It’s that time of year again! Women’s high school soccer season, or for Coach Rumenapp, recruiting season. When he was asked about his thoughts entering his first recruiting season as Grace’s women’s coach he had this to say,
“It is definitely going to be a fun time. Busy, but fun. I think I have an idea of what to expect as I have been through a season or two of it with the men’s team, but I had one job for coach Buchanon: find a keeper. This will be a fun challenge because I cannot be so narrow focused, I have to inventory the players I have and take a look at what our main positional or talent needs are then go out and find players to fit those roles. Make no mistake, recruiting is not just confined to these last few months of the school year, it is a year round process. It is about building relationships with athletes and their families, but this is the time of year where the soccer side of recruiting is on display the most and where new contacts can be made and new reltionships built. I already have several girls I have been in contact with for the upcomming year, but I need to work hard to add to that list as well as look ahead to the 2014 and 2015 seasons as well. I cannot be near sighted this time of year.”
Coach Rumenapp went on to explain that he already has quite a few games marked on his calendar and that it is quickly filling up. With so many games to go to and families to meet with (at least three recruits on the east side of Michigan in the Detroit and Port Huron areas) it makes for a busy time of year. With having a young family it can be even more daunting for a first year coach to undertake, when Coach Rumenapp was approached with how he balances family time and recruiting he answered, “I have a good wife who is very patient. Other than that, just like in all things, you need to be intentional about what you do as far as time spend with family. President Kemper once told me, ‘Wherever you are, be there.’”
Coach Rumenapp and Grace Bible College would like to welcome Autumn Befus as the newest member of the Tiger family. Autumn, daughter of Charles and Joy Befus, will be able to have the unique opportunity to play along her older sister, Erin, at Grace next season. Autumn will be adding to the legacy of her family putting on the blue and gold of the Tigers. In recent years, her older brother (Caleb) and cousin (Brent) played alongside Coach Rumenapp during their time as Tigers. Cameron (brother) and Josh (cousin) are current members of the men’s team as well. Amber Befus (now Kemper) and Terrah, both played multiple sports for Grace when they were in school as well.
As a player Autumn’s prowess cannot be questioned. She was an integral part of her high school team, American International School of Costa Rica. Autumn also played for her local town team, Asociación Deportiva Belemita where she was also a big contributor. Autumn’s biggest accomplishment to date, was being invited to train with the Costa Rican Women’s National Team for a month this past summer.
“Obviously, I am thrilled to have a player with these credentials join our program, and she is left footed as well.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “The ladies on the team are very excited about Autumn. They knew there was a chance she would be joining us and I broke the news to them last week and they were very pleased to say the least. Above and beyond all the obvious things Autumn brings as an athlete, she is a very well rounded young lady an has great character and will be a nice fit for our program.”
Coach Rumenapp has called a meeting for all returning and potential players on Wednesday February 6th at 4:30 pm on campus at Grace. Coach Rumenapp’s explains his reasons for the meeting:
“The focus of the meeting is really for myself and the players to become a bit more acclimated with each other as early as possible and begin building relationships. I was present last year with the men’s team, but I didn’t really have a chance to get to know many players on the women’s team. So they may know my face, but not many of them know who I am or what my principals and philosophies are as a coach.
“This meeting will give current and potential players a chance to get to know my vision for the team and build some level of comfort with me before the season starts. I know from experience how difficult it is to show up the first day of training camp with a new face as the coach and have no idea what the expectations are or what direction they want to take the team. I would like to avoid that and be able to give them as much information in advance and allow the players to ask any questions they may have. We will also go over a few other things such as the tentative schedule for next season and discuss the possibility and availability of off-season workouts.
“This meeting will also give me a better idea of what I will have in terms of personnel and what positions the ladies play, so I have a bit of direction during recruiting knowing what positions I need to focus my efforts on when adding new players to team. Above all I am just very excited to get involved with the team as much as possible and doing whatever I can to help the program achieve its potential.”
Director of Sports Operations, Gary Bailey, is pleased to announce that Josh Rumenapp has been named Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer’s Team. Josh has been an assistant coach at both the high school and collegiate level and is very excited to have a chance to be involved in a larger role this season. He has been involved with the sport for 20 years and has a passion for developing players skill, as well as their character.
Coach Rumenapp was a 4 year starter during high school for New Life Christian Academy. He was awarded 3 1st Team All-Conference Awards as well as All-Region, All-Area and Honorable Mention All-State during his senior year. Coach Rumenapp followed his high school career with a solid career at Grace Bible College where he was the first 4 year starter at the keeper position the school had seen in many years. During his collegiate career, Coach Rumenapp finished in the top five in single season saves 3 times and owns the top spot on that list. He also holds the all-time saves record for men’s soccer (862). Josh was named the Tiger’s defensive MVP 3 times (2006-2008) and the teams most valuable player during his final season in 2009. In 2009, he also was honored as a 1st Team All-Region selection and an ACCA All-American.
Since 2009 Coach Rumenapp has been an assistant coach at both the high school level and collegiate level for both men’s and women’s teams working primarily with goalkeepers. He has had 3 of his high school keepers earn all-conference and all-district team honors and another named to their All-Region team. At the collegiate level (with Grace) he has coached their keeper to the ACCA All-Tournament Team.
Coach Rumenapp Graduated from both Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University in 2011 with degrees in Religious Education and Secondary Education (Social Studies) respectively. He married his wife, Aubrey (also a graduate of GBC and Cornerstone) in 2009. In September 2012 they welcomed their first son, Greyson, into their family and will be welcoming their second addition in April of this year.
“We are very happy to have Josh as our Women’s Soccer Coach,” said Gary Bailey. “There is no doubt that he has the knowledge to coach at this level and plenty of experience working with players to be a great coach. We welcome Josh and Aubrey and their family back to Grace and look forward to watching Josh build on an already good program.”
The GBC women’s soccer team wrapped up its season with a banquet this past Sunday evening in Fremont at Coach Yon’s farm. The evening began with a bonfire followed by a hayride through the property. Once the ride was over the fire was a welcomed sight as the evening was chilly with frost on the ground. As the team huddled around eating brats and chili each player was recognized and awards were distributed.
The Lady Tigers ended with three individuals on the Mid-West All-Regional Team. Destiny Banasihan, Jessica Pegg, and Kerie Rudd were all named as All-Region players. The team awards were also given. The Most Improved Player for the 2012 season was Erin Befus. Erin’s hard work and drive led to amazing improvement as she became the team’s defensive specialist. The Iron-Maiden Award was given to Jessica Pegg. Jessica never missed a practice all year long, playing through many injuries and pain while still performing at a high level. Finally, Kerie Rudd was selected as the Most Valuable Player. Kerie’s leadership and skill were once again invaluable to the team as she modeled dedication through her actions.
The 2012 season ended on a high note with the Tigers winning 4 out of their last 7 matches. With a solid recruiting class on the horizon, things continue to look bright for the future of the women’s soccer team.
Friday afternoon in Grand Rapids saw the visiting Pioneers of Northland International University challenging the Tigers of Grace Bible College. The match was a close battle and could have gone either way. However, in the end the Pioneers edged out the Tigers 1-2.
The Pioneers started out the scoring only 8 minutes into the match on a penalty kick. Kerie Rudd read the shooter correctly getting her hand on the shot but it still had enough power to roll into the net. The Pioneers continued to possess play throughout the remainder of the half and scored on a corner kick with only 37 second left.
The Tigers made several lineup adjustments and the changes paid dividends. GBC had several quality goal-scoring opportunities and finally got the break they were looking for with a handball call in the 18. Kerie Rudd took the penalty kick and finished it beautifully, placing it in the side netting. Grace had a few other great looks on net but simply weren’t able to capitalize. Northland ended with 13 shots on frame to the 7 shots on net for the Tigers. Kerie Rudd made 11 saves in net.
The Tigers ended the season with a 5-13 record. In their third season as a varsity program the Tigers set records in many area some of which were fewest goals allowed, most goals scored, and most wins in a season.
“We knew we were going to have to play a very good match in order to compete,” commented Coach Vissia. “We played hard but committed crucial fouls and allowed too many corners. The effort was there but unfortunately, the results were not.”
The Lady Tigers will have their season-ending banquet on 11/4 at 6:00 pm to reflect on the accomplishments of the year.
Kayleigh Holton containing her mark.
Grace traveled to Indiana to play Purdue Calumet on Saturday afternoon. The results were not favorable for the Tigers as they came out flat and were smothered by the Peregrines the entire first half. When the smoke had cleared, the Lady Tigers found themselves down 0-6 at the half. GBC did play better in the second half only allowing an additional goal. The final was 0-7 in the Lady Tigers’ worst lose of the season. Purdue Calumet outshot Grace 33-1 and Kerie Rudd recorded 26 saves in net.
Laura Vinton tracking back with her mark.
“Although the end result wasn’t a positive one, I believe we still learned from this match,” stated Coach Vissia. “We still have the goal of improvement and are looking forward to quality play in the regional tournament.”
The Tigers ended the regular season with a 5-12 record. Goal production was significantly up, goals allowed were significantly down, and the Lady Tigers had an improved record from last year. The building process is continuing at Grace and results have been seen each season.
The Lady Tigers had won 3 of their last 4 matches coming into Friday’s game against the Lions of Finlandia. GBC was hoping to make it 4 out of their last 5 when the evening was over and they did just that. Finishing didn’t come easily for Grace in the first half as good opportunities were repeatedly squandered. However, with 15 minutes left in the half the Tigers got the break they were looking for in order to take the lead. A ball was crossed over and Laura Vinton made a break on the ball with the Finlandia keeper coming hard. Vinton won the race, took a shot, but it deflected off the keeper to a charging Sarah Steenwyk. Steenwyk was able to finish the ball giving the Tigers the 1-0 lead. Another excellent opportunity presented itself for Grace with 45 seconds left in the half. Destiny Banasihan ripped a shot from 20 yards that was headed for the upper 90 only to be denied by the Lion’s keeper who made an amazing punching save. The score was tight at the half with GBC up 1-0.
The Tigers were able to make a few slight adjustments during the break and the team came out hungry ready to expand their lead. Vinton scored 14 minutes into the second half off an assist from Steenwyk, two minutes later on an assist from Banasihan, and finally on yet another ball from Steenwyk. Vinton’s three goals marked only the second hat trick in GBC women’s soccer history. The Lady Tigers weren’t finished yet as Courtney Glinka added to the lead on Maggie Segalla’s pass. The goal with Glinka’s first of the season. The final tally was added by Jessica Pegg on a slotted ball from Steenwyk. The Tigers outshot the Lions 23-5 and Kerie Rudd posted her second shutout of the season while making 5 saves.
The Tigers travel to Purdue Calumet Saturday for a 1:00 match against the Peregrines. The game will be the last regular season game for the Lady Tigers who are preparing for regional play next week.
The Lady Tigers were coming off three games in a four day stretch Monday afternoon as they took on the Pioneers of Northland International University. The fatigue showed early as GBC simply struggled to keep pace. The Pioneers ended up cracking the crossbar on a set play then following it up with a goal. However, the second half proved to be more competitive as the Tigers started to create a little more space. The follow up goal was enough in the end and the Pioneers simply outlasted the Tigers.
“We were lethargic at first but I felt the second half was a little cleanier,” reflected Coach Yon. “It wasn’t a pretty match offensively for us but I believe a lot of that had to do with the Pioneer defense. They did a nice job of shutting down our angles and collapsing on our attackers.”
The first game of the regional tournament will see a rematch of tonight’s match. Northland will be the home team and the #2 seed and Grace will be the away team and the #3 seed. The game will be played at GBC. The winner of the game on the 10/26 will face the winner of the Maranatha v. Lincoln match slated for earlier that same day.
Erin Befus did a great job marking the potent attackers of Mount Mary.
The Grace women’s soccer team has quietly put together a nice little winning streak. The streak started a week ago against Lincoln Christian with a 3-0 win, followed by an exciting 3-1 victory at home against the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian, and finally a gritty 2-1 performance at Mount Mary College. The Lady Tigers made the trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Saturday for a 1:00 meeting with the Blue Angels.
Things started out well for the Tigers as Destiny Banasihan cracked a shot on frame that bounced off the keepers hands to a charging Laura Vinton. Vinton was denied by the Mount Mary keeper as well but Sarah Steenwyk followed her shot making sure there would be no rebound. Steenwyk’s goal put GBC up 1-0 in the seesaw battle. There were many near miss opportunities for both sides but neither could capitalize. With only 30 seconds left in the first half the Blue Angels were able to knot the score and tie the match. The goal changed the complexion of the match but only seemed to increase the resolve of the Tigers. Once the second half began it became obvious that the Lady Tigers were determined to press until a goal was obtained. For 35 minutes shot after shot was taken by GBC only to be repeatedly denied. Finally, with only 10 minutes remaining in the match, Banasihan placed the ball on the foot of a streaking Vinton who chipped the keeper with her left footed shot skimming the crossbar and darting into the back of the net. For the final 10 minutes of the game the Tigers played conservatively to preserve the win.
Kayleigh Holton looks to distribute up the line.
“Once again, we were very pleased with the effort put forth by the girls,” said Coach Yon. “Although September was a difficult stretch, I believe the girls are starting to peak and perform like we know they are capable of playing. There is still room for improvement but we are certainly taking steps in the right direction.”
The past three wins have come at an excellent time as the regional tournament approaches. The final weeks of the season sees the Tigers playing matches at a furious pace. On Monday GBC will see their third game in the past four days. Northland International University will come to town to play a 4:00 game.
Courtney Glinka defending a Blue Angel midfielder.