Molly Rouse had a stellar playing career at the University of Minnesota and coaching stops at DI programs across the country. Now, she's back in Minnesota as part of Stefanie Golan's coaching staff with the Gophers. We talked to her about transitioning from playing to coaching, coming back to Minnesota, and what she'll focus on as a member of the staff.
-Video chat below
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Minnesota native Katie Schulz was a star for the Wayzata High School team, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and the Twin Stars in the WPSL. This past year, she played professionally in Cyprus. We talk to her about adjusting to a new country, how the level of play compared to previous leagues, and what her plans are for the future.
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Where the team finished last year
Bethel University finished last season with a record of 9-7-2 overall (4-6-1 conference), which put them 9th in the DIII Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). But three returning all conference performers should give Bethel a good shot to compete heading into 2018.
Any awards the team won (all conference, all region, etc)
-Maggie Sipe (All MIAC) - 12g. 2a. Second most goals in the MIAC.
-Sierra Smith (Honorable Mention All MIAC) - Started 17 games as a sophomore on the back line.
-Brooke Ogne (Honorable Mention All MIAC) - 4g. 5a. Including two game winners
-Samantha Provost (All MIAC Sportsmanship Team) - 3g. 1a. Started 17 games.
From Heach Coach Amanda Maxwell
Describe the way you like the team to play
We strive to be a team of great character, hard working, never give up attitude. We want to keep the ball on the ground, connect passes through our midfield, get our outside backs involved in the attack, and create chances by driving towards the goal.
Talk about the type of players you bring in (location, experience, etc)
Each year our incoming players come in from higher level club teams in Minnesota and in the region. Our depth as a program is continuing to grow. In the past 6 seasons we have broke every school record, made it to the playoffs two times, 1 year finishing 2nd in the conference, so we are excited about the progress of our program and where we are headed.
Bethel is a Christian University and on our team, we place just as much importance on growing in your faith as we do on growing academically, socially, and on the soccer field.
Who are some key returning players?
We only lost one starter from our team last year that finished around .500 so we are excited about our experience, depth, and incoming players.
- Maggie Sipe: Leading Goal scorer and MIAC 2 time All Conference
- Brooke Ogne: Center Midfielder and MIAC All Conference
- Sierra Smith: Outside Left back and MIAC All conference.
Who could be some new contributors?
We have a fantastic incoming class with Freshman and Transfers.
- Brittney Monteon transferring for her senior year from North Dakota State comes with a ton of accolades and will be a key contributor for us.
- Claire Radaatz was another standout MN high school player transferring who will make an immediate impact for our team.
- Four incoming freshman who will also make an immediate impact. Lauren Davis, Caela Helgemo, Tess Anderson, Rachel Waterman
How can people follow your team? (game streams, local media, etc)
Supporters giving $10/month and up
Chad Flynn & Mary Lahammer
Salvo Soccer Club
Jim & Kristen Gray