...2017 Soccer Season with a Pair of Scrimmages
A set of friendly scrimmages on Saturday, August 12 against Lane Community College and Oregon Tech began a year with high expectations for the Rogue Community College women’s soccer program. While in its third year, this is the first year of the program that Coach Rusty Veth has a solid group of veteran returners who understand the expectations for the team; on the field and in the classroom.
"Those veterans know the competition in our conference, and region, and what it will take to make playoffs and achieve set goals,” says Veth. Those returners include defenders Krystal Van Dyke, Amanda Orndorff, and Courtney Paquette, who might find themselves in more attacking roles this season; midfielder Ashley Fontanelli, who will be instrumental in controlling the tempo of games; forward Haley Janky, who worked a lot in the spring to add to her arsenal of attacking skills up front, and Annie Teehan, who was out with injuries most of last season but is hungry to make an impact this season.
Coach Veth was fortunate to add Naomi Aguilar to the team last spring and transfer Lara Nuttall from Linn Benton to help defensively, and Franny Gomez from Southern Oregon University to sharpen their attack. Along with these additions, he also added seven true freshmen who are hungry to prove what they can do to help the program: twins Delaney and Lilly Barrett, Logan Billy, Lorena Bracamontes, Karli Woodruff, Melissa Tonkin, and McKenna Frison.
“The focus is again to work from the inside out," says Veth, "and just as much as last season we are focusing on character driven players who aren't content with mediocrity. They buy into the core values set for the program but have set the bar higher and made promises to each other.” Veth looks forward to seeing the new heights they reach.
The regular season begins with a match against Portland Community College on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. at the soccer fields at US Cellular Community Park 14 in Medford.
2017-18 Women's Soccer Team
BACK (L-R): Assistant Coach Lou Nisbet, Melissa Tonkin, Krystal Van Dyke, Courtney Paquette, Lara Nuttall, McKenna Frison, Haley Janky, Annie Teehan, Billy Logan, Lilly Barrett, Head Coach Rusty Veth. FRONT (L-R): Delaney Barrett, Karli Woodruff, Amanda Orndorff, Franny Gomez, Lorena Bracamontes, Naomi Aguilar, Ashley Fontanelli.