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Rossler's 2 goals propel Lady Chiefs to NJCAA Division I National Tournament

Lady Chiefs head to Nationals for first time ever

Rossler's 2 goals propel Lady Chiefs to NJCAA Division I National Tournament

Rossler's 2 goals propel Lady Chiefs to NJCAA Division I National Tournament

Waubonsee Community College’s women’s soccer team downed Delta (MI.) College 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 5, to win the NJCAA District D Championship, earning the program’s first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. All-American candidate Maxzine Rossler (So./Hinckley-Big Rock) scored both goals for the Lady Chiefs, her 33rd and 34th goals of the season, as they outshot the Pioneers 16-3 for the game.

Waubonsee, now 17-6 on the season, becomes the first Region IV women’s soccer team to ever reach the 8-team, double-elimination tournament. Coach Leslie Ferguson’s Lady Chiefs will begin play on Nov. 17 at Viera Regional Park in Melbourne, Fla., versus a yet-to-be determined opponent. Delta, an upset winner over 14th-ranked Schoolcraft (MI.) College for the Region XII title, finishes the season 11-4-1 overall.

Playing in the District D title match for the third time in the last four years, the Lady Chiefs found that the proverbial ‘third time is a charm.’ Just 13 minutes into the game, Waubonsee’s Valeria Farfan (FR./ West Chicago) took a crossing pass from Cindy McDonald (So./ Willowbrook) in front of the Pioneers’ goal. Farfan’s pass was then deflected by a Delta defender right to an open Maxzine Rossler (So./ Hinckley-Big Rock) who had charged toward the goal from the far side. Rossler quickly drilled the ball to the short-side of the net and past 6’0” Delta keeper Courtney Neiderquill from five yards out for a 1-0 Waubonsee lead.

The Pioneers pulled even 10 minutes later when their leading scorer Taylor Schwellenbach netted a goal off of a corner kick from Megan Sullivan. Despite several prime opportunities for the Lady Chiefs to retake the lead, the match still remained tied with only 15 minutes left in regulation. However, that quickly changed when Waubonsee’s Stephanie Salinas (So./West Chicago) took the ball away from a Pioneer player near the Lady Chiefs’ end line. Four quick passes later, the last one from Farfan, Rossler had the ball near the opposite end of the field sprinting toward a one-on-one showdown with Neiderquill. The Lady Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer laced a shot to the right corner of the net and past a diving Neiderquill for the eventual game-winner.        

An NJCAA Second Team All-American last season, Rossler is now second nationally in goals scored, just one behind co-leaders Sashanna Campbell of Darton (GA.) College and Melissa Hetherington from Hutchinson (KS.) Community College. Farfan now has 13 assists on the season and is tied for 10th nationally in points (65) and goals (26). Waubonsee’s Jessica Alvarez is also tied for fifth nationally with 19 assists on the season. As a team the Lady Chiefs have outscored their opponents 123-23, outshot them 633-86, and registered a school-record 15 shutouts. The Lady Chiefs have won 12 of their last 13 matches heading into the National Tournament.