Category Archives: Women’s Soccer

Sports complex sparks excitement

New Stadium

“These facilities will host student athletes, intramurals, physical education classes, and
the general public,” said Matt Hill, vice president for Student Life and Athletics.

by Megan Whiting

The University of Northwestern – St. Paul welcomes a new and improved sports complex to the campus this fall. Athletes and fans alike are pumped and ready to use the high quality athletic facilities.

“The complex provides three multi-purpose turf fields with lights (softball, baseball, football/soccer/lacrosse) and six tennis courts. Included in the new facility are bathrooms, concessions stands and four locker rooms. These facilities will host student athletes, intramurals, physical education classes and the general public,” said Matt Hill, vice president for Student Life and Athletics.

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UNW women’s soccer exemplifying team unity

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Allie Franzen looked to send the ball near the goal to give the Eagles a
scoring opportunity against opposing team (photo by Macayla Stone).

by Elizabeth Arehart

This fall the University of Northwestern women’s soccer team welcomed 11 freshmen and have been working hard to become a unified team both on and off the field.

The women had a rough start to the season, losing their first three games, but they have learned and improved with every game.

“We’re a young team,” said Amy Nyquist, a junior defensive player. “We’re still learning about each other and our team’s style of play as a whole, as well as developing chemistry.”

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FCA forming on campus

FCA is a great way for athletes to connect and grow in their faith (photo by Andy Haagenson).

FCA is a great way for athletes to connect and grow in their faith (photo by Andy Haagenson).

 by Allison Morehead

The University of Northwestern – St. Paul has officially created its own campus chapter of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). FCA is a nationwide organization that brings athletes together to worship and grow in their faith.

“I’m so excited for FCA to be coming to campus,” said freshman Kelsey Freitag.

FCA student leader Sara Kallhoff said, “It’s a time where student athletes can come together, talk and grow closer to the Lord through our connection of sports.”

Zach Filzen, the women’s basketball assistant coach, is working with FCA along with a student leader, Jake Knotek. Filzen and Knotek were the ones credited with the original idea of bringing FCA to UNW.

Knotek said, “He (Filzen) and I were just talking about FCA one day and realized the need and potential for it, so God put it on our hearts to go for it.  We realized that there really isn’t much unity among the Eagle athletes, and we often think we have enough spiritual fillers going on in our lives.  I know I could always use more.”

This will be the first FCA in Northwestern’s history. “I think in the past people haven’t felt a need for FCA since each sports team does their own devotionals within the team, and there are so many other ways to get involved,” explained Filzen.

Students will now have the opportunity to join a sports-related organization without the requirement of being involved in a Northwestern sport. FCA is open to anyone who is involved in a sport, or who has a love for sports.

Filzen stated, “Spread the word and come to the meeting with some friends.”

The first meeting will be held on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ericksen Center.  There will be games, worship, small groups and a message.  Food will be provided.

For further information, students can follow the University of Northwestern – St. Paul FCA group on Twitter at @FCA_UNW or like its Facebook page.

Athlete profile: Allie Franzen

Allie Franzen

Sophomore Allie Franzen prepares for a kick (photo by Laura Taylor).

Athlete profile: Allie Franzen
Year: Sophomore
Major: Non-Profit Administration with an emphasis in Intercultural studies
Position: D/F/M
Soccer #: 14

Q: What’s your first memory of wanting to play sports?
A:  I remember when I was younger wanting to play sports, specifically soccer, because my older brother Josh played, and he scored a goal in one of his games, and I thought it was pretty cool.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A:  If I could change one thing in the world it would be to permanently end world hunger. Also, to get rid of mosquitos and gnats.

Q: What cereal best describes you as a person?
A:  Cinnamon Life, because I just love living life on the edge.

Q: If you weren’t playing soccer, what would you be doing instead with your free time?
A: If I was not playing soccer I think I would play a lot more intramural sports. I would also try and get a badminton league set up.

Q: What’s the best thing to happen to you since you started going to Northwestern?
A: The best thing that happened since I have come to Northwestern was joining soccer. I absolutely love my team and love all of the friendships that have come from it. Through my teammates, I have been able to see examples of what true godly women are and have been strengthened and encouraged in my walk with Christ.

Soccer season ends for women, men are poised for playoffs

Women's soccer

by Hannah Haegele
Assistant Sports Editor

The University of Northwestern – Saint Paul women’s soccer team completed its season, while the men’s team is the number two seed going into the playoffs.

The women started the second half of the season with three home games  against Saint Scholastica, Northland College and Bethel on Oct. 18, 19 and 22.

A tough test came from Saint Scholastica, a top team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The Eagles lost that game 1-9.

“It has been a little bit of a frustrating season. We have a very young team this year with 12 freshman, so basically 50/50 with new players and returners. It has definitely taken awhile to get used to this and playing as a team with unity,” said senior Lindsay Halvorson.

When they faced off against Northland, the UNW women had erased their previous defeat from thought and were prepared to give full effort in an attempt to get a conference win. After regulation, the score was tied 2-2 and headed into overtime. Jordan Skarin scored in the ninety-forth minute of play, her second goal of the day, to give the Eagles a victory.

The third home game in a row was against rival Bethel. The Royals played fundamental defense, which shut down any attacks from Eagle players. UNW fell to Bethel by a score of 0-3.

The following weekend, Oct. 25 and 26, the Eagles faced off against Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther College.  Bethany Lutheran took advantage of a low scoring game winning 1-0 against the Eagles, and Martin Luther overpowered the Eagles to a 5-3 win despite two goals from freshman Jordan Skarin and one goal from senior Jenna Powers.

“Friday we played very well as a team, stringing passes together and dominating offensively, but we just couldn’t finish it. Saturday we had a strong second half where we notched 2 goals in and were pressuring them offensively. Unfortunately the end result wasn’t what we were looking for,” said Halvorson.

In the last home game this season, the team faced the University of Jamestown. The Eagles desperately needed a spark to ignite some wins in order to make a case for a playoff berth. However, they lost 0-3 to Jamestown.

Despite the scores, Halvorson and the whole team kept a positive attitude. “Win or lose, it has been a fun season, and we have definitely learned a lot through it.”

The Eagles had a slight chance of making it into playoffs if they could pull out a win against the University of Minnesota Morris, but the game ended up being the last of the season. UNW was shut out and suffered a 0-2 loss.

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Women’s soccer comes to an end.

The UNW men’s team has been getting some crucial wins.

In two big conference home games, Oct. 18 and 19, the Eagles had results on totally opposite ends of the spectrum. The team was up against tough defensive pressure from the St. Scholastica Saints and failed to get many shots on goal. The game ended in a 0-4 loss for UNW.

Against Northland, the team flipped the scoreboard in its favor, winning 3-0. The scoring for the Eagles was nicely spread out with Joshua Fryc, Josh Wright and Sean Taylor each scoring a goal.

Eric Fast reflected, “The past few games we haven’t been playing with the potential level we are able to, but we still manage to get the results. Josh Fryc and Sean Taylor are really making the difference when the result is needed and being great leaders.”

The team then traveled to play against Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther on Oct. 25 and 26. These two games would prove pivotal for the rank the team would get heading into playoffs, making the games must-wins.

The game against Bethany Lutheran came with a lot of twists and a dramatic finish. The Eagles jumped to an early lead with two goals, but late in the game, Bethany Lutheran scored two goals in only 45 seconds to match the Eagles. From that point on the game went into overtime, where Joshua Fryc scored the game-clinching goal to win the game 3-2.

UNW had one win down but needed to finish out the weekend with a win against Martin Luther. The Eagles came up with a 2-0 win.

“This has been a good year for the team, and I am really looking forward to playoffs and to win conference,” said Sean Taylor.

Goalie Shane Coleman said, “I believe the team has shown a great deal of unity off the field, which hasn’t been true in past seasons. We are all hoping for home-field advantage in playoffs because we notice a difference in the team when our student body comes to our games in force.”  Coleman gave some predictions for what lies ahead for this team. “I believe this team can come home with the championship this year; we just need to find that fire within ourselves to get the result on the field.”

In a key match up against University of Minnesota Morris on Saturday, Nov. 2, the Eagles were looking to win or tie to secure themselves the number two seed in playoffs. Joshua Wolderich scored first for the Eagles, giving UNW a 1-0 lead. As the game went on, it looked as though the lead would be safe due to strong defense by the Eagles, but at the 75 minute mark, UMM tied it.

The game then went into not just one overtime, but two. Finally, after neither team could find a way to win, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Although the score was a tie, the Eagles came out victorious because a tie gave them the number two seed in playoffs, which was their ultimate goal.

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