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Women's Soccer

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

Assistant Coaches: Lisa Goldsmith (2nd year),

Jaime Tomaszewski (2nd year)

 
 
2013 Record: 12-6-1 overall, 6-2-1 WHAC
 

Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles

Season Outlook

 
Team Statistics - 2013
2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | Career Records
 
 

2013 Women's Soccer Schedule

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT Radio
Tues., Aug. 27 @ Cleary Howell, Mich. CNCL  
Wed., Aug. 28 vs. Huntington Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0 (OT)  
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. Marian Grand Rapids, Mich. W 8-1  
Wed. Spet. 4 vs. Bethel Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 2-1

 
Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Taylor Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-3  
Wed., Sept. 18 @ Spring Arbor Jackson, Mich. L 0-2  
Sat., Sept. 21 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind. W 3-2  
Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Cleary (Homecoming) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 7-0 Listen on the Radio Michigan Sports Radio App
Thurs., Oct. 3 @ Concordia* Ann Arbor, Mich. W 3-2 (OT)  
Sat., Oct. 5 vs. Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 1-0  
Wed., Oct. 9 vs. Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-2 (2OT)  
Sat., Oct. 12 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 2-0  
Wed., Oct. 16 vs. Rochester Grand Rapids, Mich. W 4-0  
Sat., Oct. 19 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-3  
Sun., Oct. 20 vs. Ashford Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-2  
Thurs., Oct. 24 vs. Siena Heights* Grand Rapids, Mich. T 0-0 (2OT)  
Sat., Oct. 26 vs. Lawrence Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 4-0  
Sat., Nov. 2

@ Marygrove*

Detroit, Mich. W 4-2  
Wed., Nov. 6

WHAC Quarterfinals

vs. Cornerstone

Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-1  
Sat., Nov. 9

WHAC Semifinals

vs. Northwestern Ohio

Lima, Ohio L 0-1  
* Denotes WHAC league game
 

Roster

No. Photos Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown/High School (College)
0 Lindsay Armstrong Lindsay Armstrong GK So. 5-6 Fruitport, Mich./Fruitport
00 Cristal Kurkowski Cristal Kurkowski GK So. 5-10 Mokena, Ill./Lincoln Way East
1 Molly Brown Molly Brown GK So. 5-8 Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center
2 Cari Jarvis Cari Jarvis GK Fr. 5-10 Coloma, Mich./Coloma
3 Molly O'Connor Molly O'Connor GK So. 5-7 Okemos, Mich./Okemos
4 Cami Baker Cami Baker F Fr. 5-6 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
5 Kelly Petzold Kelly Petzold M Jr. 5-5 Romeo, Mich./Romeo
6 Leeann Latsch Leeann Latsch F Fr. 5-5 Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake
7 Casey McDonough Casey McDonough D So. 5-2 Cedar, Mich./Glen Lake
8 Claire Krohn Claire Krohn M So. 5-4 Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Reeths Puffer
9 Mikayla Goldsmith Mikayla Goldsmith F So. 5-8 Rockford, Mich./Rockford
10 Hannah Jablonski Hannah Jablonski M Fr. 5-8 Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
11 Elizabeth Vaughan Elizabeth Vaughan M Sr. 6-0 Jenison, Mich./Jenison
12 Samantha Houchei Samantha Houchei F So. 5-4 Mason, Mich./Mason
13 Allison VanPatten Allison VanPatten M So. 5-7 Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills
14 Colleen Vincent Colleen Vincent D Fr. 5-4 Rochester Hills, Mich./Avondale
15 Alison Anderson Alison Anderson F Fr. 5-6 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
16 Casey Westveer Casey Westveer D So. 5-7 Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
17 Savanah McKellar Savanah McKellar M/F Fr. 5-3 Sparta, Mich./Sparta
18 Ali Mancini Ali Mancini D So. 5-7 Berkley, Mich./Bishop Foley
20 Brenna Cojeen Brenna Cojeen D Fr. 5-8 Rockford, Mich./Rockford
23 Allison Garstecki Allison Garstecki D So. 5-5 Macomb, Mich./Regina
24 Jackie Gipe Jackie Gipe GK/F Jr. 5-3 Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
25 Khrystal Lewis Khrystal Lewis M Fr. 5-5 Flushing, Mich./Powers Catholic
26 Melissa Hogan Melissa Hogan F Jr. 5-2 Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville
27 Ryanne James Ryanne James M Jr. 5-8 Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac
28 Skylar Bowne Skylar Bowne M/F Fr. 5-6 Lowell, Mich./Lowell
30 Katie Countryman Katie Countryman D Fr. 5-5 Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt
32 Pearl Brochu Pearl Brochu M/F Fr. 5-5 Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
33 Maggie Keiffer Maggie Keiffer M Jr. 5-5 Brighton, Mich./Detroit Country Day
 
 

Coaches

Rodger Garner

Rodger Garner - Head Coach

Rodger begins his fourth year as both the men's and women's goalkeeping coach. Added responsibilities this year include being named Associate Head Coach for the men's team.  Rodger also currently serves as the varsity assistant head coach at East Kentwood High School for both men and women. The East Kentwood boys’ team has won the Division 1 state championship four times in the last six years. Many of his keepers have earned all-state honors and continued their careers at both the collegiate and professional levels. Rodger played at the University of Dayton before playing professionally for the indoor Dayton Dynamo, and semi pro with several teams. His youth coaching experience includes 2 State Cup championships and several league championships. He has also served as the director of coaching for two youth clubs.

 

Rodger's son Matt, attended Aquinas and was a standout tennis and soccer player. Rodger says, "Aquinas represents all that is right with higher education. They strive to be the best both academically and athletically. Both soccer programs are run by coaches who care immensely about each player more as a person than as a soccer player."
 
Lisa Goldsmith

Lisa Goldsmith - Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Lisa Goldsmith enters her second 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 fourth year as the JV Girls Soccer Head Coach for Rockford High School and is also the Assistant Varsity Coach. She also has been coaching with the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors for the past three years. She holds an Advanced Regional Diploma and State Goal Keeping Diploma through the NSCAA.

   
Molly Brown

Jaime Tomaszewski - Assistant Coach

Jaime begins her second season on the sidelines for the women's soccer team. Tomaszewski prepped at Lake Fenton High School where she was a four year starter. Tomaszewski was named All-State four times and holds the single season (42) and career goals (142) record at Lake Fenton. Jaime started her collegiate career at Central Michigan and then transferred to Aquinas for her final three seasons of play. At Aquinas, Tomaszewski recorded 87 points including 33 goals and 22 assists. Jaime was twice named MVP, was a six-time WHAC Player of the Week and a three-time NAIA National Player of the Week recipient. Tomaszewski is a Secondary Education major with an emphasis in Social Studies and History. Tomaszewski is currently student teaching at Kellogsville High School and will graduate in December with her bachelor's degree.

 

Jaime states, "Transferring to Aquinas was one of the best decisions I ever made. Aquinas gave me a place to play the game I love while making lifelong friendships, but also gave me a fantastic education. Aquinas is a close knit community full of professors, coaches, and counselors that do everything they can to help you be the best person you can be. What I gained from Aquinas is priceless, so it really excites to continue to be a part of this community. I feel very blessed to get the opportunity to be an assistant coach for Aquinas women's soccer team. Not many people get such a fantastic opportunity at my age. Coach Fales took me under his wing as a player and I am looking forward to another year of coaching under his guidance. I am very excited about the talent we have this year and can't wait to see where it takes us!"

 

Season Outlook

Our upcoming season brings a new and fresh feel of challenge and anticipation. Fueling this is a team commitment to a new level of fitness. “Our team has worked hard all summer so that they are in the best physical condition possible.” states Coach Fales. In the past we gave our team workouts for the summer, but this year, this team wanted fitness standards. We searched and investigated and came up with a set of tough, but reasonable standards and although we are not all at those standards yet; the fitness level of team 2013 is better than ever.

 

Our 2013 Saints team will look very much the same on paper but this team has matured and is very determined to take charge of the opportunity they have to represent Aquinas College. We lost three very good and experienced leaders from last season in Courtney Havens, Heather Lewis, and Kelli Sprenger to graduation - so it’s time for others to step up and fill those holes. Last season we had three new coaches and 19 new players. All of our new coaches Lisa Goldsmith, Jaime Tomaszewski , and Roger Garner are back along with twelve of the freshmen. We all know each other better and the chemistry is good so when we add that to a solid group of returning upper classmen and a very talented and feisty group of first year players our expectations are on the rise.

 

Our key returners are lead by senior captain Elizabeth Vaughan. Told by doctors three years ago that she would never play soccer again because of three ACL tears in the same knee; Vaughan made the decision to do whatever it took to get back on the field. Her courage and determination has inspired the whole team to adopt that whatever it takes attitude. Our other key returners and assistant captains are Maggie Keiffer, Melissa Hogan and Jackie Gipe.

 

The 2013 Saints are deep at the keeper position starting with returning starter Molly O’Connor. Lindsay Armstrong will push for playing time and they will be backed up by Cristal Kurkowski, Molly Brown, and Cari Jarvis. We have plenty of competition at keeper and it only makes for great practices and keeper training.

 

Our attack this year should stronger than it has been for a couple of seasons with the return of Melissa Hogan and Allison Van Patten moved up from her midfield position. Mel is as tough as they come and will win balls and finish while Ali is lightning fast and is more the speedy frontrunner that can finish as well. They are backed up by a pair of feisty freshmen in Leeann Latsch and Cami Baker. All four work very hard and can find the net.

 

Our defense is lead by Maggie Keiffer and she is flanked by Casey McDonough and Jakie Gipe. Maggie is a solid defender that stays cool and handles the pressure while giving out direction to those in front of her. Casey is a quick and clever player that can win the ball and get it up the field fast. She has also done her work in the weight room and doesn’t mind mixing up a bit as well. Jackie is all about mixing it up while winning the ball. Opposing front runners will be looking for Jackie all season.

 

In the middle we will look to Elizabeth Vaughan this season to be our attacking midfielder, she was first team all WHAC last year. Elizabeth will be backed up by Claire Krohn. The midfield is held down by Mikayla Goldsmith in the center and flanked on the outside by Ryanne James and Khrystal Lewis, the younger sister of Heather Lewis, who played outside mid for the last four seasons. Our defensive mid-field is up for grabs right now with three fighting it out for the starting nod. Those three are Ali Mancini, Brenna Cojeen, and Colleen Vincent.

 

This should be a very exciting season for the 2013 Saints and a big improvement over last year. We are still very young, but this team has worked hard the entire off season and has really taken the “whatever it takes” attitude to heart. Our main goal is “We want the next goal!”.