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Women's soccer teamMembers of the women's soccer team at Kansas City Kansas Community College gathered on the new soccer field on July 30 with a giant soccer jersey in the background. (Staff file photo)
Women's soccer team
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team will have a decided home town flavor in its second year of the sport.
Thirteen of the 16-member Lady Blue Devil squad played at Wyandotte County high schools – 10 at J.C. Harmon and three at Wyandotte.
“That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” said Ruben Rodriguez, who is in his second season as head coach of the women’s team and the third as head men’s coach.
Starting with Hutchinson at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, the Lady Blue Devils will be home for six of their first eight matches and eight of their first 10. Johnson County comes to KCKCC Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the official opening of the new soccer field at 1 p.m. followed by Hesston Friday at 5 p.m.
Rodriguez will have a half-dozen veterans around which to build. They include goalkeeper Claudia Rivera, defenders Vanessa Waters, Blanca Bueno and Alyssa Trammel and midfielders Karen Gaytan and Mayra Castameda all from J.C. Harmon. “All of them played significant minutes last season,” Rodriguez said.
Top newcomers include midfielders Dania Gomez of Wyandotte and Karen Corral of Harmon and defender Samantha Perez of Wyandotte.
Rodriguez is hopeful other contributors will come from a freshman corps that includes forward Elizabeth Leon of Raytown, defenders Sonia Reyes of Harmon and Torrie Wright of Killeen, Tex., and midfielders Angie Gallegos, Vianney Calderon and Krystel Uribe of Harmon, Zayra Gonzalez of Lincoln Prep.
“Having experience from our veterans will help,” said women’s assistant coach Tait Einerson. “I don’t think our players knew quite what to expect last year. We have more attacking players this year so we’ll be stronger offensively. And having a home field will help. This year’s training sessions have been so much better.”
Staying healthy is a concern. Last year, the Blue Devils lost goalkeeper Claudia Rivera due to a concussion in the third game, one game after she had posted a shutout in a 1-0 win at Garden City. It was KCKCC’s only win of its initial season
.A former two-time all-state soccer player at Park Hill High School, Einerson was the most valuable player offensively as a freshman at Southern Missouri; then transferred to Missouri State in Springfield were he earned similar honors in a two-year career there.
He’s been coaching at the high school level for the last 20 years. He was an assistant for four years and head coach two years at Liberty, Mo., from 1995-2000 before moving to Blue Valley West where he’s been an assistant on a girls team that has won state championships and a boys team that has one state title. He also coaches a youth 14 team and a youth 17 team in the Midwest Regional League. Married, he and his wife, Janie, have two daughters, Thea, 6, and Calla, 4.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
2013 Women’s Soccer Schedule
Aug. 25 – HUTCHINSON (Women only), 2 p.m.
Aug. 28 – JOHNSON COUNTY+, Home, 1 p.m.
Aug. 30 – HESSTON+ Home, 5 p.m.
Sept. 1 – Butler County (Women only), Away, TBA.
Sept. 7 – ALLEN COUNTY+, Home, 2 p.m.
Sept. 8 – S.W. ILLINOIS, Home, 1 p.m.
Sept. 10 – BLUE RIVER, Home, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Coffeyville+, Away, 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 – BARTON COUNTY+, Home, 1 p.m.
Sept. 21 – DODGE CITY+, Home, 2 p.m.
Sept. 24 – Independence+, Away, 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Pratt+, Away, 2 p.m.
Oct. 1 – GARDEN CITY+ (Women only), 6 p.m.
Thunder Duck Tour (Dallas, Texas)
Oct. 4 – West Texas, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Hill College, 5 p.m.
Oct. 8 – CLOUD COUNTY+, Home, 3 p.m.
Oct. 12 – Cowley County+, Away, 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 – MAPLE WOODS, Home, 4 p.m.
Oct. 20 – Neosho County+, Away, 3 p.m.
+ - Region VI Conference game.
All women-men doubleheaders unless otherwise indicated.