Year Removed from NCAA Tourney, CSS Women 'Hungry'

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 12:07 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Last season was the first season the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) had an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.

It was also the first season in four years the St. Scholastica women's soccer team didn't qualify for that tournament.

The Saints lost to Northwestern 1-0 in the UMAC tournament final, marking the end to another strong season for the St. Scholastica women.

The team finished 2010 with a (15-5-2) record, but are looking in 2011 to earn their way back to the NCAA tournament.

"We're a very hungry group," head coach Dave Reyelts said. "I think some of them took it for granted. Obviously we had great success, three straight years going to the tournament, had some people who thought we would just get there, and when we didn't they realized that you have to put in work every day from start to finish."

"The team chemistry is just amazing," Saints freshman forward Kelsey Kehtel said. "I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to be with and work with for the past few weeks. I love it."

"We only lost two seniors last year," senior defender Megan Flesvig said, "so we have a lot of strong returners and some strong new people coming in. I think we just need a little bit more work, and we'll be fine."

The Saints opened the 2011 season with a loss Thursday night, 2-1 in overtime on the road to Macalaster.

They open the home part of their schedule on Saturday against the University of Dubuque at 12:00 p.m.

Posted by Zach Schneider