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by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s soccer team rewarded the biggest home crowd in history with a 1-0 season-opening win over State Fair Tuesday.
Itzel Almanza, a freshman forward from Harmon High School, scored on a pass from Bishop Ward sophomore Serena Ortiz with about 15 minutes left in the first half for the game’s only goal.
The win came in front of a record crowd of 215 fans, families and Blue Devil athletes that filled the west side bleachers.
“The crowd was great; it made the players feel special, that’s for sure,” said second year head coach Shawn Uhlenhake.
The Lady Blue Devils are right back in action Sunday when they play host to Dodge City at noon. That game will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by the opening of the KCKCC men’s season against East Central.
Jessica Hill of Shawnee Heights, one of eight freshmen in the starting lineup, recorded her first shutout in goal for the Blue Devils.
“She was involved quite a bit; we used her a lot,” Uhlenhake said.
“I thought we played well for the first 20 minutes of each half,” Uhlenhake said. “We had a lot of opportunities on goal but then became a little impatient from not scoring and started forcing some things that were not needed. But overall it was a team win and with experience it’s a team that will gain patience.”
Uhlenhake was particularly pleased with the play of midfielder Madison Plake of DeSoto, center backs Bailey Zinser of Lansing and Carmen Rush of DeSoto, and outside backs Audrey Wooten of Olathe North and Mike’e O’Dell of Shawnee Mission North. All are freshmen with the exception of Zinser, a team captain.
Blue Devil athletes attending the game were treated to hot dogs and watermelon by the KCKCC Student Senate under the direction of Andrica Wilcoxen.
Richie Contartesi, motivational speaker and best-selling author, will be speaking to Donnelly students about overcoming obstacles and pursuing their dreams at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Donnelly College Event Center.
Contartesi, a Florida native, who was an ordinary teen athlete of 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, set his sights on accomplishing a lifelong dream of playing college football. Starting as a walk-on, and eventually earning a full Division I college football scholarship to the University of Mississippi, “Ole Miss,” he met his goal and took it a step further by becoming a professional athlete.
“Richie demonstrates how someone can overcome great odds and obstacles in order to achieve their goals,” said Susan Lechliter, director of counseling center. “He had some issues with depression early in his life and was able to turn that around and has enjoyed a lot of success in achieving the goals he has set for himself.”
Now as a motivational speaker, Contartesi talks with youth and young adults about overcoming their own challenges in life, such as depression and suicide, bullying and drug and alcohol abuse.
“Richie demonstrates not only a drive and desire to do well but also provides a framework for achieving success,” Lechliter said. “He tells the student how to set goals and to plan the next steps they need to take.”
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Seating is limited. Donnelly College is at 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas.