Reigning NCCAA national champions are ready for new season

Coming off a national championship, the 2019 women’s soccer team is ready to get the new season started. The group returns a solid core of players who contributed to the team’s success last season, and head coach Josh Lenarz is looking to them to lead the team this upcoming season.

“We have the talent and team leadership to compete for a conference championship,” said Lenarz, who is heading into his 18th season as the head coach. “We look forward to welcoming our new players and demonstrating what it looks like to be a member of Trinity women’s soccer.”

Most of last year’s starting lineup is returning for the new season, but there will be holes left by All-Americans and the NAIA National Player of the Year. Lenarz’s squad not only has plenty of depth, but they have great cohesion which will benefit them throughout the season.

For the Trolls, there are plenty of players that stand out and will continue making an impact on the team this season.  Junior goalkeeper Allyson Kranstz (Portage, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian High School) is just one of those players. The All-American is returning for Trinity and will see a lot of time in goal after finishing last season with a record of 21-2-2.

The 2018 CCAC Freshman of the Year will also return for the Trolls, looking to build off her standout performance last season. Sophomore Selah Hopkins (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada/St. Stephens High School) was not only the Freshman of the Year, but also earned All-Conference honors and was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament team.

On defense, junior Kaleigh VanElst (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian High School) is expected to lead the way for Trinity.  The defender was named to the CCAC All-Conference team and helped the Trolls to multiple shutouts last season.

Senior Lexxy Trujillo (Chino Hills, Calif./The School of Arts and Enterprise) and junior Paige Rogers (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty High School) are anticipated to be influential in the midfield this season. The two put pressure on the opponent’s defense last season, and each recorded multiple points throughout the season.

With the help of a strong incoming freshman class, the Trolls are hoping to contend in what will be a tough conference schedule this season. Cardinal Stritch is anticipated to be one of the better teams in the conference, with about four or five other schools fighting for the No. 1 spot.

Leading the team this year as captains are VanElst, junior Easton Armstrong (Fontana, Calif./Western Christian High School) and senior Shaelyn Postmus (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian High School).

The Trinity women’s soccer team will kick off the season at home against Clarke on Aug. 27 before heading on a road trip to Kentucky with the Trinity men’s soccer team to face Asbury University and Georgetown College. Following that, the team will have some non-conference matchups, one against Embry-Riddle (AZ), a top NAIA team, before starting with the regular conference schedule.