Eleven Stars for 11 Years

Blue Knights women’s soccer celebrates 11th season

Cam Stoltz

Cam Stoltz

The 2013–2014 season of Blue Knights women’s soccer at Dakota County Technical College marks the 11th year of the program. Head Coach Cam Stoltz looked back on his career at DCTC and selected 11 standouts from dozens on dozens of players. The group features six NJCAA All-Americans, four players who went on to play at the NCAA Division II-level, two players who played in the Womens Premier Soccer League, and one who went on to play for the University of Louisville Cardinals, a team ranked nationally in NCAA DI.

The Lady Knights have taken home one NJCAA Region 13 championship, going 15–5 in the program’s first season, but have yet to win it all in NJCAA Region 11. They’ve come close, taking the runner-up spot in 2009 and 2010. The team’s 10-season record is 99–88–10 playing NJCAA Division I soccer.

Cam Stoltz circa 2004

Cam Stoltz circa 2004

“The Blue Knights women’s soccer program began in 2003 and was the college’s first team sport,” said Head Coach Cam Stoltz. “Exciting and competitive, our level of play offers women the opportunity to begin a college education and/or pursue a specific technical degree while continuing their soccer careers.”

Stoltz added that athletics and women’s soccer enhance an already great education at DCTC. “The unique experiences of the one hundred and thirty-three women who have worn a Blue Knights jersey are a benefit to the campus community,” he said. “Below are eleven women who exemplify the very best our program has produced. We believe that Blue Knights soccer contributed to what they have accomplished and what they are doing today.”

 

2010-2011 Blue Knights: NJCAA Region 11 Runners-Up

2010-2011 Blue Knights: NJCAA Region 11 Runners-Up

Eleven stars for 11 years

Hannah Decklever | #4

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  • 11_deck1Position: Fullback
  • Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville North
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009-10; 2010-11
  • Major: Early Childhood and Youth Development
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC’s only two-time NJCAA Academic All-American
    • Team captain (2010)
    • Blue Knight Award (2010)
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squads in freshman and sophomore seasons
  • 11_deck2After DCTC: Began career in early child care, her field of study
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Hanna Decklever was a coach’s player. On her hardest, most difficult days, she still performed consistently. She was a core of the best two-year run we have had (2009-10). The best part of Hannah’s ability was that she never stopped getting better from practice one in year one to her second consecutive regional championship. Her academics were superior as are her ethics on and off the field.”

Kasey Dobbs | #9

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  • 11_kasey1Position: Fullback/Forward
  • Hometown: Rosemount, Minn.
  • High School: Rosemount
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2005-06; 2006-07
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • NJCAA All-American (2005)
    • NJCAA Athlete of the Week (2005)
    • Team MVP (2005)
    • Golden Boot Award (2005)
    • All-Region 11 (2005)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University-Saint Paul
    • Played one season for the Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Birth–Grade 3
    • Currently working at a daycare center
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kasey Dobbs was a natural player who was able to attack from any part of the field. She scored 33 goals in one season—from the front of the field and the back. Her attitude made her a favorite instantly. Unfortunately, Kasey’s time at DCTC was cut a year short with a knee injury in her second preseason.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “My favorite memories come from the times we traveled. I enjoyed being on a bus with everyone laughing and getting to know one another.”
  • Why Kasey chose DCTC: “I became a Blue Knight because I wanted to continue playing soccer at a competitive level after high school.”

Kate Fox | #14

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  • 11_fox1Position: Fullback
  • Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
  • High School: Homeschooled/Simley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-11 (redshirt)
  • Major: Graphic Design Technology
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • Blue Knight Award (2010)
    • DCTC all-time leader in game appearances (44)
  • 11_fox2-150x100After DCTC:
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kate Fox lives for soccer. Kate was part of the two winningest teams at DCTC. She went from being a high school prospect to earning her degree in visual communications at DCTC. She is now an NCAA Division II player and even played in the WPSL, a pro-am league with more than fifty teams, making it the largest women’s soccer league in the world. Kate has one remaining year in the NCAA and has already done DCTC proud.”

Katia (Galvan) Hernandez | #10

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  • 11_katia2Position: Midfielder
  • Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
  • High School: Humboldt
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2010-11; 2011-12
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • MVP (2010)
    • Golden Boot Award (2011)
    • All-Region 11 both seasons
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squad in freshman season
  • 11_katia1After DCTC: Began career in early child care; married with a daughter
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “One of the most dynamic goal scorers I have encountered in women’s soccer. Katia scored the best college goal I have every seen—a one-look, 40-yard volley that put DCTC up for good in the 2010 Region 11 semifinal 2-1 win over Iowa Central.”

Emily (Grannes) Allen | #4

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  • 11_emily1Position: Midfielder
  • Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.
  • High School: Apple Valley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2004-05
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-Region 11
    • Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University-Saint Paul
    • Earned bachelor and master’s degrees
    • Played for Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Married
  • 11-emily1Coach Cam Stoltz: “Emily Grannes transferred from MSU Mankato to play her second season with us and helped DCTC get to the district tournament in Michigan where we fell to Schoolcraft College. Emily would run like a deer, but with better endurance. She has heart and passion for the game and made our team better.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “As the program was in its infancy in 2004, the team was enlisted to recruit ‘athletic looking’ women. My first activity on the campus was walking up to complete strangers and convincing them it was a blast to play soccer. Let’s just say we filled the roster that year and did quite well (making all the way to the NJCAA regional tournament).”
  • Why Emily chose DCTC: “DCTC was a great opportunity to get myself grounded in school while being able to peruse my dream of collegiate level soccer. The leadership and support by the coaching staff gave me the confidence and know-how to continue on to DII soccer at Concordia University-Saint Paul, as a starting defender. The coaches proved to me they were committed to my success, not only in school and on the field, but also in my future.”

Sheena (Lien) Henry | #3

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  • 11_sheena1Position: Midfielder
  • Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.
  • High School: Apple Valley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2003-04; 2004-05
  • Major: Business
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • First female athlete inducted into Blue Knights Hall of Fame (2011)
    • First NJCAA All-American for Blue Knights (2003)
    • All-time leader in assists at DCTC
    • MVP (2003 & 2004)
    • Played on Region 13 championship team (2003)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to UW River Falls
    • Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator at ProAct, Inc.
    • Married Greg Henry in 2012; lives in New Market, Minn.
  • 11_sheena2Coach Cam Stoltz: “Sheena Lien could play soccer in any college division. Each and every time she came onto the field, she was the best for either team. She was a special player at a time when DCTC needed to build its program. She is our first Hall of Fame member at DCTC.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “The first year of DCTC’s soccer program we played against Moraine Valley from Illinois in the playoffs. Making it that far the first year was definitely memorable. I have been a soccer player now for more than 20 years and the best of my memories came from DCTC.”
  • Why Sheena chose DCTC: “I played for DCTC because I knew the opportunity to train with Cam, know him from attending his soccer camps, would benefit my abilities and provide opportunities to learn more about the game while developing my skills on the field.”

Katie (Lucca) Bernard | #7 (Freshman) #8 (Sophomore)

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  • 11_katie2Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Prior Lake, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville South
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008-09; 2009-10
  • Major: Graphic Design Technology
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC’s First NJCAA Academic All-American (2009)
    • Blue Knight Award (2008)
    • Golden Boot (2009)
  • 11_katie1After DCTC:
    • Worked for Target Corporation
    • Moved to Warroad, Minn., to work for Polaris
    • Married with one child
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Katie Lucca came to DCTC from a very successful Lakeville South state championship team. She was able to carry our team in scoring her freshman year and was part of a fantastic 2009 regional runner-up. Katie was also DCTC’s first Academic All-American, proving once again that athletes can excel in the classroom as well.”

Heather Neurer | #4 (Freshman) #19 (Sophomore)

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  • 11_heather1Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
  • High School: Tartan
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008-09; 2009-10
  • Major: Interior Design
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • NJCAA Academic All-American (2010)
    • MVP (2008)
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squad (2009)
  • 11_heather2After DCTC:
    • Transferred to the University of Minnesota via a DCTC and U of M articulation agreement
    • Featured in Real Magazine
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Heather Neuer was a spark player who snuck in on attach and quietly retreated to defend the middle. An NJCAA American All-Amercian who majored in interior design at DCTC, Heather is a perfect example of a great player coming to DCTC for an excellent education.”

Rebecca Noonan | #9

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  • 11_noonan1Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Crystal, Minn.
  • High School: Robbinsdale Cooper
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2003-04; 2004-05
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-Region 13
    • Golden Boot Award (2003 & 2004)
    • Played on Region 13 championship team (2003)
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “‘Right-footed Rebecca’ may never have used her left foot (just a joke) in her DCTC career, but she was oftentimes the fastest player on the field. Becca was a prolific goal scorer, ranking in the nation in goals both her seasons with DCTC. Becca would often pair up with Sheena Lien to help carry the Blue Knights in our infancy.”

Amanda Olsen | #12

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  • 11_olsen3Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn.
  • High School: Park
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009-10; 2010-11
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-American (2009)
    • All-Region 11 (2009 & 2010)
    • NSCAA All-Region (2009)
    • DCTC all-time leader in points with 138
    • DCTC all-time leader in goals with 56
    • Golden Boot Award (2009 & 2010)
  • 11_olsen4-150x138After DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University-St. Paul
    • Played two seasons for the Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
    • Career plan is to complete an internship in the fall 2013 in physical therapy; go on to grad school to become a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant
    • Daktronics Second Team All-Region
    • Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year
    • NSIC First Team
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Amanda Olsen has been an impact player whenever and wherever she has played. Amanda is the best example of how a great player can get started in college and excel as a student and athlete. She used her 58-goal career at DCTC to transfer into the best NCAA II conference in the nation, where she was named Newcomer of the Year 2011. As a Blue Knight, Amanda won the Golden Boot in the two most successful back-to-back years we had. There is not a doubt that without her, we would not have reached two consecutive championships.”

Kassie Young | #1 (Freshman) #11 (Sophomore)

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  • 11_kassie1Position: Goalkeeper
  • Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville South
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008-09; 2009-10
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC all-time best goals against average; 1.14 per game over her freshman and sophomore seasons
    • All-Region 11
    • Ranked in NJCAA Top 20 Goalkeepers
  • 11_kassie2-150x129After DCTC:
    • Transferred to University of Louisville
    • Played for Big East Champion Cardinals and NCAA DI tournament
    • Played in Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) (2011)
    • Bachelor’s degree in health and human performance, and sport administration
    • Currently evaluating options for grad school; potentially physical therapy
    • Working full-time as leasing consultant in the meantime
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kassie Young used her DCTC experience to figure out her future. After being highly recruited out of Lakeville South as a keeper, she chose to play for the Blue Knights and holds the all-time best goals against average for our program. In spring of 2011, Kassie was recruited by the University of Louisville as an NCAA Division I transfer. She helped the Cardinals in an NCAA sweet 16 run that included knocking off highly ranked and defending national champion Notre Dame. Kassie has parlayed her college soccer success into a management career in professional sports.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “Going Arizona with the DCTC teams. Ditto to what Sheena said.”
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Amanda Olsen (right)

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