NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Department of Sports Information has completed a history of the women’s soccer program that is now available for public view.
“Current women’s head coach Anthony Turini had a huge part in putting all of this together, and making it accessible,” said Joshua Booth, Bethel sports information director.
The two top record-holders for the program are goalkeeper Madison Wiles, a 2015 graduate and a Lady Threshers assistant coach this past season, and striker Jennifer Stipp Sevier, Class of 1999.
Wiles’ 635 total saves over her career are not only the best for Bethel, but also top the entire National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Wiles is among the leaders for Bethel goalkeepers in every recorded stat, and also is Bethel’s best when it comes to save percentage, at 80 percent of all shots faced.
She was named Goalkeeper of the Year in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in three of her four seasons (2011, 2013 and 2014), as well as being named First Team All-KCAC in those same years. She an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 2011, as well as a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete.
Jennifer Stipp Sevier was the first player ever recruited in the history of the Bethel women’s soccer program, and made perhaps the greatest impact on it. She holds all major scoring records for the Lady Threshers, whether career, season or single-game.
Sevier finished her career with 183 points, 70 goals and 43 assists over her four years. Her 13 points against McPherson in 1997 is the best in Bethel history, as is her 76 total points in 1996.
Sevier is the only Lady Thresher to be named First Team All-KCAC in all four years of playing. Like Wiles, she was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, in 1998, and she earned All-America Scholar-Athlete honors in 1997. She was inducted into the Bethel Boosters Hall of Fame in 2010.
The Lady Threshers’ most recent season saw a couple of top numbers posted.
Senior goalkeeper Kimberley McLaughlin, Fremont, California, tallied 26 saves against Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bethel’s final game of the season, which takes over 1st place in program history and ties for 14th in NAIA women’s soccer history.
Kelsey Peterson, senior from Plano, Texas, scored four goals against Texas College, placing her in a tie for 2nd place overall in program history (2010 graduate Michelle Love nailed five goals against Tabor in 2007).
Coach Turini is excited to get the history published and available for anyone to see.
“I’m ecstatic this is now available for the community to look at,” he said. “It’s great for former players to see their place in the history of the program.
“It’s also a plus for current players to see who and what has come before them, and to be motivated to use it as a stepping stone to build off of.”
All the records, individual awards and other information are located at www.bethelthreshers.com – click “Women’s Soccer” on the lefthand side and then “Program History.”
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school KCAC, and the NAIA For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.