Cali Fournier, Sara Simpson and Brooke Howe were selected by coaches to the NJCAA All-Region XVI First Team. Cali Fournier scored 8 goals and added 4 assists in 2016, bringing her two year total at MCC-Blue River to 18 goals and 6 assists. Sara Simpson started and played in every game during her two years as a Trail Blazers. She was instrumental to the Trail Blazers only conceding two goals in five NJCAA Region XVI games. Both Fournier and Simpson repeated as first team selections from 2015. Brooke Howe, a transfer from Missouri State University, contributed 4 goals and 3 assists as a dynamic all-around central midfielder for the Trail Blazers. Finally, Lindsey Davis was recognized for her stellar play in goal with an NJCAA All-Region Second Team selection. Davis posted a 1.14 goals against average with 76 saves in 14 games.
Congratulations to all four student-athletes on their fantastic contribution to the Trail Blazer program and their well-deserved NJCAA recognition!
The MCC-Blue River women's team completed a five game turnaround from 2015, earning a 9-7-2 record and runner-up finish in the NJCAA Region XVI Final.
The Trail Blazers started the final strong with a goal in the first half from Sam Berg off of a corner kick. St. Charles equalized in the second half and the teams remained deadlocked after the second overtime. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers came up short in the penalty kick shootout; suffering a heartbreaking loss to a team they defeated 1-0 earlier in the season.
With the loss, the program says goodbye to sophomores Cali Fournier, Sianna Aumua, Brooke Howe, Lindsey Davis, Michelle Llamas, Jessi Rabe, Kerinne Murry, Amber Krumm and Sara Simpson. MCC-Blue River is proud of all they have accomplished in their time as Trail Blazers!
Sam Berg scored two goals in the second half to help seal the Trail Blazers 4-0 win over St. Louis Community College in the NJCAA Region XVI Semi-final. She was assisted by Paige Deuel and Anna Witherell. Goals by Michelle Llamas and Amber Krumm provided the bookends for Berg's two goals. Michelle Llamas started the scoring in the first half, slotting home a pass from Anna Witherell. Amber Krumm completed the scoring with three minutes left in the game, notching her first goal of the season off a pass from Chanceuse Redhage.
The Trail Blazers defense, led by Sara Simpson, Tyler Farrell, Sydney Shatzer, Sianna Aumua, Megan Long and Cydney Slade turned in a strong performance. It was the Trail Blazers seventh shutout of the season. The win propelled the team into the final against St. Charles Community College on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
MCC-Blue River followed up a 1-0 loss to State Fair Community College with a 3-0 win over St. Louis Community College on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The win improved the Trail Blazers Region XVI record to 3-1 and locked in the top seed for the upcoming NJCAA Region XVI Tournament on October 28 & 29, 2016 at Bingham Middle School. Sam Berg opened up the scoring with a goal at the end of the first half off an assist from Paige Deuel. During the second half, Cali Fournier scored two goals to seal the win. She was assisted by Kerinne Murry for her first goal.
Cali Fournier and Sam Berg lead the team in scoring. Berg has six goals and three assists, while Fournier has seven goals and three assists. Lindsey Davis and Cydney Slade split time in goal for the Trail Blazers, combining for five saves in the game. The win improved the team's record to 7-6-1.
MCC-Blue River continues to challenge themselves against elite competition. In 2016, the Trail Blazers have played two nationally ranked opponents, as well as the defending NJCAA National Champion. Two of the three games have extended into overtime. On Friday, October 7, 2016 the Trail Blazers took on #17 ranked Indian Hills Community College. Cali Fournier scored two goals and Brooke Howe converted from the penalty spot to give the Trail Blazers a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, Indian Hills tied the game with 20 minutes remaining and then scored the sudden death winner in the first overtime. Lindsey Davis made eight saves for MCC-Blue River. The loss dropped the Trail Blazers record to 6-4-1.
Smithville High School graduate Paige Deuel got the Trail Blazers on the scoreboard with a 25 yard free kick in the first half of play. Brooke Howe, a sophomore from Blue Springs South High School, scored her second goal in two games, firing in a shot at the top of the 18 yard penalty box to seal the 2-0 win. Lindsey Davis earned the shutout in goal, making eight saves against a fast MCC-Maple Woods front line. Davis was assisted in her efforts by Sara Simpson, Sianna Aumua, Sydney Shatzer, Tyler Farrell and Megan Long in defense! The win improves the Trail Blazers record to 2-0 in NJCAA Region XVI and 5-4-1 overall.
The MCC-Blue River women's team continued their recent good form against last year's championship teams. St. Charles Community College has an excellent program, having won back to back regional titles in 2014 and 2015. This year's St. Charles team is again very talented; however, a much improved Trail Blazers team was able to match their level of play, earning the 1-0 win with a first half goal from sophomore Brooke Howe. Howe's goal was assisted by sophomore Cali Fournier, a Smithville High School graduate and the Trail Blazers leading scorer from 2015. The Trail Blazers are now 1-0 in NJCAA Region XVI and 4-4-1 overall.
Coming off a tough loss to number three ranked Northern Oklahoma College, the Trail Blazers took on defending NJCAA National Champion Iowa Central Community College. Iowa Central opened the scoring with a long range strike 20 minutes into the the first half. Center High School freshmen Allie Welch equalized 12 minutes later, controlling an incisive pass from Sam Berg before slotting it past the opposing goal keeper at the near post. Welch now has three goals on the season, while Berg leads the team in overall points, with two goals and three assists. Both teams had strong chances in the second half, but were unable to convert. The game finished tied 1-1 after two overtime periods.
The Trail Blazers traveled to Hesston College on September 10, 2016 to play an undefeated Larks team. A goal in the last three minutes of the game by Smithville High School freshman Tyler Farrell earned the women's team a 1-0 win. Lindsey Davis, a sophomore goal keeper from Blue Springs South High school, came up with seven saves, denying several one on one scoring chances from a formidable Hesston team. The win evened the Trail Blazers record at 3-3.
The women's team started off the game brightly against Coffeyville Community College, but went into the second half down 0-1. Kerinne Murry, a sophomore from Harrisonville High School, evened the score at 1-1 with a back post goal three minutes into the second half. Sam Berg, a freshman from Grain Valley High School, provided the assist. Berg then scored a go ahead goal 15 minutes later off an assist from Blue Springs High School freshman Chanceuse Redhage. The 2-1 lead, however, was not enough for the victory, as Coffeyville scored two late goals to win the game 3-2. The loss dropped the Trail Blazers record to 2-3.
The Trail Blazers first road trip of the year ended with one win and one loss. On Friday, August 26, MCC-Blue River lost to Allen County Community College 2-0. The Trail Blazers rebounded from that defeat the next day against Neosho County Community College, winning by a score of 4-1. The first goal of the game was scored by Allie Welch, a freshman from Center High School. It was her second goal of the season. Cali Fournier scored two goals and Jessi Rabe-Dinsmore scored and assisted a goal.
MCC-Blue River started the season off with a last second win over Kansas City Kansas Community College on Monday, August 22, 2016. Goals were provided by Allie Welch and Sam Berg. Sam Berg, an Independence Examiner 1st Team Selection, received a pass from sophomore Cali Fournier and calmly blasted it past the KCKCC goal keeper with one second left in the game!