Kicks Success

It was a big month for the Gusties off the field, as school kicked off and classes began at full swing.  However, we managed to have a lot of fun in our free time hosting our 2nd Annual Run for Kicks 5k Race. This 5k has been very successful for us and the participation has doubled from year-to-year with this year having close to 60 runners!

We are also fortunate to have many generous sponsors for this event as well. We greatly appreciate their contribution to our program this year! A list of our sponsors can be found at the bottom of this blog post. 

The race began at 10:00am on Sunday, September 18th in the Gustavus Arboretum.  It was the perfect fall morning to run a 5k, as the sun was shining in and out of the trees throughout the course.  With all our teammates scattered along the trail cheering the participants on, it created a fun and positive atmosphere for all.

Gustie Supporters take their marks at 10am

 We had many fellow Gusties come out to run and the support of our family members as well.  Each participant put up some impressive times, as the Gustavus Cross Country Coach, Brenden Huber, came in first place.  Our second place finisher was a student, Ryan Maroney, a big fan of the Gustavus Women's Soccer team.  Ryan was not far behind Coach Huber in the race because he ran cross country in high school -running came natural to him.  Coach Huber however, has had some years of preparation for this race, and the smile below shows his hard work had paid off.

Cross Country Coach, Brenden Huber winning the race.

Not only were students, faculty and family running the 5k, but our assistant coach, BENTON FRAYNE ran too!  The players absolutely loved how dedicated Benton was to support the team for the 5k.  He shared with us his thoughts about the race and experience.

"I started out running with Coach Huber, which was a bad idea (he's too fast).  Honestly, the support of the team was great and got me through it.  I felt good afterwards and the feeling of achievement was great.  To complete anything physically challenging is always rewarding."

I'm sure Benton also loved the granola bar, banana, and Gatorade reward after the race as well.

Benton was so enthusiastic about the day, "the best part of the experience was seeing the team come together and put on such a great event.  Seeing all of the families and Gustie community coming out to support the team was great!"

One of our players, Junior, Sophie Leininger, has been the brains behind this entire event.  We sat down with her to ask about the idea, and she shared "my family and I help at the 5k my aunt hosts on Thanksgiving morning in Minneapolis.  Running is a huge part of my Aunt and Uncle's lives, and so they suggested we could raise funds for our team if we hosted our own 5k.  And so, with their help, my mom (Lisa Leininger) and aunt (Barb Leininger) put it together!" 

The team is thankful to have such an innovative and supportive family help us make this event possible.  The Leininger family has done so much to help build this program.  Each year, Sophie looks forward to this event with the team, "it's very cool to see all the student support grow.  I am excited to see us hopefully reach more St. Peter residents next year, and be able to put on another smooth and fun event for everyone!"

We are incredibly pleased with how awesome of a day this event was, and cannot wait to host again next year!

Below are a couple more photos from the day.
Race Check-In


Gustavus Women's Soccer Team



Running Ventures, Minneapolis, MN
Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy, Superior, WI
World Block, Duluth, MN
Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital, Rapid City, SD
Angeno's Pizza, Brooklyn Park, MN
The Tax Book, Minnetonka, MN
Pulse, St. Peter, MN
Chris Nelson, SD
David and Sandra Wilbur, MN
Skip and Tammy Sturtz, MN
Gregg and Lisa Leininger, MN

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Carleton Conquered the Gusties

 Below is the recap of the Gusties game.  Still adapting to the situations we place ourselves in, in games, we still could not find ourselves.  We are hoping to turn this around for the second half of the season.

Women’s Soccer Shut Out By Carleton

Posted on October 1st, 2016 by

Grace Brustad with a throw-in during the Gusties homecoming matchup with Carleton. (photo courtesy of Gunnar Ledin '20)
Grace Brustad with a throw-in during the Gusties homecoming matchup with Carleton. (photo courtesy of Gunnar Ledin '20)

ST. PETER, Minn. – Carleton College earned its first win of the season as they defeated the Gustavus women’s soccer team by a score of 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.
The Gusties suffered their third loss of the season during homecoming to move their record to 5-3-2 (2-3 MIAC). Carleton recorded its first victory and is now 1-8-2 (1-3-1 MIAC).

An even first half left both squads scoreless. Carleton led Gustavus in shots (4-2) and corner kicks (3-0) in the first period. The Gusties came back strong in the second period as they outshot the Knights 6-4, but couldn’t put one past Carleton goalkeeper Elaine Sundberg, who made four saves and posted her second shutout of the season.

At the 50th minute, Carleton’s Connor Kasch sent a corner to the middle of the box and Madeline Topf headed the ball past Gustie netminder Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.). Topf’s second goal of the season proved to be the turning point of the game as the Knights took control and scored two more goals to seal the win. Laura Kiernan and Topf tallied the second and third goals for the Knights.

“We need to be more dangerous in the final-third,” said Assistant Coach Benton Frayne. “We had a couple of good looks today but it is just not enough to put a team like Carleton on their heels.”
The Gustie’s best chance came at the 30th minute mark of the first period when Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) ripped a shot off the crossbar.

“We have a specific style that we are looking to play, called the ‘Gustie tempo’ and at moments we saw that today. We need to have a sense of urgency and trust in ourselves and our teammates. We also need to continue to work together and believe in what we are doing. We know we’re a good team and we didn’t get the result today, but good things will come eventually,” Frayne commented.
The Black and Gold next travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to face Augsburg College next Friday, October 7.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Staying Strong against St. Mary's

 After a couple tough losses, the Gusties decided to kick it in gear and put up a fight against St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon.  After trailing 0-1 within the first five minutes of the game, we knew our intensity must be taken up a few notches.  Our offense pushed their creativity and found the back of the net a couple times to pull off the win.


Below is the game recap by Trent Jackson.

Ackiss Leads Women’s Soccer Over Saint Mary’s

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by

Maddison Ackiss sprints past Saint Mary's goalkeeper Gabriella Pederson to tap in one of her two goals. (photo courtesy of Kegan Couture '20)
Maddison Ackiss sprints past Saint Mary's goalkeeper Gabriella Pederson to tap in one of her two goals. (photo courtesy of Kegan Couture '20)
ST. PETER, Minn. – Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) recorded two goals to propel the Gustavus women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Saint Mary’s University Wednesday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.
With the win the Gusties tallied their fifth of the season, moving to 5-2-2 overall and 2-2 in the MIAC. Saint Mary’s drops to 2-6-1 overall and 0-4 in the MIAC. The win also proves to be the first come from behind win of the season for the Gusties, and their fourth win at home to stay unbeaten at Gustie Soccer Field.
Josie Mazzone (photo courtesy of AJ Dahm, SPX Sports)
Josie Mazzone (photo courtesy of AJ Dahm, SPX Sports)
“We know every conference game is hard and it’s always great to play at home,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “There’s something special about playing at home and our girls ended up pulling out the win, which is good to see.”
The Cardinals got on the board early just two and a half minutes into the game when Anna Taylor crossed the ball and Becca Dup converted for her third goal of the season.
Gustavus quickly moved forward after the early Cardinal goal as they were able to find the back of the net at the 18th minute mark. Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) booted a ball past midfield and Ackiss ran past Saint Mary’s defenders to put away her second goal of the season. Becker’s assist was the first of her career.
“Coming from behind is always a daunting task so it was nice to be able to rebound from that. We made some adjustments in the first half and we started to figure some things out. In the second half we definitely created more dangerous opportunities for ourselves,” Burnett-Kurie said.
An even first half left the score tied at 1-1 as the Gusties and Cardinals registered three shots each.
Hannah Sturtz (Kegan Couture '20)
Hannah Sturtz (Kegan Couture ’20)
In the second half the Black and Gold took control. At the 47th minute, Jana Elliott (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) notched her team-leading fourth assist of the season when she made a great through ball over the Cardinal defense to Ackiss, scoring her second goal of the game and third of the season which proved to be the game-winner.
“She’s (Ackiss) deadly, especially in the final third. It’s somehting where other teams are going to target that. It’s been nice so far this season that we have had so many people get on the scoresheet, so teams know that other people can score on the team. Now we have to continue to get her looks along with other players to balance it out,” Burnett-Kurie commented.
Ackiss led the Gusties with three shots on goal while Gustavus led Saint Mary’s in shots 7-4 and corner kicks 7-1.
Next up Gustavus hosts Carleton College Saturday for a homecoming matchup at 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Olaf Takes the Win

 It was a challenging game for us Gusties, physically and mentally, as we needed to come together as one to find our rhythm.  However, it just was not in the cards for us, and St. Olaf put up a more consistent 90 minutes to win.  There is hardly a team who can end conference play with a perfect record, and we understand we will not always win, but we must use this as a learning opportunity to move forward.


Here is CJ's game recap below.

Women’s Soccer Suffers First Loss Of Season, 3-1 At St. Olaf

Posted on September 17th, 2016 by

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at St. Olaf by the score of 3-1, dropping to 4-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The three goals against also marked the first goals scored against the Gusties all season.
“St. Olaf definitely deserved the win” Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie said. “It was a great learning experience for us. We knew this year was going to be tough and we have to find an edge to our game in order to win. We ended up turning it on and had some moments, but we didn’t have those players step up that need to step up. It’s a great learning opportunity for us to realize that we need those players to step up.  One loss isn’t going to break our season, but now we need to see how well we can rebound.”
The Oles wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they scored the first goal in the eighth minute. Six minutes later the Oles added another goal off a corner kick to take a 2-0 advantage. Another St. Olaf corner kick resulted in the third goal of the game as a header found the back of the net in the 22nd minute.
The Gusties broke the shutout in the 28th minute as Abby Mullenbach (Fy., Lakeville, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal, assisted by Josie Mazzone (Jr., Rapid City, S.D.). Neither team could find the goal in the second half and the home team walked away with a 3-1 victory.
Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) suffered her first loss of the season after making seven saves.
Gustavus continues MIAC play Thursday at UW-Eau Claire.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gusties Defeat Mighty MAC

 As we start conference play, our game against Macalester had to make a statement -it had to set the tone for the season.  We must be hungry to prove to ourselves, our school, and the MIAC that Gustavus Women's Soccer is ready to contend for the regular season title.  We knew going into this game that a win would not come so easily, as Macalester only gave up one conference play loss last year -to us. They were out for their first win of the MIAC season too and redemption from the previous year.  With intelligence, grit, and desire from the amount of depth on our team, we came out on top at the last whistle.

Below is a recap of the game.


Women’s Soccer Blanks Macalester 2-0

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by

Jana Elliott moves the ball up the field. (photo courtesy of Gunnar Ledin '20)
Jana Elliott moves the ball up the field. (photo courtesy of Gunnar Ledin '20)

ST. PETER, Minn. – Gustavus women’s soccer opened Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Play with a victory over Macalester College Tuesday. The Gusties shutout the Scots by a final score of 2-0 to record their fifth shutout on the season.

Gustavus moves to 4-0-1 (1-0 MIAC) on the season while Macalester falls to 3-1-1 (0-1 MIAC).

Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) made five saves to keep the shutout theme rolling. Becker and the Gusties have yet to allow through five games.

“We battled hard,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “There were a lot of momentum shifts in the game. For a period of time I thought we controlled the tempo, and then Macalester would control it. In the second half, we were smart and we finished strong.”

Gustavus got on the board at the 34th minute of the first period. Jana Elliott (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) squeezed the ball through the Macalester defenders, giving Paula Miller (Jr., Rapid City, S.D.) a partial breakaway as she put home her second goal of the season.

The Gusties and Macalester traded chances throughout the game but the Gusties smart and consistent defensive play shutdown the Scots. Gustavus led Macalester in shots (11-10) and shots on goal (6-5).
Grace Brustad and teammates celebrate her first goal in Black and Gold. (Gunnar Ledin '20)
Grace Brustad and teammates celebrate her first career goal in Black and Gold. (Gunnar Ledin ’20)

Late in the second period, Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) made some nice moves to get past Macalester defenders and centered the ball to Grace Brustad (So., Edina, Minn.), who put in her first collegiate goal.

“We talk a lot about building our soccer IQ and our all-around play so when we’re in games like today, they understand what to do,” Burnett-Kurie said. “It was awesome to get a goal in the last minute or so to kind of seal it.”

The Gusties now have 14 different players to have found their names in the season scoring column, using their team depth to their advantage.

“Being able to have a lot of players put the ball in the back of the net and knowing that we don’t need to rely on one or two individuals is great for us. Having so much depth on our bench allows to play a lot of players and keep our legs fresh,” said Burnett-Kurie.

Next the Gusties continue conference play as they head to Northfield, Minn. Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on rival St. Olaf College.

“We know that Macalester is a top contender in the MIAC so it was a good test for us in our first conference game,” Burnett-Kurie commented. “We just have to take it one game at a time because everyone in the MIAC knows that it’s super competitive from top to bottom. It was great to be able to battle at that level and now we’re setting the tempo for St. Olaf on Saturday.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Gusties Take the Crown

Just like each season, the Gusties were extremely excited for the first home game during school!  It was great playing Crown to prepare for conference play, as we were able to get all field players into the game, and break the goal scoring ice for the season.  


Here is a recap of the game below.

Women’s Soccer Wins Big Over Crown College 8-0

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by

Laura Johnson led the Gusties with a goal and two assists.
Laura Johnson led the Gusties with a goal and two assists.
ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team defeated Crown College by a convincing score of 8-0 Friday, earning their fourth consecutive shutout.

The Gusties move to 3-0-1 overall on the season with the shutout. The Black and Gold compiled 51 shots, 26 of them on goal and eight different Gusties found the back of the net.

“We saw a little different style of defense as they sat back a little bit more,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “A big thing was being able to commit so many numbers forward while still being solid defensively. It was nice for us to try to break that down and we did some things that we’ve been working on in practice.”

All three Gustavus goalkeepers in Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.), Riley Viner (Sr., South St. Paul, Minn.) and Roisen Granlund (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) saw time in goal to combine for the shutout. The Black and Gold defense made the goalkeeper’s job easy as they didn’t allow one shot from Crown College.

Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn) got the scoring spree started at the 15th minute, her first on the season proved to be the game-winner and was assisted by Grace Brustad (So., Edina, Minn.).

Seven other Gusties recorded their first goals of the season while 11 total Gusties made their way on to the scoresheet. Laura Johnson (Jr., Chanhassen, Minn.) led Gustavus with a goal and two assists. Judith Hepburn (Fy., North Pole, Alaska) also posted two assists, her first collegiate points.

Jana Elliott (Sr., Eagan, Minn.), Kylie Lamberty (So., Sioux Falls, S.D) and Maggie Leininger (Fy., Plymouth, Minn.) all scored their first career goals in Black and Gold.

“It’s nice to get on the scoring sheet and get some player’s confidence up. A lot of times goal scoring is just about breaking the ice, and then they start to flow. Hopefully we can feed off of that. A big thing is switching mentally from non-conference to conference play, the most important part of our season,” Burnett-Kurie said.

Gustavus looks to keep the momentum rolling into next week as they head into MIAC play. The Gusties host Macalester Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Right in it with UW-River Falls

Against River Falls, we found ourselves in a dangerous rhythm attacking at times, but just could not put one up on the board.  It was an even match throughout the game, as both teams posses an immense amount of talent and play with a lot of heart.  Both teams gained momentum for the season ahead.


 Below is the game recap.

Women’s Soccer Ties In Double Overtime At UW-River Falls

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by

Ashley Becker recorded her third consecutive shutout.
Ashley Becker recorded her third consecutive shutout.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Gustavus women’s soccer and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls ended in a 0-0 stalemate after double overtime Wednesday night at  Ramer Soccer Field.

The Gusties move to 2-0-1 overall and UW-River Falls is now 0-2-1.
Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) continues to shutdown opponents as she made four saves to record her third consecutive and 14th career shutout. Her 110 minutes played ties a career-high.

An even first half concluded with the Gusties and UW-River Falls both having five attempted shots on goal.

“River Falls is a constant threat in behind, which tested our defenders. After a fairly open beginning 25 minutes where the game was going from goal to goal, our defense started to settle down and prevent them from creating many dangerous opportunities,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie.

Neither squad could find the back of the net in the second period or the two overtimes. Gustavus outshot UW-River Falls 15-10 and 5-4 in shots on goal. Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) led the Gusties with three shots on goal.

“Overall it was an exciting game,” Burnett-Kurie said. “We have been working on connecting more and finding our rhythm in the attack and we made huge strides today. At times we looked incredibly sharp moving the ball up the field and building into the attack. Our attack looked much better and we consistently found ourselves with numbers up in dangerous positions. We forced not only their goalkeeper but their back line to come up with some big plays. We hit a couple posts and had the ball cleared off the line a few times, a goal just wasn’t in the cards for us today.”

Gustavus returns home to battle Crown College at 4 p.m. Friday at Gustie Soccer Field.

“At the end, it was a great battle for us and a game we can take confidence from.  There are always positives you can take away from a well played game and we are excited to shift our focus on to Crown College on Friday,” said Burnett-Kurie.