Women's Soccer News - 2012-13
SAU Buzzin Bees Soccer Clinics
head soccer coach Jon Mannall, his coaching staff and members of the Queen Bees'
soccer team are conducting the first SAU Buzzin Bees Soccer Clinics for 2-5 year
Held every Saturday morning for eight weeks starting on April 6, the camp is
designed to introduce the children to the game of soccer in a fun way.
The preschoolers spend 20 minutes playing fun skills games and another 20
minutes playing mini 3 v 3 soccer games. The other 10 minutes are spent on
snacks and socialization.
Through the clinic, the children work on building coordination, peer
interactions, listening skills and getting their wiggles out.
For more on the SAU Buzzin Bees Soccer Clinics, or for any of the other St.
Ambrose summer camp offerings for 2013, visit the
2013 Summer Sport Camps webpage.
Lynn named to Academic All-America Third Team
Nov. 26, 2012
Lynn (left) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America College
Division Women's Soccer Third Team today. She advanced to the national ballot,
along with teammate Megan Theisen (right), after earning all-district honors
earlier this month.
The teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year
institutions and are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of
America (CoSIDA) based on the students' work on the field and in the classroom.
Lynn, from Pekin, Ill., is majoring in Accounting at St. Ambrose and recently
completed her sophomore season with the Queen Bee soccer team.
An honorable mention all-conference selection, Lynn stepped in during the
fourth game of the year and was a leader of the SAU defense. She finished with
an 8-3 record and recorded four shutouts with a .873 save percentage.
Theisen joined Lynn on the all-district first team and also earned
all-conference honorable mention. The junior midfielder from Dubuque, Iowa,
majoring in Exercise Science, scored eight goals and added seven assists for the
Bees this season.
Lynn was one of two SAU soccer players recognized by CoSIDA at the national
level today. Fighting Bee senior Matt Kraciun was named to the Capital One
Academic All-America First Team.
Seven Queen Bees named to all-conference team
Nov. 9, 2012
by Brent Beerends
solid season led to several individual awards for the St. Ambrose women's soccer
team. SAU tied for the league lead with seven selections on the all-Midwest
Collegiate Conference Team as announced by the conference today.
The Queen Bees had three first-team selections (Ashley Dexter, Brianna
Hunzeker, Kelly Schroeder) and four players earn honorable mention (Allison
Bevenue, Katie Fischetti, Morgan Lynn and Megan Theisen).
SAU, which finished 13-7 overall and third in the MCC at 4-1-1, matched Grand
View for the most all-conference picks.
Dexter (above), a junior midfielder from Eldridge, Iowa, returned to her
scoring ways after missing the majority of the 2011 season due to injury. Now a
three-time first team all-conference pick, Dexter led the team with 15 goals and
eight assists, and has 52 goals and 36 assists in her SAU career. Five of her
2012 goals were game winners.
Hunzeker (left), a senior midfielder from Waukee, Iowa, mastered the midfield
all season for the Queen Bees to grab first team all-conference honors for the
second straight year. Along with helping SAU maintain possession, Hunzeker
chipped in with three goals and four assists.
(right), a senior defender from Crest Hill, Ill., ended her career as a
four-time all-conference selection and two-time first-teamer, while Bevenue
(below left), a senior defender from Millstadt, Ill., earned honorable mention
to go along with her first team selection in 2009. The two anchored a Bee
defense that allowed just 20 goals over the 17 games, a 1.14
goals-against-average. The two also contributed offensively, with Schroeder
scoring a goal and dishing out five assists and Bevenue adding three goals and
Lynn (below second-from-left), a sophomore goalkeeper from Pekin, Ill., was
the final piece to SAU's tremendous defense. She stepped in during the fourth
game of the year against Western Illinois and was a leading voice directing the
Queen Bee defense. Lynn finished 8-3 and recorded four shutouts with a .873 save
Fischetti (below second-from right), a senior forward from Plainfield, Ill.,
and Theisen (below right), a junior midfielder from Dubuque, Iowa, were the last
two Bees to earn honorable mention for their efforts on the pitch. They tied for
second with eight goals apiece for the Queen Bees. Theisen added seven assists
while Fischetti was credited with three.
The Queen Bees offense posed a challenge for opposing teams defense and
totaling a goal differential of +38.
Women's Soccer season ends in semifinals
Nov. 3, 2012
by Brent Beerends
The St. Ambrose womenís soccer team traveled to Grand View (11-7-1) on
Saturday to play the semifinal round of Midwest Collegiate Conference
Tournament. The Queen Bees faced one of the toughest teams in the conference and
ended their season with a 2-0 loss, finishing the year 10-6-2 overall.
The Queen Bees faced a Grand View squad that continually pushed the defense
to the brink. The Vikings scored early in the 11th minute making it an uphill
climb from the start.
The defense held strong not allowing another goal in the first half. The
Queen Bees offense had its chances but had no luck putting the ball into the
back of the net.
In the second half, the offense could not come together to tie the score for
the Bees. Grand View was able to add an insurance goal in the 73rd minute
putting the game out of reach for good.
A special thanks to seniors Ellen Fairfield, Kelly Schroeder, Katie Fischetti,
Sara Kulaga, Brianna Hunzeker, and Allison Bevenue for their commitment to the
St. Ambrose womenís soccer team. Each of these women has been an integral part
in building up the soccer program and we wish them the best in their future
Queen Bees open MCC Tournament with big win
Oct. 27, 2012
Ashford box score |
AIB box score
by Brent Beerends
The St. Ambrose womenís soccer team started the week off with a close trip to
Ashford University, a team receiving votes in the national rankings, on
Wednesday before hosting AIB in the first round of the Midwest Collegiate
Conference Tournament. Against Ashford, the Queen Bees fought through double
overtime to a 3-3 tie, and won 13-0 convincingly against AIB to advance to the
MCC Tournament semifinals next Saturday.
the match against Ashford, the Saints took a quick lead with a goal in the
fourth minute. Katie Fishchetti (left) responded adding her fifth goal of the
season in the sixth minute after receiving a pass from Erin Dierickx (right).
Ten minutes later, the Queen Bees were awarded a corner kick that connected
with Fishchetti adding her second goal of the match. Now with the score 2-1, the
Bees held the lead, but not for long. In the 29th minute, an Ashford attacker
found the back of the net resulting in a 2-2 tie that stayed until half.
In the 55th minute, Fishchetti lofted a beautiful pass into the box off of
the right side that found the foot of Dierickx. Again the score was in the Bees
favor but Ashford responded yet again tying the score in the 76th minute.
The match went through double overtime and the Queen Bees ended the regular
season with a 3-3 tie.
Saturday was the first game of MCC Tournament play and the Queen Bees hosted
AIB. St. Ambrose defeated AIB 16-0 in its previous match on Oct. 14 and this
match was much of the same.
Queen Bees again took the offensive attack as Ashley Dexter (left) added two
goals in the fourth minute and added another in the 62nd minute to go along with
a pair of assists. Megan Theisen also posted a hat trick, scoring in the 11th,
54th and 66th minutes and also added an assist.
Fishchetti added two more goals to her week total bringing it to four goals
in the two-game span.
Regan McLaughlin (right) also added into the scoring frenzy providing two
goals of her own.
Shawna Swisher, Sarah Kulaga, and Maggie Chorzepa all added one goal apiece
leaving the final score at 13-0. Kelly Schroeder was credited with three assists
in the big win.
Sydney Worsham made just her second start of the season and posted her first
shutout. The Queen Bees defense had a strong showing not allowing a single shot
in the entire match.
The Queen Bees will travel to Grand View (10-7-1, 5-1 MCC) next Saturday in a
tournament semifinal. The winner will play either top-seed Viterbo or Mount
Mercy for the conference championship.
St. Ambrose enters MCC Tournament as three seed
Oct. 22, 2012
After giving up a late goal and forced to settle for a tie with Viterbo
Saturday, St. Ambrose will enter the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament as
the three seed and host at least one tournament match.
The Queen Bees (9-5-1, 4-1-1 MCC) will begin their tournament run by hosting
AIB Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Davenport Soccer Complex. SAU picked up a 16-0 win
over the Eagles on Oct. 14.
By virtue of winning the MCC regular season championship, Viterbo will
receive a first-round tournament bye. Second-seed Grand View will host William
Penn and fourth-seed Mount Mercy will host Clarke in other first round matchups
SAU will close the regular season Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Ashford.
Queen Bees miss out on MCC regular season title
Oct. 21, 2012
Viterbo box score
by Brent Beerends
St. Ambrose womenís soccer team only played one game this week, finishing
Midwest Collegiate Conference play against conference leader Viterbo. With a
shot at a share of the regular season championship, the Queen Bees walked away
with a 1-1 tie on Saturday and ended in third place in the MCC.
The womenís soccer team walked into a physical match against Viterbo and knew
what to expect if they wanted a chance to knock off the conference leaders.
Ashley Dexter (left) started the game off with a penalty kick in the 16th minute
and giving the Bees a quick lead.
Morgan Lynn (right) and the defense held strong almost through the entire
match until the 88th minute when one got past Lynn. At the end up regulation the
score was tied 1-1.
The first overtime was much of the first 90 minutes, physical with few shots
being taken. After 10 minutes the score was still tied leading into the second
overtime. While both sides were able to battle through the first 100 minutes it
seemed like the energy was off the field. Neither side managed to create the
offense needed to get the game winning goal and the game ended 1-1.
The Queen Bees have one more game against Ashford on Wednesday before
starting conference tournament play. SAU will host AIB in an opening round game
Bevenue named MCC Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 15, 2012
Bevenue (right) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Defensive Player of the Week today after helping St. Ambrose post a pair of
shutouts last week.
The senior from Millstadt, Ill., was instrumental in the strong defensive
efforts from the Queen Bees in a 3-0 win over Mount Mercy and a 16-0 shutout
SAU surrendered just five total shots, including four on goal, in the two
games. Bevenue also chipped in offensively, collecting one goal and two assists
on the week.
The Bees have not given up more than one goal in a game over their last 10
matches. SAU is allowing only 1.08 goals per game through a 9-5 start this
Bevenue has totaled three goals and two assists this year.
Bevenue was one of two SAU athletes honored by the MCC. Abby Frideres was
named the conference's Women's Golfer of the Week.
Queen Bees post pair of shutouts this week
Oct. 14, 2012
Mount Mercy box score |
AIB box score
by Brent Beerends
St. Ambrose womenís soccer team posted two MCC shutouts by beating Mount Mercy
3-0 and AIB 16-0. The Queen Bees (9-5, 4-1 MCC) extended their current winning
streak to three games.
The Bees hosted Mount Mercy on Wednesday to play their fourth game in the
Midwest Collegiate Conference and faced little opposition. The match saw its
first goal in the 19th minute by Katie Fischetti, who received a great pass from
Two minutes later, Fischetti (left) returned the favor sending a pass to
Ashley Dexter who put the ball in the back of the net. Dexter (right) added
another goal in the 55th minute as Allison Bevenue provided the swift pass.
The Queen Bees added their fifth shutout of the year behind a great defensive
effort along with some skillful saves by Morgan Lynn.
The second game of the week had the Queen Bees travel to AIB. The game was
originally scheduled for Saturday, but due to the weather, was rescheduled for
Bees did not have to wait long to put the first goal on the scoreboard as Erin
Dierickx scored 12 seconds into the match.
The match was completely one-sided in the favor of the Bees. Theisen (right)
led St. Ambrose with three goals and two assists while Dexter, Dierickx, Ellen
Fairfield, and Fischetti added two goals apiece.
Even with all the goals, the Bees managed to add a few more. Kelly Schroder,
Bre Choffin, Bevenue, Susan Conroy, and Shawna Swisher each added one of their
The Bees won the match 16-0 adding another MCC win.
The Queen Bees are tied for second in the MCC with a 4-1 league mark and will
host Viterbo, (13-1, 5-0 MCC) for a chance to tie for the regular season MCC
SAU bounces back with two conference wins
Oct. 7, 2012
Clarke box score |
William Penn box score
by Brent Beerends
The St. Ambrose womenís soccer team snapped its two-game losing streak with a
2-1 overtime win at Clarke. The Queen Bees (7-5, 2-1 MCC) added their second
road win of the week in defeating William Penn 6-0.
traveled to Clarke on Wednesday to play their second game in the Midwest
Collegiate Conference and were pushed to the limit. The match was an offensive
struggle for both sides as the Bees registered only nine shots.
As the contest was winding down it seemed like neither side was going to take
the lead. In the 74th minute, Clarke broke through and added the first goal of
Brianna Hunzeker (right) took matters into her own hands scoring an
unassisted goal to tie the match in the 88th minute.
As regulation came to a close, the Bees had the momentum. Only four minutes
in to overtime Ashley Dexter put a beautiful shot into the back of the net on a
penalty kick giving the Bees their first win of the week.
The Bees again were on the road Saturday as they traveled to William Penn to
play in frigid 40 degree weather.
did not take long to start the scoring frenzy for the Bees putting the first
goal in the back of the net in the second minute after receiving a pass from
Megan Theisen. Theisen (left) came right back adding the second goal in the 25th
minute as Sarah Kulaga fed her the ball.
Less than two minutes later Katie Fischetti added a goal assisted by Sarah
Kulaga (right). Theisen was not done for the day adding her second assist as
Dexter put the ball into the back of the net in the 30th minute. Not to be left
out, Ellen Fairfield and Susan Conroy each added a goal to mark the contest 6-0
The Queen Bees did not need to score again beating their second MCC opponent
in a week and creating a two game winning-streak before hosting Mount Mercy on
Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Queen Bees suffer pair of 1-0 setbacks
Sept. 30, 2012
Northern Iowa box score |
Grand View box score
by Brent Beerends
The St. Ambrose womenís soccer team saw its four-game winning streak come to
an end with a pair of 1-0 losses - at Northern Iowa and the Midwest Collegiate
Conference opener to Grand View as part of Homecoming weekend. The Queen Bees
are now 5-5 overall and 0-1 in MCC play.
The Queen Bees
traveled to UNI to start their week on Monday adding another NCAA Division I
opponent to their schedule. The Queen Bees had their hands full as UNI took a
total of 31 shots throughout the match, but held strong forcing the game to
overtime. After a corner into the box, UNI added the game-winning goal in the
97th minute, stopping the Queen Bees' hope of an upset.
Morgan Lynn (right) finished with 11 saves in defeat.
St. Ambrose had some time to build from the heartbreaking loss, playing its
next game Saturday against Grand View to start Midwest Collegiate Conference
The Bees took control of the match from the beginning and ultimately out-shot
Grand View 16-8. After the first half the score was still 0-0 but in the 59th
minute Grand View put the ball into the back of the net. The Queen Bees had
their chance to tie the score but a penalty kick shot by Ashley Dexter was
stopped by the Viking goalkeeper.
The Queen Bees will continue MCC play as they travel to Clarke on Wednesday
then to William Penn Saturday.
Schroeder earns second MCC Player of the Week honor
Sept. 24, 2012
two more fantastic defensive efforts, Kelly Schroeder (right) was named the
Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for
the second time this season today.
Schroeder, a senior from Crest Hill, Ill., was instrumental in helping St.
Ambrose run its winning streak to four matches after a pair of shutouts last
The week started with a 2-0 victory over Bellevue (Neb.), a team receiving
votes in the NAIA national rankings. The Queen Bees limited Bellevue to just
eight shots, with only five coming on goal.
Saturday, against No. 21 Davenport, SAU allowed eight shots to the Panthers,
with only three on frame. After a scoreless first half, the Bee offense got it
going in the second half with four goals in the 4-0 win.
Through SAU's 5-3 start, the team is allowing 1.57 goals per match. St.
Ambrose has surrendered just one goal over its four-match winning streak.
Along with her key defensive work, Schroeder has also recorded two assists
Queen Bees defeat #21 Davenport to move win streak to four
Sept. 23, 2012
Bellevue box score |
Davenport box score |
Video highlights (courtesy SAUtv)
by Brent Beerends
St. Ambrose womenís soccer team finished up a two-game road trip last week with
wins against Midland and Coe. The Queen Bees upped their winning streak to four
games following victories over Bellevue University (Neb.) and No. 21 Davenport
The first game of the week was played Sept. 19 against Bellevue. The Queen
Bees would jump out to an early lead with a goal from Erin Dierickx (left) in
the 12th minute. Kelly Schroder sent a shot towards that net that was blocked by
the Bellevue goalkeeper but Dierickx was there for the rebound. The Queen Bees
took very little time adding the second goal of the game in the 25th minute.
Allison Bevenue (right) sent a long shot into the box that bounced its way into
the back of the net creating a two-goal cushion.
The Queen Bees did not allow a goal in the match adding another shutout to
Morgan Lynnís stats.
The Queen Bees would play again on Sept. 22 against #21 Davenport University
(Mich.) in hopes of extending their win streak to four games.
first half ended with neither side scoring in what looked like a defensive
struggle. Coach Jon Mannall helped inspire his team to a new level against their
formidable opponent which changed the nature of the game. In the 54th minute
Ashley Dexter (left) was taken down in the box and put the ball in the back of
the net on the ensuing penalty kick.
With a little breathing room, Dexter added another goal in the 72nd minute
from a beautiful pass by Shawna Swisher. The Bees now had command of the match
with only 18 minutes left and did not let up as Ellen Fairfield (right) added
another goal in the 79th minute being assisted by Dierickx and Dexter.
Even with the match being out of reach the Bees put one more insurance goal
in the back of the net. Megan Thiessen put a great ball into the box off of a
corner which found the foot of Bevenue. Morgan Lynn posted another shutout on
the season making a total of three saves on the day.
The Bees are on a four-game win streak and after starting the season 1-3 have
now improved their record to 5-3. The Queen Bees will play their next match
against NCAA Division I University of Northern Iowa on Sept. 24 in Waterloo,
Bees even record at 3-3 following pair of road wins
Sept. 17, 2012
Coe box score |
Midland box score
by Brent Beerends
a two-game skid, the Queen Bees soccer team was able to rebound by posting a
pair of wins to get back to .500 with a 3-3 record.
St. Ambrose was able to erase the memory of losses to nationally-ranked
Graceland and NCAA Division I Western Illinois by picking up a 5-0 win at Coe on
Thursday and a last-minute 2-1 win over Midland Sunday.
The womenís soccer team took the opportunity to get back into the rhythm they
have seen in the last several years and defeated a challenging Coe squad. It
took until the 34th minute for Ellen Fairfield (left), who received a pass from
Ashley Dexter, to get the Queen Bees on the scoreboard.
The game remained 1-0 until the second half. In the 65th minute, Shawna
Swisher (above right) put the ball in the back of the net after a great pass from
Dexter. The floodgates opened from there.
upped the lead to 3-0 on a penalty kick in the 68th minute. One minute later,
Erin Dierickx (left) scored after a beautifully completed pass from Fairfield.
Now leading 4-0, the Bees added one more goal in the 87th minute. Megan Theisen
(right) took advantage of Dexter's third assist of the match to end the scoring.
The Queen Bees added their second shutout of the year behind strong
goalkeeping play by Morgan Lynn.
The 2-1 win over Midland, played in Des Moines, Iowa, was much tighter
throughout. Dierickx gave SAU a 1-0 lead when she converted Kelly Schroeder's
pass into a goal midway through the first half.
Midland knotted the match at 1-1 by scoring in the opening minutes of the
second half. The game appeared destined for overtime until Dexter took a
Kathleen Dankbar pass and beat the Midland goalie in the final minute for the
Lynn continued her strong play by making five saves in the victory.
The Queen Bees will be looking to build on their two-game winning streak
Wednesday with a 2 p.m. game against Bellevue at the Davenport Soccer Complex.
SAU will then host Davenport Saturday at 2 p.m.
Dexter and Lynn win MCC Player of the Week awards
Sept. 17, 2012
St. Ambrose made it a clean sweep as Ashley Dexter (offensive) and Morgan
Lynn (defensive) were named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer
Players of the Week today. SAU dominated the soccer awards as Matt Kraciun and
Jared Winking won the men's honors.
(left), a senior forward from Eldridge, Iowa, finished with two goals and three
assists to help the Queen Bees win a pair of matches last week.
She had a goal and three assists in a 5-0 win at Coe and finished the week by
scoring the game winner in the 89th minute in a 2-1 win over Midland.
Through SAU's 3-3 start, Dexter leads the team with 10 points and shares
team-high honors with three goals.
Lynn (right), a sophomore goalkeeper from Pekin, Ill., picked up her first
shutout in her first start of the season in the win at Coe. She came up with
three saves. Lynn then picked up five crucial saves in SAU's last-minute win
Now 2-0, Lynn has a 0.80 goals against average over three matches.
The Queen Bees have two home matches this week, hosting Bellevue Wednesday at
before battling Davenport (Mich.) Saturday. Both matches are slated to start at
2 p.m. at the Davenport Soccer Complex.
Queen Bees drop home opener to Western Illinois
Sept. 9, 2012
early-season schedule continued Saturday as St. Ambrose dropped its home opener
to NCAA Division I Western Illinois 7-0.
The Queen Bees are 1-3 overall but the losses have come in a forfeit, to
nationally-ranked Graceland and now WIU.
Western Illinois (5-1) took control early, scoring three goals in the first
12:17 of the match. The Leathernecks led 6-0 at the half and tacked on another
goal in the second half to account for the final score.
SAU was out-shot 17-6. Morgan Lynn (right) came off the bench to pick up
three of the Bees' four saves in the second half.
St. Ambrose will next visit Coe Thursday for a 3 p.m. match.
Dexter, Schroeder named MCC Soccer Players of
Sept. 5, 2012
Ambrose swept the Midwest Collegiate Conference weekly women's soccer awards as
Ashley Dexter (left) was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week and
Kelly Schroeder (right) took home the defensive award.
The pair helped the Queen Bees start the season by earning a split against a
pair of nationally-ranked opponents.
Dexter scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over No.
19 Robert Morris. The senior forward from Eldridge, Iowa, took a pass from
Brianna Hunzeker and converted to give SAU a 1-0 lead midway through the first
half. The Bees tacked on a second goal just three minutes later.
Dexter also helped St. Ambrose take an early lead the next day against No. 16
Graceland. Her assist on an Erin Dierickx goal put SAU in front 1-0 early in an
eventual 3-1 loss.
Schroeder was instrumental in the strong defensive effort in both contests.
The senior defender from Crest Hill, Ill., was a major reason Robert Morris
managed just 12 total shots, and only three on frame, in the shutout.
Thanks to Schroeder's play, the Queen Bees also out-shot Graceland 19-11 and
more than doubled the Yellowjackets' shots on goal (11-5).
Thanks to the strong early showing, St. Ambrose is now No. 24 in the NAIA
The soccer players were two of three SAU student-athletes honored by the MCC.
Tori Matzen won the weekly award in women's volleyball.
St. Ambrose cracks NAIA top 25 poll
Sept. 5, 2012
A tough early-season schedule has helped out as St. Ambrose is ranked No. 24
in the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25
Poll released by the national office.
The Queen Bees are just 1-1 in the early going, but both contests have come
against teams listed in the rankings. SAU started the year by knocking off
then-No. 19 Robert Morris 2-0 before falling to then-No. 16 Graceland 3-1.
Graceland has since moved up a spot to No. 15 while Robert Morris dropped out of
Lee (Tenn.) is the No. 1 ranked team in the country, followed by Concordia
(Ore.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Mobile (Ala.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.).
SAU is the only Midwest Collegiate Conference team in the top 25 but Grand
View is receiving votes in the poll.
The Bees will host Trinity International Friday at 5 p.m. in the team's home
Queen Bees split pair against ranked foes
Sept. 2, 2012
Robert Morris box score |
Graceland box score
by Brent Beerends
It was a tough start to the year as the St. Ambrose women's soccer team
opened the season against a pair of ranked opponents, but the Bees were able to
walk away with a split of the two games played at Ashford University.
a scheduling misunderstanding forced SAU to forfeit the season opener to Judson
on Aug. 24, the
Queen Bees started the weekend facing a nationally-ranked opponent in No. 19
Robert Morris University at Clinton, Iowa, on Saturday. The challenge they
provided ultimately led to a convincing 2-0 win for SAU.
The first goal was put in the back of the net in the 26th minute by Ashley
Dexter (left) who was assisted by Brianna Hunzeker (right). Three minutes later
the Queen Bees added another goal by an unassisted Hunzeker.
The Bees would need to hold off Robert Morris for the next 60 minutes but
were able to do so with ease. Robert Morris took a total of only three shots on
goal, all of which were saved by Kerry Hardiman.
The second game of the weekend was a different story as the Queen Bees again
faced another nationally-ranked opponent in No. 16 Graceland University on
Sunday afternoon. The Queen Bees were the first to get on the scoreboard in the
26th minute by Erin Dierickx with an assist by Dexter, but Graceland
added three goals in the next 64 minutes.
The Bees out shot Graceland 19-10, 11 of those 19 were on goal, but the Bees
just could not find the back of the net. Graceland was able to find some better
luck throughout the contest leading them to a victory. The Queen Bees are
currently 1-1 for the season and will be looking to their first home game on
Sept. 7 to add their second win.
The Queen Bees will be playing a doubleheader against Trinity International
on Sept. 7 that starts with the menís soccer team playing at 3 p.m. The games
will be held at the Davenport Soccer Complex (8991 North Division Street,
Women's soccer team assists in Texas
Aug. 16, 2012
The St. Ambrose women's soccer team traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas, and
organized with a local club team, the Corpus Christi Dynamo, who are affiliated
with the Houston Dynamo of the MLS, two games with a U18 team and a women's
The Queen Bees also put on a day of camps for U10 and U14 boys and girls,
which was met with resounding success. SAU was invited back as the team did a
great job and the group was well received.
From Corpus Christi, the Bees went to San Antonio and did a housing project
for Habitat for Humanity, where they erected walls and painted houses with other
volunteers. The team found enough down time to enjoy a quick tour of San
by Brent Beerends
Aug. 14, 2012
Determination can be seen in the classroom, at work, or on an athletic field.
Ashley Dexter has set examples in all three of these areas but what she has
encountered on the athletic field has set her apart from her competition.
Dexter has been a leading scorer for St. Ambrose Womenís Soccer Coach Jon
Mannallís Queen Bees and scored 19 goals in the 2010 season and 18 goals in
Unlike many athletes who will strive for individual accomplishments and records,
Dexter's goals are team oriented.
"I have had great personal success at St. Ambrose, been named to various teams,
but ultimately I want my team to succeed and win," she states.
Her achievements range from Second Team All-America in 2009, to All-America
honorable mention in 2010, to Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year
honors in 2009 and 2010.
Despite the individual accomplishments, Dexter is still seeking her first trip
to the NAIA Women's Soccer Championships.
The Queen Bees first qualified for the National Tournament in 2008, the year
before Dexter arrived on campus. Last year, the team returned to Nationals, but
Dexter was forced to watch from the sidelines.
A season-ending injury in the second game of the season against Robert Morris
University on Sept.
4 forced Dexter into a cheerleading role.
"It was tough not being able to play alongside my teammates last season. It was
a year that we had a great opportunity and I was glad that my teammates were
able to capitalize on it," Dexter stated.
In 2012 the Queen Bees will have another opportunity to advance to the National
Tournament but will have to go through two NCAA Division 1 opponents in Western
Illinois and Northern Iowa. The Queen Bees will need to battle through a tough
Midwest Collegiate Conference in hopes that Dexter will get her first chance at
the National Tournament.
In Dexter's first and second seasons with the Queen Bees they fell just short of
advancing to the National Tournament and that is one of the reasons for her
return to St. Ambrose.
"Our goal is to get down to Alabama, and play in the National Championship.
We were so close the first two years to make it to the postseason. It was hard
not being able to play with my team last season and them making it to
The goal of participating in postseason play along with attending a championship
event has helped fuel her from her injury. Dexter's recovery has not been as
difficult as other athletes who have suffered season ending injuries, and Dexter
may be recovering faster then the nine- to 11-month average.
Dexter has started to progress back to her old form, but will still have some
room for improvement. She was able to get some valuable playing time in with the
Quad City Lady Eagles, a semi-pro soccer team based out of the Quad Cities. The
game time she received was limited but it was a chance for Dexter to get back on
to the soccer field to test her knee and get a feel for the game.
"Physically, I feel like my knee is strong, maybe not as strong as it was, but
mentally it will take some time before I feel comfortable. The more time I am
able to spend playing on it, the better I will begin to feel," Dexter stated.
The injury, which also cost Dexter her sophomore year as starting point guard
for the St. Ambrose women's basketball team, may be a hindrance for some but
with the determination that Dexter has displayed it wonít take long for her to
return to form.
"Jon (Mannall) is going to limit my minutes until he and I feel comfortable, and
know that I can handle it. It will be unfortunate that I will not be on the
field with the girls that I have played with for three years now," Dexter
Dexter may have limited time on the field but her determination has brought
trust from her teammates.
"Last year, if they had a question about something they would come to me and
ask. It allowed me to gain a different knowledge of the game," Dexter stated.
She was able to gain another new perspective as she was the head girls soccer
coach at Central DeWitt High School. The new found trust and information can bring
a different aspect to the women's soccer program regardless if Dexter will be in
the game or not.
Mannall also believes that even though Ashley's injury was unfortunate it provided
her a knowledge that she previously never would have achieved.
"We cannot expect a player to return at full throttle but I have no doubt
that her experiences on the sidelines watching and now coaching have made her a
very different player from the one we saw in 2010," Mannall stated. "Ambrose
soccer will be better for it."
Bees tabbed as conference favorites in 2012
Aug. 13, 2012
After claiming at least a share of the last five Midwest Collegiate
Conference regular season women's soccer championships, St. Ambrose is favored
to win its sixth straight crown in 2012.
The Queen Bees were the picked as the favorites as the conference released
its 2012 preseason ratings today.
SAU, which finished 13-7 overall and 7-1 in the MCC last year, narrowly edged
out Grand View for the top spot in the rankings. The Bees edged the Vikings 2-1
in the championship match of last year's MCC Tournament.
Clarke, Mount Mercy, Viterbo, William Penn and AIB round out the poll.
St. Ambrose opens the 2012 season at Judson on Aug. 25.
Queen Bees look to build on
successful 2011 season
by Brent Beerends
Aug. 9, 2012
The St. Ambrose womenís soccer team made great strides in 2011, winning the
Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament and earning a trip to the NAIA National
they lost to perennial powerhouse Martin Methodist. The Queen Bees finished with
an overall record of 13-7, were 7-1 in conference play to grab a share of the
conference crown for the fifth straight year and were ranked No. 25 in
the final NAIA poll.
Coach Jon Mannallís squad is going to look to build on the strong performance
of last season that saw the loss of two of its best scorers, Ashley Dexter
Nikki Boland, to season-ending injuries in the second game of the year.
without the scoring attack of Dexter and Boland, the Queen Bees fought through
adversity to find ways to win. The strength of the Bee defense helped keep them
close in tight games and shut down opposing teams' top strikers.
In 2012, the Queen Bees are looking to take another big step and make it
farther into the NAIA National Tournament and to Alabama, the site of the NAIA
Championships. The return of Dexter
will hopefully be the spark the Bees need. "My hope is that the team starts off
from where we finished last fall, and Ashley is the addition that we need to
take us to the next level," Coach Mannall stated.
The return of a strong senior class will help the Queen Bees return to top
form and hopefully another conference title.
The defender position will see the
return of Kelly Schroeder (left) and Allison Bevenue (right), who will need to set an example
for the incoming student-athletes.
The Queen Bees did lose some significant
players from their 2011 campaign but will have some incoming and returning
players who will look to create a suffocating defense. Mannall believes, "With
a few significant seniors graduating from 2011, the team needs to reinvent
itself defensively in 2012."
At the heart of the Queen Bees is the midfield position which can be viewed
as possibly the strongest and deepest position on the team. St. Ambrose will be
returning Sarah Kulaga (left), a senior who started 20 games for the Queen Bees in
2011, and Bre Hunzeker (middle), also a senior who started in 19 games, as the base of the
The Bees will also see the return of Megan Theisen (above right) who stepped up
large in 2011 and provided much needed stability. Mannall has outstanding belief
in his core midfielders and states, "Our midfield can compete with anyone in the
country." In 2011, the midfield was a strength and with a solid offseason should
see improvements which will help attribute to another conference championship.
The forward position will see the return of Dexter, who will initially be
limited in playing time to not hurry her return from last seasonís injury.
Dexter will be returning to the duo of Erin Dierickx (left) and Katie Fishetti
the absence of a true scorer was missing last season the Queen Bees were able to
find ways to score and win, but ultimately scored the lowest amount of goals in
St. Ambrose womenís soccer history. Dierickx and Fischetti teamed up for five of
the Queen Beesí 34 goals in 2011.
The goalkeeper position will have senior Kerry Hardiman (below left) returning, but she
will face competition from Morgan Lynn (below right). Hardiman started 19 games for the Queen
Bees and had a total of 75 saves in 2011. Another strong offseason should only
improve the goalkeeping unit and with another year of confidence, Hardiman should
have her best year yet.
The schedule for the Queen Bees is going to be one that will test them at
home and on the road. St. Ambrose will play Western Illinois on Sept. 9 at the
Davenport Soccer Complex, and will face another NCAA Division 1 opponent in
Northern Iowa on Sept. 24 at Waterloo, Iowa.
While these two games will provide a
tough test the ultimate goal will be to get through conference and a chance to
make it back to Nationals, and get back inside the national rankings. By winning
against rival Grand View and taking on Western Illinois and Northern Iowa the
Bees have a chance to strengthen those hopes. "The schedule gives us a chance to
be ranked in the Top 15 like we feel we deserve to be. Judson, Graceland, Robert
Morris University, Bellevue are all ranked opponents, and Western Illinois and
Northern Iowa give significant opposition for a testing season," Mannall states.
The season will begin Aug. 25 against Judson in Elgin, Illinois at 10 a.m. St.
Ambrose will host its first game on Sept. 7 against Trinity International at 5
p.m. at the Davenport Soccer Complex.
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