Trolls collect women’s soccer win in home opener
Home was indeed a sweet spot for Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer team. After dropping their season-opening match to Viterbo University on the road, the Trolls returned to Palos Heights to tangle with Indiana Tech last Wednesday. And there Trinity found success as it posted a 4-1 victory over its visitors from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Rachael Webb’s hat trick fueled the Trolls’ attack at Schaaf Athletic Complex. Her first goal came just three minutes into the match off an assist from Kayla Diemer. Eighteen minutes later Webb struck again after being awarded a penalty kick, while her final marker was delivered in the 78th minute.
Before halftime arrived Trinity was ahead 3-1, having also scored in the 32nd minute on Katie Linehan’s Diemer-assisted tally. Indiana Tech ruined the Trolls’ shutout bid in the 35th minute.
Trinity outshot Indiana Tech 19-11 for the match. Trolls netminder Jacey Dolence made three saves in 77 minutes of action before giving way to Jesse Bultsma for the remainder of the contest.
The Trolls men weren’t as fortunate in their 2014 home debut as they fell 5-2 to Indiana Tech. The score was tied at 1-1 after the first half.
Mauricio Salgado made good use of a free kick as he got Trinity on the board less than two minutes into last Wednesday’s match. However, that edge was erased within five minutes and the teams remained deadlocked until intermission.
An offensive flurry marked the beginning of the second half as four goals were recorded within a seven-minute span. Salgado converted again for the Trolls after receiving a pass from freshman Edgar Rodriguez, but the goal only drew Trinity within 3-2 at that juncture. Indiana Tech found the back of the net again two minutes later to restore a two-score advantage and never faced any serious threat after that.
Trolls goaltender Gabe Fennema was called on to make eight saves as the Warriors held a hefty 19-9 advantage in total shots.
One first-half goal was the deciding factor as the Trolls (1-2) dropped a 1-0 verdict to Northwestern (Iowa) College Friday at home. The Red Raiders scored in the 28th minute.
Northwestern outshot Trinity 8-6 for the match. Both teams’ netminders were credited with four saves.
The Trolls visit Moody Bible Institute on Friday at 4 p.m.
Both Trolls squads began their season at Friday’s Saints Twilight Invitational, hosted by the University of St. Francis at Channahon Park.
Trinity’s women were second to the Fighting Saints in the team standings, but senior Anna Bos brought home individual gold for the Trolls by reaching the chute first among 64 runners in 18 minutes, 52.17 seconds. Bos, who has been stellar throughout her collegiate career, beat her closest pursuer by 10 seconds.
Third place in the 5K event went to Trinity junior Jessica Disselkoen, who clocked a 19:14.65. Also occupying a spot within the top 10 was sophomore Ashley Jourdan, who covered the distance in 20:01.36. Kasey Zaremba (21st), Leah VanTol (32nd) and Anna Spotts (33rd) were other Trolls finishers.
Bos, Disselkoen and Jourdan lead a group of eight returnees into another season, Bob Brickman’s 11th as Trinity coach. Both Bos and Disselkoen were NAIA national qualifiers last fall. The Trolls’ only missing persons from last year’s fourth-place conference finisher are Hannah Schwab and Justine VanDyk.
The men competed in a 5K race rather than their usual 8K event, and Trinity took third overall among five teams.
The Trolls’ top three runners were within nine seconds of one another. Sophomore Cody Velthuizen set the pace with his 16:49.90 performance, which was good for 16th place in a 74-runner field. Right behind him were Michael Potter (17th in 16:50.80) and Tyrell Natewa (19th, 16:58.90).
Alex Clark (39th) and Mark Bohdan (40th) also scored points for Trinity, which travels to Bourbonnais for the Illinois Intercollegiates on Friday.
Like the women, the Trolls men are experienced as eight runners return from 2013. One significant loss is All-American Andy Reidsma, who took fourth at the NAIA meet. Helping to cushion that blow, however, are all-conference sophomore Velthuizen, Potter and Natewa.
The Trolls enjoyed a strong debut outing last weekend as they occupied the No. 5 position among 16 schools at Olivet College’s Lou Collins Memorial in Battle Creek, Mich.
Trinity was tied for fifth after Day 1 of the two-day tournament at Bedford Valley Country Club but owned that spot outright following Saturday’s round. The Trolls shot a cumulative 613 (305-308).
Evan Eissens was 13th overall in a 90-golfer field as he carded a 150 total. His 74 on Friday had him tied for sixth midway through the tourney. Three strokes behind Eissens was junior Spencer TenHaken, whose 153 (75-78) earned him 23rd place.
Senior Logan Vos (154; 76-78) tied for 24th and Alex Svabek (34th with 156; 80-76) completed Trinity’s scoring. Just behind Svabek was Scott Ebbling (43rd with 158; 80-78).
Next up for the golfers is the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational, a two-day tournament that gets underway today.
Coach Dennis Harms is in his fourth year in charge of the Trolls program and he has at his disposal in 2014 a 13-man roster, the biggest ever for Trinity. All eight golfers from last year’s fifth-place conference finisher are back. Vos, Ebbeling and Jonathan Zandstra are considered the top returnees.
Eissens, a transfer from Sauk Valley College, heads up the list of five newcomers, which also includes two other transfers as well as a pair of freshmen.
The Trolls (3-5) went 3-1 at their own crossover tournament, which was co-hosted with St. Xavier University last weekend. Trinity won once on Friday and twice on Saturday.
Thirteen schools participated in the event and a total of 26 matches were played over two days.
The Trolls’ first win was against NAIA preseason No. 10-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College, which was vanquished in four sets by scores of 25-10, 15-25, 25-18, 25-23. Courtney Samudio’s five kills helped Trinity snap a 17-all tie and take control of the pivotal third set.
Samudio came through again in the fourth game as her pair of kills halted Lindsey Wilson’s momentum and locked up the two-point triumph. She finished with a team-best 21 kills for the Trolls, who recorded a .234 attack percentage while totaling 51 kills in the match.
Danielle Oeverman was also strong at the net with eight kills, while Kathy Wilkening and Rachel Verhage had a hand in nine blocks between them. Michelle Busccher supplied 16 digs.
Cornerstone (Mich.) University turned the tables on Trinity in Friday’s second match, saddling the locals with a 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 setback. The Trolls fought through six ties to claim their Game 3 victory.
Oeverman (12 kills), Samudio (12), Kaitlyn Van Dellan (11 kills, 14 digs), Erynn Schuh (40 assists) and Busscher (15 digs) were Trinity’s standouts in the loss.
Saturday’s play got underway with another four-set win for the Trolls, this time over St. Ambrose University by a 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 26-24 score. The Fighting Bees’ lone win came after 11 ties.
The squads were deadlocked at 24 in the second set before kills by Samudio and Verhage gave Trinity the decision and shifted momentum its way. Things got tight again, though, in Game 4 before Oeverman and Samudio finally finished off a dogged St. Ambrose bunch with consecutive kills.
Oeverman and Samudio both totaled 17 kills and Verhage added 12 for the Trolls, who amassed 58 in all. Wilkening (seven blocks), Schuh (47 assists, 14 digs), Busscher (19 digs) and Van Dellan (18) were other Trinity notables.
The weekend concluded with a 27-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 win for the Trolls over Point Park (Pa.) University. Strong starts in the third and fourth sets enabled Trinity to finally shrug off Point Park’s challenge.
Samudio (15 kills), Oeverman (14), Van Dellan (13), Schuh (44 assists, 17 digs), Wilkening (five blocks), Karleigh Krchmery (15 digs) and Busscher (14) all contributed to the Trolls’ victory.
Trinity is at Olivet Nazarene on Tuesday.