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Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Team
Head Coach: Rodger Garner (5th year)

Assistant Coaches: Lisa Goldsmith (3rd year),

Karen Crase (1st year)

2014 Record: 11-2-6 overall, 5-1-3 WHAC

Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles

Season Review

Team Statistics - 2014
Prospective Athlete Questionnaire

2014 Women's Soccer Schedule

Wed., Aug. 27 vs. Cleary Grand Rapids, Mich. W 4-0  
Wed., Sept. 3 vs. St. Francis (Ind.) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Sat., Sept. 6 vs. (#14) Spring Arbor Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-2 (OT)  
Tues., Sept. 9 @ Taylor Upland, Ind.

T 1-1 (2OT)

Sat., Sept. 13 vs. (RV) Trinity Christian Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Tues., Sept. 16 @ Bethel Mishawaka, Ind.

W 1-0

Thurs., Sept. 18 @ Grace Bible Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 6-0

Sat., Sept. 20 vs. Indiana Wesleyan Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Sat., Sept. 27 vs. Indiana Tech (Homecoming) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 2-1 Listen on the Radio
Wed., Oct. 1 vs. Concordia Grand Rapids, Mich. T 0-0 (2OT)  
Sat., Oct. 4 @ Madonna Livonia, Mich. W 2-1 (2OT)  
Wed., Oct. 8 @ (#14) Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Sat., Oct. 11 vs. Cornerstone Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Wed. Oct. 15 @ Rochester Rochester, Mich. T 0-0 (2OT)  
Sat., Oct. 18 @ (#8) Northwestern Ohio Lima, Ohio L 0-3  
Tues., Oct. 21 @ (#20) Siena Heights Adrian, Mich. T 0-0 (2OT)  
Sat., Oct. 25 @ Lawrence Tech Southfield, Mich. T 1-1 (2OT)  
Sat., Nov.1 vs. Marygrove Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-1  
Wed., Nov. 5

WHAC Tournament Quarterfinals

vs. Cornerstone

Grand Rapids, Mich.

T 0-0 (2OT)

Cornerstone Advances

6-5 in Shootout

* Denotes WHAC league game


No. Photos Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown/High School (College)
0 Sarina Rabideau Sarina Rabideau GK Fr. 5-5 Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central
1 Lindsay Armstrong Lindsay Armstrong GK Jr. 5-6 Fruitport, Mich./Fruitport
2 Cari Jarvis Cari Jarvis GK So. 5-11 Coloma, Mich./Coloma
4 Cami Baker Cami Baker F So. 5-4 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
5 Leeann Latsch Leeann Latsch F So. 5-3 Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake
6 Brenna Cojeen Brenna Cojeen D So. 5-7 Rockford, Mich./Rockford
7 Casey McDonough Casey McDonough D Jr. 5-2 Cedar, Mich./Glen Lake
8 Claire Krohn Claire Krohn M Jr. 5-4 Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Reeths Puffer
9 Mikayla Goldsmith Mikayla Goldsmith M Jr. 5-8 Rockford, Mich./Rockford
10 Hannah Jablonski Hannah Jablonski M/F So. 5-6 Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
11 Anna Terzano Anna Terzano D So..   Walled Lake, Mich./Notre Dame Preparatory
12 Samantha Houchei Samantha Houchei M Jr. 5-4 Mason, Mich./Mason
13 Allison VanPatten Allison VanPatten F/M Jr. 5-7 Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills
14 Colleen Vincent Colleen Vincent M So. 5-4 Rochester Hills, Mich./Avondale
15 Khrystal Lewis Khrystal Lewis M So. 5-3 Flushing, Mich./Powers Catholic
16 Casey Westveer Casey Westveer D Jr. 5-7 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
17 Savanah McKellar Savanah McKellar F So. 5-2 Sparta, Mich./Sparta
18 Ali Mancini Ali Mancini M/D Jr. 5-7 Berkley, Mich./Bishop Foley
19 Katelynn Stehlik Katelynn Stehlik M Fr. 5-6 Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea
20 Julia Mauro-Vetter Julia Mauro-Vetter M/F   5-2 Davisburg, Mich./Kolbe Academy/Ashland
21 Photo Not Available Erica Erway M Fr. 5-5 Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac
22 Clare Slack Clare Slack F/M Fr. 5-4 Maple City, Mich./Glen Lake
23 Allison Garstecki Allison Garstecki F/M Jr. 5-6 Macomb, Mich./Regina
24 Jackie Gipe Jackie Gipe D Sr. 5-3 Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
25 April Crowe April Crowe M/D Fr. 5-5 Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West
26 Melissa Hogan Melissa Hogan M/F Sr. 5-2 Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville
27 Skylar Bowne Skylar Bowne D So. 5-6 Lowell, Mich./Lowell
28 Alicia Dills Alicia Dills F Fr. 5-3 Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids
33 Maggie Kieffer Maggie Keiffer D Sr. 5-5 Brighton, Mich./Detroit Country Day
TM Alison Anderson Alison Anderson F So. 5-6 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood


Rodger Garner

Rodger (Rog) Garner - Head Coach


(616) 299-8538


Rodger Garner will begin his first year as the Head Coach of the Women's Soccer Team this fall.  Rodger started coaching with the Saints in 2002 and his resume is loaded with championships and honors. Garner was a part of four high school state championship squads at East Kentwood High School and he has guided two teams to “State Cup” championships. Rodger coached in the National Professional Soccer League and also was on the coaching staff of the Michigan Olympic Development program. Garner also has been the director of coaching for four different youth clubs.   He is presently employed at Gazelle Sports, where he is in charge of soccer outreach.  He is married to his wife of 34 years,  Nancy, and has two grown children in Matt (Aquinas College) and Sean (Oakland University). 


Garner comments, “I am very excited to be given this opportunity. The program has been successful and I hope to continue the great tradition of soccer here at Aquinas College. I have been lucky to coach with two of the best coaches anywhere in John Conlon and Joe Veal.  I truly believe Aquinas College offers the best blend of academics and athletics that can be found anywhere.”   We are looking to bring in quality players who also process the scholastic aptitude to succeed at Aquinas College.  The players at Aquinas will be great students along with great people and great soccer players.  We plan on being very involved in the local soccer community.  We will encourage our players to do even more in the Grand Rapids community to make this a great place to live.  We are very proud that last year's women soccer team was named an NAIA SCHOLAR TEAM, signifying great academic achievement form our athletes.

Athletic Director Terrence Bocian states, “The Aquinas College Athletic Department is pleased that Coach Garner will be taking over. Rodger has a long history of working with both the women's and men's teams through the years in an assistant coaching capacity. His son Matt was a two sport athlete at Aquinas (tennis and soccer), earning Academic All-American honors in both sports. Garner has a keen insight into the Aquinas experience and the emphasis that we place on true student-athletes. His soccer background speaks for itself.

Lisa Goldsmith

Lisa Goldsmith - Assistant Coach


(925) 759-8696


Assistant Coach Lisa Goldsmith enters her third year with the Aquinas Saints. Goldsmith is a California native, who moved with her husband and children to Rockford in 2009. She played college soccer at California State University, San Bernardino while obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. While in California, she coached youth soccer at the recreational and club level for several years. Lisa was also the JV Girls Soccer Head Coach at Heritage High School in Brentwood, California. Here in Michigan, she is entering her second year as the Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach for East Grand Rapids High School. Prior to that she was the JV Girls Soccer Coach at Rockford High School for 3 years, as well as an Assistant for the varsity team. Goldsmith has also been a staff coach with the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors for the past four years. She completed her National Diploma this summer and also holds an Advanced Regional Diploma and State Goal Keeping Diploma through the NSCAA.

Karen Crase

Karen Crase - Assistant Coach

Karen grew up in the Cincinnati Ohio area, playing for the Middletown Mustangs and Cincinnati United Premier. In high school, she was a four-year starting goalkeeper and achieved All-Conference honors. She played collegiately at Carthage College in Wisconsin and played club soccer at Ohio University. She began her coaching career as a member of many soccer camp staffs, spent a couple of years as an assistant coach for the Ohio University club team, and coached the JV team at Middletown High School, her alma mater. She has been a member of the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors coaching staff since 2012. Karen has earned the NSCAA State Diploma and the NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma. As well as USSF E license.


Season Review

The 2014 women's soccer season will go down as a very good year that was "almost" a great year. With new head coach Rodger Garner in his first year, a lot of questions were posed at the beginning of the season. With the change in coaches also came a big change in how the team was to play. The 11-2-6 record indicates that the players not only believed in the new system, but also thrived in it. The only two losses were to eighth-ranked Spring Arbor and to eventual national runner-up, Northwest Ohio. The six draws will only motivate the returning players to get better in the off season. Aquinas ended the year in the top ten nationally in most defensive categories and was consistently ranked in the top 30 in the national polls.


The team and defense was led by seniors and captains Maggie Keiffer, Jackie Gipe, and Melissa Hogan. The trio capped off their careers at Aquinas with All-WHAC honors and provided the team with a new standard in how to lead the team. Coach Garner states, "These three ladies represent what Aquinas College is all about. I give all the credit to our success this year to the efforts of these ladies." Junior Lindsey Armstrong also earned First Team All-WHAC honors in goal for the Saints this year. Juniors Allison VanPatten and Casey McDonough started most games at outside back. Brenna Cojeen, Skylar Bowne and Hannah Jablonski also logged significant minutes and contributed to the defensive prowess of the team. Midfielders Julia Mauro-Vetter and Claire Krohn contributed on both ends of the field this year.


The offense was led by Leann Latsch (7g 2a), Casey Westveer (6g 3a), Mikayla Goldsmith (2g 5a), Samantha Houchlei (2g 3a), and Alicia Dills (2g 2a). With all these players returning next year, Coach Garner is looking for a much stronger attack in 2015.


Injuries played a major part in the season, as three players expected to make major contributions went down early with season ending injuries. Three other players ended up needed surgeries at the end of the season. Despite this rash of injuries,Aquinas was still able to play more players than their opponents in 80% of their games. Assistant Coach Lisa Armstrong commented,"Having a bench that could come in without a drop in play was a major factor in the team's success this year."


Coach Garner states, "I could not have been happier with how this season went. The attitudes of the players was tremendous. They worked every day to get better and they supported each other more than any team I have ever been associated with. The support from the athletic office, the school administration,the parents and the community has been outstanding! I am looking forward to next year."