Western Christian girls’ soccer

ORANGE CITY-There was no score at the end of the first half, but that didn’t stop the Western Christian Wolfpack girls from rallying to score three times in the second half for a 3-0 win over Unity Christian Monday, May 8.

“Our talk before the game included taking risks, using the wind the first half to loft outside shots, and also being aggressive,” said Western Christian coach Jocelyn Nollmeyer. “Although we did not score the first half, I was proud of how we were playing. The girls kept the ball on the ground and found each other’s feet. We had more than a handful of opportunities to score but all too often missed wide or hit a crossbar.”

The second-half scoring for the Wolfpack started in the 50th minute as Makenna Kooima scored off a pass from teammate Erica Bousema. Jordyn Marra, in the 56th minute tallied a goal off an assist from Brianna Kollis. Finally, in the 68th minute, Emma Bousema scored the final goal off an assist from Erica Bousema.

“It was about time we had a game with multiple goal scorers, which is a top priority for me,” said Nollmeyer. “Obviously, we knew that marking (Jori) Bronner out of the game would be key to preserving the shutout. My defense communicated well and kept the pressure on throughout the course of the game.”

Western Christian had a total 13 shots on goal for the night. Kooima, Marra and Emma Bousema each went one-for-four on shots. Erica Bousema picked up two assists and Kollis picked up one.

“Overall, I’m pleased with how this game went. Now onto the next one,” Nollmeyer said.

Wolfpack routs Sioux Center 7-0

HULL-Western Christian had almost everything working in a non-conference girls’ soccer game against Sioux Center Tuesday, May 9, and it did not take long for the Wolfpack to come away with a 7-0 victory.

Western Christian held a 3-0 lead after the first half with unassisted goals from Makenna Kooima and Erica Bousema within the first five minutes of the game. The final goal of the first half came off the right foot of Bousema after Georgia Van Essen found her open in the middle of the field.

In the second half, the Wolfpack got unassisted goals from Jordyn Marra in the 44th minute and the 50-minute mark of the game. Seven minutes later, Kooima dished off a pass to Emma Bousema and her right leg made the score 6-0. Two minutes later, the final goal of the game was a header by Madison Byl off a corner kick.

“This game was one we seemed to have controlled from start to finish. I was very pleased to have several different scorers throughout the game,” said Western Christian coach Jocelyn Nollmeyer.

But Nollmeyer noted her team did not take full advantage of the opportunities it had. The Wolfpack took 25 shots in the contest with 18 of those coming on goal.

“If there was one criticism I could give it was that we had many shots that went right to Sioux Center’s goalie and several of them were one-versus-one,” she said.

That said, Nollmeyer was pleased with her team’s overall effort.

“However, that would be the only critique I have. The girls played with poise, possessed the ball, kept the ball on the ground and played aggressively. It was fun to watch them string together passes and communicate well on the field,” she said. “Overall, I am pleased with how all of them played and expect to carry this into our next two games this week.”

Well-balanced game continues against West Sioux

HULL-For the third game this week, the Western Christian girls’ soccer team had a balanced attack on offense and had the defense to back it up, to defeat West Sioux 5-0 in non-conference girls’ soccer Thursday.

The first goal of the game was scored by Emma Gulker off a pass from Erica Bousema. The score remained 1-0 for halftime. The scoring picked up in the second half with two goals from Bousema, one from Jordyn Marra, and the final goal of the evening from Lindsey Van Otterloo. Van Otterloo and Bousema also had one assist each in the second half.

“Tonight was another good night for the ’Pack. The girls have been playing well this last week despite a heavy game schedule. Each game they up their level of play a bit at a time. Whether that is their spacing, their combination play or their choice of shot,” said Wolfpack coach Jocelyn Nollmeyer.

Nollmeyer noted the balanced and aggressive offensive attack as one of the keys. Western Christian took 27 shots all night with 19 of those coming on goal.

“Along with playing well there has been multiple scorers this week. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, that is important to me,” Nollmeyer said. “I don’t want it to be easy for opponents to mark one of our players and hope we don’t score. I want to have multiple girls willing and able to take and finish shots.”

Adding to that offense was a good defense. Aubrie Van Bemmel was the goalie and only needed to save the ball once.

“Out defense tonight did a fantastic job of keeping the ball in front of them and helping our attack feel supported. My midfielders held space tonight in the middle as well as distributing the ball well,” Nollmeyer said.”Jordyn, Madison (Byl), and Rach (Rachel Heynen) all did a great job. Not only that, but our forwards looked very quick tonight. Both Emmas (Emma Bousema and Emma Gulker), Erica (Bousema) and Makenna (Kooi) looked like they had fires lit behind them. They were tenacious in the box tonight and they all looked hungry to find the goal.”

Western falls to Unity 2-1 in OT

HULL-The Western Christian girls’ soccer team kept the game close, but the Wolfpack could not overcome their off night and fell 2-1 in overtime in a non-conference game with Unity Christian Friday.

The scored was tied at 1-1 after halftime with Western Christian’s goal coming off the foot of Jordyn Marra and assisted by Rachel Heynen. The score remained tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation to force overtime. Two minutes into the extra frame the Knights got the game-winning goal to drop the Wolfpack’s record to 9-4 overall.

Coach Jocelyn Nollmeyer said her team simply was unable to take advantage of its opportunities.

“Tonight wasn’t our night. Despite 25 shots and 14 of those on goal, we just weren’t able to find the back of the net,” she said. “We had ample opportunity, several corner kicks and a handful of really beautiful crosses, we just couldn’t quite find our far post girl for the finish. All these things we will bring to practice next week.”

Aubrie Van Bemmel was the keeper. She finished the night with two saves.

Comments are closed.

  • Wolfpack pull out a 19-16 win over Blackhawks

    September 28th, 2017
    by

    Western Christian0-0-19-019 Hinton0-10-0-616 HINTON-The matchup between Class 1A fifth-ranked Western Christian and Hinton, which has been receiving votes in the […]


    Local squads race against some of the region’s best

    September 28th, 2017
    by

    SIOUX CENTER-The Sioux Center cross-country invitational at The Ridge Golf and Country Club Thursday, Sept. 21, was the biggest and most talented field of runners Western Christian, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Trinity Christian would see this 2017 season.


    Wolfpack go 3-3 again at Bellevue, Nebraska tournament

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    BELLVUE, NEB-Class 2A second-ranked Western Christian always uses the Bellevue West volleyball tournament in Bellevue, Nebraska, as an early-season measuring stick to figure out what to work on for the rest of the regular season.


    Comets come up short to Lions in three sets

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    HULL-Boyden-Hull played a tough two sets against Central Lyon in Siouxland Conference volleyball Thursday, Sept. 7, but the Comets could not dig themselves out of early holes in each set and were swept 25-21, 25-23, 25-16.


    Local teams compete in second meet of the 2017 season

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    Sibley-Ocheyedan cross-country meet Local teams compete in second meet of the 2017 season Both Wolfpack teams claim third-place finishes, Lizzy Blum of the Nighthawks takes first individual meet title, Tiger boys


  • Tigers downed by fifth-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic in three

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    LEMARS-Trinity Christian was able to play with Class 1A fifth-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic for the first half of each game, but the Tigers could not prevent the game-deciding runs the Jays made in each set and were swept 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 in War Eagle Conference volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 5.


    Comets stay hot, win their home tournament

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    HULL-Boyden-Hull had its fair share of lumps and bumps during its home volleyball tournament Thursday, Aug. 31, but, in the end, the Comets were able to get the points when it mattered most to win all three of their matches.


    Wolfpack start the 2017 campaign in Spirit Lake

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    SPIRIT LAKE-Due to the cancellation of the Spencer cross-country meet Thursday, Aug. 24, the Western Christian girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams had to start their 2017 campaign at the Spirit Lake Invitational Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Brooks National Golf Club.


    Nighthawks and Tigers start 2017 campaign in Milford

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    MILFORD-The Okoboji Invitational at Woodlyn Hills Golf Club Thursday, Aug. 31, was the first meet of the 2017 season for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Trinity Christian cross-country teams.


    Tigers edge out Wolverines to begin 2017 season

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    PAULLINA-South O’Brien had the edge in experience over Trinity Christian in a War Eagle Conference volleyball match Tuesday, Aug. 29, but the Tigers were able to find a way to win 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 17-15 and start the 2017 season 1-0.


  • [Advertisement.]
  • What’s Happening

    Funding needed for new nature center

    At the  Boyden Community Club meeting Wednesday, Oct.

    A lawn full of truck sunk to the axles

    A lawn full of truck sunk to the axles June De Wit | Staff Writer jdewit@ncppub.com jdewit@ncppub.com It’s not often a semi lands on your front lawn, but it happened Tuesday, Oct.

    Hull Helping Hull donations pile up

    Last Friday, students in both Boyden-Hull School locations, Hull Christian and Western Christian wrapped up their Hull Helping Hull