Avila Hires Sara Matthews to Lead Women’s Soccer Program

February 28, 2014

Kansas City, MO – Avila University announced today that Sara Matthews has been hired as the new head women’s soccer coach.

Matthews comes to Avila after spending four seasons as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Baker University.  In her four years at Baker, her teams claimed a regular season HAAC title, two HAAC tournament titles, have gone as deep as the NAIA National Tournament semifinals, and have been a perennial NAIA Top 25 program.

Matthews, a native of Kansas City, said that accepting the job at Avila was an amazing feeling.

“I am thrilled to call Avila my home,” said Matthews.  “It is a rare opportunity to follow your dream in your home town, and I can do just that. I can't wait to get started.”

Matthews is a graduate of Baker University where she played soccer, and also received her B.S. in Business in 2009. She was elected team captain her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, and in 2006 she was named to the HAAC all-conference team. Matthews was also named the Baker University Student Senate Female Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Matthews said that her experience playing and coaching in the HAAC will be a big advantage at Avila.

“It is a tremendous asset to know the area and know the competition,” she said. “I will be looking forward to preparing the team to be a continued contender in the HAAC.”

Avila University Athletic Director Brandon Johnson said that he is excited to see what Matthews can do as a head coach, and how far she can take the women’s soccer program.

“Sara brings the passion and commitment to women’s soccer that we need at Avila,” said Johnson. “She is determined to build on the recent success of the program and push the players to the next level of performance.”

Matthews said that even though this is her first experience as a head coach at this level, she is very excited to continue building Avila into a well-respected program throughout the conference, and throughout the country.

“Being able to take the knowledge and experience that I have and put my own voice to it in combination with the hard work and success from the team will be an exciting process.”


Five Eagles Selected to NAIA Scholar-Athlete List

December 6, 2013

Kansas City, MOThe NAIA office released their 2013 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete's list this week, with five Eagles making the cut, equal to their 2012 total. The following Eagles received the award: Complete List

Tracie Geile – Junior | St. Peters, Missouri

Jordan Burns - Junior | Springfield, Missouri

Jamie Nilica – Junior | St. Louis, Missouri

Emily Volker - Junior | Hays, Kansas

Chelsea Tilbury – Senior | Blue Springs, Missouri

Both Geile and Volker received the honor for their second consecutive year. To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. 507 women's soccer student-athletes nationally have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and Avila finished 3rd in the HAAC behind Graceland University and Central Methodist, who each had 7 athletes make the list.


 

Eagles Have Historical Season, Return Seven Starters in 2014

November 20, 2013

Kansas City, MO – From day one, the Avila Women’s soccer program came roaring out of the gate. On the first day of the 2013 season, the Eagles traveled to Fulton, Missouri and dismantled a William Woods team that would ultimately finish the 2013 season 10-8-1 by a score of 7-1.

From there, things just got better as the Eagles opened the season with a nation leading 16 game unbeaten-run. At multiple points during the season, the Eagles led the nation in wins, shutouts, and were one of only three teams left unbeaten in late October.

In non-conference play, the Eagles weren’t picking up easy wins, as all but two of the Eagles eleven non-conference opponents had winning records in 2013.

Notable wins included a 1-0 victory over Ashford University, 3-0 victory over Morningside College, a 1-0 win over Ottawa University, and a 1-0 win over Bellevue University.

The Ashford Saints were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 in all twelve polls this season, climbing as high as No. 15. Caryn Welch grabbed the game winner in the 70th minute while Stephanie Gartner registered a 9 save shutout in the 1-0 win.

The Eagles picked up another key win on the road when they topped Morningside 3-0. The Mustangs finished the year 14-3-4, and received votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, but they were no match for the Eagles as Avila grabbed three goals in the first half.

Avila also avenged a 2-1 loss against Ottawa the prior season as they defeated the Braves 1-0 at home. Ottawa has gone on to finish the year 13-6-2 and has made the NAIA National Tournament. Taylor Geis grabbed the game’s only goal in the 73rd minute.

Finally, the Eagles picked up their second win against a NAIA National Tournament participant when they beat Bellevue University 1-0 at home on September 22. The Bruins finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 10-7-3 and are participating in their fourth consecutive NAIA National Tournament.

The Eagles finished their non-conference schedule with a 2-0 home victory over Missouri Baptist and finished with a perfect 11-0 non-conference record.

The Eagles opened up their HAAC campaign with a 2-1 victory over Missouri Valley. Freshman Haley Gatts scored her first career goal in timely fashion as the 79th minute goal proved to be the game-winner. The first team All-HAAC defender earned HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the performance.

The Eagles continued their winning ways defeating Culver-Stockton on the road 2-0, and then picking up a key win over eventual HAAC Conference Champions Benedictine 1-0. Benedictine had climbed to as high as No. 19 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, and Caryn Welch’s 55th minute goal gave the Eagles just their second victory over the Ravens since 2007.  

After suffering their first blemish to their record with a 1-1 draw against Central Methodist, the Eagles bounced back and claimed their first win over Baker in Baldwin City, Kansas in Head Coach Chris Clements six years at the helm. The 1-0 victory was the Eagles 10th shutout of the year as Stephanie Gartner claimed HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the fifth time.

The Eagles ended the 2013 regular season campaign on a sour note as they fell to both MidAmerica Nazarene and Graceland University on the road. The 2-1 loss to MNU was the Eagles first loss of the season, ending a 57 day unbeaten run that stretched from late August all the way to late October.

Offensively, the Eagles were led by junior Caryn Welch and freshman Taylor Geis. The striker duo combined for 27 of the team’s 39 goals as Welch finished atop the HAAC Goals Leaderboard with 14 goals while Geis finished just behind her in second with 13 goals. Geis and Welch are the first teammates to claim the number one and two spots on the goal leader list since 2009.

Caryn Welch (Junior) 14
Taylor Geis (Freshman) 13
Jamie Nilica (Junior) 5
Chelsea Tilbury (Senior) 2
Amy Anderson (Sophomore) 2

 

Welch also led the way in assists with six, ranking seventh in the HAAC, while Geis was once again close behind finishing with five, ranking 10th in the HAAC.

Caryn Welch (Junior) 6
Taylor Geis (Freshman) 5
Caroline Hayes (Freshman) 3
Amy Anderson (Sophomore) 3
Emily Volker (Senior) 2
Chelsea Tilbury (Senior) 2
Tracie Geile (Senior) 2
Jamie Nilica (Junior) 2

 

In goal, senior Stephanie Gartner had a season for the record books. The Liberty, Missouri native finished as the HAAC leader in shutouts with ten, four more than any other HAAC keeper, ranking 11th in the NAIA. Gartner also led all keepers in Goals Against Average giving up just 0.69 goals per game, also ranking 11th in the NAIA. With 71 total saves on the year, Gartner also finished third in the HAAC for total saves.

Gartner wraps up her four year Avila career having played nearly 6,000 minutes in goal, collecting 29 shutouts, making 286 saves, and surrendering just over a goal per game (1.22).

 

Stephanie Gartner - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

Min

GA

Avg

Saves

Pct

W

L

T

SHO

2010

AU

14

1280:00

19

1.336

64

0.771

7

6

0

5

2011

AU

20

1686:44

16

0.854

85

0.842

11

3

2

12

2012

AU

14

1183:12

32

2.434

66

0.673

5

7

0

2

2013

AU

19

1707:47

13

0.685

71

0.845

15

3

1

10

Total

67

5857:43

80

1.229

286

0.781

38

19

3

29

The Eagles will graduate five seniors: Stephanie Gartner, Emily Volker, Chelsea Tilbury, Tracie Geile, and Brittany Smith.

Looking toward the future, the Eagles will return seven starters in 2014, including five of their seven All-HAAC players from 2013.

Freshman ?
Sophomore 10
Junior 4
Senior 4

 

Head Coach Chris Clements, who is now 62-38-11 in his six years as head coach had the following to say about the Eagles historic season: “This team achieved something special this year, and that’s thanks to every player and coach in the program. Players 1 through 23 all played their part and of course, we very thankful for the five seniors, and for what they’ve given to the program over the past few years. We’re excited about what we have coming back next year, and with some promising players already committed for 2014, we’re hoping to replicate our success and show the Nation we’re a Top 25 program that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.” With the Eagles featuring in 10 of the 12 NAIA Top 25 Polls this season and finishing at No. 19 in the final MRPI ratings, he could very well be right.


Women’s Soccer Comes Up Just Short of First Ever National Tournament Appearance

November 18, 2013

Kansas City, MO – After seeing their chances of an automatic bid to the national tournament come to an end with a 1-0 loss in the semifinals of the HAAC Conference Tournament, the Eagles waited to see if they would get an at-large bid Sunday evening.

The make-up of the 31 team NAIA National tournament includes 24 automatic bids, 1 host bid, and 6 at-large bids. At 7PM on Sunday night, the NAIA National office announced the 31 qualifiers for the national tournament, and unfortunately, the Eagles came up just short as they did not receive one of the six at-large bids.

The six at-large teams were selected based on the final official NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI). The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI. The MRPI modifies the value of home, away and neutral results, and adds more value for games against opponents ranked in their respective national poll.

Teams ranked the highest in the MRPI poll that did not qualify automatically received at-large bids. When all was said and done, the Eagles saw their season come to a close as they finished just four spots from the final at-large bid.

The Eagles wrap up their season with a 15-3-1, the best record of any team since the program was launched in 1994.

1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 0.917011

2 Westmont (Calif.) 0.91086 – At-Large No. 1

3 Northwood (Fla.) 0.892606

4 Concordia (Ore.) 0.864055

5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 0.855362 – At-Large No. 2

6 Vanguard (Calif.) 0.831678  - At-Large No.3

7 Davenport (Mich.) 0.824172

8 Concordia (Calif.) 0.816057

9 Cumberland (Tenn.) 0.815428 – At-Large No.4

10 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 0.803241

11 William Carey (Miss.) 0.795377

12 St. Thomas (Fla.) 0.745378

13 The Master's (Calif.) 0.729076 – At-Large No. 5

14 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 0.725632

15 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 0.710396 – At- Large No. 6

16 Brenau (Ga.) 0.705388

17 Ashford (Iowa) 0.704787

18 Oklahoma City 0.662092

19 Avila (Mo.) 0.650412

20 Texas at Brownsville 0.63114

21 Judson (Ill.) 0.611654

22 Robert Morris (Ill.) 0.607221

23 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 0.596095

24 Kansas Wesleyan 0.588977

25 Graceland (Iowa) 0.582347

26 Benedictine (Kan.) 0.572537

27 Cal State San Marcos 0.562153

28 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 0.544768

29 Trinity Christian (Ill.) 0.541076

30 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 0.539479


Eagles Finish as Regular Season Runners-Up, Seven Claim All-HAAC Honors

October 30, 2013

Kansas City, MO – The Eagles traveled to Lamoni, Iowa to take on Graceland University (10-5-3, 1-3-3) this past weekend knowing that a victory would see them crowned HAAC Regular Season Champions for the first time since joining the HAAC in 2001.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, ten Yellowjacket senior also had something to play for, their college careers. A loss for Graceland would have seen their season come to an end on senior day, and with this in mind, the Eagles suffered just their second defeat of the season and finished as runners-up with a conference record of 4-2-1.

The Eagles will get a bye in the first round of the HAAC Conference Tournament and will host the winner of the No. 3 Missouri Valley vs. No. 6 Graceland contest in the semifinals. That game will take place Wednesday November 13, at 1:00PM.

Freshmen Gatts & Geis Receive First Team All-HAAC Honors

Avila, who despite finishing runners up, finished the regular season with the best overall record of any team in the HAAC (15-2-1). As a result, the Eagles tied with conference champions Benedictine for the most All-HAAC players with seven total players making the three All-HAAC teams. Click here to view the complete All-HAAC list.

Freshmen Haley Gatts and Taylor Geis both claimed HAAC First Team honors in the first season as Eagles while upper-classmen Stephanie Gartner, Jamie Nilica, and Caryn Welch received Second Team honors. freshman Caroline Hayes and senior Chelsea Tilbury wrapped things up for the Eagles receiving Third Team honors.

Haley Gatts, a Columbia, Missouri native anchored an Avila defense that ranks third in the NAIA with 10 shutouts on the year. Her impact as a center back was immediately felt as she’s started all 18 games this season and prevented several one-on-one opportunities with her pace and tackling ability. Gatts was named HAAC Defensive of Player of the Week earlier this season as her first career goal against Missouri Valley proved to be the game winner. That goal would ultimately see the Eagles win the tie breaker against MVC and claim the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and a first round bye.

Taylor Geis, a Warrensburg, Missouri native ranks second on the team in goals with 13 this season and is second on the team in assists with five. Geis has scored in 11 of the Eagles 18 contests and has scored four goals in HAAC play. Geis is no stranger to awards as she was named 2012 Missouri Class 2 Central/Southwest Offesnive Player of the Year her senior year at Warrensburg HS.

 

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner received her first HAAC All-Conference award being named to the Second Team. Gartner is just the second goalkeeper to receive All-HAAC honors since the Eagles joined the HAAC in 2001. Maddie Covalt was named to the Third Team All-HAAC squad in 2008. Gartner currently ranks 10th in the NAIA with a goals against average of 0.670.

 

Stephanie Gartner - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

Min

GA

Avg

Saves

Pct

W

L

T

SHO

2010

AU

14

1280:00

19

1.336

64

0.771

7

6

0

5

2011

AU

20

1686:44

16

0.854

85

0.842

11

3

2

5

2012

AU

14

1183:12

32

2.434

66

0.673

5

7

0

2

2013

AU

18

1617:47

12

0.668

65

0.844

15

2

1

10

Total

66

5767:43

79

1.233

280

0.780

38

18

3

22

 

Junior captain Jamie Nilica received All-HAAC Second team honors for the third consecutive year after moving into the midfield this season. The St. Louis, Missouri native has career highs in goals (5) and assists (2) this season. She’s started all but two of her 55 career games as an Eagle.

 

 

Jamie Nilica - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

G

G/GM

A

A/GM

PTS

Pts/GM

Shots

SH/GM

G/SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

2011

AU

19

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

8

0.4

0.0

4

0.5

0

2012

AU

18

2

0.1

1

0.1

5

0.3

13

0.7

0.2

9

0.7

0

2013

AU

17

5

0.3

2

0.1

12

0.7

19

1.1

0.3

14

0.7

1

Total

54

7

0.1

3

0.1

17

0.3

40

0.7

0.2

27

0.7

1

 

Junior forward Caryn Welch makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-HAAC Second team after leading both the team and conference in goals with 14. She also leads the Eagles in assists with six. After transferring to Avila as a sophomore, Welch has scored nine goals in HAAC play and tied a career high with four goals in the Eagles season opener against William Woods.

 

Caryn Welch - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

G

G/GM

A

A/GM

PTS

Pts/GM

Shots

SH/GM

G/SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

2012

AU

17

11

0.7

1

0.1

23

1.4

41

2.4

0.3

24

0.6

2

2013

AU

18

14

0.8

6

0.3

34

1.9

61

3.4

0.2

37

0.6

5

Total

35

25

0.7

7

0.2

57

1.6

102

2.9

0.2

61

0.6

7

 

Freshman defender Caroline Hayes played multi-roles for the Eagles this season and received Third Team honors in her first year at Avila. Playing both wide and central in defense and midfield, Hayes proved her versatility, ability to possess, and win 50/50 balls this season.  Hayes scored her first career goal against Briar Cliff and started in all 18 games of the regular season for the Eagles.

 

In her second and final year as an Avila Eagle, senior Chelsea Tilbury received Third Team honors for the second consecutive year. Tilbury started in all 18 games at center-mid for the Eagles and has provided two goals and two assists so far this season. Tilbury has been the Eagles biggest one-vs-one threat this season and has been key in allowing the Eagles to maintain possession in the attacking third.

 

Chelsea Tilbury - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

G

G/GM

A

A/GM

PTS

Pts/GM

Shots

SH/GM

G/SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

2012

AU

17

2

0.1

3

0.2

7

0.4

14

0.8

0.1

11

0.8

1

2013

AU

18

2

0.1

2

0.1

6

0.3

32

1.8

0.1

17

0.5

0

Total

35

4

0.1

5

0.1

13

0.4

46

1.3

0.1

28

0.6

1


18th Ranked Eagles Win At Baker, Gartner Wins Fifth HAAC POW Award

October 21, 2013

Baldwin City, KS – After picking up a midweek 2-0 win against Missouri Baptist (8-6-3), the Eagles picked up their first win in Baldwin City in Head Coach Chris Clements’ six years at Avila as they defeated Baker (5-5-6, 1-2-2) 1-0.

The Eagles opened the week on Thursday when they faced Missouri Baptist at home. While the Eagles were forced to shuffle their back four and have players play different roles, the team continued to defended strong as a whole and registered their ninth shutout of the year.

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner registered six saves for the Eagles while both goals were provided by junior forward Caryn Welch in the first half as she took her season total to 14. In her second year as an Eagle, Welch currently leads the HAAC in goals scored and ranks 28th in the NAIA.

With just one day of rest, the Eagles made the short trip to Baldwin City to take on Baker. Over the past seven contests, Avila was just 2-4-1 against the Wildcats who were recently ranked at No. 23 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll.

It would take 74 minutes before freshman forward Taylor Geis provided the game winning goal off a deflected shot from 20-yards out. Geis brought her goal total to 13 on the year, while the goal was also her fifth game winning goal of the season, ranking 7th in the NAIA.

The Eagles defense was as strong as ever giving up just seven total shots, the second fewest total for Baker in a game this season, with only two shots on frame.

Avila brought their shutout total to ten on the year, good enough to lead the NAIA, as the Eagles have now conceded just seven goals in just under 1,500 minutes of play.

With two shutouts on the week, Stephanie Gartner claimed her fifth Heart of America Defensive Player of the Week award as her goals goals against average continued to drop. The Liberty, Missouri native now leads the NAIA with a GAA of 0.310.

The Eagles have now stretched their unbeaten run to 16 games, and remain one of only three teams in the NAIA with an unbeaten record. Avila also continues to lead the nation in total wins.

NAIA Undefeated Programs

National Ranking (As of Oct. 16)

Team

Record

Conference

#3

Westmont (Calif.)

10-0-3, 4-0-2

Golden State

#12

Concordia (Calif.)

10-0-3, 5-0-1

Golden State

#19

Avila (Mo.)

15-0-1, 4-0-1

Heart of America

The Eagles will wrap up regular season play this week with two contests. First off, the Eagles will head to Olathe for a midweek contest against MidAmerica Nazarene (11-2-3, 2-1-2). Over the past six contests, the Eagles are 2-3-1 against the Pioneers, and last won in Olathe October 13, 2007 when they defeated MNU 1-0 off a Katie Feierrabend overtime goal. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30PM

The Eagles will wrap up their regular season ending road-trip when they head to Lamoni, Iowa to face reigning conference champions Graceland University (9-4-3, 0-2-3). The Eagles have never defeated the Yellowjackets under coach Clements with a record of 0-5-1 over the past six years. The last two contests have been tight affairs, both coming down to overtime. The Eagles drew 2-2 in Lamoni in 2011, and fell 2-1 in Kansas City last season. Kickoff is schedule for 5:00PM

Heart of America Athletic Conference Standings

 

Team

Record

Result vs Avila

First

Avila (Mo.)

15-0-1, 4-0-1

 

Second

Missouri Valley

10-3-3, 3-1-1

Avila - 2  |  MVC - 1

Third

Benedictine (Kan.)

8-5-2, 3-2

Avila - 1  |  BC - 0

Fourth

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

11-2-3, 2-1-2

 Game Oct. 23 @ MNU

Fifth

Baker (Kan.)

5-5-6, 1-2-2

 Avila - 1  |  Baker - 0

Sixth

Central Methodist (Mo.)

9-6-1, 1-3-1

 Avila - 1  |  CMU - 1

Seventh

Graceland (Mo.)

9-4-3, 0-2-3

 Game Oct. 26 @ GU

Eighth

Culver-Stockton (Mo.)

8-8, 1-4

Avila - 2  |  CSC - 0


Eagles Make First Top 25 Appearance In Program History

October 16, 2013

Kansas City, MO – After receiving votes for the past five weeks, the Eagles women’s soccer program (13-0-1, 3-0-1) has broken into the NAIA National Top 25 Coaches Poll coming in at No. 19 in the latest poll. This is the first time in the programs 19-year history that the Eagles have broken into the NAIA Top 25.

After defeating Benedictine College (7-5-2, 2-2) 1-0 and tying Central Methodist (7-6-1, 0-3-1) 1-1 this past week, the Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 14-games and remain one of only three teams unbeaten in the nation and continue to lead the NAIA in total wins.

NAIA Undefeated Programs

National Ranking (As of Oct. 16)

Team

Record

Conference

#3

Westmont (Calif.)

9-0-3, 3-0-2

Golden State

#12

Concordia (Calif.)

9-0-3, 4-0-1

Golden State

#19

Avila (Mo.)

13-0-1, 3-0-1

Heart of America

 

As a team, the Eagles have combined for eight shutouts on the year, ranking third in the NAIA, while senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner 0.36 goals against average ranks second in the nation.

On the other end of the field, junior forward Caryn Welch leads the HAAC in goals scored with 12 on the year along with freshman Taylor Geis who also has 12 goals in her first year as an Eagle.

The Eagles will play their final home contest of the regular season when they wrap-up their non-conference schedule against Missouri Baptist (7-5-3) this Thursday at 1:00PM.

Avila will then only have one day of rest before returning to HAAC Conference play when they travel to Baldwin City to take on Baker University (5-4-5). The Wildcats were ranked 23rd in the nation in last week’s coaches poll and will be looking to rebound from a 2-0 loss at the hands of Benedictine. Kickoff at Baker is scheduled for 6:30PM. The last time the Eagles traveled to Baker, they saw their 2011 season come to an end in the Semifinals of the HAAC tournament as they fell 2-1. Since 2007, the Eagles are 2-4-1 against Baker and haven't won in Baldwin City since 2006.


Gartner & Welch Sweep HAAC Weekly Awards, Eagles Defeat CSC 2-0

October 7, 2013

Quincy, IL – Two second half goals by Taylor Geis and Caryn Welch and some standout defending by Avila (12-0, 2-0) gave the Eagles a 2-0 victory over Culver-Stockton (6-6, 0-2).

Once again, the Eagles back line of senior Brittney Smith, Sophomore Hannah Overschmidt, and freshmen Haley Gatts and Caroline Hayes had a standout performance giving the Eagles their NAIA leading seventh shutout of the year.

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner registered six saves in the victory, her second highest saves total of the year. Gartner now ranks 2nd in the nation in Goals Against per game (0.34) and has an impressive 91.8% save percentage surrendering just four goals on 49 shots.

Gartner received HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance and has now received the honor four times in just six weeks.

Taylor Geis started the scoring off for the Eagles when a Caryn Welch slotted pass put her behind the Wildcat back four. Geis calmly placed her shot to the left of CSC keeper Mackenzie Little to give the freshman her 11th goal of the year.

After a tense 10 minutes that saw the Wildcats push numbers forward for the equalizer, Caryn Welch calmed the Eagles nerves as she tapped in a rebound off a well-placed Tracie Geile shot.

Welch is receiving HAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for third time this season. With 11 goals on the year, Welch leads the HAAC and ranks 24th in the NAIA. Welch also increased her assists total to six ranking third in the HAAC and 38th in the NAIA.

The Eagles are now one of only four teams in the nation left with an undefeated record, and continue to lead the nation in total wins.

NAIA Undefeated Programs

National Ranking (As of Oct. 1)

Team

Record

Conference

#1

The Master’s (Calif.)

10-0-0, 2-0

Golden State

#6

Westmont (Calif.)

8-0-1, 2-0

Golden State

#18

Concordia (Calif.)

7-0-2, 2-0

Golden State

RV

Avila (Mo.)

12-0, 2-0

Heart of America

 

Next up for the Eagles is a mid-week contest against Benedictine College (6-4-2, 1-1). The Ravens started out the season wining five of their first six contests and ranking as high as No.19 in the nation, but have since one just one of their last six games. Despite their recent form, Benedictine still has proven to be a top NAIA side with draws against #16 Kansas Wesleyan (3-3) and a Grand View University (1-1) team who are currently receiving votes.

Since 2007, the Eagles are just 1-5 against the Ravens and most recently suffered a 0-4 defeat in Atchison, Kansas on October 9, 2012 as Bethany Smith scored twice and added an assist for the Ravens. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00PM at the Zarda Multisport Complex on the campus of Avila University.


Gatts Claims Conference Award As Eagles Defeat MVC 2-1

October 2, 2013

Kansas City, MO – With the score tied at 1-1 in the 79th minute, freshman defender Haley Gatts scored her first career goal as an Eagle from a Caryn Welch corner. The goal would ultimately be the game winner as Avila (11-0, 1-0) defeated Missouri Valley (7-2-1, 0-1) in the opening day of HAAC conference play.

The 2-1 win over the Vikings, who received votes in last week’s National Top 25 Poll, is the second over a Top 25 Poll opponent this year for the Eagles.

Taylor Geis provided the Eagles with an early advantage as she beat Viking keeper Irene Sanchez with a shot to the right that struck the post and tapped in the rebound in the ninth minute.

After Avila took their 1-0 lead into the intermission, Missouri Valley leveled after just five minutes of play when Lucia Calvo volleyed in a Andrea Garcia corner.

That set the stage for a Haley Gatts winner ten minutes before the final whistle. Stephanie Gartner was steady in goal under some rainy and windy conditions as she finished the contest with three saves.

Gatts received HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for both her contribution in defense and attack and is the fourth Eagle to receive HAAC POW honors. That brings the Eagles total to seven Player of the Week Awards in just five weeks.

The Eagles unblemished record has now stretched to 11 games, just one game shy of their 12 game unbeaten streak in 2011 where the Eagles went 10-0-2 in their first 12 contests. Avila is one of only four teams in the nation to remain unbeaten: No. 1 Mater’s (Calif.) 9-0; No.6 Westmont (Calif.) 7-0-1; No.16 St. Thomas (Fla.) 7-0-1; Eastern Oregon 4-0-1.

Avila now ranks second in the nation in total shutouts with six, while Stephanie Gartner ranks third in the nation in goals against average surrendering a goal every three contests (0.370). The Eagles also rank 23rd in the NAIA in total goals scored with 30.

In the latest edition of the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll, the Eagles are still waiting to crack the Top 25 as they've received votes for the fourth consecutive week.

Next up for the Eagles is a long trip to Canton, Missouri to take on HAAC foe Culver-Stockton (5-5, 0-1). Since 2007, the Eagles are 6-0 against the Wildcats and on their last trip to Canton in 2011, they claimed a 3-0 victory. The location and time of the match are still to be determined due to Ayers Field, the Wildcats home field, being declared as unplayable. Check avila.edu/athletics for more details in the coming days.


Welch Claims Second HAAC Honor, Gartner Claims Third

September 25, 2013

Kansas City, MO – For the second time this year, junior forward Caryn Welch was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.  Meanwhile, last week, Stephanie Gartner was named HAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week. Gartner is the first Avila athlete to receive a HAAC Player of the Week award over three consecutive weeks.

Welch earned honors based off the Eagles 3-0 and 1-0 victories over Lindenwood-Belleville (3-5-1) and Bellevue (2-4-3) last week. She scored the game winning goal in both contests and took her goals scored total to 10 on the year, ranking seventh in the NAIA and first in the HAAC. Welch also ranks seventh in the NAIA in total points with 24 on the year.

 

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner earned her third straight HAAC award for the week of September 9 as the Eagles defeated Tabor 5-2, Briar Cliff 3-1, and Morningside 3-0. Gartner made one save over 68 minutes of play against Tabor (No Goals Allowed), and surrendered only her third goal of the year against Briar Cliff. She then went on to register her fourth shutout of the year against Morningside, making five saves in the contest.

While Gartner did not claim HAAC Player of the Week honors this past week, she did register two shutouts, giving her six shutouts on the year and ranking first in the NAIA. Gartner and the Eagle defense have failed to surrender a goal over the last 351 minutes of play.

The Eagles, now 10-0, are just two wins away from matching their 2011 run of 12 games unbeaten to start the season (10-0-2). In addition to Welch and Gartner’s national ranking, freshman forward Taylor Geis ranks 17th in the NAIA in goals scored with nine, and 27th in the nation in total point with 20.

As a team, the Eagles rank 19th in the nation the nation in total goals scored (28), and as mentioned prior, lead the nation in shutouts. They are also the first team in the NAIA to reach ten wins. For the third straight week, the Eagles have been in the receiving votes column in the National Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Next up, the Eagles will face the program that ended their 2012 campaign as Missouri Valley College (7-1-1) makes the trip to Kansas City this Saturday. Avila split the 2012 series with Missouri Valley, winning 2-0 in the regular season at home before dropping a 4-1 decision in the first round of the HAAC Tournament in Marshall, MO. Since 2007, the Eagles carry a record of 3-3-2 against the Vikings. First kick is scheduled for 1:00PM at the Zarda Multisport Complex located on the campus of Avila University


Gartner, Nilica Give Eagles Second Consecutive Sweep of HAAC Weekly Awards

September 12, 2013

Kansas City, MO – Fresh off their victory over Ashford University, who are currently ranked at #18 in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Nation Top 25 Poll, senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner and junior midfielder Jamie Nilica claimed HAAC Player of the Week honors this past Monday.

While several HAAC teams played against national top 25 programs for the week of September 2, the Eagles were the only team to claim a victory. As a result, they’ve been featured in the latest National Top 25 poll which came out on Tuesday. This is the Eagles first mention in the top 25 poll since October 18, 2011.

The Eagles received 40 votes, a record total in the top 25 poll, and jumped from fifth to third in the HAAC Conference rankings.

To go along with all of the team success, senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gartner received HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. The Liberty, Missouri native has allowed just 2 goals in 518 minutes of play and has tallied 23 saves. In addition, her goals against average of 0.350 ranks 8th in the nation.

Gartner is the first Eagle goalkeeper to win the HAAC Defensive Player of the Week award back to back.

Jamie Nilica also claimed the first HAAC Offensive Player of the Week award of her three year Avila career. The St. Louis native has served as team captain for the past two years and has been selected to the HAAC All-Conference second team squad for the past two years.

Nilica had the equalizing goal on a strike from 30 yards out against AIB and also provided the assist for the game winning goal against Ashford. While the season is only six games old, Nilica has surpassed her career high for points in a season and goals. The switch from defense to midfield has certainly been successful for both Nilica and the Eagles.

For the first time in women’s soccer career, the Eagles have swept all four of the HAAC Player of the Week awards over the first two weeks and will look to continue the trend after defeating Tabor College (1-3) 5-2. They will be looking to continue their win streak when they travel to Sioux City, Iowa to face both Morningside College (3-1-2) and Briar Cliff College (3-1-1) this weekend.


Welch and Gartner Claim HAAC Player of the Week Awards

Septebmer 3, 2013

Kansas City, MO - Teammates Caryn Welch and Stephanie Gartner were selected the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively on Monday morning.

The Eagles have gotten off to a 3-0 start and have out-scored their opponents 10-1.The fast start may be a good omen of things to come. The last time the Eagles won their opening three contests (2011), they opened the season on a 12 game winning streak and reached the semi-finals of the HAAC tournament.

Welch needed little time to open her goal-scoring account for 2013 and was on target five times in all for the Eagles last week. A junior forward from Topeka, Kan., Welch scored four times in a 7-1 win at William Woods (Mo.), matching her career-best total set last season against the Owls. She also added a goal in a 2-0 win on Sunday against William Penn (Iowa) and currently ranks 13th in the nation in total goals scored.

 

The Eagles’ defense was breached just once in three games with Gartner working between the pipes. A senior goalkeeper from Liberty, Mo., she tallied 10 saves over the three victories, including four stops in a win over William Penn (Iowa) as she posted a pair of shutouts. In her four year career as an Eagle, Gartner has featured in 52 matches logging more than 4,400 minutes in the goal and on average gives up just over a goal per game (1.38).

The Eagles will be looking to continue their winning ways when they head to Des Moines for a pair of games. Avila will face up against host institution AIB College of Business on Friday at 5:30PM, and then face their first National Top 25 opponent of the year when they go up against #20 Ashford University at 3PM Saturday.


Eagles Reload with a Mix of Old and New Faces

2013 Season Preview

August 7, 2013

Kansas City, MO – With nearly half of the Eagles 2012 roster graduating and eleven newcomers, the Women’s Soccer Program will certainly have a new look for the 2013 season. Head Coach Chris Clements, who is entering his sixth year at the helm, feels that the mixture of experience and youth should be just right for the Eagles to have a highly competitive team.

“We’ve relied on upperclassmen theses past two seasons, and now we feel confident that the players who’ve been in our program are ready to step up and take on important roles.”

Defensively, the Eagles are returning Brittany Smith who started in all of the Eagles 18 contests in 2012, along with junior Jordan Burns, sophomores Jodi Hellebusch and Hannah Overschmidt and freshmen Caroline Hayes (Overland Park, KS) and Haley Gatts (Columbia, MO).

Perhaps the biggest key player though is junior Jamie Nilica. Nilica, who is going in to her second year as team captain, has started in all but one of her 38 career games, and is a two time All-HAAC Second Team selection.

“Jamie has been, and will continue to be the motor of our team. Her hard work, both on and off the field, as well as her vocal leadership will play a key role in getting our new players assimilated into the program”.

The midfield will be led by seniors Chelsea Tilbury, who transferred to Avila last season, and Tracie Geile who has 17 goals and 16 assists in her three years at Avila. They will be joined by sophomores Amy Anderson and Laurel Lujano and freshmen Alyssa Parsells.

 

Tracie Geile Career Statistics

Year

Team

GP

G

G/GM

A

A/GM

PTS

Pts/GM

Shots

SH/GM

G/SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

2010

AU

18

8

0.4

6

0.3

22

1.2

38

2.1

0.2

23

0.6

2

2011

AU

20

4

0.2

6

0.3

14

0.7

41

2.1

0.1

17

0.4

0

2012

AU

18

5

0.3

4

0.2

14

0.8

35

1.9

0.1

23

0.7

2

Total

56

17

0.3

16

0.3

50

0.9

114

2.0

0.1

63

0.6

4

 

Up top, the Eagles will be expecting a big year out of Caryn Welch, who has scored 27 goals in her two years of collegiate soccer. She’ll be joined by freshman Taylor Geis, a Warrensburg, Missouri native who was 2012 Missouri Class 2 Central/Southwest Offensive player of the Year and scored multiple hat-tricks, including a five goal performance in high school her senior year. Senior Emily Volker will provide depth for the Eagles up top.

 

Caryn Welch Career Statistics

Year

Team

GP

G

G/GM

A

A/GM

PTS

Pts/GM

Shots

SH/GM

G/SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

2011

BC

18

16

0.9

1

0.1

33

1.8

78

4.3

0.2

45

0.6

4

2012

AU

17

11

0.6

1

0.1

23

1.4

41

2.4

0.3

24

0.6

2

Total

35

27

0.8

2

0.1

56

1.6

119

3.4

0.2

69

0.6

6

 

“Caryn’s been a player who’s scored goals in bunches and we’d like to see her continue that trend and add to it this season. Taylor was a fantastic forward at Warrensburg High School and we’re excited to see how her game transitions to the college level”.

Stephanie Gartner, a three year starter in goal, will be a key player for the Eagles. In 2011, Gartner ranked 10th in the NAIA in shutouts with twelve and gave up under a goal per contest ranking 20th in the nation. Coach Clements and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping she can have an even bigger year as a senior.

The Eagles, who have won at least ten games in three of the last five seasons, are hoping to reach their third consecutive conference tournament, which would be the first for the program, and continue to have aspirations of making a national tournament.

“We’ve been just a few games away from the NAIA national tournament the past couple of seasons and will continue to strive for that goal. This is a young team with a new identity and I’m excited to see who’s going to step up into those key roles for us this season”.


Avila Assistant Coach Estelle Johnson Returning to the Professional Ranks

February 5, 2013

Kansas City, MO – 225 days after losing in the 2012 WPSL semi-finals as a member of the New York Fury, Avila assistant women’s soccer coach Estelle Johnson finds herself returning to professional women’s soccer. Johnson, who has just finished her first season with the Avila soccer coaching staff, was selected in the first round of the NWSL Supplemental Draft by the 2012 WPS champions Western New York Flash.

After four years at Kansas University where she started all but one of her 85 collegiate games, Johnson was selected in the second round of the 2010 Dispersal Draft by the Philadelphia Independence. In two seasons in Philadelphia, she started in 25 matches, and was a member of the 2011 squad that reached the WPS final.

After the Independence folded in 2012, Estelle signed on with the New York Fury and again featured in a team that made it deep in to post season play.

In 2013, Johnson will be playing with undoubtedly the best professional women’s team in the US. The Flash have won three straight championships including the 2010 USL W-League championship, the 2011 WPS championships, and the 2012 WPSL-Elite championships.

Johnson will be knocking heads against some of the best players in the world and will be teammates with US National team players Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach. With preseason starting in just a weeks time, Johnson had the following so say about playing along side Olympic gold medal winners and world cup participants, “I’m very excited to have another opportunity to compete at the top level against some of the best players in the world. Getting to train with Abby and Carly everyday is going to be an amazing experience and help me step my game up to the next level”.

Johnson will remain on the Avila Coaching staff, with plans to return to Kansas City after the 2013 NWSL season finishes to help the women’s team in their goal to claim a first ever conference title and national tournament bid. “I had an awesome experience working with Avila this past season and I really look forward to returning to Kansas City in the fall”.

Prior to her return to coach at Avila, Estelle will be returning to Kansas City to take on the FC Kansas City Blue’s on July 7th.

Coach Clements had the following to say about Estelle’s signing. “"As a team we will miss Estelle during the remainder of the spring season but we are excited for Estelle and this chance to keep playing.  The experience that Estelle will gain will be a great asset for the Soccer program and also Avila University"

Avila University wishes Estelle the best of luck in the upcoming season and looks forward to her return in late August.


Five Eagles Selected to NAIA Scholar-Athlete List

December 3,. 2012

Kansas City, MO – The NAIA office released their 2011 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete's list this week, with five Eagles making the cut, equal to their 2011 total. The following Eagles received the award: Complete List

Tracie Geile – Junior | St. Peters, Missouri

Renee Ruder - Senior | Brisbane, Australia

Amanda Schwartz – Senior | Blue Springs, Missouri

Emily Volker - Junior | Hays, Kansas

Lisa York – Senior | Raymore, Missouri

 

Both Schwartz and York received the honor for their second consecutive year. To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify. 492 women's soccer student-athletes nationally have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.


Eagles Reach Double Digit Wins For Third Consecutive Season

November 27, 2012

Kansas City, MO - While the Eagles didn't achieve all they hoped they would in 2012, Head Coach Chris Clements and his nine seniors had a lot to be proud of. For the third time in Coach Clements five years at the helm, the Avila women's soccer program won at least ten games, and for the second consecutive year, the Eagles reached the HAAC Tournament. This is the first time in the program’s history that the Eagles have reached the HAAC tournament in consecutive years.

The nine seniors, six of which have played all four years at Avila, have never experience a season with a losing record and combine for an overall record of 41-28-7.

Year

Record

2009

9-9-1

2010

10-8

2011

12-3-5

2012

10-8-1


After a very successful 2011 campaign, the Eagles looked to increase the difficulty of their non-conference schedule and did just that as they faced four programs that featured in the NAIA National Top 25 Poll. After falling to the 22nd ranked Westminster College of Salt Lake City in Utah, the Eagles went on to win seven of their next ten games to finish with a 7-3-1 record against non-conference opponents.

The Eagles opened up HAAC play with a heart breaking 1-2 loss in double overtime to Graceland University at home. The Yellowjackets would go on to win both the HAAC regular season title and conference tournament and reach the NAIA National Tournament.

Unfortunately, the opposition got no easier as the Eagles suffered back-to-back losses to 13th ranked Baker University and Benedictine College who finished the 2012 season ranked 18th in the nation. Both Baker and Benedictine went on to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament.

With their backs against the wall and qualification for the HAAC tournament in doubt, the Eagles closed out their conference schedule with three consecutive wins, 5-1 vs. Culver-Stockton, 3-2 vs. MidAmerica Nazarene, and 2-0 at Missouri Valley.

In similar fashion to 2011, the Eagles received a fifth seed in the HAAC tournament and traveled to Marshall, Missouri to take on Missouri Valley College. That was to be the only similarity though for the Eagles as their season ended with a tough loss.

The Eagles were led offensively for the second consecutive year by senior forward Alyssa D'Egidio. The Canton, Ohio native scored 12 goals, bringing her two year total at Avila to 27 goals. Other notable offensive contributors include:

No

Player

GP

GS

G

A

Pts

G/SH

SH

SOG

SOG/SH

GWG

PKM

PKA

5

Tilbury, Chelsea

17

16

2

3

7

0.143

14

11

0.786

1

0

0

7

Brown, Mollie

17

10

3

0

6

0.188

16

7

0.438

1

0

0

9

D'Egidio, Alyssa

18

17

12

3

27

0.194

62

32

0.516

3

0

0

11

Geile, Tracie

18

16

5

4

14

0.143

35

23

0.657

2

1

1

14

Rank, Ariel

19

19

4

2

10

0.182

22

14

0.636

0

1

1

18

Nilica, Jamie

18

18

2

1

5

0.154

13

9

0.692

0

0

0

20

Duke, Cara

19

17

3

3

9

0.120

25

14

0.560

0

0

0

23

Welch, Caryn

17

8

11

1

23

0.268

41

24

0.585

2

1

1

25

Anderson, Amy

14

0

2

1

5

0.667

3

3

1.000

0

0

0


Junior Stephanie Gartner featured in goal for the Eagles in the first 14 contests while senior Renee Rudder, a Brisbane, Australia native held the number one spot for the final four contests.

Gartner, who ranked 16th in the nation in goals against average in 2011, surrendered 32 goals while making 66 saves. Rudder, a former NAIA National Player of the Week, allowed seven goals and made 31 saves in 471 minutes of play.

While the Eagles will lose nine seniors, they will return seven starters and have a talented group of underclassmen ready to step in and write their own history. Returning starters include: GK - Stephanie Gartner, M - Chelsea Tilbury, M - Tracie Geile, D - Jamie Nilica, D - Brittany Smith, M - Cara Duke, F - Caryn Wlech.

Similar to the men's soccer program, the Eagles will have a very balanced make up of upper and underclassmen for 2013 season.

Freshman

?

Sophomore

5

Junior

5

Senior

5


Coach Clements had the following to say on the 2012 season and what the future may hold: "The 2012 season didn’t go as we would have liked it to, but with that said, any time you win 10 or more games in the HAAC is something to be proud of, and to achieve this three years in a row is something special.  The seniors that are leaving the program can be truly proud that they leave the Avila Soccer program better than when they joined it. Making the conference tournament is nothing to take for granted and we have a great group of players returning for 2013. "


Five Eagles Selected to All Conference Squads

November 12, 2012

Kansas City, MO – Five Eagles recently received All-HAAC honors this past week. Alyssa D’Egidio led the Eagles with a first team selection while Jamie Nilica, Ariel Rank, and Caryn Welch all received second team honors. Chelsea Tilbury rounded out the honors with a third team selection.

After suffering a season-ending loss at the hands of Missouri Valley College in the HAAC Tournament Quarterfinals, the Eagles closed out their 2012 campaign with a record of 10-8-1. View the enitre list of All-HAAC Selections by clicking here.

D’Egidio, a senior forward from Canton, Ohio received All-HAAC honors for the second consecutive year after being name third team All-HAAC last fall. Her 12 goals led the Eagles and ranked 5th in the conference. After scoring 15 in 2011, she rounds out her two year Avila career with 27 goals. She also tailed three assists on the year, ranking 2nd on the team.

Jamie Nilica received second team All-HAAC honors for the second consecutive year. The outside-back from St. Louis featured in 18 of the Eagles 19 contests and scored her first career goal in a 3-0 victory over Dordt. She also had an assist and goal against Morningside College.

 

Ariel Rank, like D’Egidio, is rounding out a two year career at Avila with her second consecutive All-HAAC honor. The senior midfielder from Raymore, Missouri was fourth on the team in goals with four on the year and was the only Eagle to start all 19 contests this past season. Rank had her first multi-goal game against Morningside College this past fall and finishes her career with six goals and two assists.

After scoring 16 goals during her freshman year at Bethel College (Kan.), Caryn Welch reached double digit scoring again this season after transferring to Avila this past spring. The sophomore forward tailed 11 goals this season, ranking second in the program. After scoring just one goal in the Eagles first four contests, Welch exploded for four goals against William Woods and collected her second hat-trick of the year against Culver-Stockton.

Like Welch, Chelsea Tilbury was also a spring transfer for the Eagles. The junior from Blue Springs, Missouri started 16 contests for the Eagles and scored two goals while grabbing three assists. Her first career goal at Avila came in a 5-0 victory at home against Briar Cliff.

 


Expectations High as Eagles Return Nine Starters

2012 Season Preview

August 15, 2012

Kansas City, MO – After finishing the 2011 season with an impressive 12-3-5 record, the Eagles are returning their core group of players and are hoping to make a run deep into the postseason this fall.

Chris Clements begins his fifth year at the helm and has coached the Eagles to a record of 37-27-9 during his tenure. Clements mentioned the strength of the senior class, which features nine athletes, as well as added depth to the program as two keys for success this fall.

Head Coach Chris Clements had the following to say about his 2012 squad, “I’m very excited about our team this fall; we’ve got a large group of returning seniors that have played all four years for me, and they’re going to provide excellent leadership.”

The Eagles are led up top by senior forward Alyssa D’Egidio, who transferred to Avila last fall. D’Egidio was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week last fall and was in the top five nationally in goals scored for several weeks before suffering a season-ending injury in the Eagles home contest against Benedictine College. She finished the 2011 season with 15 goals in 13 contests.

After seeing Danielle Price (15 goals) graduate a year, the Eagles added sophomore transfer Caryn Welch in January of 2012 to give the Eagles an added threat in front of goal. Welch came to Avila by way of Bethel College (Kan.) as she featured in 18 contests for the Thrashers scoring 16 goals, ranking 32nd in the nation.

In the midfield, the Eagles return two All-HAAC athletes in Cara Duke and Ariel Rank. Duke, a sophomore, will be looking to build off a strong freshman campaign that saw her received first team all-conference honors as she scored six goals while gathering two assists. Rank, a senior transfer from UMKC received third team All-HAAC honors due to strong performances at center-mid in the Eagles final six contests.

Duke and Rank will be joined by junior transfer Chelsea Tilbury, and seniors Lisa York, Kara Coffee and Mollie Brown.

On defense, the Eagles have sought to replace first team All-HAAC performer Alex Jung as six of the programs eight newcomers have vast experience playing in the back line. Brittany Smith, a junior transfer from Southwest Baptist University, featured in 17 matches for the Bearcats at center-back and will serve as one of many options to fill Jung’s role. The Eagles return senior Amanda Schwartz who has played in 57 games in her career as an Eagle and looks to lead the back line. Jamie Nilica (2nd Team All-HAAC) and Lindsey Sieg also return after starting in 2011 at outside back.

In goal, the Eagles bring back tons of experience in junior Stephanie Gartner and senior Renee Rudder. Gartner, a Liberty, Missouri native started in every match last fall allowing just 16 goals in 20 contests. Her 0.850 goals against average ranked 24th in the nation as she registered 85 saves in 2011.

Clements expects the Heart of America Athletic Conference to be very competitive and predicts the conference title will be decided in the final week of conference play.

“No matter how good we are, the HAAC will always be a battle, and having two teams in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Poll shows that.”


Women's Alumni Game to Take Place Friday, August 18

August 13, 2012

Kansas City, MO - Avila University would like to invite all former Avila Eagle Women's Soccer players to the annual alumni contest which will take place Friday, August 18th at the Zarda Multisport Complex on the campus of Avila University. The Women's game will kick off at 7:30PM while the Men's game will start at 6:00PM.

The annual alumni game serves as a great opportunity to catch up with old teammates and friends while getting a preview of the 2012 team. Contact Head Coach Chris Clements for more info at 816-501-2475.


St. Louis Defender Lucy Devereux Signs with Eagles

February 21, 2012


Montgomery, Texas Defender Amy Anderson Signs with Eagles

February 21, 2012

(Top L-R) Principal Phil Eaton, Athletic Director Coach Heard, (Bottom L-R) Mother Rita Anderson, Amy Anderson, High School Coach Kelly Farrar
 

Five Eagles Selected to NAIA Scholar-Athlete List

February 21. 2012

Kansas City, MO – The NAIA office released their 2011 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete's list this week, with five Eagles making the cut, up from four in 2010. The following Eagles received the award:

Danielle Price – Senior | DeSoto, Kansas

Amanda Schwartz – Junior | Blue Springs, MO

Lisa York – Junior | Raymore, Missouri

Alex Jung – Senior | Troy, Illinois

Katie Poulin – Senior | St. Louis, Missouri

Both Poulin and Jung received the honor for their second consecutive year. To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify. 485 women's soccer student-athletes nationally have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.


Avila Advance to Semifinals of HAAC Tournament with Shootout Victory

November 9, 2011

Kansas City, MO – The fifth seed Avila Women’s soccer team (12-2-5) were able to hold their nerve on the road against fourth seed Missouri Valley (8-6-4) as they hit all five of their penalty kicks to win in a shootout 5-4. The contest finished 0-0 after regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.

Danielle Price (Senior - DeSoto, KS) nearly gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest when she found herself 1v1 with the Missouri Valley keeper, Nicole Goad. Her shot eluded Goad but found the leg of a Missouri Valley defender before crossing the goal-line.

Both teams created quality chances to open the scoring throughout regulation and overtime, but it was a night of goalkeeping as Stephanie Gartner (Sophomore – Liberty, MO) matched Goad’s efforts registering 6 saves on the night.

The Eagles will face number one seed Baker University in Baldwin City, KS Thursday night in the Semifinals of the HAAC tournament. The Eagles previously tied Baker 2-2 last month in Baldwin City. The winner will face the winner of Benedictine v Graceland in the final of the HAAC tournament with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the National Tournament.

 

 

 





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