Women's Soccer News - 2011-12
Queen Bees announce 2012 signings
Waukee High School
West Des Moines Soccer Club
May 1, 2012
Head Coach Jon Mannall: "Clarissa comes to us with a great
competitive background and will be a great addition defensively to
our squad. Clarissa is also a great student and will continue in the
program's great tradition of success on and off the field. Clarissa
will be joining her sister on the squad here at SAU, and it is our
pleasure to continue the Hunzeker family tradition here at SAU."
Ripslinger earns all-America honorable
Dec. 6, 2011
Grace Ripslinger (right) earned Women's Soccer All-America honorable mention as
the NAIA released its All-America teams today.
Ripslinger, a defender from Davenport, Iowa, was the team captain and leader
of the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season and tournament champion
She anchored a St. Ambrose defense that surrendered only 20 goals through 20
matches this season, for a league-leading 1.00 goals against average. The Bees
recorded seven shutouts and allowed more than two goals in a game only once all
Ripslinger also chipped in offensively with five goals, including three on
penalty kicks, and one assist to finish fourth on the team with 11 total points.
SAU finished 13-7 overall and 7-1 in the MCC. The Queen Bees lost in the NAIA
National Championship Opening Round at #4 Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Bees' season ends in NAIA Championship Opening Round
Nov. 19, 2011
Ambrose saw its season come to an end with a 4-0 loss at Martin Methodist in the
NAIA Women's Soccer Championship Opening Round Saturday. The Queen Bees end the
year 13-7 overall.
The game was much closer than the 4-0 score indicates. SAU actually finished
with a 14-10 edge in shots, including a 10-5 advantage in the second half. But
the RedHawks got two goals past SAU goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman (right) each half
to advance to the NAIA Championship Final Site in Decatur, Ala., beginning Nov.
The Bees got 12 of their 14 shots on goal but the Martin Methodist goalie
came up with 12 saves. Hardiman finished with three saves for the Bees.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for St. Ambrose. The game also
marked the first time all season SAU allowed more than two goals.
SAU to visit Martin Methodist to open NAIA National
Nov. 13, 2011
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Ambrose will hit the road to face #6 Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) in the
2011 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round. The match in
Pulaski, Tenn., will be played Saturday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m.
SAU (13-6), making just its second appearance in the NAIA Women's Soccer
National Championship, received an automatic bid after winning the Midwest
Collegiate Conference Tournament. In the program's other National Tournament
appearance in 2008, the Queen Bees lost in the opening round at Concordia (Ore.)
St. Ambrose will face Martin Methodist (13-1-2), a team that won NAIA
National Championships in 2005 and 2007. The RedHawks will be making their
eighth National Tournament appearance after winning the TranSouth Athletic
Conference Tournament this year.
The NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round will feature 32
teams participating at 16 different on-campus sites around the country. The
winners will advance to the National Championship final site in Decatur, Ala.,
Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
Bees win conference title and bid to NAIA National Championships
Nov. 10, 2011
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NAIA National Championship
being so close the last two years, the St. Ambrose women's soccer team is
returning to the NAIA National Championship this year.
The Queen Bees defeated Grand View 2-1 in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday to win
the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Tournament and gained the
league's automatic bid to the 2011 NAIA National Championship.
St. Ambrose (13-6 overall) will play an Opening Round match Saturday, Nov.
19. The pairings will be announced Sunday, Nov. 13.
The Queen Bees also got a measure of revenge by defeating a Grand View team
that handed SAU its only regular-season conference loss. The Vikings defeated
the Bees 2-0 back on Sept. 28 by scoring both goals in the game's final five
St. Ambrose played with a lead almost the entire way Thursday. Erin Dierickx
scored less than four minutes into the match to give the Bees a 1-0 lead. Molly
Rockrohr (right) was credited with the assist.
over 10 minutes into the second half, Rockrohr continued her strong play
of late by doubling the lead. She scored off an assist from Courtney Seffrood.
Rockrohr has now scored five goals over the last five games, coinciding with a
five-game winning streak.
Grand View (14-6) got a goal back at the 72:13 mark on a penalty kick from
Jordyn Thompson. But the SAU goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman and the Bee defense made
the one-goal lead hold up. Hardiman finished with two saves, one coming in each
half, to earn the win. St. Ambrose finished with a slight 12-11 edge in shots.
Now the Bees return to the NAIA National Championship for the first time
The last two years, St. Ambrose has had its season end in
heartbreaking fashion in the conference tournament championship match. In 2009,
Grand View scored in the final minute to post a 1-0 victory and last year,
Ashford got the automatic berth by defeating the Bees in a shootout after the
teams were tied 1-1 after two overtime sessions.
Queen Bees dominate all-conference team
Nov. 9, 2011
St. Ambrose had a league-high seven selections on the all-Midwest Collegiate
Conference Women's Soccer team, announced by the conference today. The Queen
Bees had four first-team selections and three players earn honorable mention.
SAU, which won a share of its fifth straight conference women's soccer title,
finished with one more all-conference pick than co-champion Grand View and two
more than co-champion Ashford.
Hunzeker, Sara Kulaga, Grace Ripslinger and Molly Rockrohr were named to the
14-member first team.
Hunzeker (left), a junior midfielder from Waukee, Iowa, and Kulaga (right), a
junior midfielder from Plainfield, Ill., have controlled the midfield all season
for the Queen Bees.
Hunzeker has started all 18 games for SAU and has tallied one assist while
Kulaga has started 17 times and has a pair of goals.
But the stats do not tell the whole story. The two strong defenders and
tremendous passers have helped the Bees maintain possession of the ball and keep
pressure on the opponents.
(left), a junior defender from Davenport, Iowa, is a team captain and leader of
the top defensive unit in the conference. The Bees have allowed only 15 goals
through 18 games the season, an average of 0.83 goals per game, the best mark in
the MCC, in large part to Ripslinger. She has also scored five goals, including
three on penalty kicks, and added an assist.
Rockrohr (right), a senior from Chicago Heights, Ill., spent the first part of the
season on defense before moving to forward after several injuries depleted the
Bees up front. She has scored a team-best seven goals and shares the team lead
with four assists this season. Five of her goals have been game winners.
Kerry Hardiman, Kelly Schroeder and Courtney Seffrood garnered all-conference
(left), a junior goalkeeper from Orland Park, Ill., is leading the conference in
both goals-against average (0.72) and save percentage (.864) this season.
She has picked up 11 wins, including six shutouts, in her 17 starts this
season. Hardiman has surrendered only 11 goals while making 70 saves. She has
not given up more than two goals in a game all year.
Schroeder (right), a junior defender from Crest Hill, Ill., has joined
Ripslinger in front of Hardiman to anchor the St. Ambrose defense. She has
started all 18 games and has recorded one assist.
(right), a senior midfielder from Oswego, Ill., has been one of the Bees' top
scorers all season. She has four goals, all of which have proven to be game
winners, and four assists to rank among the team leaders in both categories.
The seven all-conference selections and the rest of the Queen Bees have at
least one more game on the schedule. St. Ambrose (12-6) will visit Grand View
(14-5) Thursday at 5 p.m. in the MCC Tournament championship match.
The winner will get the league's automatic berth into the NAIA National
Championship. Both teams are currently receiving points in the NAIA Women's
Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll. Grand View defeated St. Ambrose 2-0 during the
regular season, with both goals coming in the match's last five minutes.
Ripslinger named MCC Defensive Player of the Week
Nov. 7, 2011
Ripslinger (right) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Defensive Player of the Week today after leading St. Ambrose to a 4-0 win over
Ashford in the semifinals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament.
The junior defender anchored a Queen Bee defense that surrendered only four
shots to the Saints. Only one of the shots was on goal as SAU recorded its
seventh shutout this season.
The St. Ambrose offense tallied four goals, two in each half, in a matchup of
two of the three MCC regular season co-champions.
SAU will next visit tournament top-seed Grand View for the MCC Championship
Wednesday. The match begins at 5 p.m.
Queen Bees shut out Ashford to advance to title game
Nov. 5, 2011
Theisen (right) scored twice, Molly Rockrohr added a goal and an assist and Erin
Dierickx tacked on another goal as St. Ambrose defeated Ashford 4-0 in a Midwest
Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinal game. The Queen Bees advance to play
top-seed Grand View Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, at 5 p.m.
St. Ambrose narrowly defeated Ashford 1-0 in Clinton, Iowa, during the
regular season and Saturday's tournament game didn't feature the same drama.
The Bees outshot the Saints 21-4 in the shutout. Rockrohr got the scoring
started less than 10 minutes into the match. She took a pass from Kelly
Schroeder and beat the Ashford goalkeeper for a quick 1-0 lead.
Less than eight minutes later, Theisen doubled the lead when she scored off
an assist from Rockrohr. Late in the second half, Theisen scored her second goal
of the game. Brianna Hunzeker was credited with the assist.
Dierickx ended the scoring at the 83:19 mark when she scored off an assist
from Allison Bevenue.
SAU keeper Kerry Hardiman turned away the only shot she faced to get the win.
The Bees will now get a rematch with Grand View with the MCC Tournament
championship and an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championships on the
line. The Vikings defeated the Bees 2-0 in a regular season meeting back on
Sept. 28. Both goals came in the last five minutes.
Rockrohr and Schroeder named MCC Players of
Oct. 31, 2009
Rockrohr (left) and Kelly Schroeder (right) were named the Midwest Collegiate
Conference Women's Soccer Players of the Week today. Rockrohr won the offensive
award and Schroeder took home the award on the defensive side.
The pair helped the Queen Bees to a 2-1 non-conference victory at Graceland
and a 1-0 win over Waldorf in the quarterfinals of the MCC Tournament.
Rockrohr, a senior from Chicago Heights, Ill., had a part in all three SAU
goals last week. She assisted on Katie Fischetti's goal to give the Bees a 1-0
lead at Graceland before netting the game winner in the 87th minute to break a
1-1 tie. In SAU's quarterfinal win over Waldorf Saturday, Rockrohr found
Courtney Seffrood, who scored the game's only goal.
Rockrohr leads St. Ambrose with six goals and is second on the team with
Schroeder, a junior from Crest Hill, Ill., was credited with an assist and
helped a Queen Bee defense which allowed only one goal in the two matches last
She picked up an assist on Fischetti's goal while helping limit a Graceland
team that is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll to only one goal. Against
Waldorf, Schroeder and SAU limited the Warriors to just one shot in the shutout
In large part to Schroeder's work, the Bees have recorded six shutouts this
season and are limiting opponents to just 0.88 goals per game.
St. Ambrose (11-6) will host Ashford in an MCC Tournament semifinal match
Saturday at the Davenport Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.
Bees defeat Waldorf 1-0 in MCC Tournament quarterfinals
Oct. 29, 2011
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MCC Tournament bracket
Seffrood (right) scored the game's only goal as St. Ambrose defeated Waldorf 1-0
in a Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinal game dominated by the
SAU, now 11-6 overall, will host Ashford in a semifinal match next Saturday
at 1 p.m.
The Bees outshot the Warriors (4-13-1) 20-1 but it took until the 58-minute
mark for SAU to get the goal it needed. Seffrood took a pass from Molly Rockrohr and beat the Waldorf goalkeeper for what proved to be the game winner.
SAU collected 14 of its 20 shots in the second half.
Kerry Hardiman made her only save in the first half.
St. Ambrose will now face an Ashford team (11-5-2) it narrowly defeated 1-0
in Clinton, Iowa, during the regular season. SAU, Ashford and tournament
top-seed Grand View all shared the MCC regular-season championship with matching
7-1 league marks.
Late Rockrohr goal lifts Queen Bees past Graceland
Oct. 25, 2011
Rockrohr (right) scored with less than three minutes to play to lead St. Ambrose
to a 2-1 win at Graceland Tuesday night. The win moved the Queen Bees to 10-6
The Bees had led 1-0 on a Katie Fischetti goal late in the first half.
Rockrohr and Kelly Schroeder assisted on the goal.
Graceland evened the match at 1-1 at the 86:18 mark. But less than a minute
later, Rockrohr netted the game winner. Abby Kent was credited with the assist.
Kerry Hardiman started in goal and made three saves. Morgan Lynn played the
last 24 minutes and came up with three stops to get the win.
Now SAU turns its focus to the MCC Tournament. The Queen Bees, the draw's
second seed, will host Waldorf in a quarterfinal match Saturday at 1 p.m. at the
Davenport Soccer Complex. A possible semifinal match would also be played at DSC
on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Queen Bees earn second seed in MCC Tournament
Oct. 22, 2011
MCC Tournament bracket
St. Ambrose will enter the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Tournament as the draw's second seed. The Queen Bees will host Waldorf at 1 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a quarterfinal game.
With a win, SAU would host a semifinal game on Saturday, Nov. 5, against the
winner of the Ashford-Viterbo game.
SAU, Ashford and Grand View tied for the
regular season championship with 7-1 MCC marks, but the Vikings will be the top
seed based on league tiebreakers.
The three teams each went 1-1 head-to-head but Grand View got the top seed
based on goal differential in MCC matches. St. Ambrose (9-6 overall) grabbed the
second seed, and potential home-field advantage in the tournament semifinals, by
virtue of a 1-0 regular-season win at Ashford.
Queen Bees clinch share of MCC championship
Oct. 21, 2011
a 4-1 win at William Penn Friday night, St. Ambrose guaranteed itself at least a
share of the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season championship. It marks
the fifth straight conference crown for the Queen Bees, who are now 9-6 overall
and 7-1 in the MCC.
SAU now must wait a day to determine if its an outright championship or up to
a three-way tie for first with Ashford and Grand View. Ashford visits Waldorf 10
a.m. and Grand View plays at Mount Mercy at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Saints and
Vikings are both currently 6-1 in league play.
The Bees took care of business Friday. Molly Rockrohr (right) scored twice as
part of a three-goal first half as the Bees out-shot the Lady Statesmen 28-6 for
Both of Rockrohr's goals were assisted by Courtney Seffrood. Bre Choffin
added a goal late in the first half on a corner kick to give SAU a 3-0 lead.
William Penn scored early in the second half to trim the lead to 3-1, but
Grace Ripslinger sealed the win with a penalty kick goal to end the scoring.
St. Ambrose will close the regular season at Graceland Wednesday at 6 p.m.
before hosting a first round MCC tournament game Saturday, Oct. 29.
St. Ambrose falls 2-0 at Northern Iowa
Oct. 19, 2011
Ambrose managed 11 shots, including eight in the first half, but was shut out at
NCAA Division I Northern Iowa 2-0 Wednesday night in Waterloo, Iowa. The loss
dropped the Queen Bees to 8-6 overall.
The Panthers scored a goal midway through the first half before adding an
insurance goal in the first minute of the second half. UNI (8-7-2) finished with
28 total shots.
Kerry Hardiman made eight saves while playing the first half in goal for the
Queen Bees. Morgan Lynn (right) finished with seven saves in the second half.
St. Ambrose will close Midwest Collegiate Conference play Friday with a 6
p.m. match at William Penn. With a win, the Bees would guarantee themselves at
least a share of the MCC regular-season championship. SAU will enter the game
with a 6-1 league mark, tied atop the conference standings with Grand View and
Queen Bees pick up important win at Ashford
Oct. 12, 2011
Ambrose stayed in the thick of the Midwest Collegiate Conference race by
defeating Ashford 1-0, handing the Saints their first conference loss of the
Courtney Seffrood (right) scored just 21 minutes in off a pass from Molly
Rockrohr to move the Queen Bees to 8-5 overall and 6-1 in the MCC. SAU is now
percentage points ahead of Ashford and Grand View, who are both 5-1 in league
play. SAU's lone MCC loss came to Grand View while the Vikings fell to the
Saints earlier this season.
Wednesday, St. Ambrose controlled midfield and finished with a 15-11 edge in
shots. SAU goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman stopped the seven shots she faced in
picking up the shutout victory.
The Bees will step out of conference to visit NCAA Division I Northern Iowa
for a match next Wednesday at 7 p.m. SAU will close MCC play by visiting William
Penn on Friday, Oct. 21, with at least a share of the conference title on the
Rockrohr named MCC Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 10, 2011
Rockrohr (right) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Defensive Player of the Week today after scoring two goals in three games last
While chipping in with the pair of goals, the senior defender from Chicago
Heights, Ill., anchored a Queen Bee defense that allowed only two goals in the
three games. SAU picked up shutout MCC wins of 4-0 over Mount Mercy and 3-0 over
Waldorf while falling 2-1 at Dordt last week.
Rockrohr scored the lone Bee goal in the loss at Dordt, burying a corner kick
from Megan Theisen into the back of the net early in the second half. She later
scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the conference win at Waldorf
This season, Rockrohr has scored three goals, including two game winners. She
has also helped a defense that has allowed only 11 goals through 12 games this
Rockrohr was one of two SAU student-athletes honored by the MCC, joining
Chelsee Lisk, who won the weekly honor for women's cross country.
Hardiman gets shutout in 3-0 win at Waldorf
Oct. 9, 2011
Hardiman (left) made four saves and Logan Walsh (right) assisted on two goals as
St. Ambrose picked up a 3-0 win at Waldorf Sunday afternoon. The Queen Bees are
7-5 overall and 5-1 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
Walsh assisted on SAU's first two goals of the match. In the 21st minute, she
found Molly Rockrohr to give the Bees a 1-0 lead. Midway through the second
half, Walsh set up Katie Fischetti to put SAU in front 2-0.
Inside the last two minutes, Grace Ripslinger converted a penalty kick to
account for the final score.
SAU finished with a 20-9 edge in shots, including a 12-2 advantage in the
second half. All four of Hardiman's saves came in the first half.
St. Ambrose will face conference-leading Ashford Wednesday at 5 p.m. in
Clinton, Iowa. The Saints are 8-3-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in MCC play.
Queen Bees unable to climb out of early hole at Dordt
Oct. 8, 2011
out-shooting Dordt 14-6, St. Ambrose was unable to erase an early deficit in a
2-1 road loss Saturday afternoon. The Queen Bees are 6-5 overall.
Dordt (6-6) scored two goals just 28 seconds apart in the eighth minute of
the match and was able to make the lead stand up.
SAU's Molly Rockrohr (right) headed in a corner kick in the opening minutes
of the second half to cut the deficit to 2-1. Megan Theisen was credited with
the assist. The Bees dominated play in the second half, claiming a 9-1 edge in
shots in the final 45 minutes, but could not get even.
Morgan Lynn made four saves for the Bees.
SAU returns to Midwest Collegiate Conference play Sunday at 1 p.m. at
Three first-half goals power SAU past Mount Mercy
Oct. 4, 2011
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Ripslinger (right) converted a pair of penalty kicks as part of a three-goal
first half as St. Ambrose defeated Mount Mercy 4-0 Tuesday afternoon at the
Davenport Soccer Complex in the team's Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The Queen Bees are 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the Midwest
After scoring just two combined goals in the last three games, SAU came out
firing against Mount Mercy (3-8-1, 1-2-1 MCC). Megan Theisen got the scoring
started just 19 minutes into the match. She took a pass from Erin Dierickx and
scored to give the Bees a 1-0 lead.
Then it was Ripslinger's turn. The junior defender scored her two goals on
penalty kicks just a minute apart to push the lead to 3-0 midway through the
St. Ambrose outshot Mount Mercy 16-2 in a dominating first half. Kerry
Hardiman turned away the only two shots she faced before giving way to Morgan
Lynn in the second half. Lynn did not see a shot in her 45 minutes.
Tori Novak added an insurance goal at the 66-minute mark to seal the win.
Ellen Fairfield had the assist.
For the Breast Cancer Awareness Game, SAU wore pink warm-ups and played with
a commemorative soccer ball.
The Queen Bees will hit the road for a 2 p.m. game at Dordt Saturday before
returning to MCC play Sunday at Waldorf at 1 p.m.
Rockrohr's second-half goal leads Queen Bees to 1-0 win
Oct. 1, 2011
Rockrohr (right) scored her first goal of the season to help St. Ambrose defeat
Clarke 1-0 Saturday afternoon at the Davenport Soccer Complex. The win moves the
Queen Bees to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play.
Despite outshooting Clarke 12-5, it took 74 minutes for SAU to get on the
board. Bre Choffin's corner kick into the box was flipped back to Rockrohr from
Megan Theisen. Rockrohr broke the scoreless tie with what proved to be the
The Crusaders (4-7, 2-2 MCC) had a couple scoring chances in the final five
minutes but SAU goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman came up with some big saves to
preserve the win. All three of Hardiman's saves came in the second half.
The Queen Bees will play their final regular season home game Tuesday at 4
p.m. against Mount Mercy at the Davenport Soccer Complex.
Queen Bees suffer first conference loss of season
Sept. 28, 2011
Grand View scored two goals in the final five minutes to defeat St. Ambrose
2-0 at the Davenport Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon. The loss dropped the
Queen Bees to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play.
held a 4-2 advantage in shots in the first half, but neither team managed any
good scoring opportunities early. The game appeared headed to overtime as the
defensive battle continued throughout the second half.
But with just five minutes remaining in regulation, Grand View (7-4, 3-0 MCC)
got on the board. Jordyn Thompson beat Bee goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman to put the
Vikings in front 1-0. With SAU then pressing for an equalizing score, Thompson
snuck in a second goal just two minutes later to seal the win.
Thanks to the two late goals, Grand View finished with an 8-7 edge in shots.
Erin Dierickx (right) led St. Ambrose with four shots.
The Bees will next host Clarke in a MCC battle Saturday at 4 p.m. at the
Davenport Soccer Complex.
Hardiman named MCC Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 26, 2011
Ambrose goalkeeper Kerry Hardiman (right) was named the Midwest Collegiate
Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week today.
The junior from Orland Park, Ill., came up with five saves to help St.
Ambrose get past Viterbo 1-0 in overtime Saturday afternoon. It was her fourth
win and first shutout this season.
Hardiman, who has only surrendered as many as two goals in a game once this
season, is having a fantastic year for the Queen Bees. She leads the MCC with an
.833 save percentage and is second in the conference with a 1.07 goals against
SAU is 4-3 overall with the three losses coming to NCAA Division I Western
Illinois, nationally-ranked Robert Morris and a ranked NCAA Division III
The Queen Bees will next host Grand View in an important MCC match Wednesday
at 4 p.m. at the Davenport Soccer Complex.
Hardiman was one of three St. Ambrose student-athletes to be recognized by
the MCC, joining Tori Matzen (volleyball player) and Kailey Scott (volleyball
Seffrood scores game winner in overtime
Sept. 24, 2011
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Seffrood (right) scored five minutes into overtime to lift St. Ambrose to a 1-0
victory over Viterbo Saturday afternoon. The Queen Bees are now 4-3 overall and
2-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
Bre Choffin fired a free kick into the box that was deflected back to
Seffrood, who beat the Viterbo goalkeeper to end the contest.
The game was close throughout as SAU held only an 11-9 edge in shots. Bee
keeper Kerry Hardiman came up with five saves to earn her fourth win of the year
and her first shutout.
St. Ambrose will next battle NCAA Division I Northern Iowa Monday at 7 p.m.
in Waterloo, Iowa, before returning to MCC play Wednesday to host Grand View at
4 p.m. at the Davenport Soccer Complex. St. Ambrose and Grand View are two of
three MCC teams with 2-0 conference marks.
Queen Bees pick up non-conference win at McKendree
Sept. 18, 2011
an 0-2 start, St. Ambrose is back at .500 following a 3-1 win at McKendree
Sunday afternoon. The Queen Bees, who have faced a difficult schedule in the
early going, are now 3-3 overall.
It didn't take long for SAU to get in front of McKendree. Megan Theisen
(right) took a pass from Allison Bevenue and scored at the 14:25 mark to put the
Bees up 1-0. Seven minutes later the lead was doubled to 2-0 when Courtney
Seffrood scored an unassisted goal.
McKendree (2-5) got a goal back 24:47 in and the game remained 2-1 until
late. Grace Ripslinger put the win away with an unassisted goal with less than
four minutes to play to end the scoring.
St. Ambrose was out-shot 21-11 but a pair of Bee goalies saved the win. Kerry
Hardiman made two saves in the first half before Morgan Lynn came up with five
saves in the second half to preserve the victory.
The Bees return to Midwest Collegiate Conference play Saturday by welcoming
Viterbo to the Davenport Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. match.
SAU opens MCC play with 2-1 win at Iowa Wesleyan
Sept. 17, 2011
Kulaga (left) and Katie Fischetti (right) scored goals in the final 20 minutes
to help St. Ambrose rally for a 2-1 win at Iowa Wesleyan Saturday in the Midwest
Collegiate Conference opener for both teams. The Queen Bees are 2-3 overall and
1-0 in the MCC.
After a scoreless first half, SAU found itself down a goal when IWC's Erin
Lucido scored an unassisted goal after a takeaway at the top of the box at the
Less than three minutes later, Kulaga tied the match. She fired a rebound off
a corner kick past the Tiger goalkeeper at the 71:59 mark to even the score at
1-1. Courtney Seffrood was credited with the assist.
With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Fischetti scored the
game winner. She took a pass from Logan Walsh and scored on a breakaway to give
the Bees the win.
Kerry Hardiman made four saves to get the win in goal for St. Ambrose.
SAU will next visit McKendree Sunday at 12 p.m.
Bees fall 1-0 to Wartburg in defensive battle
Sept. 14, 2011
Wartburg scored would proved to be the game-winning goal just seven minutes
into the match to defeat St. Ambrose 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Davenport
Neither team managed much of an offensive attack as the teams combined for
six total shots. The Queen Bees had four shots, two coming on goal, while the
Knights had just two shots, including the one slipped by SAU goalkeeper Kerry
Hardiman in the game's opening minutes.
The Bees, now 1-3 overall, open Midwest Collegiate Conference play at Iowa
Wesleyan Saturday. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant,
Queen Bees rally for first win of season
Sept. 9, 2011
Willich (right) scored a goal and assisted another as St. Ambrose defeated Loras
4-1 Friday night at the Muscatine Soccer Complex to pick up the team's first win
of the season.
The Queen Bees, who lost to NCAA Division I Western Illinois and #7 Robert
Morris in one-goal games to open the year, found themselves down a goal 15
minutes into the match against Loras.
But reigning Midwest Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week Grace
Ripslinger found Sara Kulaga for the equalizer just three minutes later.
St. Ambrose took the lead for good late in the first half. Bre Choffin scored
what proved to be the game winner. Willich had the assist.
The Queen Bees broke things open with a pair of goals in the second half.
Willich scored at the 61-minute mark off an assist from Courtney Seffrood. Megan
Theisen added an extra insurance goal late from an Erin Dierickx pass to account
for the final score.
Kerry Hardiman came up with six big saves for the Bees, including four in the
second half, to limit Loras, one of the top NCAA Division III programs, to just
a single goal.
St. Ambrose (1-2) will next host Wartburg Wednesday at the Davenport Soccer
Complex for a 5 p.m. match.
Ripslinger named MCC Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 5, 2011
(right) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Defensive Player of the Week today.
The junior defender led a St. Ambrose defense that allowed only two goals,
both coming in the first half, to #7 Robert Morris Sunday. The Queen Bees lost
2-1 but matched Robert Morris for most of the game, in large part to
Through two games, against Robert Morris and NCAA Division I Western
Illinois, the Queen Bees are allowing only 1.50 goals per contest.
Ripslinger was one of three Bees honored by the conference, joining Ryan
Buchanan (men's cross country) and Abby Frideres (women's golf).
SAU falls to 0-2 after loss to #7 Robert Morris
Sept. 4, 2011
St. Ambrose dropped to a deceptive 0-2 after a 2-1 loss to #7 Robert Morris
Sunday afternoon at the Davenport Soccer Complex. The Queen Bees have started
the year with back-to-back one-goal losses to NCAA Division I Western Illinois
and one of the top NAIA programs in Robert Morris.
In the final match of a four-team tournament, St. Ambrose found itself down
early. Robert Morris started the scoring just 12 minutes into the contest when
Tavia Anderson found the back of the net.
Thirty-seven minutes in, the Eagles doubled their advantage when Sami Halter
fired a rebound past SAU keeper Kerry Hardiman.
The Bees got on the board four minutes later. Abby Kent (right) blasted a shot past the
RMC keeper to trim the SAU deficit to a single goal. Megan Theisen had the
St. Ambrose kept the pressure on in the second half but could not score the
equalizer. SAU outshot Robert Morris 7-5 in the second half.
Hardiman finished with eight saves in net for the Bees.
In Sunday's other tournament game, Bellevue got an own goal two minutes into
the second overtime to defeat Ashford 2-1.
Saturday's games, St. Ambrose vs. Bellevue and Robert Morris vs. Ashford,
were rained out. The games may be rescheduled later in the season.
The Queen Bees will next host NCAA Division III power Loras College Friday at
8 p.m. at the Muscatine (Iowa) Soccer Complex.
Queen Bees drop 1-0 decision at Western Illinois
Aug. 28, 2011
St. Ambrose gave NCAA Division I Western Illinois University all it could
handle in Sunday's season opener for the Queen Bees. The Leathernecks, with two
matches already under their belt this year, escaped with a 1-0 victory in
Although the Bees were out-shot 27-12, SAU keeper Kerry Hardiman (right) came up with
10 saves to keep the game close. The only goal Hardiman allowed came at the
41:51 mark when she deflected a cross but Lindsay Condon was there to bury the
eventual game winner.
SAU had its best scoring chance in the second half, when a header hit the
crossbar before the Leathernecks cleared the ball.
The Queen Bees will make their home debut by hosting a tournament Saturday
and Sunday. SAU will face Bellevue at 1 p.m. Saturday and Robert Morris at 3:30
p.m. Sunday. Ashford will also compete in the two-day event.
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