Featured Athlete
Kaelin Trippe
Kaelin Trippe
Women's Soccer
February 5, 2016

For the women’s soccer team it has been an amazing season. Not only did they win a CCAC title but they also made it to the final site for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. This is a huge first for the SAU women’s soccer team. 

To make it to the final site of Alabama, SAU had to play the 16th ranked team from Hastings, Neb. This game was a close 3-2 game for the Bees. After the game everyone was so excited but they knew what they had ahead of them. They would have to work hard because they knew the next game wouldn’t be easy. 

When the Bees got to Alabama for round two they found that they had to play the University of Northwestern Ohio. The Bees put up a good fight during this game. The final score was 3-0 with UNWO winning and moving on to the next round. 

For Kaelin Trippe, going to Alabama for the NAIA tournament would be one of her favorite soccer memories. "It was the nicest field I had ever played on and you could tell from the atmosphere that it was going to be the biggest game of my life."

Kaelin is a junior from Fort Collins, Colo. She has been playing soccer since she was five and hasn’t stopped since. Trippe is a defender for a team and has only allowed roughly 1 goal per game.

Trippe didn’t only help keep girls from scoring but she also assisted and scored some goals of her own. This season she had three assists and three goals. 

When Kaelin was asked about how she felt this season she said that is was "by far the best season statistically that the women’s soccer program has ever had." The SAU women’s soccer team has had a lot of ups and downs this season but it has all been worth it. 

This year Trippe was named to CoSIDA Academic All-American Women’s Soccer Team as well as being an honorable mention for the NAIA All-American Team along with fellow Bee, Tori Novak.

When asked how the season went Trippe said, "I think we still have a lot of room for growth and I am really looking forward to next season."

The Bees ended this season with a record of 10-0-2 in the CCAC conference and overall they have gone 13-5-3 and ended the year ranked No. 15.