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PRESS & DAKOTAN FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2011 PAGE 17 Lancer Men Ready To Shake Things Up In GPAC BY JAMES D. CIMBUREK james.cimburek@yankton.net With a new coach at the helm, it was expected that the Mount Marty College men s soccer team would look a little different in 2011. But they were not expected to look this different. MMC returns just eight players off a team that went 6-11 (2-9 GPAC), but had a good year of recruiting, according to first-year head coach Nathan Epp. Recruiting went well, but we do have some new people in pretty important positions, he said. Some of the guys we brought in will make an instant impact. While the Lancers did not have a strong record, they did have a decent offense, with the team scoring at least one goal in 15 of the 17 matches. The team did string together a stretch of three straight shutouts in nonconference play, but defense is a source of concern as the 2011 campaign begins. We ve got a good attacking offense, but we need to transition that into an attacking defense, Epp said. We ve got good speed and good positioning at this point, but not physically aggressiveness. I d like to see that out of our defense. MMC has several talented seniors ready to get the Lancers going in the right direction, according to Epp. We ve got a very good senior group. I ve been very impressed, he said. They have been great leaders and have been fun to work with in practice. Carlos Saenz returns after recording a team-best 10 assists a year ago. He also had two goals, matching him for the team lead with 14 total points. Carlos is a great attacking midfielder and a willing passer, Epp said. Chandler Olmo, who posted four goals and three assists last season, and Dane Hansen, who had one assist and helped lead the defense, also return. Chandler is a very versatile player. Both his offensive and defensive instincts are great. He s not afraid to bang around inside, Epp noted. Dane will anchor our defense. He has great speed, great awareness and is a quiet leader. He will do everything you ask and not complain that s the type of attitude we need to have. COYOTES: Tahnee Reed USD VB From Page 16 Brandon Frey, who netted two goals a year ago, also returns for his senior season. He is very athletic and is willing to play multiple positions, Epp said. He can shoot and defend. Tyler Gengler (So.), Tyler McCune (So.), Tyler Neu (So., 3 goals) and Jose Marquez-Garcia also return for the Lancer men. Defender Peter Shepard joins the Lancers from the community college ranks. He s got great toughness and great defensive instincts, Epp said. He will do well back there, make a significant impact on the team. Oscar Martinez-Mojica also transfered in for MMC. One of the freshmen who will be expected to step onto the field immediately is Jeremiah Kiehn, a Huron native who will be asked to start in goal. We re asking him to be a very important part of our defense, Epp said. These first couple weeks, we re going to push Jeremiah to be aggressive and to communicate. He has great hands. 2011 Schedule Aug. 27 Grace, 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at Mount Mercy, 4 p.m. Sept. 5 Jamestown, 3 p.m. Sept. 10 York, 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Sioux Falls, 8 p.m. Sept. 17 Rocky Mountain, 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Doane, 3:15 p.m. Sept. 28 at Dakota Wesleyan, 8 p.m. James Elliott (Estelline) is also expected to jump in and help the Lancers. He knows how to play the game, Epp noted. He is very skilled, whether playing defense or holding down a midfield spot. Adan Marquez-Garcia, another freshman, rounds out the Lancer roster. While the Lancer men will struggle for numbers due to some unexpected departures only half of the 16 players who had eligibility after the 2010 season return the team expects to improve their standing in the conference. If you look at the history of this program, they haven t made MMC Looks To Put Pressure On Opponents BY JAMES D. CIMBUREK james.cimburek@yankton.net After a season where injuries and low numbers combined to have the Mount Marty College women s soccer team score just four goals in 15 matches after an opening weekend victory, the Lancers are hoping a new coach will help the program start making steps in the right direction. Nathan Epp, who successfully piloted the Freeman Academy prep boys program in recent years, has the Lancer women enthused about the prospects this season. We re pretty excited about it, said Lancer senior Hayley Rutledge, who tied for the team lead in goals last season with two. There is positivity all the way around. We have to keep that going during the season, and we will have a positive result. Rutledge, one of the team s four seniors, is expected to be a spark for the team this season. She is very positive, very encouraging, Epp said. She gets great touch on the ball and is a willing passer. Seniors Brittany Hank and Emily Rausch both started nearly every match a year ago, with Rausch netting one goal. Emily is improving. She s physically in shape and has been working hard, Epp noted. Brittany is probably one of the more physically aggressive players we 2011 Schedule Sept. 3 at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m. Sept. 5 Jamestown, 1 p.m. Sept. 10 York, 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Sioux Falls, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 Rocky Mountain, 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at St. Mary s, 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Doane, 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at Dakota Wesleyan, 5:30 p.m. have. We re going to need that out of her to set the tone. Senior Dorcus Copa also played in every match a year ago, including one in goal as the Lancers scrambled to cover the net due to a string of injuries. Her work ethic has been fantastic, Epp said. She s been pushing herself 100 percent every drill, every sprint. Junior Hannah Miller, who led the team with two goals and two assists, also returns, as do juniors Kassie Lewis (1 goal), Julie Girard (1 goal, 1 assist) and Ashlin Agular. Sophomore Shelby Mushitz, who started the season in goal and was there for the team s lone victory, also returns, as do fellow sophs Julie Nelson (1 goal) and Allison McCuen (1 assist). While Epp jumped into the coaching position late, he was able to secure three recruits, including one local talent in Yankton s Paige Anderson. Paige is doing a wonderful job. She is very aggressive, he Convenience Store 300 W. 23rd St., Yankton 605-665-1332 Your One Stop Shop Yankton 508 Broadway Yankton, SD 665-4767 From Page 17 the new of what we want to accomplish here. The Coyotes opened the 2011 slate in Vermillion with a 1-0 exhibition win over Drake Aug. 11. Obviously, it's always good to start with a win, said Green of the Drake exhibition. It provided a good opportunity to get everybody in the game and put them said. Alexandra Roja has pretty in different positions and combigood speed and plays well. nations to see what they can do. Carissa Scherschligt, once she Jenny Teslow returns as the adjusts to the speed of the colCoyotes top scorer but is coming lege game, will be fine as well. back from an ACL tear. The Lancers will still not have She came right into camp numbers where they would like and passed her physical, said them, but Epp hopes the team Green. She was a little bit ahead will be better prepared to cope of where she was supposed to with that situation this season. be. It s tough when you re always The sophomore from Sioux fighting numbers, he said. But Falls scored eight goals and had we ve worked hard on condition- two assists for 18 points last seaing, being physically stronger. son and had the assist in the win After a season that saw the against Drake. team go 1-15-1 and be outscored Lauren Bennett, a freshman 82-8, the Lancers will have to from Walton, Kentucky, scored work hard to get things going in the lone goal against Drake. the right direction. That starts Bennett, along with Rebecca with taking the game to their op- Pederson, a freshman from Wacoponents, Epp said. nia, Minnesota, should provide We need more of an attack USD with some excitement this mentality, he said. We need to season as well as in years to get shots, try to keep the other come. team moving backwards. Becca Pederson is pretty We re going to keep it simple speedy up front while Lauren and play hard. Bennett has good speed and is a The Lancers open the 2011 strong competitor, Green said. season Sept. 3 at Mount Mercy. The Coyotes have four fresh- ROADRUNNER Residential, Commercial & Farmstead Wiring U Soccer Oct. 1 Hastings, 2 p.m. Oct. 4 Dordt, 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Concordia, 5:15 p.m. Oct. 12 at Morningside, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Nebraska Wesleyan, 1 p.m. Oct. 18 Northwestern, 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Briar Cliff, 1 p.m. Oct. 29 Midland, 1 p.m. List Electric Providing you with the service you expect, and the quality you deserve 668-9430 Sathre, a 5-foot-10 Minnesota native, spent the past two seasons at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech, where she appeared in 34 sets last fall. She s a little bit undersized Oct. 1 Hastings, 4 p.m. for that position, but she s very Oct. 4 Dordt, 4 p.m. fast, Houk said. Right away, Oct. 8 at Concordia, 7:30 p.m. she ll give us depth. Last year, Oct. 12 at Morningside, 8 p.m. and in years past, if we had Oct. 15 Nebraska Wesleyan, 3 p.m. someone get hurt in the middle, Oct. 18 Northwestern, 3 p.m. we didn t have anybody else. Oct. 26 at Briar Cliff, 3:15 p.m. USD also has six freshmen on Oct. 29 Midland, 3 p.m. the roster, including Melissa Firtko (MB), Riley Haug (DS), Katie Bunkers (DS), Kyle Everett a lot of waves in the conference, (DS), Kiana Case (DS) and Epp said. I m a firm believer Kendall Kritenbrink (OH). that, if you want respect, you Of those six newcomers, Houk have to earn it on the field. We re said he expects Kritenbrink in a position now where we have the sister of former USD standout the ability to compete. Kristin to see the most time Epp has the players driven to this fall. be competitive as well. She s really physical on the We know we ve been consid- floor, and she lacks no confiered an easy game by the rest of dence, Houk said. She definitely the conference, Frey said. doesn t carry herself as a true We re going to definitely make freshman. She probably has the them turn their heads, hopefully best vertical (jump) on our team, catch a few of them off-guard and and she ll use it. win quite a few conference At 6-foot-4, Firtko will be the games this year. team s tallest player, which will MMC opens the 2011 camaid the Coyotes on defense when paign Saturday, Aug. 27, at home they re facing a team with a against Grace University. power hitter at the net. LANCERS: Chandler Ohmo (right) Featuring: Candy, Pop, Gasoline, Dairy, Ice Cream, Cigarettes, SD Powerball & Video Lottery Slowey Auto Body Complete Body Work Glass Replacement Painting 2004 Locust Yankton 605-665-7069 Fejfar Plumbing & Heating, Inc. MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR 301 E. 3rd Yankton 665-7423 www.unitedbuildingcenters.com 665-3751 Toll Free 800-665-5455 3400 E. Hwy. 50, Yankton yankton.cc Service & Repair New Construction Backhoe Hydronics Lawn Irrigation 1209 W. 9th, Yankton 605-665-9269 2301 Broadway 665-6200 Yankton The Coyotes open the 2011 season with a series of three tournaments on consecutive weekends, starting with the University of Wyoming Tournament on Aug. 26-27. There, USD will play Gonzaga, DePaul, Oregon State and Wyoming. From there, the Coyotes will play in the Creighton Tournament and a Montana Tournament, before starting Summit League play Sept. 15 at Oral Roberts. After two years in the Great West Conference, in which USD advanced to the semifinals and finals of the league tournament, the Coyotes turn their attention to the Summit. We owe a lot to the Great West. It was a good place for us during the transition, Houk said. But now, our players finally feel like we re in a home; in a true conference. It makes it all a little more real. This season, the Coyotes host rivals North Dakota State (Sept. 19), South Dakota State (Oct. 3) and Nebraska-Omaha (Oct. 11) in what should bring increased attendance for the program. Being in that conference will bring more attention, especially if we do well, Reed said. Not only just for volleyball, but for all of our sports teams, there will be more support and more fans. 2011 Schedule Aug. 19 North Dakota 3, USD 2 Aug. 28 Nebraska-Omaha, 1 p.m. Aug. 31 Wis.-Green Bay, 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at Creighton, 1 p.m. Sept. 9 North Dakota, 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Iowa, 1 p.m. Sept. 16 vs. Boise State, at Omaha, Neb., 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Wyoming, 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Northern Colorado, 1 p.m. men in goal, and three, Mackenzie Viktor (Loveland, Colo.), Shauna Hase (Woodbury, Minn.) and Kayla Wegman (Omaha), saw action in the shutout of Drake. We won't play three in a game like we did against Drake, said Green of the goal-keeper picture. We might play two but eventually just one, but we have a pretty good idea of who it will be. Erin Bello, a junior from Fort Collins and the Coyotes' elder statesman, returns as a midfielder after scoring three goals and assisting on two others last season. USD will host eight of their 19 scheduled games, including a late October match-up against an old foe. After last year's scheduled game against South Dakota State was cancelled, the Coyotes will Sept. 30 Western Illinois, 4 p.m. Oct. 2 IUPUI, 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Oakland, Mich., 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at IPFW, noon Oct. 15 at Missouri-Kansas City, 7 p.m. Oct. 17 Northern Iowa, 4 p.m. Oct. 21 South Dakota State, 4 p.m. Oct. 23 North Dakota State, 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Southern Utah, 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Oral Roberts, 7 p.m. face the in-state rival Oct. 21 for the first time since 2003. USD has won the previous four meetings with the Jackrabbits. The Jacks are one of three teams that Green predicts will be the ones to beat. North Dakota State and South Dakota State look pretty good, Green said. From what we hear, Oakland has a strong team as well. Going into it, we're the new kids, but we've got good athletes, good speed and good soccer players, Green said. The girls are practicing hard every day and getting better every day; I think we will compete with some of these teams and I think we will surprise some of them. The Coyotes will play their first home game Aug. 28 against Nebraska-Omaha. Stewart Carpet Center Established 1958 1803 Broadway Yankton, SD Ph. 605-665-7183 Carpet and Hard Surface Flooring
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