Congratulations to Cali Fournier, Sara Simpson, Mackenzie McGlynn and Amber Tran. Cali and Sara were named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 First Team. Cali led the Trail Blazers with 10 goals and 2 assists during her freshman season. Her speed and tenacity were a constant menace to the opposition. Sara also had an excellent freshman campaign. She anchored the defense for the Trail Blazers, but also managed to contribute 5 assists with some incisive dribbling into the attacking third of the field.
Mackenzie McGlynn and Amber Tran were named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 Second Team. Mackenzie, a sophomore captain, made a major contribution with 8 goals and 1 assist. Her season highlight was a 3 goal effort in the final regular season game. Amber Tran played both center back and midfield. Her all around ability and competitiveness allowed her to play and excel in multiple positions for the Trail Blazers!
Congratulations to all four of these outstanding student-athletes!
Cali Fournier Sara Simpson Kenzie McGlynn
The MCC-Blue River women's soccer team lost to St. Charles Community College in the NJCAA Region 16 Semifinal on Friday, October 30, 2015. The Trail Blazers were behind 3-0 when sophomore Mckenzie McGlynn cut the score to 3-1 with a long range shot. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers sustained injuries to starting midfielders Amber Tran and Sianna Aumua and were not able to pull off the comeback against a very good St. Charles team.
The Trail Blazers will be sad to see sophomores Mackenzie McGlynn, Jamie Barrett, Kali Carson and Darby Scharfenkamp depart the program. They helped build a foundation for future success through their mentoring and leadership of a strong core of returning freshman!
The Trail Blazers lost 3-0 to St. Charles Community College on September 24, 2015. The game was a tight contest in the first half, with freshman Cali Fournier registering several shots on the St. Charles goal. In the end, St. Charles was able to use the speed of their forwards to good effect, scoring one goal in the first half and two goals in the second half.
In the previous NJCAA Region 16 game on September 17, 2015, the Trail Blazers lost a close contest to MCC rival Maple Woods. Cali Fournier, a graduate from Smithville High School, scored the opening two goals in the first half. The first goal was a solo effort and the second came from an assist by Blue Springs High School graduate Michelle Llamas. Cali leads the team with eight goals and two assists.
Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers were unable to add to their two goal lead despite several excellent opportunities in the Monarch's penalty box. MCC-Maple Woods showed very good resiliency, scoring three second half goals to win the game 3-2.
The Trail Blazers snapped a three game losing streak ahead of their NJCAA Region 16 showdown with crosstown rival MCC-Maple Woods. Goals in the 2-1 win against Graceland University J.V. were scored by Kenzie McGlynn and Cali Fournier. Both Kenzie and Cali have combined to score seven goals the past four games. Freshman Hanna Cooley made eight saves in helping the team to the win. The defensive backline of Amber Krumm, Amber Tran, Sara Simpson and Kali Carson played well together in limiting the Yellowjackets to only one goal.
In the previous three games, the Trail Blazers lost 4-1 to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 2-1 to Coffeyville Community College and 5-4 in double overtime to Central Methodist University J.V. They competed well in each game and continue to grow as a team heading into region play. The team's record currently stands at three wins and four losses.
MCC-Blue River defeated Scott Community College on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Sophomore Kali Carson led the way with a goal and an assist. Her assist to freshman Jesse Dinsmore created the opening goal at the end of the first half. Freshman Cali Fournier scored the game's second goal before Kali Carson added the third. Sophomore Darby Scharfenkamp made four saves. The win improved the Trail Blazers record to two wins and one loss.
MCC-Blue River started the season with a tough loss to local rival Johnson County Community College. The Trail Blazers were shutout in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Darby Scharfenkamp had 11 saves for the Trail Blazers.
The Trail Blazers bounced back in the second game of the season, winning 2-0 against Kansas City Kansas Community College. Cali Fournier, a freshman from Smithville High School, scored both goals in the second half. Assists were provided by Jesse Dinsmore and Michelle Llamas. Darby Scharfenkamp provided the shutout in goal behind a strong defense effort from Kali Carson, Lindsey Davis, Sara Simpson and Amber Tran.
Allie Cacy and Joy Worcester not only helped MCC-Blue River to a NJCAA Region 16 finals appearance, but led the team in academic success! Allie will receive the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. She will be attending UMKC in the fall, where she plans to study psychology. Joy will earn the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. She will continue her playing career and education at Park University, where she will major in nursing. Congratulations to Allie and Joy! The Trail Blazers community wishes you success in your future endeavors!