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Off the Field Fans

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Greenville Women’s soccer team has been gaining fans not only on the field, but off the field as well! For the past few months, the team has been traveling to Helia Healthcare of Greenville to sing to and visit with the residents that live there.  The team visited twice during the season and has been going once a week now that the season is over. It is a great way our team can share our talents and our time with others…and we love doing it!

It is amazing to see just how much the residents appreciate us coming and spending time with them. As a member of the team, I truly enjoy going to Helia and know that it is not only fun for the residents, but for us players as well. We have all learned to appreciate the time we take to slow down and focus on things more important than ourselves.

 

We hope to continue visiting Helia as much as possible. It is such a blessing to be able to show our love for God and for other people!

Check out our Facebook page to stay up to date with events like these! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Greenville-College-Womens-Soccer/113946878658687

 

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SLIAC Championship (11/5)

Posted Monday, November 7th, 2011

The Greenville women traveled to Principia to take on the SLIAC regular season confrence champions Saturday night. The ladies were ready and excited, as they knew the importance of this SLIAC Championship. Both teams knew they had a 90 minute battle ahead of them, as both GC and Principia had successful seasons this year. GC came out strong with high intensity.  They had a few great chances but both teams were unable to score in the first half. Going into haftime with a 0-0 score gave Greenville some confidence and they were ready to play their hearts out for another 45 minutes.

Jackie and Kayla P. taking the ball down the field for GC

Jamie gaining control of the ball in the first half

The second half started strong for GC with the ladies showing superb teamwork and working hard. GC’s effort and perserverence were commendable, as the ladies gave it their all the entire time they were on the field. Even the players on the bench were into the game, cheering and encouraging their teammates every step of the way. Despite the incredible work ethic the GC women had, Principia’s Nadine Marczi scored to bring them up 1-0. Greenville did not let up after getting scored on, as the ladies had a few great chances to tie the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to find the back of the net. The game would end in a Principia victory, 1-0.

Heather Wein clearing the ball

Haley Thatcher battling for the ball

Both teams gathering together for prayer after the game

Despite the tough loss, the Greenville women’s season is not over! The women will play again at the NCCAA national tournament in a few weeks. Details about their next game are to come. You can stay up-to-date on the Panthers by looking at our Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Greenville-College-Womens-Soccer/113946878658687

 

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Tough Loss to Principia

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Going into the game Tuesday night, we knew Principia would be a great team that would play hard the entire game. We found that we were exactly right. Although we played one of the best games we have played all year, Principia unfortunately clinched the win after scoring in double overtime.

The first half was a hard-fought 45 minutes. With 2 minutes left in the half, Jackie Sievert scored a beautiful goal off of a throw-in by Kayla Panzau. Principia answered right away, scoring less than 2 minutes later to tie the game up 1-1. The GC ladies did not back down! Natalie Henneberry scored off a corner kick by Jackie to bring Greenville up 2-1! That was the score heading into halftime and the ladies were excited for another half of back-and-forth action!

Jackie fighting for the ball!

Mo taking on a defender!

Both teams came out strong after their halftime talks and played impressive defense all half long. The score remained 2-1 until Principia scored with only 13 minutes left in the game. With this goal, the score was tied 2-2 and, after the 13 minutes were over, Greenville and Principia were headed to overtime!

Jamie clearing the ball!

The first 1o minutes went by without a goal, so double overtime was needed. With just one minute left, Principia capitalized on a corner kick and scored the goal that ended the game. This brings our final regular season record to 13-6.

Rachel Z. dribbling down the field

Kayla P. taking the ball to the line

Even though we lost, we know we played a great game and battled the entire 109 minutes we played. This was the closest we have ever come to beating Principia and we are excited to play them again either in the post-season or next year.

We finished third in the SLIAC Confrence, so our next game is away against Webster for the semi-finals! We hope to bring home a win and move to the finals for the second year in a row!

Check out our Facebook page to follow our progress! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Greenville-College-Womens-Soccer/113946878658687

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Senior Day 2011! (10/22)

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2011
SENIORS 2011!

As we took the field for our last home game of the season, there was a lot of emotion in everyone. We realized this would probably be the last time the seniors on the team would play on our home field. We were more than ready to play our confrence rival, Fontbonne, and to give the seniors a good game to remember. The game started well for the team, as the Panthers controlled the game for most of the first half. Natalie Henneberry scored a goal off of a corner kick by senior, Jackie Sievert to bring the score to 1-0 GC with 20 minutes left in the half. About 7 minutes later, Mo Murphy got fouled in the box and was awarded a penalty kick that she buried in the net. This brought the score to 2-0 Greenville as the ladies headed into halftime.

Emily Rose

Jackie Sievert

 

Rachel Zahniser

Rachel Irwin

Instead of a the usual pep-talk, halftime was a celebration of the six senior players on the team this year. The GC Women’s soccer graduating class of 2011 includes Rachel Bedtelyon, Jamie Hoag, Rachel Irwin, Emily Rose, Jackie Sievert, and Rachel Zahniser. All of these lovely ladies have been such a blessing to the team and will be greatly missed. The ceremony at halftime included the seniors walking to the field with special members of their families, their teammates presenting them with gifts, Coach Mac giving thanks to the girls, and lots of pictures! It was a fun time that the amazing ladies deserved, but as soon as the camera flashed for the last time, we all knew it was back to business.

The second half was not as nice to the Panthers, as the Griffin’s were able to score 2 goals to end the game in a 2-2 tie. Lucky for us, the game was not yet over. Headed into overtime, GC was ready to play. The ladies dominated play and, with less than 3 minutes left in the first OT, Jackie Sievert found the back of the net to get the Panthers the win 3-2!

Jamie Hoag and some teammates

Rachel Bedtelyon and her parents

It was a hard-fought battle that ended with a favorable result for us…but more importantly, it was a day to celebrate our seniors. We love you ladies!

post-game prayer

 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos, updates, and more! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Greenville-College-Womens-Soccer/113946878658687

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A Hard-Fought Battle at Webster (10/19)

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2011

After traveling about an hour to Webster University’s campus, the Panthers were ready and rearing to go! They knew they were in for a battle, but were hoping to defeat the Webster Gorlocks and take home the win. The ladies’ intensity was extremely high and the Panthers were excited to take on a team they knew would be skilled. Less than 5 minutes into the first half, Greenville had a great opportunity and almost scored, but the referee called the goal offsides and the score remained 0-0. Later in the half, Webster shot a rocket at goalkeeper, Emily Rose and the ball unfortuanately went in to leave the score 1-0 with Webster leading going into halftime. At the start of the second half, the Panthers were still determined to play their absolute best and fight for the win. About thirty minutes ino the second half, Jackie Sievert took an impressive free kick and Rachel Irwin scored an amazing goal, heading the ball past the Webster keeper and putting it right in the back of the net! That goal tied the game 1-1. Unfortuanately, Webster scored once again, this time from a corner kick to bring them in top 2-1. The game finished with this score and GC ended their 9 game winning streak. There was a back-and-forth battle on the field for the entire game, and GC did very well, despite the outcome. All we hope now is that we meet the Gorlocks again in the post-season so we can have a rematch!

Rachel Iwrin getting ready to win a 50/50

a GC substitution

 

Kelsey Panzau dribbling the ball up the field

Rachel Zahniser winning possession for GC

Greenville’s record is now 12-5. They are 5-1 in confrence and are currently ranked second in the SLIAC. They play at home on Saturday for senior night against confrence rival, Fontbonne. If you are in the area Saturday, come out and support your Panthers!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and information about the team! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Greenville-College-Womens-Soccer/113946878658687

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