One year after making it the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III National Tournament, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s soccer team is once again making progress toward the ultimate goal: a national championship.
The fifth-ranked Golden Rams are 5-4-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference’s Southern Division.
Anoka-Ramsey sustained a 4-1 loss to the College of St. Scholastica Sept. 22, six days after a 5-0 loss at Iowa Lakes Community College. Between the losses was a 2-2 draw against Dakota County Technical College and a 7-0 win at Century College Sept. 21.
“We should be very solid again,” Anoka-Ramsey coach Brady Eichhorn-Hicks said. “We should have a starting 11 [players] as good as any in the country but we don’t have a lot of depth, just like anyone else.”
Being under the stoplight after so much success in 2012 is something the team seems to enjoy. “They recognize that they have to be more consistent,” he said. “But most of that is just on us being in the spotlight all the time.”
All-Tournament team member and captain Lindsay Madden (Elk River) returned this season coming off an 8-goal performance in 2012. So far she has 15 points (6 goals) with 13 shots on goal in 9 games.
Madden and sophomore captain Molly Larson (Rogers) were high school rivals but put that aside for the Golden Rams.
“This group of girls is way more technical[ly sound],” Larson said with only four returners. Larson and Madden said one of the strengths of this year’s squad is its strength up the middle of the field from forwards to midfielders to fullbacks and keeper. “We’re a possession team that is physical. We’re not afraid to go in after the ball,” Madden said.
A trio of Australian freshman have provided a scoring punch to the squad, accounting for 15 of the 32 goals scored so far.
Freshman forward Elise Garlick (Adelaide, Australia) leads the team with 23 points (9 goals, 5 assists) on a team-high 34 shots in 10 games. She also has two game-winners and scored three times in the first scrimmage of the season.
Alex Middendorp (Brisbane, Australia) has 18 points (team-high 10 assists) and Sache’e Crismale (Gympie, Australia) has 6 points (2 goals).
Golden Rams sophomore goalkeeper Erica Parker (Minneapolis Southwest graduate) is 5-1-4 with four shutouts, a 2.20 goals against average and 62 saves.
Anoka-Ramsey finishes the regular season with three of the final four games away from the Coon Rapids campus. The lone home match against Century College is Oct. 4.
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