Diemer’s goals lift Trolls
Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer team couldn’t be rolling into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference season any better, based on Saturday’s rout of Illinois Institute of Technology.
After all, 7-0 soccer scores don’t come about by accident. They are created when a team is running at peak efficiency, and the Trolls are doing just that. Their pair of wins last week advanced their season record to 6-1-1.
In some ways, last Wednesday’s 7-3 victory over Purdue University Calumet might have been more indicative of Trinity’s pluck. The winless Peregrines, on a goal by Maxzine Rossler 18 seconds into the second half, held a 3-2 lead for the next 20 minutes of the CCAC opener.
Then Rachael Webb, who had opened the scoring, put her foot down. Specifically, she fed a pass to Trolls teammate Samantha Burgess, who scored to tie the match at 3-all.
After that, Trinity pushed forward. Two minutes later, Burgess fed Kayla Diemer for the lead goal and the latter’s second of the contest. Nine minutes after that, the Trolls were awarded a penalty kick, which Bekah Gonzales converted into another score.
Now, the Peregrines were reeling. Webb and Diemer had scored less than two minutes apart in the first half, but this was a sustained onslaught. Gonzales’ corner kick less than a minute after her goal was headed by Katie Linehan to sub Kelsey Moshier, who buried it for Trinity’s fourth marker in just over 12 minutes, which gave the locals a 6-3 lead.
Cassie Bosselaar scored the final goal on PUC keeper Rachel Madsen, who had to be wondering why her defense had abandoned her.
Trolls netminder Becky Gold, while allowing three goals in the first 46 minutes, was perfect thereafter. She was credited with four saves while picking up her fifth victory in seven starts.
Gold got the day off against IIT, but Trinity’s defense came to play as the Trolls limited the Scarlet Hawks to only three shots. That made freshman Liz Schutte’s debut between the pipes a spotless one.
This past Tuesday’s match at Trinity International University was the first of 10 straight contests within the CCAC for the Trolls, with four of six at home, beginning with Saturday’s encounter against Roosevelt.
Trinity Christian’s 6-1-1 overall record was the second-best overall in league play entering the current week, behind the University of St. Francis’ 7-1 mark, but there were five squads without a loss in league play. Robert Morris University and USF were both 2-0.
• Record: 6-1-1 overall, 1-0 CCAC, 4-0-1 home, 2-1 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Rachael Webb, Kayla Diemer 6 goals each; Bekah Gonzales 3 assists; Webb 15 points; Becky Gold, 1.67 goals-against average, .844 save percentage (38 saves, 7 goals against, 3 shutouts).
• Schedule: Saturday, vs. Roosevelt University, 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, at Olivet Nazarene University, 5 p.m.; Oct. 12, vs. Robert Morris, noon; Oct. 15, at University of St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Top of the rock.
That’s where the Trolls stand as the heart of the volleyball season begins. With an 18-4 overall record and 5-0 mark in CCAC play, Trinity is the best squad in the 13-team conference and pacing the South Division.
Cardinal Stritch (9-8, 3-0) leads the North, and North and South programs meet this weekend in the CCAC Crossover Tournament at Olivet Nazarene. The Trolls play Roosevelt and Robert Morris on Friday, and Trinity International on Saturday. Trinity Christian won’t see Stritch until late October.
Depth has been the key to the Trolls’ season so far. Kaitlin Feddema leads the team with 204 kills, but Jessica Wiltjer is right behind with 202 and Kirsten Harms has piled up 158. It’s a similar story with blocks, where Wiltjer’s 78 set the pace, but Harms has 52 and three more players have at least two-dozen.
And five players, including leader Ellie Raebel (256), have at least 125 digs. In other words, both the offense and defense can come from anywhere on the court.
That was the case last weekend, when Trinity knocked off Indiana Wesleyan and 16th-ranked Columbia (Mo.) at Robert Morris. The win over IW was the standard dominating performance by the Trolls (25-20, 25-20, 25-22), but Trinity was stretched to five sets against the Cougars (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 15-9).
The second match came down to the fifth set, when Trinity took a 5-4 lead and stayed ahead the rest of the way, with a big kill by Kaitlyn Van Dellen for the penultimate point helping make the difference.
That made up for Columbia’s rallies in the third and fourth sets, when the Missouri school pulled away midway through each one. In contrast, against Indiana Wesleyan, the Trolls took control midway though the first set, rattled off the last five points of the second one and then broke open the third when they snapped an 11-11 tie in short order with five consecutive points.
Earlier in the week, Trinity advanced its conference record to 5-0 with a three-set sweep of Indiana University-South Bend. The 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 victory saw each set tied and the Trolls take over from that point.
Erynn Schuh assisted on 41 of Trinity’s 75 winning points.
• Record: 18-4 overall, 5-0 CCAC, 7-0 home, 4-1 away, 7-3 neutral. Leaders: Kaitlin Feddema 204 kills; Erynn Schuh 29 aces; Ellie Raebel 256 digs; Jessica Wiltjer 78 blocks.
• Schedule: Friday-Saturday, at CCAC Crossover at Olivet Nazarene University; Tuesday, at University of St. Francis, 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, at Purdue-North Central, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-12, at St. Francis Invitational.; Oct. 15, at Olivet Nazarene, 7 p.m.
One goal in two matches added up to a two-loss week for the Trolls.
Only Mauricio Salgado was able to get on the board, and his rebound goal of Jesus Arciga’s original shot needed company against Purdue University Calumet. The Peregrines scored thrice and took a 3-1 triumph in the opening conference match for each squad.
Saturday’s nonconference test against Illinois Institute of Technology found the Scarlet Hawks a 1-0 victor, thanks to Brandon Ramirez’s penalty-kick goal against Trinity keeper Gabe Fennema at 53:16.
That dropped the Trolls to 3-4-1 entering a busy October. They’ll play nine matches, all under the banner of the CCAC.
• Record: 3-4-1 overall, 0-1 CCAC, 2-2 home, 1-2-1 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Mauricio Salgado 3 goals; Emmanuel Yanquaye, Salgado 2 assists each; Salgado 8 points; Rick Fawkes 1.20 goals-against average, .842 save percentage (16 saves, 3 goals against).
• Schedule: Saturday, vs. Roosevelt University, 3 p.m.; Tuesday, at Olivet Nazarene University, 7 p.m.; Oct. 12, vs. Robert Morris University, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, at University of St. Francis, 7 p.m.
The lineup was juggled at Balmoral Woods in Crete for last week’s Olivet Nazarene Invitational, but the Trolls struggled.
Only Logan Vos finished in the upper half of the 64-player field, and that was in a tie for 26th after a round of 83. Sophomore Spencer TenHaken’s 86 was next best for Trinity, which finished 10th in an 11-team race.
• Scoring leaders: Logan Vos, 75, Aug. 30, Sept. 20; Jonathan Zandstra, 76, Sept. 21; Scott Ebbeling, 78, Aug. 31; Tim Hoeksema, 79, Aug. 31, Spencer TenHaken, 79, Aug. 27.
• Schedule: Today, Troll Classic, at Calumet Country Club; Monday-Tuesday, Taylor Fall Invitational, at Egypt Valley Golf Course, Ada., Mich.
Both the men’s and women’s teams get back in action on Saturday at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational in Milwaukee.
Andy Reidsma and Jessica Disselkoen have the fastest times for the Trolls so far this fall.