KCKCC sophomore Thiago Elias (21) beat two Blue River defenders to the ball in furious action in the Blue Devils 3-2 overtime win in the season opener Tuesday. (KCKCC photo)
KCKCC sophomore Thiago Elias (21) beat two Blue River defenders to the ball in furious action in the Blue Devils 3-2 overtime win in the season opener Tuesday. (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College got the 2015 men’s soccer season off to a spectacular start, scoring in the 16th minute of overtime for a 3-2 win over Blue River Tuesday.

The Lady Blue Devils, however, were not as successful, falling 2-0 on a pair of second half goals. The KCKCC women are right back in action at Lincoln College Saturday at 4 p.m. while the men are home Monday for a 7 p.m. clash with Cloud County.

A perfectly timed give-and-go goal won it for the Blue Devil men as freshman Thiago Elias returned a throw-in from sophomore Great Ubochi, who lofted the game-winning goal from the sideline into the corner of the net to set off a wild victory celebration in the Jayhawk Conference opener.

The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Sophomore captain Jahren Barrow got the Blue Devils in front 1-0 in the 16th minute on a penalty kick after Steve Sosa had been taken down in the penalty box on a breakaway. Barrow also assisted on the second goal, delivering a well-aimed shot that freshman Leonardo Da Silva headed into the back of the net with 25 minutes gone in the contest.

“We were very solid for 30 minutes, attacking and defending very hard,” said coach Ruben Rodriguez.

Blue River cut the KCKCC lead in half on a free kick with nine minutes left in the half and then took advantage of a Blue Devil miscue to tie it early in the second half. Led by freshman goalkeeper Kenneth Herron, the Blue Devils turned back several Trailblazer threats in the final 35 minutes of regulation time before Elias and Ubochi teamed for the game-winner.

Blue River’s women took advantage of two second errors for the 2-0 win in the opener.

“It was a great start to the beginning of the season,” said first year coach Jeremy Winzer. “We came out on fire in the first half with lots of energy but just could not connect in the final third of the field. This team is young and learning how to play with each other and will get better. The young ladies came back Wednesday with a great attitude which I think shows the character and maturity of the team.”

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.


by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will open the 2015 home volleyball season Wednesday night in the first of just three home contests in the first month and a half of the season.

Neosho County will be the opening foe in a Jayhawk Conference contest starting at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Devils are only home twice in September, against Allen County Sept. 16 and Cowley Sept. 30 before playing three of their final four games at home in mid-October.

The Blue Devils ran into a buzz saw of national ranked Division II powers in their opening tournament at Johnson County Friday and Saturday. Ranked No. 15, KCKCC opened with a come-from-behind 16-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-22 win over No. 13 Kirkwood but then fell to No. 12 Johnson County 25-19, 25-17, 25-20.

The Blue Devils were swept on Saturday. Lincoln Land, which received votes in the national poll, rally from a 25-21 opening loss for 25-23, 25-19 and 25-14 wins. Cowley College, the No. 3 ranked team in Division II and third place finisher in last year’s national tournament, swept the Blue Devils 25-21, 25-14, 25-24 in the final.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.


by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College women’s soccer will have a new look in 2015 – a new coach and 12 new players.

First year coach Jeremy Winzer has only four sophomore returnees as the Lady Blue Devils open the season at home against Blue River Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re new to each other and I’m new to this league so we’re going in the first time together,” Winzer said. “Mistakes will come but I think they will help us grow and get better. I think this team will rattle the cage in the conference and qualify for the playoffs. We have a great fitness level with speed on the flanks.”

Winzer has been especially pleased by the quick bonding of his 16 players and coaching staff.

“It’s more like a family both on and off the field,” Winzer said. “There’s a lot of energy which will help offset our lack of experience and allows me to be able to count on every player whether starter or non-starter.”

Winzer is counting heavily on the Blue Devils’ four returnees for leadership. They are midfielders Emily Soetaert and Madison Simmons, both of Tonganoxie; defender Chase Holle of Topeka West; and Cynthia Conchas of Liberty Prep, who will play both forward and midfield.

All will be in the starting lineup in front of Maria Hansen, a 6-foot goalkeeper from Copenhagen, Denmark, who Winzer expects to present a big presence in goal for opposing teams. She will be backed by Jessica Ibarra of Piper

With Conchas at midfield, freshman Loida Carranza of DeQueen, Ark., will be the lone forward while freshmen Cheyann Lake of Piper and Cristy Avelar of Huntsville, Tex., will fill the other two starting midfield positions with Soetaert, Simmons and Conchas. They will be backed by Leticia Ramos of F.L. Schlagle.

A trio of freshmen standouts, Kaitlyn Trzok of Piper; Veronica Samaniego of SM North; and Allie Ledbetter of Bonner Springs, will join Holle in the starting lineup of defenders. The team’s deepest area of strength, Winzer can also call on a trio of graduates of Washington High, Veronica Navarro, Jade Davila and Karen Ruiz-Gonzalez.

Four of KCKCC’s first six contests are a home starting against Blue River Tuesday and followed by Maple Woods Aug. 3, Allen County Aug. 10 and Garden City Aug. 15, a stretch Wizmer hopes will have the Blue Devils ready for a big finish.

“October will be tough with the best three teams in the conference – Johnson County, Hutchinson and Butler – to be played back-to-back-to-back although Johnson County and Hutch will be at home.”

Winzer is being assisted by an all-star staff. Melanie Pickert was a fourth team All-American and multiple All-Big Ten and All-Academic selection at the University of Iowa while goalkeeper coach Catherine Buchanan was a starter in goal at Louisiana Tech where she was a three-time All-Academic pick.

“Having the support staff I have is huge,” Winzer said. “Both have great knowledge of the game and game management and will have a big impact on our program.”
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

Kansas City Kansas Community College

2015 women’s soccer schedule

Aug. 25 – BLUE RIVER, Home 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 29 – Lincoln College, Away 1 p.m.
Sept. 3 – MAPLE WOODS, Home 2 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Hesston College*, Away 5p.m.
Sept. 10 – ALLEN COUNTY*, Home 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 – GARDEN CITY*, Home 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Cowley College*, Away 2 p.m.
Sept. 24 – Pratt*, Away 2 p.m.
Oct. 8 – Coffeyville*, Away 5 p.m.
Oct. 10 – Neosho County*, Away 5 p.m.
Oct. 13 – JOHNSON COUNTY*, Home 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 – HUTCHINSON*, Home 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 – Butler County*, Away 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 – BARTON COUNTY*, Home 4 p.m.
*- Jayhawk Conference