One of those was the school goals record set by Karis Rogers. Rogers came into the season with 36 goals in two seasons of action, needing nine goals to break the 44 goal mark set by Elise Jones.
Rogers broke that record in a three goal performance against Northland International, September 13. She finished the season with 17 goals and 53 career goals up to date.
Maranatha posted a 4-1 record against NCCAA teams, defeating Grace, Lincoln Christian twice and Northland once. Northland ended Maranatha’s run in the Regional Tournament with a 1-0 double overtime win.
The Women’s team also received encouraging performances from a handful of freshmen such as, Allyson Dunn, Taylor Campbell and Sara Abdelkodous.
Abdelkodous, a freshman midfielder/forward from Schaumburg, Ill. contributed two goals and an assist in 13 games. Ally Dunn was another productive freshman earning her right in the starting lineup on defense.
Juniors Katie Foy and Linda Edmondson produced a second tier of scoring attack as each posted 11 points, four goals and three assists.
Karis Rogers was named to the Second Team All-Northern Athletics Conference squad and also earned All-Sportsmanship honors.
Rogers, Edmondson, Allie Lundquist and Ally Dunn were all selected to the All-Region Team with Lundquist completing her final year for the Crusaders.
Seniors Andrea Jochum and Carrie Sieger join Lundquist, completing their final season of soccer. Players such as Dunn, Abdelkodous will need to fill those voids and provide adequate support for Rogers, Foy and Edmondson.
Conference play proved to be difficult with the Crusaders lone win coming in a 7-1 pounding of Rockford College, but Maranatha hopes to stay competitive next year.
Until then, the Crusaders hope to develop a strong presence in the NCCAA and perhaps compete for the National Championship once again.