Highlander Women Notch First Win of Season
September 13, 2014
The MacMurray College women's soccer team picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 shutout victory over visiting Rockford University.
After scoring only one goal in their previous five matches, the Highlanders broke out for four goals to end a nine-game losing streak that began at the end of the 2013 season.
Ashley Kendrick got the Highlanders on track with the first goal in the 21st minute. Carissa Vaughn assisted on Kendrick's game-winning goal.
Tiffany Hazelwonder had a break-out performance for MacMurray, scoring the last three Highlander goals. Vaughn assisted on the first two Hazelwonder tallies; and Jessica Aguirre picked up an assist on the third goals.
Amanda Gorell made five saves in goal for the Highlanders and shared the shutout with Sarah Maguire, who came in to play goal in the final minutes of the match.
Coach Bill Koeppen's club outshot the Regents 21-6.
The win lifts the Highlanders' record to 1-5; while Rockford falls to 0-3-1.
The MacMurray women will host Knox College on Wednesday afternoon in the annual Ferris Cup Trophy match. Kick-off is slated for 2PM.
Highlander men even record with 3-1 victory over Northland College
August 31, 2014
The MacMurray College men's soccer team evened its early-season record at 1-1 with a convincing 3-1 victory Sunday at home against Northland College (1-1). Mason Rowe (Sr, Marseilles, Ill./Ottawa Township) scored all three Highlander goals to pace the offensive attack.
Rowe scored the team's first goal of the season in the 20th minute on an assist from Brad Wise and the Highlander took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Wise made it 2-0 MacMurray in the 55th minute when he ran onto a perfect pass from Zac Bozarth and beat LumberJack keeper Colton Schreyer. The Highlanders made it 3-0 with another Rowe goal in the 68th minute. Josh Shipley recorded the assist on Rowe's third goal of the game.
Northland spoiled Tyler Marfo's shutout bid with a Nick Smith goal in the 71st minute. Marfo recorded six saves in his first win in goal for MacMurray. Schreyer made four save in goal for the LumberJacks.
New Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the start of the new season
Bill Koeppen embarks on his first season as the Head Coach of the MacMurray men’s and women’s soccer programs in 2014. While new to MacMurray College, Koeppen is a veteran coach at the college level with sixteen years of experience behind him.
Koeppen began his collegiate career as an assistant coach with the Creighton University men’s and women’s soccer teams in 1990. While at Creighton, Koeppen helped lead an all-freshman roster in 1990 to a #2 NCAA national ranking and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. The following year, the Bluejays finished the regular season ranked #1 and earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1994, Koeppen started the Bellevue University soccer program as the teams first-ever coach. Similar to his work at Creighton, Koeppen led Bellevue to a NAIA national ranking within three years. Koeppen’s three year stint as the head man at Bellevue produced a 36-24-1 record, a Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award, and two NAIA All-Americans.
In 1998, Koeppen was called on by coaching colleague Sean Holmes to be the top assistant at Drake University. Koeppen proved instrumental in leading the Bulldogs to academic and athletic excellence. During his time with Drake, the Bulldogs maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher in all but one semester, reached the Top 25 for the first time ever in program history, and produced multiple MLS draft choices. Koeppen’s last two recruiting classes at Drake reached the NCAA Tournament First Round and Elite Eight, respectively.
“We intend to recruit the best people possible that possess a righteous personal vision, who are dedicated to the educational process, and who want to challenge their athletic potential. MacMurray has a proud soccer heritage. It is our hope and aim to restore pride in the MacMurray soccer programs and establish a standard that Highlander Nation will support with full hearts,” said Koeppen.
Elisha Fry is the Highlanders' women's and men's assistant soccer coach. Fry comes to MacMurray after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Rio Grande women's soccer team in Rio Grande, OH, where she recently completed her master's degree in education in athletic coaching leadership.
A native of Guisborough, England, Fry attended Middlesbrough College in Middelsbrough, England, where she received distinction in obtaining the BTEC National Certificate in Sports Development and Fitness. As an undergraduate, Fry played collegiate soccer at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY, where she was a member of the 2012 NAIA National Championship team. She majored in physical education and health at Lindsey Wilson.
In addition to her standout collegiate career at Lindsey Wilson College, Fry accumulated a wealth of playing experience in England. She captained the English Under-19 national team in 2008 and also played for Sunderland, Leeds United, Middlesbrough FC, Marton FC, and North Riding County soccer clubs.
"Elisha brings a fantastic playing background and experience level to MacMurray Soccer; however, her outstanding character and overall dedication to personal and professional excellence is equally impressive," said MacMurray College Head Soccer Coach Bill Koeppen. "I am excited for our school and programs because Elisha will bring high standards to the programs in terms of character, work ethic and drive. There is no question that we hired the right person for the job."
It’s difficult to see the significance of improvement in a season record of 3-16-0, but the steps forward taken by the 2012 MacMurray College women’s soccer team this season were, in fact, significant. In the past ten years, the women’s soccer program has had six seasons with one win or less and has only had one year better in terms of wins, and that was 2006 with four wins during that season. This 2012 season was all about improving, and the team did exactly that.
“Our women’s program improved in all areas this year. We were better in all three thirds, we were more athletic, and we had better depth off the bench,” said head coach Shane Taylor. “But what impressed me most about this team was overcoming adversity in the form of injuries. At times, it felt like we had more players injured and unavailable than we had healthy available players to fill their shoes. But our players overcame this, some played out of position to help cover, and everyone did their part when needed. This is an important quality for any team, and I am proud that our players showed this resiliency,” added Taylor.
Although our 2012 team was relatively young with the majority of players freshmen or sophomores, the two seniors we did have played significant roles on the field and off. “Alicia Mayfield and Lindsay Miller (captain) were impact players, leaders, and excellent teammates. We wish them the best and we will miss them,” said Coach Taylor.
Season highlights include:
In 2012 the program earned its largest margin of victory in the past 6 years with a 7-0 win at Stephens College.
An overtime 2-1 win at Robert Morris Springfield.
Alexis Apodaca-Fresquez earning SLIAC Honorable Mention All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Honors.
Amber Davis and Elizabeth Suhrbier earning SLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors.
Lindsay Miller earning the All-Sportsmanship Team Honor.
The women’s soccer team opens their 2013 season on the road against Northland College on August 30, 2013.
JACKSONVILLE, IL ? The MacMurray College men?s and women?s soccer teams have been helping coach soccer players this spring in both the Jacksonville Soccer Association (JSA) and Winchester Soccer Academy (WSA). The MacMurray student-athletes help coach practices on teams of children 9 years old and younger.
"When we bring student-athletes to MacMurray, we talk about becoming part of the Mac family,? said Shane Taylor, MacMurray?s head soccer coach. ?Part of being in that family includes giving back to the community and enriching the lives of others. Our student athletes have done a tremendous job of working with these young soccer players.?
Participating in these leagues helps student athletes to become more involved in the surrounding community. The main focus of this opportunity is coaching the kids in practice and teaching them the fundamentals of soccer. The MacMurray athletes also help with officiating the Winchester games on weekends.
MacMurray has volunteered with WSA for two years and JSA for one year, with a combined total of 15 players that volunteered this season.
?Without the continued help from Shane Taylor and the players from MacMurray, there is no way that the Winchester Youth Soccer League would be as successful as it is,? said Phillip Brown, league administrator. ?The help we get from the Mac program is extremely helpful.?
Senior Captain Lindsay Miller coaching in the Jacksonville Soccer Association
Accepted Student Day, April 21
MacMurray will be holding Accepted Student Day Saturday, April 21 to give new students the chance to attend mock classes, learn about life campus, and get to know the Mac community. To take part, register online or call our Admissions Office at 800-252-7485.
MacMurray students turned out in their blue and red Saturday for Super Fan Day, a strong show of support for the Highlander basketball teams. The raucous Wall Gymnasium was a dress rehearsal for tonight, when the men’s and women’s teams play Eureka College.
At stake for the men is a berth in the conference tournament. If the Highlanders win tonight against Eureka, they travel to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference championship tournament, which opens Thursday. Keep an eye on your mailbox and the MacMurray athletics web page for details.