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Bill Tolstedt
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Thursday, February 8
Tolstedt Retires as Head Coach
If someone were to make a film or write a book about Bill Tolstedt's coaching tenure at Schoolcraft College, it very well might be titled Ten Good Years.

Tolstedt, a Brighton resident, recently stepped down from his position as Schoolcraft's women's soccer coach with an overall mark of 174-29-20 since 1997.

Although fulfilled with his duties of coaching and mentoring, Tolstedt said family considerations ultimately spearheaded his decision to leave the Lady Ocelots.

"I was not spending the time with my grandchildren that I wanted to, not spending time with my family and friends that I wanted to," Tolstedt said. "I just thought it was time to spend more time with the people I love."

Tolstedt and his wife, Trish, have seven children (including former Schoolcraft players Lisa Tolstedt, Cindi Gibson and Kelly Connell) and three grandchildren - with a fourth due in May.

"Bill had an illustrious coaching career" at Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft Athletic Director Sid Fox said in a press release. "... However, his greatest gratification always surfaced when his graduates moved on to four-year institutions to further their academic and athletic pursuits.

"I felt one of his greatest attributes was his ability to manage young people in their day-to-day affairs, thereby, serving as an outstanding role model for them to learn practical life skills."

Under Tolstedt's leadership, 34 All-America awards were presented to Schoolcraft players. In fact, under Tolstedt's guidance the Ocelots have qualified for the National Championship tournament 6 out of the last 7 years.

The latest to earn the All America awards were Sarah Davis and Stephanie Squires, selected to the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Women's All-America Team. Davis and Squires sparked the Lady Ocelots to a 16-2-2 record, good for Region and District titles.

According to Tolstedt, building up the Schoolcraft women's soccer program -- almost from scratch -- is something he takes great pride in.

When he took over the job in 1997, "we had six (recruiting) candidates and five weeks to get a team together."

With just 10 players, and following a start of 0-5-1, Schoolcraft won its first game for Tolstedt and wound up with a mark of 8-8-1 that season.

Tolstedt then vowed to never again have such a season of uncertainty and, drawing on his connections in Premier Soccer League circles, began assembling and then priming what would become a well-oiled recruiting machine.

Since then Schoolcraft has finished in the Top 15 nationally 9 consective years finishing 4th in the nation this past season.

Sid Fox announced recently that Deepak Shivraman who has successfully coached both the boys and girls soccer programs at Brighton High School and the MSPSL has been selected as Schoolcraft's new women's soccer coach. Tolstedt, who served as Schoolcraft's interim A.D. before Fox was hired, said he will help with the transition, including following through on recruitment efforts.


Thursday, December 13
SC Earns Honors for 2006 Season
Congratulations to Sarah Davies (1st Team) and Stephanie Squires (2nd Team) for being selected to the 2006 NJCAA Division 1 Women's All America Team. Sarah was honored as a defender and Stephanie as a Goalkeeper. Sarah repeated as All American having earned the honor in 2005 as well.

Sarah Davies & Stephanie Squires were further honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) by being voted to the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Division 1 All Central Region team.

In addition, the NSCAA voted Sarah Davies to the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Division 1 All America Team. Sarah is to be presented her All American plaque during the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 13.

Schoolcraft College concluded another outstanding season finishing 16-2-2. We repeated as Region and District champions. And, for the 4th year in a row, we qualified for the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer National Championship played in Albany, GA where we finished 4th in the nation.

Thursday, November 22
Oclelots Earn 4th at Nationals
The Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team came into the NJCAA National Tournament in Albany, Georgia with very high expectations. After all, the Ocelots were unbeaten on the regular season, Regional and District Champions, and ranked 3rd in the NJCAA National Ranking Poll. On Thursday, SC opened play under the lights at Darton, the host college, against 6th ranked Mesa College from Mesa, Arizona. The T-Birds got on the board first at the 14 minute mark. The Ocelots brought the game to even in literally the last second of the first half. Stephanie Setaputri (Southgate Anderson) on a breakaway pushed a shot just inside the near post and wide of the diving goalkeeper. Megan McCabe (Pinckney) and Stephanie Squires assisted.

Despite dominating the next 45 minutes, Schoolcraft could not finish off the T-Birds. The contest then went to overtime and again neither team could find the back of the net. And in a repeat performance from last year's opening game at Nationals, the Ocelots were forced to go to penalty kicks. Again, no one could gain the upper hand the first round of PK's. The game then went to sudden death penalty kicks with the winner determined by the first team taking a lead after players from both teams shoot. Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) gave SC the lead and Stephanie Squires stopped the Mesa shooter to give Schoolcraft a 5-4 (2-1) win over a very tough Mesa team. With the victory, SC advanced to the winners bracket to face the Mountain Lions of Young Harris (GA) who had won earlier in the day.

Playing again under the lights the next night, Schoolcraft dueled with the 2nd ranked Mountain Lions. It was not until the 35 minute mark that YH gained the advantage with a well placed shot to the far post. The half close with the Lions holding a tenuous one goal advantage. The excellent play continued into the 2nd half with SC pressing the Lions defense hard. But with just over 5 minutes to go, Young Harris put the game out of reach with the second and final goal of the game. Young Harris went on to win the National Championship.

On Sunday, SC faced an old and familiar nemesis in Monroe (NY) who had been upset on Friday by Laramie (WY). Monroe was the defending and #1 ranked team who had beaten the Ocelots in sudden death PK's during the 2005 Nationals. The game was for third place, but Schoolcraft was also seeking some retribution and for 67 minutes dominated both ends of the field only allowing the Tribunes 3 shots in the first 45 minutes. In the opening minutes of the second half, Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) staked her team to a 1-0 lead with an outstanding shot to the upper left 90. Megan McCabe and Alex Saba (Crestwood) provided the support. However, Monroe evened the score in the 67th minute. And then with a sudden change of fortune, the Tribunes scored 2 more in the next 7 minutes to put the game away.

Schoolcraft finished the tournament as the 4th best team in the nation. The Ocelots were also recognized by the other tournament teams who voted Sarah Davies and Megan McCabe to the 2006 All National Tournament Team. They received medals for the honor. SC finished the season with an overall 16-2-2 record.      

Monday, November 5
Schoolcraft Returns to National Championships
Albany, GA and the National Championship tournament is the next stop for the Schoolcraft College Ocelots. To get there, SC had to make a return trip to Grayslake, IL and the College of Lake County who hosted this year's District 12 Championship game this past Saturday. The weather was not very hospitable and neither were the Ocelots in route to a 4-0 triumph over the Lancers.

Gloria Soyad (Regina) turned up the heat when at the 14 minute, she put Schoolcraft ahead to stay. Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central) from her outside defender position gave "G" her opportunity. The half ended with Gloria recording her 2nd goal with service provided by Megan McCabe (Pinckney). The Ocelot defense again never gave CLC the chance to sustain any kind of offense.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Jessica Austin (Franklin) with Ashley Erickson providing the opportunity struck for SC's 3rd. Megan McCabe put the exclamation mark on the game with her own goal near the end. Jess Austin and Alex Saba (Crestwood) put the pieces together for Austin. CLC recorded only 4 shots on net and the Ocelots' recorded their 13th shutout.

The 4-0 win gave Schoolcraft the District crown for the 4th consecutive year. SC's record stands at 15-0-2. They are currently ranked #2 in the NSCAA and #3 in the NJCAA National Polls.

And with that District title, the Ocelots advance to the National Championships in Albany, Georgia. This will be their 4th straight year to qualify for the National tournament and, in fact, the 6th time in the last 7 years to do so. Play begins in Albany on November 16th to decide this year's National Champion.   

Monday, October 30
Rochester Blanked by Ocelots
The Warriors of Rochester College traveled to Schoolcraft on a very cold and damp Monday to a very equally inhospitable Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team. Alex Saba (Crestwood) struck for the eventual game winner just 7 minutes in. Ashley Erickson (walled lake Central) and Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering) put the ball in to play for Alex to finish. Eight minutes later Jess Austin (Franklin) this time with Alex Saba's help stacked the Ocelots to a 2-0 edge which they carried into halftime. Stephanie Squires took care of business in goal denying the Warriors on the only three shots they had in the half.

The second half however turned into a rout. With Jess Austin's help, Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) opened the SC scoring run. Stephanie Squires coming out of the net in the second half found the magic and hit for 2 goals. Sandwiched between Squires goals was Jess Austin second score of the game. Stephanie Vargas assisted on all three goals. Jess Tuggle minded the net in the second half but only had to face one shot in route to Ocelots 6-0 victory.

This was Schoolcraft's 11th shutout of the season and 14th victory. The Ocelots remain unbeaten at 14-0-2. The team is currently ranked 4th in the NJCAA and 2nd in the NSCAA national ranking polls.

SC journeys to the College of Lake County in Grayslake,IL this Saturday to defend their District Championship. The winner advances to the National Tournament in Albany, GA.

Thursday, October 19
Schoolcraft Overwhelms Olivet
After capturing their Region 12 Championship on Saturday, the Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team traveled to Olivet College on Wednesday to take on the Comets. The Ocelots proved to be way too much for the Comets. It took less than 2 minutes for Megan McCabe (Pinckney) to put SC on the scoreboard. Then within the next 6 minutes Jess Austin (Franklin) who is the Ocelots leading scorer struck for two. Inspired by Jess's efforts Megan McCabe tallied again a few minutes later. Alex Saba (Crestwood) then turned up her game and buried the next two in to give Schoolcraft a 6-0 lead. To add to the Comets agony, Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian) and Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) pushed the lead even higher by the half . Olivet could not mount any offense against a very focused Ocelot defense which denied them any shots on goal in the first half.

Monica Warda (Brighton) opened the second half much the way the first half went finding the Comet goal. And in succession, Stephanie Squires hit for two. Megan McCabe then again struck to give her a hat trick, as well as, providing five assists for the game. Stephanie Vargas ended it with her second goal of the day. In total seven players, lit up the scoreboard for Schoolcraft which had an overwhelming day. Olivet could only muster one shot on goal for the game against SC's dead solid defense played by Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering), Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central). Stefanie Stephens (Redford Union) and Monica Warda.

This was Schoolcraft's 10 shutout on the season. In fact, SC has only allowed 7 goals on the season and stands at 13-0-2. The Ocelots are ranked in the top 5 in both the NSCAA (2nd) and NJCAA (5th) National Ranking polls. The next game is Monday against Rochester College at 4:00 PM at Schoolcraft.   

Sunday, October 14
Schoolcraft Rules Region
The Schoolcraft College women garnered their 4th consecutive Region 12 Championship by gunning down Cincinnati State on Saturday. With a claim to the Region Championship on the line, the Ocelots came out with guns a blazing in route to a 6-0 thumping of the Surge. Gloria Soyad (Regina) buried a rebound from a shot by Alex Saba (Crestwood) that could not be controlled. Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian) and Julia Zilan (Walled lake Western) set up Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) who put one in of her own to stagger Cinci State and stake Schoolcraft to a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Ocelots emptied their six shooter in the second half with Jess Austin (Franklin) hitting for 2 and Gloria Soyad adding another for her second of the day as well. And both of them also assisted on goals in the second stanza. Sarah Davies (South Lyon) fired the final shot to put the Surge out if their misery.

The Ocelot defenders staggered Cincinnati State allowing only 5 shots in the game. Chelsy Wagner (Ann Arbor Pioneer), Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central), Stefanie Stephens ((Redford Union) and Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering) make up the vaunted Ocelot defense. Stephanie Squires and Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) adroitly handled the net minding duties.

With the win and Region Championship, Schoolcraft not only ups their undefeated record to 12-0-2 but also qualifies for the District Champions to be played in Chicago on November 4th. Ocelots also have the #2 ranking in the NSCAA National Poll. On Wednesday, SC journeys to Olivet for a 4:00 PM game.         

Tuesday, October 10
Top Teams Denied Ocelot Invitational Title
The Ocelot Invitational went to Cincinnati State over the weekend. However, the two best teams in the Ocelot Invitational squared off in the opening game of the tournament. On a crisp Saturday morning, Michigan State and Schoolcraft College fought to a 0-0 tie in their very challenging match. Both teams missed early opportunities, but the Ocelots came within a blink of the eye but missed 3 shots from within the box in the final minutes of the game. The offenses and defenses for both sides did an excellent job throughout the game with both sides refusing to yield. Stephanie Squires went the distance in goal. Cincinnati Sate beat Olivet 4-0 in their first match on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Ocelots opened the day burying the University of Michigan - Dearborn 9-0. The Spartans went on to crush Olivet 7-0 in the closing contest of the tournament. Both teams missed a potential co-championship with the Cincinnati State Surge slipping by Rochester College by the narrowest of margins 1-0 to give them 2 wins and the title.

In the UM game, Schoolcraft dominated the field but did not earn the first goal until the 28 minute mark of the first half. Megan McCabe (Pinckney) did the honors with Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) pushing a well paced through ball on to Megan who gathered it in and slid a well placed ball pass the Wolverine GK. Lauren DeRoo (Wateford Kettering) and Gloria Soyad (Regina) each hit for a goal to give SC a very comfortable 3-0 halftime lead.

Alex Saba (Crestwood) went on a personal rampage when she struck for gold 3 times herself with 2 within a 10 minute span. Megan McCabe notched her second of the day with Gloria Soyad and Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian) notching one of their own. Stephanie Squires and Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood share the net minding duties. In all, 5 different Ocelots scored in route to the 9-0 victory. The SC defense again played very well and did not allow a shot on net on the day. This is Schoolcraft's 9th shutout of the season.

Schoolcraft's record moves to 11-0-2 on the season. The Ocelots are one of only two unbeaten teams in the Top 10 nationally. The next opponent is the same Cincinnati State team that grabbed the Ocelot Invitational title. A win on Saturday will provide a certain degree of redemption and give SC its 4 consecutive Region 12 Championship. The game is Saturday morning at 11:00 AM on the Livonia campus.   

Sunday, October 1
Ocelots Blow Thru Windy City
The Schoolcraft College Ocelots blew through the Windy City and their opponents this past weekend. On Friday, SC took on Elgin College who is the defending Region 4 Champion. The Spartans fell to the Ocelots by 6-0 score. While controlling the ball and the field of play throughout the day, it was not until the 33rd minute that SC found the back of the net. It was Jessica Austin (Franklin) who struck first for Schoolcraft from a crossed ball into the center from Sarah Davies (South Lyon). This opened the floodgates. Over the next 12 minutes, the Ocelots poured it on with Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) and Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian) scoring. Monica Warda (Brighton) and Chelsy Wagner (Ann Arbor Pioneer) respectively assisted. Stephanie Squires minded the net thru the first half.

Alex Saba (Crestwood) and Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) provided the help to Gloria Soyad (Regina) who opened the second half with the first of her 2 goals on the day. However, Julian Zilan set the pace when she hit for her second goal of the day. Gloria then capped the scoring off a ball sent in by Stephanie Squires for the 6-0 final. Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) anchored the net in the second half in route to a blanking of the Spartans.

On Saturday, the Ocelots took on the College of Lake County who is currently in first place in the Chicago area Skyway Conference and 17th in the NSCAA National Ranking Poll. The outcome was decided just 2 minutes into the game when Alex Saba put Schoolcraft on the scoreboard. She was assisted by Sarah Davies and Gloria Soyad. Alex was followed quickly by Jessica Austin with again an assist from Gloria Soyad. Jessica Tuggle and Stephanie Vargas provided the chance and just before the half ended Megan McCabe (Pinckney) staked SC to a 3-0 halftime lead. Stephanie Squires again managed the net the first half.   

In quick succession in the second half, Nicole Polite, Monica Warda and Stephanie Squires buried the Lancers. The supporting cast for this was Jessica Austin with 2 assists, Gloria Soyad with 2 and Stephanie Squires with 1 of her own. Jessica Tuggle went the distance in the second half to seal the shutout.   

The Ocelots dominated the field from beginning to end in both games. The Schoolcraft defense was outstanding again over the weekend allowing Elgin just 3 shots on the day and Lake County only 5. This defense is made up of Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering), Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central), Stefanie Stephens (Redford) and Chelsy Wagner.

The Schoolcraft record moves to 10-1-1 on the season and a National Ranking of 3rd in both the NJCAA and NSCAA national ranking polls. Schoolcraft hosts their annual Ocelot Invitational this weekend on the Livonia Campus.

Monday, September 25
Climate is Right
The climate was great in the Valley of the Sun for the Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team this past weekend. The Ocelots traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to take on the Coyotes of Chandler-Gilbert Coming into the game, the Coyotes were ranked 13th in the NSCAA national poll. SC held the advantage throughout the game and despite out shooting Chandler by a 23 to 8 margin, they held firm. It was not until with just over 3 minutes remaining Gloria Soyad (Regina) flicked a ball over the Coyotes defense to an eager Jessica Austin (Franklin). And Jess beat the charging GK with a well placed ball to the lower right corner for the game winner. While going the distance in goal, Stephanie Squires made a couple of outstanding saves to spark the Ocelots and snuff out any serious challenges on the SC net..

The Coyotes came into the game ranked 13th in the nation. They had just a week earlier taken the #2 ranked team, Mesa, to the closing minutes of their game before losing again by only a 1-0 margin. So this was a very hard fought win for Schoolcraft over a team very eager to make a statement and defend their national ranking.

On Saturday, Phoenix College hosted SC. The Ocelots dominated the first half in route to an insurmountable 3-0 half time lead. Megan McCabe (Pinckney) struck first at the 12 minute mark on a crossed ball from midfielder Monica Warda (Brighton). Then three minutes later, Gloria Soyad found Alex Saba (Crestwood) who burned her defender and found the corner. Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) came forward from her defensive mid position and delivered the ball to Jessica Austin who put the game out of reach with the Ocelots third goal of the game and her second of the weekend.

Schoolcraft again controlled the tempo of the game in route to the win and out shot the Bears 22 to 10. Stephanie Squires again was dead solid in denying Phoenix the back of the net.The Ocelots showed the ability, motivation and attitude necessary to earn two solid victories in as many days over excellent opponents.

With these wins, the Ocelots record improved to 8-1-1. Schoolcraft again goes on the road this coming weekend to Chicago to take on another ranked opponent, the College of Lake County. In addition, SC will take on Elgin College who are the defending Chicago area Region Champions. They will be looking to revenge a loss to SC in the 2005 District Championship game.

Sunday, September 17
Schoolcraft 7 Score 8 Against Olivet
The Ocelots beat up on a depleted Olivet JV team on Saturday. In fact, Schoolcraft did not allow the Comets a shot on goal during the game while 7 Ocelots struck for 8 goals..

The eventual game winning goal came from Gloria Soyad (Regina) with an assist from Jessica Austin (Franklin). Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian) lofted the ball just over the Comet's GK for SC's second goal. Completing the scoring in the first half was Sarah Davies (S Lyon) with Monica Warda (Brighton) and Gloria Soyad providing the opportunity.

The Ocelots took a 3-0 lead into the second half with Gloria Soyad hitting for her second goal of the game. Gloria was not done however as the Soyad/Austin combo hooked up again except with Jess Austin notching the goal and the red hot Gloria Soyad serving her the ball. Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) set-up first Alex Saba (Crestwood) then Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western) to stake Schoolcraft to a 7-0 lead. Megan McCabe (Pinckney) put the icing on the cake with some help from Sarah Davies.

Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering), Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central), Chelsy Wagner (AA Pioneer) and Stefanie Stephens (Redford) were dominating for the Ocelot defense which did not allow Olivet a single shot on net in either half. Stephanie Squires provided the defensive support in goal for SC in the first half and Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) handled the net minding duties in the second half.

The win moves Schoolcraft's overall record to 6-1-1 and a #4 national ranking in both the NJCAA and NSCAA polls. The Ocelots travel to Arizona next week to take on nationally ranked Chandler-Gilbert and Phoenix College.      

Monday, September 11
SC Wins Big Against Archrival Cinci State
Schoolcraft College (Livonia) women's soccer team stormed to a big win over their regional archrival, Cincinnati State, on Sunday. The Surge were coming off a strong weekend losing to Monroe (NY), the defending national Champion, 3-0 and tying Navarro (TX) 0-0. SC came into the game looking to defend its Region 12 title and crushed the Cinci State Surge 5-0 on a very hot and humid day in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Ocelots jumped to an early lead less than 8 minutes into the game on a goal by Jessica Austin (Franklin) who had a little help from her friends, Megan McCabe (Pinckney) and Chelsy Wagoner (Pioneer). Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) notched SC's second goal at the 34 minute mark off a crossed ball from Sarah Davies (S.Lyon). Just before the half ended, Jessica Austin scored in her second goal of the game from a nifty pass in traffic from Gloria Soyad (Regina). The Ocelots defense lead by Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering) and Stephanie Squires in net allowed only 3 shots in the first half.

Schoolcraft continued their excellent play in the second half only allowing 2 shots on goal while lighting up the scoreboard twice themselves. Megan McCabe off a header from Jess Austin brought the score to 4-0 early in the second half. Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) took the net in the second half from Stephanie Squires who found the back of the Surge net in heavy traffic. She was assisted by Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western). Cincinnati State was never allowed to develop any kind of rhythm on this day in losing to Schoolcraft.

The Ocelots record goes to 5-1-1 with game this week with the University of Michigan - Dearborn on Wednesday and Olivet on Saturday.   

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Jessica Austin hits a corner of the net for SC's 1st Goal
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Tuesday, August 28
Ocelots Repeat as Lancer Invitational Champs
The Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team took part again this year in the Lancer Invitational hosted by the University of Windsor this past weekend. SC won the title last year and won the overall team title for the second consecutive year finishing the tournament with a record of 2-0-1. The Ocelots played the University of Windsor in the opening match on Saturday and earned a 5-3 victory with 5 different Ocelots finding the back of the net.

At the half it was 2-1 in favor of SC with goals by Stefanie Stephens (Redford Union) and Jessica Austin (Franklin). In the span of just over a minute Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson) and Megan McCabe (Pinckney) closed the door on the Lancers in the second half. Alex Saba (Crestwood) capped the day with one of her own. Stephanie Squires and Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) shared time in goal.

On Sunday, SC opened against the University of Michigan club team. Schoolcraft managed to take the lead at the 23 minute of the first half on a goal by Alex Saba with an assist from Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian). However, Michigan got one back just moments before the end of the half. While this was not one of SC better performances, the game ended in a 1-1 tie and left the Ocelots with an 1-0-1 overall record. Jessica Tuggle and Stephanie Squires again shared time in goal.

The final match against the Michigan Gators would ultimately decide the championship. The Gators came into the match with an overall 2-0-0 record having crushed Michigan 6-0 on Saturday and beaten Windsor 2-0 in the opening match on Sunday. Jess Austin notched the game winner at the 38 minute mark and SC defense held the Gators to only 3 shots in the second half. Stephanie Squires went the distance in goal.

The results of Lancer Invitational moved Schoolcraft's record to 4-1-1 on the season.   

Wednesday, August 30
SC Tops Indiana Tech
The Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team shutout Indiana Tech on Sunday by a 3-0 score. SC created numerous scoring opportunities in the half, but it was not until the 20 minute that Megan McCabe (Pinckney) notched what turned out to be the eventual game winner. Her first goal of the season came off of a headed ball from Sarah Davies (S.Lyon) and staked the Ocelots to a 1-0 lead. The Warriors were not able to generate much offense against SC's solid defense which held them to just 4 shots but never quit and played hard throughout.

In the second half, the Ocelots had more success finding the back of the net. At the 58th minute, Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) found Alex Saba (Crestwood) with a crossing ball. Alex struck a strong bending ball into the upper corner of the net to give Schoolcraft the 2-0 advantage. Shari Trandell capped a very good day with her own goal with 10 minutes left. Stephanie Squires provided the opportunity and Shari hit for a well placed ball into the corner. The 3-0 result was an excellent test against a good team.

Jessica Tuggle (Ladywood) went the distance in goal to record her first shutout on the season. The defense remained solid throughout and only allowed 1 shot in the second half. Schoolcraft stands at 2-0-0 on this young season.

This Wednesday SC travels to Albion for a 3:00 PM contest against a very good Albion team.      

Friday, August 25
Schoolcraft Opens with Win over Concordia
Schoolcraft women played our first game ("Friendly") this past Tuesday. It was a 3-1 win over a much improved Concordia University (Ann Arbor) team. Concordia came into the contest having coming off a very good 2005 season and featured 6 former Schoolcraft alum. Despite that, it was a game during which we controlled the tempo and field of play from beginning to end. We out shot the Cardinals by a 24 to 7 margin.

Freshman forward Jess Austin (Franklin) recorded our first goal of the season on a pass from Chelsy Wagner (Ann Arbor Pioneer) and beat the Cardinal goalie on a 1v1. Gloria Soyad (Regina) then found Jess on a thru ball which found the back of the net for Jess' 2nd goal to give Schoolcraft a 2-0 lead at the half.

Alex Saba (Crestwood) notched our 3rd goal on a volley from Stefanie Stephens (Redford Union). Concordia did score with just less than 3 minutes in the game to avoid a shutout. SC continues play this Sunday with a 2:00 PM game against Indiana Institute of Technology (IIT) at Schoolcraft College.

While our numbers are down from the usual 20, this year's Ocelot team is one of the best classes that I have had. We have an excellent blend of incoming freshmen and returning sophomores. They are both technically & tactically sound. And even more important the players have blended quickly as a team.

In addition, the coaching staff will remain intact. Doug Lyon and Bob Rowland return as offensive and defensive coaches respectively. We added Lisa Tolstedt who earned All America honors 2 years in a row for Schoolcraft. She will manage the midfield.

I remain impressed with our collective work ethic and see very good things for us for the 2006 campaign. And this even after a strong 2005 season during which we finished ranked 5th nationally and qualified for our 5th National Championship in the last 6 years. In a just released poll, SC enters 2006 ranked 5th nationally in the pre-season NSCAA National Poll.

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Jessica Austin Scores Season's 1st Goal against Concordia
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Sunday, March 26
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team Announces Signings.
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer announces the recent signings to a National Letter of Intent for the 2006 season: They are Ashley Erickson (Walled Lake Central), Gloria Soyad (Regina), Nicole Polite (Bethany Christian), Jessica Austin (Livonia Franklin), Alexandria Saba (Crestwood), Monica Warda (Brighton), and Stephanie Vargas (Southgate Anderson). These young women will help SC which finished the 2005 season with a 17-3-4 record and ranked 5th in the nation to again contend for a national title.

Wednesday, February 22
Ocelots Come Close in Windsor Indoor Tourney
Schoolcraft women's indoor soccer team took part in the University of Windsor Lancer Indoor Soccer Invitational played on Saturday, February 18th. The Ocelots opened play against the University of Western Ontario which ended in a 2-2 tie. In the next game, SC defeated the University of Toledo by a 2-1 margin. The final game within their pool resulted in a 3-1 victory over the University of Windsor Gold.

Schoolcraft out shot each of their opponents and with the win, SC tied for 1st with the University of Windsor for their Pool. Both teams held a 2-0-1 record. Despite having beaten Windsor, the Lancers were designated pool champions based upon a point scoring system. Both teams advanced to the semi-final round of play.

The Ocelots meet the University of Michigan in the semi-final. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. The game was decided on PK's with UM advancing to the championship game with a 3-2 win. The Ubniversity of Windsor went on to capture the tournament title defeating UM by a 4-1 margin. Schoolcraft finished 3rd.   

The SC women played very well and represented themselves extremely well against quality opponents. Congratulations!

Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Has Two Selected to 2005 All America Teams
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team had Sarah Davies & Nicole Saigh selected to the 2005 NSCAA & NJCAA All America Teams. Sarah was voted to the NJCAA 1st Team and NSCAA 2nd Team as a defender. In addition, Sarah was selected to the 2005 NJCAA All Region Team and recognized as 2005 Region XII Player of the Year. Nicole Saigh earned 2005 NSCAA & NJCAA 2nd Team All America recognition as a forward. She was one of only four players nationally to repeat as an All American. Nicole was selected as well to the All Region Team. Nicole was also voted to the NJCAA All Tournament Team during the National Chamionships in Phoenix, AZ. where Schoolcraft finished 5th in the nation.   

Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team Earns 5th at the 2005 National Championships
Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team came within a breath of vying for the 2005 National Championship Tournament. SC opened play on Thursday at Nationals against the defending national champions and #2 ranked Monroe College (NY). The Tribunes wasted no time when they found the back of the net within the first minute of play. With that early success they quickly grabbed the upper hand and refused to let go for the first 15 -20 minutes. The Ocelots bent but did not break. The balance of play began to shift in favor of Schoolcraft. For the remainder of the first half, SC held a slight edge. But the play was intense with both teams refusing to give much ground. Monroe held on to a 1-0 lead at the half.

After the break, the Ocelots shifted their offense to a high speed attack with the insertion of Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn) and Julia Zilan (Walled Lake) in at the forward position. With their speed striking fear into Monroe, Schoolcraft grabbed the momentum. MCC had difficulty getting out of their own end. And 26 minutes into the half, Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) got SC on the scoreboard. Although both teams had quality opportunities to score in the half, both defenses held and the game remained knotted at 1-1 at the conclusion of regulation.

The game then went to a 10 minute sudden death overtime. Neither team was able to capitalize and the score remained at 1-1. Then came a second overtime. Again neither team could claim victory. To decide the outcome, penalty kicks were taken. Everyone held their breath as first SC took the lead then Monroe came back to tie. The game then went to sudden death PK's. Again there was not a sound as both teams again held their breath to see who would blink first. Schoolcraft blinked and Monroe garnered a hard fought win over a never say die bunch of Ocelots.      

With the loss, SC was forced to the losers bracket where they would contend for 5th place. The Ocelots next opponent was Iowa Central who had lost as well the prior day to Mesa (AZ). This time SC scored first on a goal by Nicole Saigh for her second of the tournament. Schoolcraft lead 1-0 at the half. Midway through the second half, the Tritons scored on a penalty kick. And like the Monroe game, the game ended at the end of regulation tied at 1-1. Again, both sides held the breaths through two 10 minute overtimes and penalty kicks. This time the Ocelots were victorious.

The win set-up a re-match on Friday with the Bulldogs of Navarro (TX) for 5th place. Navarro had beaten Ann Arundel (MD) 5-1 to advance. SC had lost earlier in the season to Navarro at a tournament in Baltimore, MD by a 2-1 margin. This time SC dominated the game, but the game remained scoreless through the first half of play. However, the Ocelots were not to be denied this time and LeighAnne Myers (Holly) hit for the winner at the 26 minute mark of the second half. SC was again forced to hold their breath while the clock ticked down. Schoolcraft won their second game of the tournament by a score of 1-0 and in regulation time.

With the win, Schoolcraft College earned 5th place at the 2005 National Tournament. In addition, Nicole Saigh and Chelsy Wagner (Ann Arbor Pioneer) were voted to the All Tournament Team. The Ocelots finished the season with an overall 17-3-4 and ranked 5th in the NSCAA National Poll.

Schoolcraft Scores Big on 2005 All Region XII Team
The 2005 All Region Team was recently announced, and Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer had 6 players selected including the Player of the Year. The six are Jess Saba (Crestwood), LeighAnne Myers (Holly), Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford), Stephanie Squires (Rochester), Stacey Potrykus (Farmington Hills Harrison) and Sarah Davies (S.Lyon). Sarah was also named Region XII Player of the Year.

Shoolcraft Women's Soccer Team Scores District Title
The Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team ventured to Elgin, IL to challenge the Elgin College Spartans for the District D Championship and spot in the 2005 National Tournament. The Ocelots set the tone and a torrid pace in route to their 3rd consecutive District Championship with a sound thumping of the Elgin Spartans by a 4-1 margin.

LeighAnne Myers (Holly) from her defensive midfield position stunned the Spartans with her goal in the first minute of play. She was setup by Jess Saba (Crestwood). The Spartans came back very strong with a score of their own at about the 10 minute mark. SC regained the lead when Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) working with Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) found Kara Jean (Dearborn) on a quick break. Kara used her speed and composure to put a well placed ball pass a sprawling Spartan goalkeeper into the net.

That goal and the conditioning of the Schoolcraft players did not allow Elgin to mount any sustained attack after that. And to really take the wind out of their sails, Nicole Saigh hit one just inside the far post with 5 minutes to go in the first half to stake SC to a 3-1 halftime lead. Stephanie Squires (Rochester) setup Nicole with the well placed ball to score.

Jess Saba capped an impressive offensive game for Schoolcraft with a near post upper 90 shot to close out the scoring. Stephanie Squires had her 2nd assist of the day. The SC team defense only allowed 2 shots on goal in the 2nd half. Meagan Farrell (Livonia Franklin) was replaced in net for SC by Jenna Cataldi (Algonac).

With the District title, Schoolcraft advances to the NJCAA National Championship tournament in Phoenix, AZ beginning November 17th. With the win, the Ocelots record moves to 15-2-4. In addition, SC moves up to a #4 ranking in the NSCAA National Ranking Poll.   

Schoolcraft Women Clip Valpo
The Schoolcraft women's soccer team marches on with a 2-1 win over Valparaiso University on Saturday in Valparaiso, Indiana. As SC has done throughout the season, they pretty much controlled the field of play in the first half. However, the Ocelots could not catch the net, and the score was 0-0 at the half.

Eight minutes into the second half, Jess Saba (Crestwood) hustled to follow-up on a rebound off the Valpo goalkeeper from a shot by Jennifer Dahl (New Boston). Jess showed remarkable composure under pressure in beating the Crusaders scrambling GK and touching the ball into the net. Jenn and LeighAnne Myers (Holly) shared the assist. Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) finished Valpo off with her goal off some help by Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) with 17 minutes left. The Crusaders did get on the board late in the game but did not offer many serious threats against SC. Schoolcraft outshot Valpo 19 to 6.

With the win, the Ocelots up their record to 14-2-3 and retain their #10 ranking in the NSCAA national poll. SC wraps up the regular season with a home game this Thursday against MSU at 5:00 PM.

Schoolcraft Rolling Toward Districts
The lady Ocelots dispatched a very determined and much improved Rochester College team this past week. Schoolcraft's strength is in playing the full width and depth of the field, but the Warriors were able to confine the Ocelots on a barely legal size field. As a result, the score stood at 0-0 at the half with the edge in terms of possession going to SC.

However in the second stanza, SC got on track and hit for the game winner at the 26 minute mark. Jess Saba (Crestwood) did the honors with an assist from LeighAnne Myers (Holly). An always feisty Kara Jean established some breathing room with her goal a few minutes later. Jess Saba added to her totals with the assist. Then she turned right around and buried her 2nd goal of the game to finish Rochester with a 3-0 final. Stephanie Squires (Rochester) sent her the ball to cap the scoring. Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) and Meagan Farrell (Livonia) turned away the few chances that the Warriors had. Rochester had only 5 shots for the entire game.

That win was followed by another victory this past Sunday against Olivet. The final was another 3-0 final. This time LeighAnne Myers coming out of her defensive midfield position kicked off the scoring just 4 minutes into the contest. Sarah Davies (S.Lyon) assisted. Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) found the back of the net on a breakaway to put the Ocelots up 2-0 at the half.

Taking away any hope, Julia Zilan notched Schoolcraft's 3rd goal with help from Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford). SC controlled the tempo throughout the game. SC's team defense held Olivet to just 3 shots the entire game while the team offense recorded 15. Meagan Farrell and Jenna Cataldi minded the net.

Schoolcraft has only allowed 8 shots in the last 2 games and only 2 goals in the last 7 games. This is true team defense. The Ocelots continue to control the filed of play. And the offense is finding the net. This bodes well for the team and puts the Ocelots overall record to 12-2 3. SC is ranked 10th in the NSCAA National Poll. The next game is on Saturday at Valparaiso University.

Ocelots Repeat as Region XII Champions
The Schoolcraft College women's soccer team repeats as Region XII Champions with a decisive 5-1 victory over Cincinnati State. On a blustery Sunday in Cincinnati Ohio, SC took on the Cincinnati State Surge in a key regional match-up. The Ocelots encountered a very determined and aggressive Cinci State team looking to avenge an earlier loss to Schoolcraft and keep themselves in contention for a Region XII title.

SC held the advantage in terms of possession but the game was scoreless for most of the first half. Julia Zilan appeared to get SC on the score board but the goal was called back on a disputed offside call. But at the 41st minute of the first half, LeighAnne Myers (Holly) on a feed from Jess Saba (Crestwood) did finally find the net. And to add an exclamation point on the first half, Cortney Brady (Algonac) with just 3 seconds left found Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) who struck for what would prove to be the game winner. Her goal gave the Ocelots a 2-0 advantage.

Jess Saba teamed with Nicole Saigh to put SC up 3 nil just 7 minutes into the second half. That was Nicole second goal of the game. However, Cinci did score a few minutes later but that was the last of any real threat as Schoolcraft stepped-up their game and took total charge for the remainder of the game. SC held Cinci to just 3 shots for the entire game.

Julia Zilan (Walled Lake) and Shari Trandell (Sterlington Heights Stevenson) added to the demise of the Surge with goals of their own to make it a 5-1 final. LeighAnne Myers and Chrisy Stapleton (Allen Park) provided the assists. Jenna Cataldi anchored the net for the game.

With the win, Schoolcraft earned their 3rd straight Region XII championship. SC has garnered the title 8 of the last 9 years. With this win, Schoolcraft qualifies to play for the District D title and possible return trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Phoenix AZ..

SC Retains Ocelot Invitational Championship
Schoolcraft women's soccer team captured their own invitational tournament this past weekend with a 5-1 win over the College of Lake County (IL) on Sunday. Schoolcraft has hosted the Invitational for the past 8 seasons and have captured the title in each year.

The Ocelots opened against Loyola - Chicago on Saturday. SC dominated play from kick-off to the final whistle. Schoolcraft did not allow a single shot on their net for the full 90 minutes. In fact, the Ramblers rarely crossed the midfield in the face of a withering Ocelot team defense. SC's offense notched 25 shots on the Loyola goal and hit everything but the back of the net. The game ended in a very frustrating 0-0 tie.

Olivet and the College of Lake County played in the Saturday afternoon match with CLC winning 2-1. The Lancers of Lake County led 1-0 at the half. Both teams played even in the second with each scoring a goal. The win allowed CLC to play for the championship on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Ocelots took on CLC and again dominated the field of play. But this time SC's offense was far more successful and buried the Lancers 5-1. Nine minutes into the game, Stephanie Squires (Rochester) with an assist from Jennifer Dahl (New Boston Huron) put SC in front. However, 6 minutes later CLC broke through to tie things at 1. That was the last noise the Ocelot team defense would allow. The Lancers only managed 4 shots agaist SC. Jess Saba (Crestwood) put the Ocelots on top to stay. Julia Zilan (Walled Lake) provided the opportunity for Jess. SC lead 2-1 at the half.

The Ocelots notched 3 more in the 2nd half. Rounding out the scoring was Stephanie Squires and Jess Saba with 2 goals each on the day. Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford), 2004 All American forward, also added to the insurmountable edge. Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) and Meagan Farrell (Livonia) shared time in a not so busy goal. Cortney Brady (Algonac), Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn), and Mary Jo Yokum (Northville) assisted.

This weekend SC travels to Cincinnatti Ohio to retain their Regional championship against Cincinnatti State. The Ocleots hosted Cinci earlier this season and came away with a 3-1 victory. A win on Sunday assures Schoolcraft of another Region XII title which would be their 8th in the last 9 years.      

Squires LC Goal
Stephanie Squires scores on a header against Lake County
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Georgia Cup is Half Full for Ocelots
The Ocelots women's soccer team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend to play nationally ranked Darton College and Georgia Perimeter College who hosted the tournament. Schoolcraft were upset on a hot & humid Saturday in Georgia against the # 10 Cavaliers of Darton. SC who came into the game ranked #8 nationally came up on the short end of a 2-1 score despite outshooting Darton 17-7. It was a well played game with SC in control at the outset. But then play began to even out about 25 minutes into the first half. The half ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Ocelots defense only allowed 3 shots in the second half, but the Cavaliers took full advantage and scored on 2 of them in a 10 minute span. Schoolcraft aggressively fought back pressuring the Darton defense with 9 shots. Julia Zilan (Walled Lake) brought SC close with her goal at the 75 minute mark. Jess Saba (Crestwood) and Annie Gabriel (N.Farmington) set her up. Despite putting relentless pressure on the Caveliers goal Schoolcraft could not find the back of the net. Darton's good fortune held the next day when they upset the #1 ranked team, Young Harris.

However, the next day SC buried Georgia Perimeter College witrh an 11-0 thumping. The Jaguars were no match for a group of SC players who were still angry about letting Darton slip away from them the day before. The tidal surge of goals came from Kara Jean (Dearborn), Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford), Stephanie Squires (Rochester), Chrisy Stapleton ((Allen Park), Stefanie Stephens (Redford), Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Maeve Wilkie ((Dearborn) and Mary Jo Yokum. Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) anchored the Ocelot goal.

Schoolcraft's record stands at 7-2-2 and a #10 national ranking. Schoolcraft plays host for the Ocelot Invitational tournament this weekend. The teams taking part are Loyola - Chicago, College of Lake County (IL) and Olivet (MI). The games are at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM at Schoolcraft College.

SC Rolls to 5th Win in a Row
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team continues to snuff out any serious scoring opportunities their opponents might muster. Central Michigan was the victim this time by a 2-0 margin. The Ocelots only allowed 3 shots on goal the entire game. The team's defensive efforts kept the ball on CMU end of the field and SC responded with 25 shots of their own. The score was 1-0 at the half. Jess Saba (Crestwood) provided the game winner with a little help from her friends Stephanie Squires (Utica Ford) and Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson). Meagan Farrell (Livonia) minded the net with little to do.

The second half was more of the same. Shari Trandell notched the Ocelots second goal to put things out of reach four the Chippewa's. Providing that opportunity was Christina Stapleton (Allen Park). Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) took on the GK job in the second half but also had little to do in having to fend off just 2 shots. Jennifer Dahl (New Boston Huron), Annie Gabriel (N. Farmington) and Kara Jean (Dearborn), LeighAnne Myers (Holly) and Stephanie Squires (Utica Ford) dominated the midfield. They did not allow CMU room to breathe while continually putting the ball at the feet of their attackers.

Schoolcraft moves to 7-1-2 overall on the season and holding the #8 ranking nationally in both the NJCAA and NSCAA Polls. SC travels to Georgia this Saturday to take on #10 Darton at Georgia Perimeter College who is the host college. On Sunday, Schoolcraft will take on GPC.

SC Streaks to Win over Comets
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team stormed to a 6-0 win over a shortsided Olivet JV team. The Comets could only muster 1 shot on net against the Ocelots. Despite an uninspired effort in the first half, SC only allowed 1 shot on net in route to a 2-0 half time lead. Julia Zilan got SC on the scoreboard but not until the 29 minute mark of the first half. Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn) set her up for the eventual game winner. Shortly thereafter, Maeve put the ball forward to Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) who capped the first half scoring.

The Ocelots came out in the second half with intensity and purpose and buried the Comets. They did so with an aggressive and swarming team defense lead by team tri-captain LeighAnne Myers (Holly). In the opening minutes of the second half, Sarah Davies (S.Lyon) from her defensive position struck for an unassisted goal. Next on the hit parade was LeighAnne Myers who hit the back of the net with one of her own. She received some help from Kara Jean (Dearborn). And the both of them then assisted Stephanie Squires (Utica Ford) to goals number 5 and 6 on a very successful afternoon. Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) minded the net but did not have much to do on a day that Schoolcraft dominated the field of play.

Some more good news is the NJCAA and NSCAA national ranking polls came out this past Tuesday with Schoolcraft ranked #8 in the nation.      

Ocelots Take Charge in Region XII
In a key regional match-up, Schoolcraft College took a big step in retaining their Region XII title with a convincing win over Cincinnati State (OH). The Ocelot defense was bruising and unrelenting and did not allow a shot on net in the first half. Sarah Davies (S. Lyon), Lauren DeRoo ((Waterford Kettering), Stacey Potrykus (N. Farmington) and Cortney Brady(Algonac) make-up a formidable defense that only allowed 4 shots the entire game.   

And again, within our multi-faceted offense we find a way to win. On this day, Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) was on fire and got SC on the scoreboard at the 30 minute mark of game. Annie Gabriel (N. Farmington) served up the ball to Shari. And then did so again to Jess Saba (Crestwood) to culminate a dominate first half. Schoolcraft took a 2-0 halftime edge.

However, less than 2 minutes into the second half, Cinci State caught SC by surprise and struck for their only goal of the game to bring the game to a 2-1 margin. The Ocelot defense would have no more of that and shut the Surge down the rest of the way. LeighAnne Myers (Holly) added the clincher. Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn) was more than happy to provide the opportunity to close the door on Cinci.

The Ocelots continue to improve each game. The spark is there that allows them to find a way to win. Seven different players have scored for Schoolcraft so far this season. Add Meagan Farrell (Livonia) and Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) to the defensive mix and you have a fine group of young women who been scored upon 3 times this season. The next opponent for the Ocelots is Olivet this coming Wednesday.

Ocelots Triumph at Windsor Invitational
Schoolcraft Triumphs at University of Windsor Invitational

The University of Windsor hosted an Invitational Tournament over Labor Day weekend. The teams invited were Schoolcraft, the University of Michigan & Ohio State club teams and of course the host, the University of Windsor. SC opened against the Wolverines on Friday. After an aggressively played and scoreless first half, the Ocelots found the back of the net twice in a 5 minute span midway through the 2nd half to put Michigan away 2-0. Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) struck for the game winner with an assist by Annie Gabriel (North Farmington). Annie then found the net herself just less than 5 minutes later. Stacey Potrykus (N.Farmington) served her the ball to put the game out of reach. Meagan Farrell (Livonia) and Jenna Catalidi (Algonac) guarded the net for SC and the shutout.

At noon on Saturday, Schoolcraft took on the University of Windsor. The Lancers had posted a 3-2 victory over Ohio State the day before. The Ocelots fell behind 1-0 when Windsor headed one in just 2 minutes into the first half. The half ended with Windsor holding a 1-0 lead. Despite SC holding a 14-4 shot differential, it took a PK late in the game to tie the pesky Lancers. Nicole Saigh took the penalty kick and hit her 2nd goal in as many games. Meagan Farrell and Jenna Cataldi again shared the net.

In game 3, The Ocelots went against Ohio State who were coming fresh off a win over Michigan. Schoolcraft dominated the field and peppered the Buckeyes' net with 23 shots. But SC had to wait until the closing minutes of the contest to notch the victory. And with her 3rd goal and game winner of the tournament, Nicole Saigh capped an outstanding weekend for the Ocelots. Annie Gabriel again found Nicole to record her 2nd assist of the tournament. Jenna Cataldi went the distance in goal. With the win Schoolcraft garnered the tournament championship.

Schoolcraft's defense continues to aggressively deny opponents access to their net. SC's stingy defense only gave up one goal in the tournament. On the season, the Ocelots have surrendered only 2 goals from the field. On the other end, the Ocelots have created numerous scoring opportunities against quality opponents and outscored opponents 13-3 on the young season.

SC Struggles Out East
Schoolcraft traveled to Maryland to take on the Community College of Baltimore (MD) County and Navarro (TX). Both teams were coming off outstanding 2004 seasons with both having qualified for the 2004 National Tournament. Both are also ranked in Top 10 in the 2005 NJCAA pre-season National Ranking Poll. SC opened against CCBC with the Cardinals taking charge through much of the first half and the Ocelots playing the better 2nd half. Both teams had quality scoring opportunities but neither could find the net. Meagan Farrell (Livonia Franklin) and Jenna Cataldi (Algonac) did an excellent job keeping CCBC at bay despite CCBC outshooting the Ocelots by about a 2-1 margin. The game ended in a hard fought 0-0 tie.

SC encountered a very aggressive Bulldog team from Texas the next day. Navarro took the first half lead on a well placed ball into the "upper 90" (upper right corner) of the net. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd half on an own goal by the Ocelots. Schoolcraft came back well and notched a goal of our own. From a free kick from about 25 yards out, Stephanie Squires (Rochester) dropped a ball just under the cross bar and over the outstretched hands of the Navarro GK. Despite our furious attempts in the closing moments, SC was not able to convert resulting in a very disappointing 2-1 loss. Both Meagan Farrell and Jenna Cataldi did a credible job in net for Schoolcraft.

While we did not have our best games, we still held our own against quality opponents. This was a very good lesson for both the coaches and the players. All of us a much better understanding of what we need to do.

Ocelots Finish Strong
SC women buried Indiana Institute of Technology (NAIA) 7-0 in the 2nd pre-season exhibition game on Saturday. The Ocelots dominated throughout the game and did not struggle to find the back of the net. Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson) struck for 2 goals and a 2-0 halftime lead. Cortney Brady (Algonac) assisted on both goals. Shari hit again in the second half to finish with a hat trick and assist on the day.

Julia Zilan broke open the flood gates in the second half and finished the day with 2 of her own. Leigh Ann Myers (Brighton) assisted on 2 scores. Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn) got on the board as did Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford) who also had an assist. Nicole is a returning All America forward. Kara Jean (Dearborn) assisted on provide Maeve's score.

The Ocelots notched 41 shots on net. Schoolcraft played very well defensively only allowing 7 shots on net in route to our second shutout. Stephanie Squires (Utica Ford) lead a very solid defense with Meagan Farrell (Franklin) going the distance in goal. SC played a very focused game and after struggling to finish in the opener with Concordia had great success against IIT.

Schoolcraft travels to Maryland next weekend to officially open the NJCAA season. SC will take on CCBC (MD) and Navarro (TX) in Baltimore. Both of these teams are coming off outstanding seasons last year including qualifying for the National Tournament last season.

SC Opens 2005 Season with Win Against Concordia.
SC controlled the field of play in an early exhibition game against Concordia University . The Ocelots won 1-0 despite out shooting the Cardinals 23 -1. Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn) scored at the 20 minute mark of the first half to stake SC to the lead and eventual victory. She maintained a very high level of intensity throughout the game encouraging her teammates to do the same. SC created many quality scoring opportunities but had difficulty finishing.

Despite the shot differential this was a hard fought and very physical game. Concordia features 6 former Schoolcraft players and is a much improved side. Concordia's only opportunity came in the second half on a breakaway which our goal keeper, Jenna Cataldi (Algonac), attacked and forced the shot wide of the net.

This Saturday, 8-20, at noon Schoolcraft will host Indiana Institute of Technology in our 2nd and final exhibition game.

2005 GLWSL Ocelots Schedule
    2005   Division 1   
   Team                Field
1 Borrachos          Schoolcraft
2 Ocelots             Schoolcraft
3 Express             Sandra Richardson
4 Cyclones II         Orion   
5 SUSA Sharpshooters Delia   
6 Canton Conquest    Independence
7 Celtics             Bell West (Millennium)

       Home   Away                        Home   Away   
       Team Team Field Time             Team Team Field Time
05-Jun 1 v 2 Scraft #4 7:00 PM    17-Jul 4 v 3 Orion Twp 7:00 PM
       3 v 4 S Richardson 7:00 PM         6 v 5 Independence 7:00 PM
       5 v 6 Delia East 7:00 PM          1 v 2 Scraft #4 7:00 PM
12-Jun 2 v 4 Scraft #4 7:00 PM    Tu 7/19 7 v 3 Bell West 7:00 PM
       1 v 3 Scraft #4 5:00 PM    W 7/20 5 v 4 Delia 7:00 PM
       5 v 7 Delia East 7:00 PM    W 7/20 6 v 2 Independence 7:00 PM
19-Jun 2 v 6 Scraft #4 7:00 PM    24-Jul 1 v 7 Scraft #4 5:00 PM
       3 v 7 S Richardson 5:00 PM         2 v 5 Scraft #4 7:00 PM
4 v 5 Orion Twp 7:00 PM                  6 v 4 Independence 7:00 PM
26-Jun 3 v 6 S Richardson 7:00 PM 31-Jul 6 v 3 Independence 7:00 PM
7 v 2 Millennium East 5:00 PM            2 v 7 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM
1 v 5 Scraft #4 7:00 PM                  5 v 1 Delia East 7:00 PM
03-Jul                            07-Aug 6 v 1 Independence 6:00 PM
Wed 7/6 7 v 4 Bell West 7:00 PM          3 v 5 Sandra Rich 6:00 PM
Thu 7/7 3 v 1 S Richardson 7:00 PM       4 v 7 Orion Twp 4:00 PM
10-Jul 7 v 6 Bell West 5:00 PM    14-Aug 7 v 1 Millennium East 6:00 PM
4 v 1 Orion Twp 5:00 PM                  4 v 6 Orion Twp 6:00 PM
2 v 3 Scraft #4 7:00 PM                  5 v 2 Delia East 6:00 PM

2005 SC Signing Success
Things are really looking good for the 2005 season with the signing of 10 top recruits. All signed National Letters of Intent to play at Schoolcraft College. Included are:

Chelsey Wagner (Ann Arbor Pioneer)
Shari Trandell (Sterling Heights Stevenson)
Lauren DeRoo (Waterford Kettering)
Jenna Cataldi (Algonac)
Stacey Potrykus (North Farmington)
Maeve Wilkie (Dearborn)
Mary Jo Yokum (home schooled)
Sarah Davies (S.Lyon)
Annie Gabriel (N.Farmington)
Stephanie Squires (Utica Ford)
Stefanie Stephens (Reford Union)
Julia Zilan (Walled Lake Western)

These new players will be joining 9 returning players from a team that finished 2nd in the nation last season. They are:

Cortney Brady (Algonac)
Meagan Farrell Franklin)
Nicole Saigh (Ford II)
Jessica Saba (Crestwood)
Kara Jean (Dearborn)
Leigh Anne Myers (Northwood)
Jennifer Dahl (New Boston)
Christina Stapleton (Allen Park)

These new players coupled with the returning veterans should spell continued success for our Schoolcraft College women's soccer team.

2004 All Region X!! Team
NJCAA Region XII Women's Division I Soccer Awards   

2004 Player of the Year
Nicole Saigh
Schoolcraft College

2004 Coach of the Year
Bill Tolstedt
Schoolcraft College

2004 All Region Team
1st Team
Arielle Bryant    - Schoolcraft College
Ashley Gay       - Schoolcraft College
Megan Romer       - Schoolcraft College
Natalie Thomas    - Schoolcraft College
Nicole Saigh      - Schoolcraft College
Tiffani Tuzzolino - Schoolcraft College

Back to Nationals
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team is on the road again to Nationals.

On Saturday, Dakota County (MN), Region 13 champions, fell to SC by a 6-1 margin. The Ocelots roared to a 4-0 first half score. Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) put us on the board just 5 minutes into the game. Megan Romer (Canton) assisted and then 4 minutes later struck for one of her own. With 15 minutes to go, Nicole Saigh sent a ball across the front of the net that Lindsey Turkington (Sterling Heights Stevenson) put into the lower left corner. LeighAnne Myers (Brighton) closed out the first half with a goal of her own with an assist from a very busy Natalie Thomas (Salem).

Dakota did get on the board in the 2nd half. However, we continued to dominate the play. Nicole Saigh struck back with her 2nd goal of the game. Natalie Thomas capped the scoring at 6-1. Andrea Dunn (Garden City) started in goal and Meagan Farrell (Franklin) closed out the game.

The win allowed us to advance to the championship game on Sunday against the Region 4 champs, Elgin (IL). Coming off a very strong game on Saturday, SC dispatched Elgin despite a very aggressive effort by them rather handily with a 7-1 thumping. Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) on an assist by Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson) started the beginning of the end for Elgin. She was followed by Jess Saba (Crestwood) who had 2 goals on the day. Natalie Thomas and Lindsey Turkington gave her the ball. Kara Jean (Dearborn) staked us to a 3-1 first half lead.

The scoring parade continued the 2nd half with Nicole Saigh scoring goals number 4 and 5. Nicole had 4 goals over the weekend. Natalie Thomas chipped in with her 3rd assist of the day and Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western) for her 2nd of the game. LeighAnne Myers hit for our final goal. Andrea Dun went the distance in goal.

SC had two very impressive wins over the weekend to retain our District D championship and earn a return trip to the National Tournament. Our record stands at 22-0-0 going into Nationals which are November 18-21 in Phoenix Arizona. We are ranked #1 on the NSCAA national poll. This will be our 4th time out the last 5 years that Schoolcraft has advanced to the national Tournament.

SC 2004 Region XII Champions
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team gave every thing they had to retain our hold on the Region XII title. SC needed overtime to finally put away a very determined and aggressive Cincinnati State (OH) team. Because we had beaten Cinci earlier in the season to give us the advantage in the Region XII championship race, Cinci had to beat us to force a playoff for the title. As if they did not need more incentive, we came in as the #1 ranked team in the NSCAA national poll. State outplayed us in the first half and took 1-0 lead on a free kick. While shots on net were slightly in our favor, Cinci really controlled the pace of the first half. We could easily have been down by more at the half except for our equally determined defense lead by Arielle Bryant (Canton) and Meagan Farrell (Franklin). .

SC adjusted at the half and came out ready to win in the second half. began to take control;. Our conditioning as it has all year helped us to finally took its toll on State. We began to take control. Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) put a shot into the lower left corner of the net at the 21 minute mark. LeighAnne Myers (Brighton) provided the support. We missed on several other very good opportunities, but our confidence continued to grow. The game ended deadlocked at 1-1.

It took just over a minute into the overtime before Megan Romer (Canton) pushed a crossed ball from LeighAnne Myers into the far side of the goal for the game winner and Regional championship. Andrea Dunn (Garden City) anchored the net for us the 2nd half and OT.

Our record improves to 14-0-0 on the season. SC is ranked #1 in the NSCAA poll and #3 in the NJCAA poll. Our next game is Thursday at Albion at 2:00 PM.

SC Earns Tournament Title
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team swept to the Ocelot Invitational tournament championship at SC this past weekend. On a cold and blustery Saturday, SC opened played with a 2-0 win over Loyola - Chicago club team. At the 22 minute mark Megan Romer (Canton) notched her 4th goal in as many games to take a 1-0 lead over the Ramblers. Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) set Megan up for the game winner. Andrea Dunn anchored the net in the first half.

While Loyola was denied any serious threat in the game, it was not until the second half that SC notched our second goal to put the game out of reach. Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) struck for our 2nd goal of the contest and her 8th goal of the season. Meagan Farrell (Franklin) completed the shutout.

In the afternoon game, Cincinnati State (OH) tied the MSU club team on a goal with 22 seconds left in the game.

SC needed a win or tie against MSU to capture the tournament title. It was a very hard fought game over a much improved Spartan team. SC had beaten the Spartans earlier in the year 3-1. SC prevailed with a 1-0 victory on Sunday to clinch our Invitational for the 6th consecutive time. The game was deadlocked 0-0 through the first half. The game continued back and forth until Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson) nailed the game winner at the 26 minute mark.She was assisted by Kara Jean (Dearborn) and Natalie Thomas (Salem) who leads our team with 8 assists. Megan Farrell went the distance in net and SC recorded our 9th shutout of the season.
Cincinnati State recorded a 3-0 victory over Loyola in the afternoon game to share 2nd place with MSU.

Our record improved to 13-0-0 on the season. We travel to Cincinnati State next weekend for an important regional contest.

SC has 3 voted to 2004 All-America Teams
Congratulations to Nicole Saigh, Arielle Bryant & Natalie Thomas.

2004 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer All-Americans
First Team
Name          Year College,             State Pos. Reg.
Nicole Saigh   Fr. Schoolcraft College, Mich. F   XII

Second Team
Natalie Thomas So. Schoolcraft College, Mich. M   XII


2004 NSCAA/adidas Women's Junior College All-America Team
Division I
First Team
Position, Player, Class, School,             Hometown
D, Arielle Bryant, So., Schoolcraft College , Westland, Mich.
F, Nicole Saigh,   Fr., Schoolcraft College , Macomb, Mich.

Schoolcraft Women Earn 3rd at 2004 Nationals
Schoolcraft Women Earn 3rd at Nationals.

After capturing our Region and District championships, Schoolcraft College women's soccer team earned a spot in the 2004 NJCAA National Championship tournament in Phoenix, AZ. We opened play on Thursday, 11-18, under the lights against Mesa College (AZ) who came into the tournament ranked 5th nationally. Just 5 minutes into the game, Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) put us ahead with an assist from Lindsey Stiver (Salem). The Thunderbirds tied the game as a result of a penalty kick 10 minutes later. However, less than 3 minutes later, Nicole came up big for us again and struck for her second goal of the game. This gave us the lead again with what would be the eventual game winner.

Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) capped the scoring in the second half to put the game out of reach. Kara Jean (Dearborn) and Nicole Saigh got he ball into Mesa's end for Kyle to finish. Andrea Dunn (Garden City) in goal anchored our defense. The win moved us into the semi-finals against Monroe College (NY) the next day.

On Friday, the Ocelots played the NJCAA #1 ranked team, Monroe. Twenty minutes into the game Monroe was awarded a penalty kick which they converted to take a 1-0 lead. This was a hard fought and well balanced game with both teams refusing to back down. The score would stand despite our furious efforts and near misses during the final 15 minutes of play. The Tribunes put it out of reach for us when they did score again with seconds left in the game for a 2-0 victory. Monroe went on the win the National Championship in a 6-2 blowout of Young Harris (GA).

The loss pitted Schoolcraft against Lewis & Clark (IL) for 3rd place. The Trailblazers got on the scoreboard first at the 15 minute mark. They held the lead until Natalie Thomas (Salem) scored off a header just over the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper with 10 minutes to go in the game. She was set-up by Jessica Saba (Crestwood). Time expired with the score even at 1-1. Despite us taking the upper hand, neither team could find the net through two 10 minute sudden death overtime periods. The game had to go to a shootout to decide the outcome. Schoolcraft had little difficulty finding the back of the net to earn a hard fought 3-1 win in a game that began at 6:00 PM and ended at 9:00 PM.   

Nicole Saigh was voted to the All Tournament team. And for the second year in a row, Schoolcraft concluded the season with a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National tournament. Both times losing only to the eventual National Champions. We finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 24-1-0.   

SC Sweeps Albion & CMU
This past Thursday, SC made the rip to Albion for second half of our home and away games. It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and mild temps. It was also a very good soccer day for us. It took awhile for us to find the back of the net, but Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) finally did. This opened her own personal floodgate as she went to notch 2 more for a hat trick and stake us to a 3-0 halftime lead. Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western), Natalie Thomas (Salem), Chrisy Stapleton (Allen Park) and Jess Saba (Crestwood).

Megan Romer (Canton) and Lindsey Stiver (Salem) feed the ball to Nicole who continued her relentless attack striking for her 4th goal early in the 2nd half. She came out after that to cheer her teammates on. However, Natalie Thomas (Salem) and Rachel Myers (Dearborn) picked-up the torch and struck for goals. Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Melissa Baar (Hartland), and LeighAnne Myers (Brighton) provided the support to lead us to a 6-0 final. Andrea Dunn (Garden City) went the distance in goal.

On Sunday, we managed to finally put away a pesky Central Michigan team. The Chippewa's held us to draw in first half despite a 12 -1 shot differential. However, in the 2nd half Megan Romer got us on the board. Natalie Thomas and Tiffani Tuzzolino got her the ball for the eventual game winner. Tiffnai also provided a two goal the cushion at the 23 minute mark in the 2nd with some help from Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) for a final 2-0 victory. Meagan Farrell (Franklin) and Andrea Dunn split time in goal.

With those wins, Schoolcraft moved to 16-0-0 on the season and retained our #1 ranking in the NSCAA poll.   

SC Gains Edge with Win over Cinci State
Schoolcraft women's soccer team gained the upper hand in the hunt for a Region XII championship on Saturday with a big win over Cincinnati State (OH). Cinci State came into the game ranked 11th in the NJCAA national poll. They played with intensity and skill but were unable to crack our stingy defense while we were able to find the net 3 times. Our 3-0 win was lead by Natalie Thomas (Salem) who struck for the only goal of the first half. She was assisted by Megan Romer (Canton).

Halfway into the second half, Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) with help from a friend, Cortney Brady (Algonac), hit for our second goal to give us some breathing room. She had a very determined effort on the day. Megan Romer took away any hope with our 3rd goal. She picked up her own rebound and finished the scoring. Meagan Farrell went the distance in goal while we recorded our 7th shutout of the season.   

This ups our record to 11-0-0 on the season. Schoolcraft hosts our own Ocelot Invitational Tournament next weekend (October 2 & 3). We open against Loyola - Chicago on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM. Cinci State makes a return visit to SC and plays MSU at 1:30 PM. On Sunday morning, SC takes on MSU at 11:00 AM and with Cinci completing play at 1:30 PM against Loyola.   

SC Continues to Find Success
Last weekend we traveled to Cincinnati Ohio to play in the Cincinnati State Cup. On Saturday, we opened play against St. Catherine College (KY). The Patriots were not a very strong side as we stormed to a lopsided 11-0 win. We took a 5-0 lead into the half and never looked back. Natalie Thomas (Salem) had 2 goals on the day including the opening goal and game winner. Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western) also recorded 2 goals on the day. The others notching goals included Lindsey Turkington (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Jennifer Dahl (New Boston Huron), Jessica Saba (Crestwood), LeighAnne Myers (Fenton), Kara Jean (Dearborn), Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) and Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II). Meagan Farrell (Franklin) and Andrea Dunn (Garden City) anchored the defense to keep the shutout.

On Sunday morning we took on the Hurricanes from Louisburg College (NC). They were a determined and well coached opponent. Kyle LaPorte opened the scoring for SC. She was assisted by Nicole Saigh and Jessica Saba. The Hurricanes evened things before Arielle Bryant (Canton) provided Kyle LaPorte the ball for her 2nd goal of the game to regain the lead at 2-1. Megan Romer (Canton) capped the scoring and secured the win. She was assisted by Natalie Thomas. Louisburg was awarded a PK to bring the score to 3-2 but they never really threatened our net in the half. Again our GK's (Andrea Dunn and Meagan Farrell) did the job in net.

The win assured us at least a tie for the Cup championship. We improved our overall record to 9-0-0

After 7 consecutive games on the road, we took on Albion at home. The Britons showed speed and aggressive play but could not overcome a very strong performance by SC. Kyle LaPorte and Natalie Thomas with 2 goals lead us to a 3-0 halftime lead. Kyle continued where she left off in the first half with notching her 2nd goal of the day in the second half. Tiffani Tuzollino (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Megan Romer, And Arielle Bryant also found the back of the net. Meagan Farrell and Andrea Dunn recorded our 6th shutout of the season.

We improved our record to 10-0-0. SC also holds the #2 position in both the NJCAA and NSCAA National Ranking polls.   

SC Rolls On
This past weekend, our Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team traveled to the College of Lake County in Grayslake IL (Chicago area) who hosted our game with Dakota County who came in from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota for the game. The Blue Knights were ranked 15th in the NSCAA pre-season national poll. On a very hot and humid afternoon we decisively defeated Dakota 5-0. Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II) struck for our first goal which decided the game. We took a 2-0 into the half when Tiffani Tuzzolino ((Sterling Heights Stevenson) notched one in the closing minutes. Meagan Farrell (Franklin) and the rest of the defense anchored by Arielle Bryant (Canton) held Dakota to just 4 four first half shots.

Cortney Brady (Algonac) furnished the opportunity and Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) put the game out of reach with her second half goal. Nicole Saigh then exploded in the second half for our final 2 goals to complete a hat trick on the afternoon. She was aided by Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western), Rachel Myers (Dearborn) and Jennifer Dahl (New Boston Huron). Andrea Dunn (Garden City) limited the Knights to 3 shots and completed the shutout.

On Sunday, we took on Loyola - Chicago. The game was close on the board but was in fact a one-sided contest. We won 1-0 on a second half goal by Nicole Saigh who was assisted by Cortney Brady. Nicole notched her 4th goal of the weekend in route to our 7th straight victory of the season. Loyola was held to 2 shots on the day. The defense was again solid and anchored by Meagan Farrell and Andrea Dunn.

We travel next weekend to Ohio for the Cincinnati State Cup what should be a very competitive weekend of play. We meet St. Catherine (KY) on Saturday and Louisburg CC (NC) on Sunday morning.

SC stands at 7-0-0 on the season and ranked 2nd in the nation in both the NJCAA & NSCAA polls.

SC Off to Fast Start
The Schoolcraft College women's soccer team is off to a fast start following a 4-0 victory Wednesday at Tiffin University (Ohio). This comes on the heals of Monday's 4-1 win at Defiance College of Ohio.
The Lady Ocelots also posted a 3-1 win Saturday at home over the Michigan State University Club team after starting the season Friday with a 3-2 win over Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"We played a full 90 minutes with intensity and skill against a very good and disciplined Tiffin team.

Kyle LaPorte (Churchill) struck first with the eventual game winner. Arielle Bryant (Canton) and Natalie Thomas (Salem) contributed to give SC a 1-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, SC exploded for 2 goals from Natalie Thomas. Kara Jean (Dearborn) capped the scoring. Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western) had 2 assists with Jennifer Dahl (New Boston Huron) and Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights), Nicole Saigh (Ford II), Rachel Myers (Dearborn) and Kyle LaPorte each with an assist.

At Defiance, we played 65 minutes of solid soccer with attitude. Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western) and Jessica Saba (Dearborn Heights Crestwood) scored first-half goals for the Lady Ocelots with assists going to Christina Stapelton (Allen Park), Rachel Myers (Dearborn) and Natalie Thomas (Salem).

After Defiance cut the deficit to 2-1 at the start of the second half, Schoolcraft put it away on goals by LeighAnne Myers (Fenton) followed by Rachel Myers' second goal. Saba and LeighAnne Myers drew assists. Goalkeeper Meagan Farrell (Livonia Franklin) kept Defiance off the board in the first half. Andrea Dunn (Garden City) finished up.

On Saturday, Schoolcraft trailed the MSU Club team early, but Kyle LaPorte (Livonia Churchill) tied it on assists from Saba and Thomas. Rachel Meyers then scored on a breakaay on an assist from LeighAnne to make it 2-1. Nicole Saigh (Utica Ford II) then put it away in the second half on an assist from Thomas. Dunn and Farrell shared time in goal en route to the win.

Schoolcraft stands at 4-0-0 on the season and ranked 3rd in pre-season NJCAA & NSCAA National Polls.

Lady Ocelots Poised for NJCAA Title Run

Schoolcraft College women's soccer team shouldn't miss a beat since last season, when it finished 18-1-0 with a no. 3 National Junior College Athletic Association ranking.

In fact, with a solid nucleus returning along with several talented new-comers, the Ocelots may even add a few beats.

"This is probably one of the best technically skilled teams I've had here," revealed SC coach Bill Tolstedt, whose squad is currently ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA pre-season polls. "We're balanced and sound. The one issue we have is we have a problem tactically as far as keeping our shape on the field. We've had problems with teams running through our middle."

The Ocelots' non-conference schedule is challenging - exactly the way Tolstedt prefers it.

"We want to keep our high ranking in the polls, but we also want to play the best non-conference opponents we can play to prepare us for the conference schedule," Tolstedt said. "We play Michigan State (Saturday), and they have a fifth-year goalie, so how we do against them should tell us a lot about where we're at."

Key returners from last year's stingy defensive contingent include Arielle Bryant (Canton), the team's top sweeper and one of three captains. "Arielle is tall and fast," Tolstedt said. "She really picked it up last season."

Outside defender Lindsey Stiver (Salem), stopper Ashley Gay (Pinckney), mid-defender Melissa Baar and center defensive mid-fielder Tiffani Tuzzolino all return from a defense that yielded a paltry nine goals during the regular season in 2003.

"Tiffani is nothing but good," Tolstedt said. "She distributes the ball well and is very smart tactically."

They will play in front of goalie Andrea Dunn, who saw sporadic playing time last season. "I'm confident Andrea will do an excellent job," Tolstedt said. "Our defense is in good shape."

Leading SC on the attacking side of the mid-field stripe will be outside mid-fielder Casey Hoover, center-mid-fielder Natalie Thomas (Salem) and forwards Lindsey Turkington and Rachel Myers.

"Natalie has made tremendous strides since last season," Tolstedt said. "In a pre-season scrimmage we had against Indiana Tech, she was one of our top players."

Freshmen LeighAnne Myers, a transfer student who attended Northwood University last year, and Kyle LaPorte (Livonia Churchill), will provide the Ocelots with tremendous depth. "Kyle brings a lot of solid credentials with her," Tolstedt said.

Other freshmen who should see plenty of playing time are Nicole Seigh, Jessica Saba, Megan Romer (Canton) and Courtney Brady (Algonac).

"They all have really good skills," Tolstedt said. "Nicole is faster than greased lightning and loves to shoot. Jessica is physical and can shoot, and Mega is adjusting to our gated style of defense, but she'll be there soon. Courtney is quick and moves in space really well."

SC Women Finish GLWSL Undefeated
The SWIFT (Schoolcraft Womens Invitational Futbol Team) Ocelots concluded the GLWSL (Great Lakes Womens Soccer League) 2004 Div 1 Season Undefeated with a 7-2 win over the GLWSL Mayhem this past Sunday.   Single goals from Melissa Baar, Tiffiani Tuzzolino, LeighAnne Myers, and Meghan Romer supplemented a 3 goal hat trick scored by Nicole Saigh. Posting a 7 win, 0 loss and 3 tie record, the Ocelots have captured 1st place in GLWSL Div 1.   Congratulations to all on an excellent summer season.

SC Women Compete in GLWSL
Schoolcraft women will compete again in the over 18 Division 1 Great Lakes Women Soccer League (GLWSL) this summer. Joining our SC women will be candidates who will be looking to earn a spot on our fall 2004 team.

If you are thinking about continuing in soccer at the collegiate level, consider joining our summer team. It is a great opportunity to take a look at our team, meet the players and coaches, and have fun.

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SC Continues to Signs Top Recruits
Schoolcraft College women's soccer signed another top recruit. Meghan Romer, Canton HS, committed to play soccer for the Ocelots this coming fall season.

Earlier SC landed 3 other top recruits. Jessica Saba (Crestwood HS), Nicole Saigh (Henry Ford II HS), and Christina Stapleton (Allen Park HS) all signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Schoolcraft College for the 2004 season.

All of these young women bring skill, as well as, a real passion for the game of soccer. They will make SC a better team this coming fall season as we look to remain a top nationally ranked team in both the NJCAA and NSCAA national polls. SC is coming off an 18-1-0 for the 2003 season and ranked 3rd in the nation.   

SC Players & Team Recognized for 2003 Success
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer held our team dinner on January 22 to recognize and celebrate our players' and team's successes. for the 2003 season. On display were the College of Lake County & Ocelot Invitational Tournament Championship trophies. In addition, there were the Region XII Championship plaque, District D Championship trophy, & National Tournament 3rd Place trophy. The NSCAA 3rd-Place National Ranking plaque was also presented.

Individually, all players received their Varsity Awards, NJCAA Region XII Championship medals and team pictures. Michele Kitta (Brighton HS) and Sarah Plymale (Canton HS) each received an award for their contributions as Team Captains. Michele was also recognized in being selected to both the NJCAA & NSCAA All Region Teams. In addition, Sarah was presented with her NJCAA All Region XII Team certificate.   

The Team Spirit Award was presented to Rachel Myers (Dearborn HS). The Team Top Forward award went to Erica Ahrens (Canton HS). She led the team in points with 22 goals and 8 assists. Erica also received her NJCAA All Region XII Team certificate.

Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson HS) was presented with Team Captain & Top Midfielder awards in addition to certificates for being voted to both the NJCAA & NSCAA All Region Teams. Liz was also recognized for being selected to the 2003 All National Tournament Team, as well as, receiving both NJCAA & NSCAA All America Team awards. The Top Defender award and NJCAA All Region XII Team certificate went to Arielle Bryant (Canton HS). Arielle was also honored with her NJCAA All America Team certificate.

Lindsey Turkington (Sterlington Heights Stevenson HS) and Andrea Dunn (Garden City HS) were co-recipients of the Coaches Award for their extraordinary academic & athletic accomplishments. Andrea Dunn has also been nominated to the NJCAA Academic All America Team for attaining an overall 3.97 GPA.

The team MVP award went to Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic HS). She had 18 goals and 14 assists for the season. In addition, Andrea received her Team Captain award and certificates for being selected to the NJCAA & NSCAA All Region Teams. Andrea was selected to the NJCAA All National Tournament Team. She was also honored with selection to both the 2003 NJCAA & NSCAA All America Teams.      

Congratulations and thanks to all the members of the 2003 Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team on an outstanding season.

2003 All Americans - A. Bryant, L. DiPonio & A. Wright
WOW! Our Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team continues to be recognized for their outstanding 2003 season. Congratulations go out to Liz DiPonio & Andrea Wright on being selected to the 2003 NSCAA All America team (www/

The NSCAA also selected Michele Kitta, Liz DiPonio & Andrea Wright to the NSCAA/Aadida Central All Region team (

This is in addition to the NJCAA annoucement earlier regarding Arielle Bryant, Liz & Andrea being recognized by the NJCAA to receive NJCAA All America awards (

Earlier the NJCAA announced that SC had 6 players selected to the All Region Team ( They included Sarah Plymale, Michele Kitta, Erica Ahrens, Arielle Bryant, Liz DiPonio & Andrea Wright. Andrea Wright was also selected as Player of the Year for Region XII.

SC Indoor Soccer Team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are thinking about continuing in soccer after high school, you are invited to join our Schoolcraft Women's Indoor team(s).

This could be a great opportunity to play with current SC players, possible future teammates, and to have a lot of fun.

Teams are forming now for the winter session which begins soon. For more information or to join, call Diana Maisano at 248-348-1252 I look forward to hearing from you.

Please join us.

                               Bill Tolstedt
                               Women's Soccer Coach

SC Women Capture 3rd at 2003 National Tournament
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team earned the right to play in the NJCAA National Tournament (Phoenix AZ) with a regular season undefeated record of 16-0-0 and ranked 2nd in the nation. Nationals featured the Top 8 teams in the nation remaining after grueling Regional & District playoffs. The tournament was hosted by Paradise Valley CC in Phoenix Az.

On a sunny and hot Thursday (11-20), SC opened competition against #10 ranked Eagles of Hinds CC (MS) who featured the nation's #1 rated goalkeeper. Despite that, the Ocelots stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first 22 minutes of the game and were never seriously challenged. Sarah Plymale (Canton) with an assist from Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) scored the game winner just over 4 minutes into the game. Erica Ahrens (Canton) struck again for the Ocelots with help from Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic) and Natalie Thomas (Salem). Andrea Wright also capped the scoring midway through the first half. SC dominated play from the outset and out shot Hinds 27 to 5.

With the win, SC advanced to the winner's bracket and the next day faced the Dixie State (MD) Rebels in a game described as the "game to decide the National Championship". Dixie entered the tournament as the #3 ranked team nationally. The Rebels scored at the 15 minute mark of the first half and SC responded 5 minutes later on a goal by Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson) to tie. Ashley Gay (Pinckney) and Jenni Hewlett (Carlson) assisted. However, on this day SC could not overcome the Rebels' tenacious play especially in the first half. Dixie held a 3-1 advantage at the half. In a very physical 2nd half, neither team could gain a clear advantage, and the Ocelots fell to the eventual 2003 National Champions.

In the game to decide who would finish 3rd in the nation, the Ocelots were matched against #8 seed Catonsville (MD). Schoolcraft had shutout the Knights 4-0 earlier in the season. However, SC faced a much improved Knights team on a very cool and blustery Saturday night under the lights. But the outcome was the same with the Ocelots taking the victory by a 3-0 margin. SC took a 1-0 lead at the half on Erica Ahrens game winning goal. Erica struck twice in the game with assists from Michele Kitta (Brighton) and Casey Hoover (Walled Lake Western). Sarah Plymale's unassisted goal put the match out of reach. This was Sarah's 2nd goal of the tournament.

In addition to capturing the #3 spot nationally, Schoolcraft had 2 players voted to the All Tournament Team. They are Andrea Wright and Liz DiPonio and each were recognized with medals. The Ocelots end an outstanding season with an overall 18-1-0 record.

Schoolcraft Earns District Crown
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer team won their District D Championship on Saturday with a decisive 4-0 victory over the Cyclones of Moraine Valley (Palos Hills, IL). Moraine Valley hosted the tournament and qualified for the championship game after defeating #15 ranked Dakota County (MN) 3-0 on Friday. SC advanced to the championship game by virtue of a bye after having won their Region XII Title.   

There was plenty of sunshine on the day combined with a very brisk temperature of 37 degrees at game time. Despite the cold temps, the Ocelots played hot in both halves. SC lit up the scoreboard twice in the first half. Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic) elevated herself over the Cyclone defenders and headed home the eventual game winner. Michele Kitta (Brighton) provided the well placed crossed ball to Andrea. Despite 10 shots on net in the half, it was not until 1:32 left in the first that SC found the back of the net again. Erica Ahrens (Canton) beat her defender to notch the second goal for SC. She was assisted by Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) and Sarah Plymale (Salem).

The second half was more of the same as Erica Ahrens struck again with help from Michele Kitta. Natalie Thomas (Salem) capped the scoring for the Ocelots with an assist again from Michele Kitta for her third of the afternoon. The defense lead by Arielle Bryant (Canton) only allowed 1 shot on goal the entire game. Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) went the distance in goal. This was the Ocelots 16th victory and 12th shutout on the season.

By capturing the District Championship, Schoolcraft advances to the National Tournament. The Tournament is being played in Phoenix Az the week of November 20-23 This will be the Ocelots 3rd trip to Nationals in the last 4 years. SC enters the tournament as the 2nd ranked team in the nation with a 16-0-0 record.

Valpariso Falls to Ocelots
On a very humid and chilly Saturday morning in Valparaiso Indiana, SC women's soccer team overwhelmed Valparaiso University's JV team 11-0. Just over 3 minutes into the game, Michele Kitta (Brighton) nailed the game winner with a shot just under the bar and over the hands of the Valpo GK. Erica Ahrens (Canton) then went on a tear scoring the next 3 goals in a 10 minute span putting the game out of reach. Natalie Thomas (Salem) concluded the first half scoring in route to a 5-0 halftime score.

Erica Ahrens picked-up her pace again in the 2nd half notching 2 more goals for a game total of 5 on the day. Michele Kitta also hit for her 2nd goal of the game. Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic), Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson), and Jenni Hewlett (Gibralter Carlson) also wrung the bell in the half to bring the final score to 11. Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) and Andrea Dun shared time in goal and with the a very strong defense recorded our 10th shutout of the season. The defensive unit is lead by Arielle Bryant (Canton) and features Mandy Marsonek (Salem), Ashley Gay (Pinckey), Andrea Celia (Maryland) & Lindsey Stiver (Salem).

The win brings the season record to 14-0-0. Schoolcraft was voted to #2 in the nation in both the NJCAA and NSCAA National Polls. SC has one more game on the regular season. It is at SC against Albion College on Wednesday, 10-29, at 2:00PM. By virtue of capturing the Region XII title, SC advances again to District playoffs in Chicago on November 7&8 withe winner advancing to the National Tournament.      

SC Women Capture 2003 Regional Title
Schoolcraft overwhelmed Cincinnati State on a cold and blustery day in Ohio for the 2003 Region XII title. Erica Ahrens (Canton) notched what was the eventual game winner at the 14 minute mark of the first half. Michele Kitta (Brighton) and Mandy Marsonek (Salem) provided the support. Shortly after, Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic) got on the board with assistance from Erica Ahrens. Shortly thereafter Sarah Plymale (Canton) provided the ball to Erica Ahrens who hit for our 3rd goal of the first half. SC had a 3-0 lead at the break.

Sarah Plymale struck early in the second half with support from a very busy Erica. On the day Erica had 2 goals and 2 assists. Lindsey Turkington (Sterling Heights Stevenson) capped the scoring and the win with her goal in the closing moments of the game.

Our Ocelots did not allow a shot by Cinci State in either half in shutting them out 5-0 to garner our Regional Championship again. Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) and Andrea Dunn (Garden City) shared time in goal. This was our 9th shutout of the season in route to a 13-0-0 record and #2 ranking the the national polls.

With the win and Region XII title, Schoolcraft advances to District play in Chicago November 8th.      

SC Women Capture 2003 Tournament Championship
Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team swept their opposition in route to the 2003 Ocelot Invitational Championship this past weekend. SC hosted the invitational and has won it 4 consecutive times. The tournament included Cincinnati State (OH), the defending Region XII champions, William Rainey Harper (IL), the NJCAA D3 4th ranked team in the nation, and the Michigan State University Club Team, 2002 NIRSA National Tournament participant. This was one of the most competitive fields to take part in the Invitational.

The Ocelots opened play on Saturday with a decisive 5-0 victory over MSU. State hand a very talented team but managed only 11 shots on net. SC took a 2-0 half time lead on the strong play of Erica Ahrens (Canton) who scored 6 minutes into the game. She struck again just before the half to give us a decided edge. Assisting her were Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson), Andrea Celia (MD), and Mandy Marsonek (Salem).

In the second half, Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic) took charge and buried the Spartans with 2 goals of her own. Sarah Plymate (Canton) and Michele Kitta provided the scoring opportunities to Andrea. Casey Hoover (Walled Lake W.) capped the Ocelots scoring with an assist from Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson). Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) notched her 6th shut out of the season.

Cincinnati State played Harper College in the afternoon game. Cinci State took the game 1-0. On Sunday morning MSU played Cinci State and won decisively 4-1. SC needed a win in the afternoon game against Harper to secure the championship.

SC surrendered a goal early to hard charging Harper. The Ocelots began to take charge, but the score stood until just before the half when Erica Ahrens put us even. In the second half, Erica and her teammates dominated the field with Erica scoring twice more on the day. Michele Kitta hit for the final goal. Assists came from Tiffani Tuzzolino, Sarah Plymale, and Andrea Wright. The SC defense allowed only 2 shots in the 2nd half. Nicole Dalicandro and Andrea Dunn (Garden City) shared time in goal in the half. With the 4-1 victory, the Ocelots captured the championship.

Schoolcraft College moves to 10-0-0 on the season and remain ranked 8th in the nation in both the NJCAA and NSCAA Polls.            

SC Women Top CMU
On a cold and very breezy Saturday afternoon, Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team took on the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The Ocelots struck early with a goal off the head of Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson) from a crossed ball from Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson). This would prove to be the game winner as neither team could find the net the remainder of the half. The balance of play was with SC as we out shot CMU 14-2 in the first half.

In the second half, Schoolcraft broke it wide open off a flurry of goals by Liz DiPonio, Michele Kitta (Brighton) and Erica Ahrens (Canton) to take a 4-0 lead. Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic), Ashely Gay (Pinckney) and Lindsey Turkington (Sterlington Heights Stevenson) provided the support to their teammates on their goals. At the same time a very stingy defense only allowed CMU 4 shots during the entire game in route to their 4th shut out in the last 5 games. Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) recorded her 5 shut out of the season. Schoolcraft stands at 8-0-0 on the season and are ranked 8th nationally in both the NJCAA and NSCAA National Ranking Polls.   

This weekend Schoolcraft women host their own Ocelot Invitational. The teams participating include William Rainey Harper (#3 ranked), Cincinnati State (2003 Regional Champion) and Michigan State. See the SC website for a complete game schedule,

SC Defeats Cinci State in OT
Our Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team defeated Cincinnati State in an important regional match of Saturday. The first half was hotly contested with SC taking the halftime lead 1-0 on a goal by Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic). Ashley Gay (Pinckney) & Casey Hoover (Walled Lake W.) assisted. SC took control of the game in the second half but could not find the back of the net. Cinci seldom broke out of their own end but did manage to score on the only shot they had in the half. As a result, the game went to sudden death overtime before SC notched the game winning goal. Andrea Wright scored about 5 minutes into OT. She was assisted on the game winning goal by Michele Kitta (Brighton) and Erica Ahrens (Canton). The victory gives SC an edge in capturing their Region XII Championship and improves our record to 7-0-0 on the season. Our next game is Saturday, 9-27 at home against Central Michigan.   

SC Defeats Loyola (Chicago)
This past Saturday morning Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team hosted the Loyola Ramblers from Chicago. It was a very nice day being sunny and warm at kick-off. The good day continued as we controlled play from the beginning. However, it took our Lady Ocelots a while to get on the board. But the first goal and eventual game winner came from Michele Kitta (Brighton). Jenni Hewlett & Ashley Gay (Pinckney) provided Michele the ball and the opportunity. Before the half, we struck 3 more times with goals from Andrea Wright (Flint Catholic Powers), Casey Hoover (Walled Lake W) and Sarah Plymale (Canton). During the 1st half, the defense did not yield a shot on net for the second consecutive game.

We continued to control the field of play and the pace of the game as well in the 2nd half. We notched 3 more goals in the half in route to a 7-0 win. Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson), Rachel Myers (Dearborn) and Lindsey Stiver (Salem) struck for gold in the half. Our defense lead by Arielle Bryant (Canton) remained formidable in the half only allowing 2 shots. Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) went the distance in goal and recorded her 3rd shutout in a row.

This moves our record to 6-0-0 on the season. This coming Saturday we host Cincinnati State in an important Regional game.

Schoolcraft Moves Up to #2 in 2003 National Polls
Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team was voted #2 in the nation in both the NJCAA & NSCAA 2003 national ranking polls thw week of October 20. For the rest of the Top 15, click on headline to connect to NJCAA web siteor go to (Rankings).

SC Stuns #8 Ranked Catonsville
Our Schoolcraft women's team for the first time met the Lady Cardinals from CCBC Catonsville (MD) on Sunday, September 7th in Cincinnati Ohio. The Cardinals came into the contest unbeaten and 8th ranked nationally. Within the first 2 minutes, the Ocelots struck for what would be the winning goal. Andrea Wright (Flint Powers Catholic) put a well placed ball just inside the right post. Michele Kitta (Brighton) and Tiffani Tuzzolino (Sterling Heights Stevenson) provided the support to assure the goal. Before the half ended, Andrea Wright struck again. This time on a PK. We dominated every aspect of the game and did not allow a single shot on net during the half.

We again took control of the field in the second half. Andrea Wright struck for the 3rd time in the game and broke the Cardinal's spirit. The game became increasingly physical as Catonsville realized that they were not going to win the game and became increasingly frustrated as we thwarted their every attempt. Jenni Hewlett (Gibraltar Carlson) capped our scoring with an assist from Lindsey Stiver (Canton). Nicole Dalicandro (Crestwood) gets the shutout. Catonsville only had 4 shots in the game while we notched 29 against.

Our Captains (Sarah Plymale (Canton), Michele Kitta, Liz DiPonio (Livonia Steveson), and Andrea Wright) did an excellent job on the field with their leadership. This was an outstanding effort by all against a nationally ranked team.

SC Joins Forces with EuroUSA
Schoolcraft College Women;s Soccer Team has joined forces with EuroUSA. EuroUSA has been hired to provide training for our team and SWIFT Camp for serious female high school players. Click on the hot link provided above (article title) to learn more about EuroUSA.

2003 SC Summer League
SC will participate again this year in the Great Lakes Women's Soccer League (GLWSL). For details, please contact Dianna Dean at See tentative schedule below. For standings, changes to schedule, maps, etc. click on the attached website link.   

    Schedule Division 1
               Shirt Colors
1 SUSA       Royal   
2 Cyclones   White   
3 Borrachos Gray   
4 Ocelots    Navy   
5 Express    Green   
6 Mayhem    White   
Date Teams    Field    Time   
1- Jun 4 v 3 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM (rescheduled)
8- Jun 4 v 5 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM T 1-1
15-Jun 4 v 1 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM
18-Jun 4 v 3 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM (added)
22-Jun 2 v 4 Oakland Yard 5:00 PM
29-Jun 4 v 6 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM
13-Jul 5 v 4 Fuller#3 5:00 PM
20-Jul 1 v 4 Delia 5:00 PM
27-Jul 4 v 2 Schoolcraft 7:00 PM
3- Aug 3 v 4 Schoolcraft 6:00 PM
10-Aug 6 v 4 Oakland Yard 6:00 PM

2003 SC Spring Indoor Schedule
SC will be playing the spring indoor session at the SoccerZone in Novi. If you are not playing high school soccer this spring and/or are considering transferring to SC, I am interested in you participating with our team. It is a great opportunity to meet our players, play with your potential future teammates, and have some fun. For details contact the indoor coach, Dianna Dean at 734-207-3780.

          SC Indoor Schedule – Spring 2003

Schoolcraft        - Captains: Sarah Plymale - 734-459-0206
                            Michele Kitta - 810-225-9026

Date        Team                Time        Field
3-12        Schoolcraft        8:00 PM         C
3-18        Schoolcraft        9:30 PM B
3-25        Schoolcraft        8:30 PM         B
4-1    Schoolcraft    9:30 PM B
4-8    Schoolcraft    8:30 PM B
4-16    SChoolcraft    8:00 PM C

Bill Tolstedt        248-446-3203

SC Has 5 Selected To 2002 NJCAA All Region Team
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE women's soccer team had 5 players selected to the 2002 NJCAA ALL-REGION TEAM. Congratulations to:

Liz DiPonio Mid (Livonia Stevenson HS)
Pam Dybowski GK (Rochester HS)
Katie Howell* Def (Garden City HS)
Christine Luther Fwd (Woodhaven HS)
Sarah Plymale* Mid (Canton HS)
                                                   * Captain

They will be receiving their awards at the team banquet in January.

SC's Come from Behind Win Caps 2002 Season
On a cold and overcast Saturday afternoon in Valparaiso (Indiana), SC concluded our season with a victory over host Valparaiso University. SC made it very exciting in coming from behind twice to capture a season ending 3-2 win. Despite a first half during which SC dominated the field with strong play, Valpo struck first 27 minutes into the opening half. Liz McGonigle (Grand Rapids) responded for SC just before the end of the half with a controlled shot from the side into the corner of the net. Christine Luther (Woodhaven) and Kelly Bush (Kennedy) assisted on the tying goal. The first ended at 1-1 even though we out shot Valpo 17-3.

SC continued to control the field in the 2nd half but the drama continued when we gave up an own goal in the 19th minute to give Valpo a 2-1 lead. Three minutes later however, we responded to again draw even at 2-2 on a well placed goal by Christine Luther. Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) and Kendall Burt (Fenton) set Christine up for her 24th goal of the season.

We continued to pressure their goal with the game winning goal caming with just 51 seconds left. Sarah Plymale (Canton) received a through pass as she ran on to the goal. Sarah controlled the ball at her feet and put it into the lower right corner of the net just under the out stretched arms of the Valpo goal keeper. Liz McGonigle and Tara Schreiber (Brighton) set the winning goal in motion with their play. Pam Dybowski (Rochester) went the distance in goal.

The victory capped an excellent regular season. Even though our season ended prematurely in not capturing our regional championship for the first time in 6 years, we did finish at 13-3-2 and ranked 14th in the NJCAA National Poll.

SC Reluctantly Surrenders District Crown
Cincinnati State wrestled the Region XII Championship from us for the first time in 6 years this past weekend by a narrow 2-1 margin. Despite our diminished numbers due to injury including Sarah Plymale (Canton) during the game. SC fought hard but was beaten by on this day a better team. Katie Howell (Garden City) also had to sit out due to an injury sustained in the game with Johnson County the prior weekend.

In the game, Christine Luther (Woodhaven) put SC on the board first at the 23 minute mark for her 23rd goal of the season. Kendall Burt (Fenton) and Kelly Bush (Kennedy) assisted. Kelly shares the lead in assists with Tara Schreiber (Brighton) at 13.

Cinci countered with just 2 minutes to go in the half to make the score even at half time. We played our usual strong 2nd half but could not find the net. Liz McGonigle (Grand Rapids) did an outstanding job in shutting down Cinci State’s leading scorer. Pam Dybowski (Rochester) went the distance in goal.

Knowing what was at stake both teams refused to give an inch and battled from end to end until the final whistle. Cinci scored the eventual game winner 10 minutes into the half. Cinci did what they had to do and held us scoreless in the 2nd half to capture their first ever Regional crown.

Despite losing 5 players to injury for the season, we kept ourselves together as a team and earned an overall 12-3-2 record on the season and NJCAA National Ranking (13th) and Top 20 in the NSCAA National poll. We cap our final regular season at Valparaiso next Saturday.

SC traveled to Missouri to take on 2 highly regarded opponents. Despite a poor start, we prevailed 5-0 over a good St Louis College - Flo Valley team in our opening match. Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) hit for the only goal of the first half and eventual game winner. She had assistance from Christine Luther (Woodhaven) and Sarah Plymale (Canton).

In the 2nd half, Christine Luther put the game out of reach striking for 3 goals. Liz DiPonio, Sarah Plymale, Kelly Bush (Kennedy), Tara Schreiber (Brighton), & Liz McGonigle (E. Kentwood) picked up assists on Luther's hat trick. The scoring was capped by Tara Schreiber. Pam Dybowski (Rochester) recorded her 11th shutout of the season.

On Sunday, we had a repeat match with Johnson County who had beaten us earlier in the season 4-3. Johnson came into the game unbeaten and ranked 6th nationally. This was one of the finest games that I have seen. It was a pleasure to watch. Both sides played with excellent skill and clearly displayed the competitiveness to win.

Johnson County struck first about 12 minutes into the game. However, we countered before the half on a goal by Chrsitine Luther. Mandy Marsonek (Salem) and Liz McGonigle assisted. Neither team was able to find the net in the 2nd half, and the game ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw.   

These successes upped our record to 11-2-2 on the season. We play Rochester College this coming Thursday, 3:00 PM, at SC.

SC hosted our 4th annual Ocelot Invitational women's soccer tournament this past weekend. The weather was excellent as was the competition This year's invitational featured Cincinnati State (OH), Central Michigan Univ. (MI), College of Lake County (IL) and SC. We garnered the tournament title with 2 well played shutout victories. Cinci State also went undefeated, but we captured the title by virtue of a better goal differential.

We opened played on Saturday against CMU. We took the lead in the first half on a goal by Christine Luther (Woodhaven). She was supported by Kelly Bush (Kennedy) and Katie Howell (Garden City). Adrienne Willmuth (Taylor) scored the assurance goal in the 2nd half to complete the scoring and a 2-0 victory. Sarah Plymale (Salem) and Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) assisted. Pam Dybowski went the distance in goal.

On Sunday, we took on the College of Lake County who had a reported 9-1-0 record coming into the weekend. Christine Luther hit for the initial and eventual game winner with help from Adrienne Willmuth and Liz DiPonio. We put the game away in the first half with 2 more goals from Tara Schreiber (Brighton) and Liz DiPonio. Assisting them were Christine Luther, Liz DiPonio and Sarah Plymale. We added to our eventual 4-0 victory with a goal by Chrsitine Luther in the 2nd half. This was her 2nd of the day and 3rd of the tournament. Pam Dybowski again went the distance in goal for our 10th shutout of the season.

Our record stands at 10-2-1, and SC is ranked 14th in the NJCAA national poll. Next weekend we travel to St Louis College for 2 games.   

SC Sweeps New York
Despite the rain on the trip there, our trip to New York was very successful. Both games were played in ideal weather and more importantly with focus and skill.

On Saturday, we smothered Erie CC 5-0. Christine Luther (Woodhaven) started the scoring with the only and eventual game winner in the first half. She was assisted by Sarah Plymale (Salem).

We broke it open in the 2nd half by scoring 4 unanswered goals. Chrsitine Luther had a hat trick for the day. Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) struck for the 3rd goal and Katie Howell (Garden City) received credit for the 5th and final goal.

Assists came from Liz McGongile (E. Kentwood), Mandy Marsonek (Salem), Kendall Burt (Fenton), and Shayna Lewis (Livonia Stevenson). Pam Dybowski (Rochester) shared the shutout with Karen LeBlanc (Lake Fenton).

On Sunday we controlled the field of play in route to a 2-0 win over Genesee CC. Both goals came from Christine Luther. It was 1-0 at the half on a PK. Liz McGongile assited on Christine's 2nd goal. Pam Dybowski went the distance in goal for our 8th shutout of the season.

It was an excellent weekend for our TEAM.   

2003 SC Season Game Schedule
Click on "Schedules" and "Record" to see our exciting 2003 Ocelots Schedule and game results.

SC Remains Competitive with MSU
On a windy and blustery day, we did an outstanding job defensively to deny State a goal. While out shooting MSU, we were not brisk in finishing our opportunities. This resulted in a 0-0 tie. It was a good game for us especially in the second half where we took control of the game. We created several very good scoring opportunities. Pam Dybowski went the distance in goal and recorded the shutout.

This team continues to demonstrate it versitility and adaptability. Despite having loss 4 starting players for the season, we have rallied together and continued to be strong. The team has stepped up to the challenge. We have been able to make adjustments on the field that have allowed us remain very competitive. I am very proud of this team.   

We leave for New York on Friday for matches against Erie and Genesee colleges. It should be another exciting weekend of play.

SC Routs Rochester College
We routed Rochester College (MI) 7-0 on an oppressively warm and humid Saturday afternoon. This is Rochester's first season as a varsity team. We dominated play but did not play a very good 1st half. The score was only 2-0 at the half. Christine Luther (Woodhaven) scored our first goal and eventual game winner on a penalty kick. Liz DiPonio (Livonia Stevenson) capped the scoring in the first half.

We came alive in the 2nd half tallying 5 unanswered goals and not allowing Rochester a shot on net. Kelly Bush (Kennedy) opened and closed the 2nd half scoring barrage. Christine Luther scored her 2nd goal of the game followed by Sarah Plymale (Canton) and Tara Schreiber (Brighton). Adrienne Willmuth (Truman) had 2 assistants in the game, as well as, Amber Young (Garden City) and Liz DiPonio. Karen LeBlanc (Lake Fenton) went most of the way in goal and was replaced by Jennifer Kitzman (South Lake) in the 2nd half.

The win raises our overall record to 4-1-0 on the season. Next weekend we have 2 home games. On Saturday we play CMU at 1:00 and Washtenaw on Sunday at 2:00.

SC Women Strong at CLC Tournament
Our SC women's team finished 2nd at the College of Lake County (IL) Invitational Tournament over Labor Day weekend.

We opened on hot and humid Saturday with a 4-3 loss to #3 ranked Johnson County. Johnson County took a 2-0 lead after a PK within 2 minutes and scored a second goal after glancing the ball off the referee into the goal. However, we refused to give-up, and we fought back to a 3-3 tiein the second half of play. It was late in the second half before Johson County garnered the eventual game winner. It was a well played and hard fought game. Christine Luther (Woodhaven), Katie Howell (Garden City) and Sarah Plymale (Canton) scored for SC with Pam Dybowski (Rochester)in goal.

On Sunday we dominated Iowa Central (Top 15) in taking a 6-3 win. It was 2-2 at the half with goals scored by Christine Luther and Mandy Marsonek (Salem). We broke it open in the second half with 4 goal flurry. Sarah Plymale, Christine Luther (2), and Jenni Hewlett (Carlson). Christine had a hat trick on the day. Karen LeBlanc (Lake Fenton) was in goal.

We played hard and well all weekend. I am pround of the effort that our ladies put into prepartion and execution. This effort bodes well for the rest of the season.

SC Women Win Two!
We opened the regular season with a 5-0 win over the College of DuPage (IL). Sarah Plymale (Canton) garnered 2 goals on the day, as well as, hitting the game winning goal with assists from Tara Schreiber (Brighton) & Katie Howell Garden City). Goals were also scored by Christine Luther (Brownstown) and 2 goals by Krystn Freeman (Linden). Pam Dybowski (Rochester) recored the shutout.

On Tuesday (8-27), we beat Michigan State 1-0. The gane winner was provided by Christine Luther (Brownstown). She was assisted by Shayna Lewis (Livonia Stevenson)& Tara Schreiber (Brighton). Pam Dybowski notched her 3 shutout of the season.

SC moves to 3-1-0 overall on the season.

SC Ranked 10th in 2002 NSCAA & NJCAA National Polls
Our Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer Team has been voted 10th in the nation on the 2002 National Soccer Coaches Assoctaion (NSCAA) and NJCAA pre-season polls. This the 5th year in a row that SC has earned this honor.

2002 Players' Calendar
        Schoolcraft College Women's Soccer
        2002 Players' Calendar

August                 GLWSL                                                                                (see schedule)
                                Team Physical                                                -                7-20
                                Team Camp (SWIFT)                                        -                8-5/9 (5-8pm)
                                Morning Conditioning (2 weeks)        -                w/o 8-5 &
                                                                                                                        8-12 (8-10am)                Regular Practice                                         -                8-12 (5-7pm)                Parents & Players Meeting                -                8-15 (7pm)
                                SASS / Athletic Dinner                        -                8-21 (6pm)                
                                Scrimmages                                                -                (see schedule)
                                Season Begins                                                -                8-24
                                Team Picture                                                -                8-29
September /        NJCAA Season                                                 -                (see schedule)
October                Practice Time Change                                -                9-30 (4-6pm)
                                Post Season Award Nominations        -                10-8
November        NJCAA Districts - MI                                -                11-8/9
                                NJCAA National Tournament - MO        -                11-21/24                                                        Uniforms Returned                                                11-25

December        Team Soiree                                                -                TBD
January /        Winter Indoor Session        (HS)                -                TBD

March /                Spring Indoor Session        (Transfer)        -                TBD        

May                        Conditioning + Training at Home

June /                GLWSL (Practice + Games)                        -                (see schedule)

You must be at field 30 minutes prior to scheduled practice time.
Note practice time change on 9-30.

                                                                Bill Tolstedt        248.44.3203 (H)
                                                                                        734.462.4400 x5255 (SC)
                                                                                        734-674-6220 ©


SC Summer Schedule in 2002 GLWSL
SC is again playing in the Great Lakes Women's Soccer League. Click on the website to see complete schedule.

2002 SWIFT Soccer Camp at Schoolcraft College
2002 Schoolcraft Women's Invitational Futbol Team (SWIFT) Camp

August 5th thru August 9th
5:00 - 8:00pm @ Schoolcraft College

18600 Haggerty Rd. Livonia, MI.

Schoolcraft College will again host our SWIFT Camp. SWIFT is designed for serious Female High School Players Only. SWIFT is a one week day camp. The price is $145. Schoolcraft College facilities including showers are available to camp participants. Bill Tolstedt, Head Coach for the Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Program, is the camp director. The staff includes Bobby Read and Joe Kurta of the Sports Advantage Training Center, as well as, professional players, college and high school coaches and players.

SWIFT will provide the opportunity to build technical and tactical skills, as well as, speed, agility, and quickness. It is also a great opportunity to meet and play with players from our Nationally Ranked Team and possible future teammates.

For more information or to enroll, contact Bill Tolstedt at 734 - 462 - 4400 x5255 or email me at

SC Nationally Ranked for 4th Straight Year
SC Women's Soccer finished the season ranked in the Top 15 nationally for the 4th consecutive year. SC completed the 2001 ranked 5th in the NJCAA National Poll.

Final NJCAA 2001 NSCAA National Women's Junior College Poll

1 Monroe NY 23-0-0
2 Dixie State UT 16-3-2
3 St. Louis College-Meramec MO 17-4-1
4 Hinds MS 16-2-1
5 Schoolcraft MI 18-3-4
6 Mesa AZ 21-2-0
7 Mercer NJ 16-4-1
8 CCBC - Catonsville MD 17-5-0
9 CC of Rhode Island RI 17-2-0
10 Johnson County KS 19-2-0

SC women's soccer has earned 14 NJCAA & NSCAA All-America Team Awards over the past 5 seasons.

For 2001, Toni Pery & Katie Weber for being selected to the NJCAA & NSCAA All-America Teams. Congratulations!

Schoolcraft Successful at National Tournament
Schoolcraft Women's Soccer Team finished 5th at the 2001 National Tournament. We played very well and enjoyed the experience. I am very proud of what these young women accomplished.

Although we controlled the field of play, we lost our opening match on Thursday against St Louis College (MO) - Meramec. We out shot Meramec 16-4 and dominated the play, but we none the less found ourselves down 1-0 at the half. In the second half, we again played well enough to win but could not find the back of the net. Meramec escaped with a 1-0 win.

We played Nassau College (NY) the next day. Unfortunately for them, they found a very focused and determined SC team still smarting over our loss the day before. We offered no quarter in route to a 5-1 victory. We dominated every aspect of the game. Krystn Freeman (Linden) scored the opening and eventual game winning goal. She was assisted by Toni Perry (Grand Blanc) and Jenni Hewlett (Carlson) who had 2 assists on the day. Toni Perry tallied the 2nd and 4th goals with help from Erin Perkovich (Crestwood), Katie Weber (Troy Athens), & Jenni Hewlett. Erin Perkovich notched goal #3. She was assisted by Katie Weber (her 2nd) and Katie Howell (Garden City). We lead 4-0 at the half. Christy Cole (Milford) capped our scoring in the 2nd half with help from Sarah McMasters (Troy Athens) and Maria Wissman (Dondero). Amy Dorogi (Canton) and Jennifer Kitzman (South Lake) split time in goal. We out shot our opponent by a 20 to 5 margin.

On Saturday, we faced Mercer College (NJ). We set the pace of the game early and never looked back. Rachel Berezak (Salem) gave us the lead at the half 1-0. She was assisted by Kristen Hait (Royal Oak Shrine) and Toni Perry. Toni Perry and Krystn Freeman recorded goals in the second half. Katie Howell, Sarah McMasters, Rachel Berezak and Katie Weber provided the assists in route to a 3-0 win. Amy Dorogi earned the shutout in goal. We out shot Mercer 19 - 8.

Toni Perry was selected to the 2001 All Tournament Team.

We concluded our very successful season with an overall 18-3-5 record. We outscored our opponents 76-16 and recorded 13 shutouts. We also finished the season ranked in the
Top 10 in both the NJCAA and NSCAA National Polls.

SC Headed for NATIONALS again!
SC advances to Nationals as only 1 of 8 teams nationally to qualify. We did so by capturing the District Championship this past weekend in Chicago.

On Saturday, SC dominated Rochester (MN) in route to a 9-1 victory. On Sunday, SC earned a hard fought 2-1 victory over 20th ranked Iowa Central. The win was secured with less than 2 minutes to play in regulation.

SC advances to the National Tournament in St. Louis for the 2nd straight year with back to back Regional & District Championships.

SC Finishes Season #8 Nationally
The fimal NJCAA 2001 NSCAA National Women's Jr. College Poll thru 10-31-01:

1. Monroe CC, NY       20-0-0
2. Mesa CC, AZ         21-1-0
3. CC of Rhode Island, RI    17-2-0
4. Dixie College, UT   11-2-2               
5. Hinds CC, MA       14-0-1
6. Johnson County, KS 19-1-0            
7. Young Harris College, GA   17-2-2
8. Schoolcraft College, MI    14-2-4
9. Louisburg, NC       15-1-0
10. Cloud County, KS   18-2-0
11. St. Louis-Meramec, MO    13-3-1   
12. CCBC Cantonsville 16-3-0
13. Lewis & Clark, IL 16-4-0
14. Darton, GA         13-3-1
15. Wm Rainey Harper, IL      18-1-0
16. Anne Arundel, MD   12-2-2
17. CCBC Essex, MD    13-2-0
18. Broome CC, NY      16-2-0
19. Herkimer, NY       12-3-0
20. Iowa Central, IA   16-2-0

Also Noted: Genesee (NY), College of DuPage(IL), Brookdale (NJ), College of Lake County (IL), & Cochise (AZ)

SC Dominates but Has To Settle For 1-1 Tie

SC Earns DuPage Tournament Championship
SC Women's Soccer captured their 2nd tournament title in as many weeks. In our opening game on Saturday, we played St. Louis College - Flo Valley (16th ranked) and won decisively 4-0. Christy Cole & Katie Howell staked SC to a 2-0 halftime lead with assists from Krystn Freeman, Jenni Hewlett & Kristen Hait who both had 2 on the day.

Aubrey Karavas & Frystn Freeman capped the scoring in the second half. Maria Wissman assisted on both goals.

The championship was decided on Sunday with a 2-0 over host DuPage (20th ranked). Krystn Freeman scored a goal in both halves. She was assisted by Jenni Hewlett, Leslie Hogan, Kristen Hait & Rachel Berezak.

Our overall record is 6-0-0. Next weekend we take on CMU on Saturday at home and travel to Cinci State on Sunday for a Regional game.

Thanks to all the parents who joined us in Chicago this past weekend. You made a difference.   

Schoolcraft Women Capture Labor Day Tournament Title
Our SC women's soccer team earned the College of Lake County (CLC)Invitational Tournament Championship over Labor Day weekend.

In route to the title, SC defeated 15th ranked Iowa Central 2-1 on Saturday. Chelsea Rustin scored first off a corner kick by Kristen Hait. The eventual game winner came from Krystn Freeman with an assist from Toni Pery. SC outshot Iowa 19 to 9 while containing Iowa's very fast and aggresive front line.

SC captured the title outright with a dominating 10-0 win over Bethany Lutheran (MN) on Sunday. Bethany Lutheran was not allowed a shot on goal while both Krystn Freeman & Maria Wissman put 2 each into the back of the net. The other goal scorers included Erin Perkovich, Katie Weber, Christy Cole, Erin Matson, Sarah Mcmasters & Toni Perry.

Toni Perry, Katie Weber, Jenni Hewlett & Krystn Freeman were selected to the All Tournament team.

Our team played aggressively and with confidence & conviction. A job very well done by all. These wins raise our overall record to 4-0-0 on a young season.      

Lady Ocelot soccer team eyes NJCAAs
by C.J. Risak
Sports Editor

Key elements are missing from the Schoolcraft College women's soccer lineup, but that doesn't mean the Lady Ocelots won't be in the thick of things when the NJCAA Tournament cranks up in November.

"In terms of wins and losses, it's going to be difficult to repeat what we accomplished last year," said coach BillTolstedt. That would be tough to do if everyone was back; after all, SC posted a 22-1-3 record, finishing sixth in the NJCAA after suffering a 2-1 upset loss to Young Harris in the eight-team tournament opener.

Then Tolstedt added, "But I think we have a better team than we had last year. Can we repeat? It depends on how quickly we jell. We have a much tougher schedule this year."

Starting with the opener, next Monday (Aug. 27) at home against Michigan State. Which means the 13 new players, who join eight returning veterans, must come together in a hurry for SC to maintain its standing in the NJCAA.

Going into the season, the Ocelots were ranked seventh. Staying among the top 15 teams is one of Tolstedt's goals, simply because it will improve SC's post-season chances.

"We have the potential," said Tolstedt.

It will be needed, what with the loss of such standouts as Kristah Manteuffel, Angela Maile, Kelly Connell and Emily Alford. All four played key roles in SC's run for the NJCAA title.

Returning from last season's squad are keeper Amy Dorogi (from Plymouth Canton), defender Kristen Hait, midfielder/defender Aubrey Karavas, forward/midfielder Christy Cole, defender/midfielder Erin Perkovich, sweeper Toni Perry, defender Stephanie Shelton (Redford Thurston) and midfielder Katie Weber.

Perry and Weber are key components on this season's squad, to be sure. Others must rise to the challenge as well, especially with pre-season knee ailments suffered by returning starter Dorogi and her back-up, Jennifer Kitzman, a transfer from Spring Arbor.

Kitzman could be back by September; Dorogi's availability is more questionable. At present, newcomer Jessica Lysinger will start in goal.

Kitzman isn't the only transfer who could make a major difference. There's Sarah McMasters, a defender who was honorable mention all-state at Troy Athens prior to attending Oakland University.

The other veterans will all make an impact. Shelton is back as an outside defender, while Perkovich moves from stopper to outside midfield. "She can deliver the long cross out of the midfield," said Tolstedt of Perkovich. "She's got the speed and the smarts."

What Tolstedt went after in his recruiting was midfielders, and for the most part he landed them -- which is why he will switch from the 4-4-2 alignment he's used the past couple of seasons to a 3-4-3 this year.

Of the remaining returnees, Caravas will move from defender to forward, while Cole concentrates on forward -- once she recovers from ailments that have limited her availability.

Of the newcomers, perhaps the most promising is forward Krystn Freeman, a four-time all-state selection at Linden HS who scored 110 goals in her prep career. She'll play forward or center midfield for the Ocelots.

There's plenty of others, of course. Like Rachel Berezak (Plymouth Salem), a forward/outside midfielder; Leslie Hogan (Plymouth Canton), a midfielder who left practice Thursday with a back strain but is expected to return this week; Jenni Hewlett, a defensive midfielder; Maria Wissman, an outside midfielder who was an all-state honorable mention at Royal Oak Dondero; Amber Young (Garden City), a sweeper; Chelsea Rustin, a forward and honorable mention all-state at Dearborn Crestwood; Erin Matson, a midfielder/defender; and Katie Howell (Garden City), a forward/midfielder.

Although currently a bit banged up, Tolstedt is confident his team will be a full strength once they "get past the first few games." As for the games, the key ones on the SC schedule are a home-and-away set against NJCAA district rival Cincinnati State (away on Sept. 16, home on Oct. 5) and a tournament in Chicago in September that will feature several of the NJCAA's top teams -- including Young Harris, the only team to beat them last season.

"I asked the girls what their goals were for this year," Tolstedt said, "and they all said beating Young Harris."

Motivation like that could carry a team a long ways.

Congratulations !!!!!!!!! The OCELOTS garnered first place in Great Lakes Women's Socccer League.

Schoolcraft Concludes Successful SWIFT Camp
SC in partnership with Euro/USA held our very successful Schoolcraft Women's College Invitational Futbol Team (SWIFT) camp.

The camp which is designed for high school age women's soccer players only included 2 area high school teams, motivated individual players and our own SC Ocelot team.   

Talk to your high school coaches and club team coaches about your team joining us in the future.

Lady Ocelot Kickers Stronger
Lady Ocelots Take Stronger Soccer Team into Tough Schedule!

By Richard L. Shook

Staff Writer

Bill Tolstedt has upgraded the schedule for Schoolcraft College's women's soccer program this coming season. He believes he's improved the team, too.

"Last year at this time I was concerned with (replacing) all the people we lost," Tolstedt said. "And maybe a month ago I would have said I was concerned we were not going to be as strong as we were this past season.

"But now I feel we are going to be at least as strong as last year -- and we were 22-1-3 and finished ranked fifth in the nation.

"We will have a stronger schedule, though. We're going to go home and away with the only team to beat us (score: 2-1) in the nationals, and that was Young Harris College of Georgia. I want to continue to upgrade our schedule.

"The national rankings are important because they get you noticed. It also shows the competitive level you're capable of playing at. Mainly what I want to do is prepare us for the districts, regionals and nationals. That's our goal."

The Ocelots return eight players from last season's team and have nine newcomers, along with four others Tolstedt is assessing on his Great Lakes Women's Soccer League summer team that could swell the squad to 21 players when the new season begins.

Key returnees include All-America Toni Perry and Katie Weber, two defenders selected off the squad to play on the All-National Tournament Team.

"Those two are key," the coach said. "Plus we've got Amy Dorogi (Canton) returning as goalkeeper, so we're pretty solid in regards to the defensive end of the field."

One of Weber's high school teammates at Troy Athens, Sarah McMasters, is joining the team after taking a redshirt season at Oakland University. She also retains freshman eligibility. McMasters was an All-State high school player who is highly regarded as a defender.

Christy Cole is a key returnee at midfield while outside defender Kristen Hait also is back. Other veterans include defenders Aubrey Karavas, Erin Perkovich and Stephanie Shelton (Thurston).

Though the incumbent, Dorogi will face some competition for the starting goalkeeper's spot.

Jennifer Kitzman has transferred to Schoolcraft from Spring Arbor, where she was redshirted last year so she retains freshman eligibility. She was an All-State goalkeeper at St. Clair Shores South Lake.

"She's coming in as the backup goalkeeper," Tolstedt said, "but she's really good so it's going to be quite a contest."

Tolstedt has bolstered his offense with newcomers. "We graduated a whole bunch of our offense. Fortunately, however, we've got some solid replacements coming in."

Two of the better ones are Krystn Freeman of Linden, a four-time All-State selection with 110 career goals on her high school resume, along with Chelsie Rustin of Dearborn Heights Crestwood, who has some 70 goals in the net and was an honorable mention All-State pick.

Midfielder Rachel Berezak of Plymouth Salem is joining the team along with Plymouth Canton product Leslie Hogan, who sat out last season with a torn ACL that has since been rehabilitated.

"We're lucky to get her," Tolstedt said. "She's an excellent young lady.

"We've also got a couple of other really strong players we think were overlooked by a lot of other schools. They were both pleasant surprises."

One is midfield defender Jenni Hewlett of Gibraltar Carlson, "who has been outstanding for us in our summer soccer league," Tolstedt said. She was an All-District and All-Region player.

The other midfielder who will bolster the Ocelots is Maria Wissman of Royal Oak Dondero, an honorable mention All-Stater.

"It's a good group," Tolstedt said. "Now, I'm not guaranteeing the same record as last year. But in terms of the strength of the team itself, I feel we're going to be as strong as we were last year."

And last year, the Lady Ocelots were plenty tough enough.

Copyright 2001 Hometown Communications Network
Internet Editor Emory Daniels -

Saturday, May 26
Ocelots Summer GLWSL Schedule
For standings, maps, etc., go to "LINKS" (column to left) & click on GLWSL (

Day / Date        Time        Opponent Field        

Sun / 6-3        5:00        Celtics         SC                

Sun / 6-10        5:00        Mavericks Heritage

Sun / 6-17        5:00        Rebels         SC

Sun / 6-24        5:00        Rebels         SC

Thu / 6-28      7:00    Cyclones      Orion Twp

Sun / 7-1        7:00        Lakers         Wm Tyndale

Sun / 7-8        5:00        Cyclones      SC

Sun / 7-15        5:00        Lakers         SC

Sat / Sun
7-21 / 22       TBA    Soccerfest

Sun / 7-29        5:00        Mavericks    SC

Sun / 8-5       5:00    Celtics    SC
Head Coach: Lisa Tolstedt & Eric Brucker Assistant Coaches: Bill Jacobs / Bob Rowland


SC Summer Team
Schoolcraft College will be playing in the Great Lakes Women's Soccer League (GLWSL) again this summer. The season begins in June and ends in August.

The cost is $90 which includes all fees and a shirt. In addition, you are also required to provide 2 pictures and a copy of your driver's license.

If you are interested in being a part of our team, playing competitive soccer, and having some fun, please contact me at 248-348-9409, 734-462-4400 x5255, or e-mail me at

                        Bill Tolstedt

Scholarships are available to those who possess the skills and desire to continue playing soccer at the intercollegiate level while earning credits toward a degree.

Schoolcraft is a fully accredited community college offering a full range of course study with full credit transfer to Michigan colleges and universities.

To learn more about the opportunities here at Schoolcraft College, give me a call at 734-462-4400 x5255 or e-mail me at

NSCAA Selects 2 SC Players to All-Region Team
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selected Toni Perry (Grand Blanc)and Kristah Manteuffel (Redford) to the Central All-Region Team.

Kristah Manteuffel & Toni Perry were earlier recognized for being voted to the NJCAA All-America Team as was Angela Maile (Northville).

Toni Perry and Katie Weber (Troy) were also selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team during the Women's National Soccer Championship in November.      

At our annual team dinner, SC women's soccer team was recognized for their success on the season as a team and individually. Each player received her Varsity Award & team picture.

Plaques were presented to the team for our Regional and District Championships including individual medals.

The team was also presented with their NJCAA National Women's Championship plaque for finishing 5th. Each player also received individual participation certificates. Toni Perry & Katie Weber were recognized for being selected to the All Tournament Team.

In addition, the following players were presented statuettes for their contributions:
Kelly Connell       Captain
Emily Alford       Captain
Christy Cole       Unsung Hero Award
Michele Baldori    Coach's Award
Angela Maile       Top Offensive Player
Kelly Connell       Top Midfielder
Katie Weber         Top Midfielder
Toni Perry          Top Defensive
Kristah Manteuffel MVP   

Angela Maile, Toni Perry, & Kristah Manteuffel received NJCAA All-America certificates. Kristah was also acknowledged for being selected to the NSCAA All-Amerca team.

OCELOTS Earn Top 10 National Ranking
Women's Division I - NJCAA Rankings

November 27, 2000

Current Rank School Record Points Previous Rank Activity
1   Dixie College   17-1-1   
2   Monroe CC   20-1-1   
3   Cypress College   19-0-1   
4   Young Harris College   17-3-0         
5   St. Louis - Meramec   13-4-5   
6   Anne Arundel CC   15-1-0   
7   Long Beach   18-2-0   
8   Schoolcraft College   22-1-1   
9   Springfield Tech CC   19-3-0   
10   American River   19-0-1   
11   Scottsdale CC   16-3-2   
12   Ohlone   19-1-0         
13   Mesa CC   17-3-2         
14   Lewis & Clark CC   14-3-3         
15   Santa Rosa JC   17-3-2         
Also receiving votes: Champlain College; Brookdale CC; Hinds CC; Pima CC; Ventura; Johnson County CC; CC of Rhode Island

Schoolcraft Players Selected to NJCAA All-America Team
The NJCAA announced its 2000 Women's Soccer All-America Team today. Schoolcraft College has 3 players honored by being selected to the team. Kristah Manteuffel has been selected to the first team, Toni Pery to the second team, and Angela Maile as Honorable Mention.

SC Strong at 2000 Women's Soccer Nationals
We did very well and had a great time at the NJCAA Women's National Soccer Championship in St. Louis, MO. The weather was mostly sunny, brisk (43 degrees) and breezy (15 to 25). We developed some very nice relationships with other teams especially Dixie College, the eventual National Champions. It was great to be a part of the final 8 teams in the nation competing for a national title. The level of play was excellent.

In our opening game on Thursday, we played 10th ranked Young Harris (GA) and lost in what the local media characterized as an upset. The "Mountain Lions" played well and lead at the half 2-0 and eventually won by a 2-1 margin despite a outstanding second half effort by us. Our goal was scored by Kristah Manteuffel with assists from Michele Baldori and Katie Weber. Amy Dorogi & Kerrie LaPorte split time in net. We played well enough to win and in fact out shot Young Harris 26 to 13. However, it was not to be our day.

The next 2 days were. We came back very strong on Friday in dominating the field against 11th ranked Champlain (VT). We played the entire game with intensity and were technically and tactically sound in taking a 4-0 victory. Angela Maile scored our first and eventual game winning goal with just 3 minutes to play in the first half. She was assisted by Emily Alford & Kristah Manteuffel. We took this momentum into the 2nd half and scored 3 unanswered goals. In turn, a strong defense effort lead by Toni Perry and Katie Weber only allowed Champlain 3 shots. Angela Maile got her second goal of the game and Kelly Connell responded by scoring 2 of her own. Emily Alford & Kristah Manteuffel each has 3 assists. Kerrie LaPorte went the distance in goal.

On Saturday, we earned a hard fought 3-2 win against 5th ranked Springfield Tech (MA). The "Lady Rams" took the lead about midway through the first half, but we quickly responded on a goal by Angela Maile with an assist by Toni Perry. The score remained tied 1-1 at the half with neither team able to grab a firm upper hand. Kristah Manteuffel scored early in the 2nd half to put us on top. Kristen Hait and Katie Weber assisted. Springfield responded to tie the match. With just 2 1/2 minutes left in the game, Angela Maile hit the game winner and her 4th goal of the tournament to secure the win for Schoolcraft. Angela was assisted by Kelly Connell. Amy Dorogi came on in goal for an injured Kerrie LaPorte to assure our win.

We finished the National Tournament with 2 wins and 1 loss and 5th place overall. In addition, Katie Weber and Toni Perry were selected to the All Tournament Team and received individual medals in recognition. We concluded a wonderful 2000 season with an overall record of 22-1-3 and Top 10 rankings in both the NJCAA (3rd) and NSCAA (4th) National Polls.

SC Graps 3rd in NJCAA National Poll!

AS OF November 6th

1. Monroe CC, Rochester, NY 18-0-1*#
2. Dixie State College, St. George, UT
3. Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI 20-0-1*#+
4. Scottsdale CC, Scottsdale, AZ 17-3-2
5. Mesa CC, Mesa, AZ 17-3-2
6. Springfield Technical CC, Springfield, MA
7. St. Louis CC @ Meramec, St. Louis, MO
8. Lewis & Clark CC, Godfrey, IL 14-3-3*
9. Johnson County CC, Overland Park, KS
10. Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA
11. Champlain College, Burlington, VT
12. Pima CC, Tucson, AZ 13-5-2
13. CC of Rhode Island, Lincoln, RI 15-4-0
14. Brookdale CC, Lincroft, NJ 14-4-0*#
15. Mohawk Valley CC, Utica, NY 13-3-1
16. St. Louis CC @ Florissant Valley, St.
Louis, MO 9-4-2
17. Hinds CC, Raymond, MS 14-2-0*
18. Massasoit CC, Brockton, MA 13-4-1
19. Broome CC, Binghamton, NY 16-2-1*
20. CCBC Catonsville, Baltimore, MD 14-4-1

*Regional Champions
# National Tournament Qualifier
+District Champion

Schoolcraft Earns District Title
We earned the 2000 NJCAA Women's Soccer District Championship this past Sunday on a brisk and windy day. While we looked a bit un settled in the semi-final game, we were solid and confident on Sunday. With a stiff wind at our back, we once again grabbed an early lead with what has become to be known as the Danielle Shaffer patented "right to left" shot. The goal came only 2 1/2 minutes into the game. She was assisted on the goal by Kristah Manteuffel. This really set the tone for us for the remainder of the game. Fifteen minutes later, Kristen Hait nailed a free kick over the out stretched hands on the DuPage goalie. As we did on Saturday's match, we took a 2-0 lead into the half.

In the second half, the difference would be if we could keep them out of our end having to face into a very strong wind. Although we gave up a goal about 8 minutes into the 2nd half, we played very well into the wind and did control the game. The defense was solid in denying DuPage many opportunities on net. Kristah Manteuffel put the game out of reach with a goal credited to her with 5 minutes to go. On the day, we out shot DuPage 16 to 6. Again, Amy Dorogi played solid in goal for us.

This was a very good game for us in several respects. We played a very solid game of soccer. We played with intensity and skill. We were not going to be denied. In the process, we also earned a District Championship for Schoolcraft College. Our record now stands at 20-0-3, and we are now ranked 4th in the nation. This is excellent recognition for the effort that our players have put into making this such a positive experience.

I also want to thank the parents that followed us all the way to Iowa to support our team and their daughters. These included Mark & Christine Shelton, Denise & Don Shaffer, & Dave & Kathy Hait. Bill Jacobs who coached our summer team as well as Ed Kavanaugh, Athletic Director, also accompanied us on the long journey to Iowa. It was certainly nice to have them there, and they made a positive difference for us.


SC Wins Regional Crown
The SC Women's Soccer Team swept Cincinnati State to earn the Region XII Title this past Sunday. This earns SC a spot in Districts to qualify for Nationals. The final score was 3-0. It was a very well played game with SC dominating the field against a high pressure and aggressive Cinci State team. In the first meeting played in Cincinnati, SC won a hard fought game 5-3 .

In the rematch, the first goal and eventual game winner came from Kelly Connell. She was assisted by Kristah Manteuffel and Michele Bladori. Angela Maile, who leads the team on total points (goals + assists), scored our 2nd goal. Emily Alford and Katie Weber assisted. Kristah Manteuffel struck for the 3rd goal just before the half to put the game out of reach. She was assisted by Kelly Connell and Stephanie Shelton.

While not finding the back of the net in the second half, SC denied Cinci State any shots on net. Katie Weber lead a very strong defensive unit which recorded its 10th shutout of the season. Amy Dorogi went the distance in goal preserving the shutout. The team has continued to remain focused and playing with improving skills. Our overall record improved to 14-0-3.

SC Captures Ocelot Invitational Title
Schoolcraft College women's soccer team captured a share of the Ocelot Invitational Tournament Title by tieing the Nation's #1 Ranked NJCAA Team, Monroe College 2-2. To get in the championship game, SC defeated Lewis & Clark, the defending NJCAA National Champions, by a score of 2-0. Additional detail available under separate article titled "SC Ties Monroe".

SC Has 5 Selected To 2002 NJCAA All Region Team
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE women's soccer team had 5 players selected to the 2002 NJCAA ALL-REGION TEAM. Congratulations to:

Liz DiPonio Mid (Livonia Stevenson HS)
Pam Dybowski GK (Rochester HS)
Katie Howell* Def (Garden City HS)
Christine Luther Fwd (Woodhaven HS)
Sarah Plymale* Mid (Canton HS)
                                                   * Captain

They will be receiving their awards at the team banquet in January.

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