Women’s soccer team falls in district tourney, earns post-season honors

 Chase Demasi , Sports Editor

The Madison College women’s soccer team’s season ended with a 6-0 to No. 2 ranked Delta College in the NJCAA Great Lakes District Tournament.  

The match was scoreless until Delta College’s Kennedy Caldwell scored in the 33rd minute. Three minutes later in the 36th minute, Kali Jimenez scored from a long range free kick.  

In the second half, Delta College scored four goals. Ashlyn Swartz in the 51st minute, Kiah Nichols in the 52nd minute, Inanna Hauger in the 60th minute and Arizona Cray in the 63rd minute.  

Madison College was only able to register three shots compared to Delta’s 32. 

“The first 30 minutes of the game was probably the best 30 minutes of team play and coaching that I’ve ever been involved in. I was so proud with the way our team played,” said Madison College coach Matt Schwartz.  

When asked what the team did well over the course of the season, Schwartz said, “We did a really good job at trying to stay on task and stayed focused on our goals.”  

Schwartz credited goalkeeper Morgan Thompson for playing outstanding in the district final match. 

“She was under a lot of pressure and did a good job for us. Over the course of the season, every player contributed a great deal to where we ended up and our performance,” he said. 

When asked if there were any takeaways from this season, Schwartz said, “This was a group that didn’t necessarily have an easy season. But they did an excellent job of leaning on each other, still finding a way to perform and win a championship.” 

As a result of their strong season, 10 Madison College players received postseason honors and Schwartz was voted conference coach of the year and region coach of the year for the fourth time. 

Sophomore midfielder Lexi Kulow earned North Central Community College Conference MVP honors and was named region player of the year. She had four goals and a team-high five assists this season. 

Also earning first team all-conference and all-region were Madison Johnson, Savi Pursley, Morgan Thompson and Liz Foye. Johnson was the team leader in every offensive category with six goals and five assists. 

Second team honors went to Kierstin McHugh, Julia Aulik, Peytono Yaun, Paris Rose and Marin Stauffacher.