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Alexis Heffernan and Caitlyn Stephan

Alexis Heffernan and Caitlyn Stephan

The Bulldog women’s soccer team captured its 20th straight season of double-figure victories in 2014, making a run to the Great Lakes Valley Conference semifinals and finishing with an overall record of 13-5-2.

Truman was led this season by a trio of all-GLVC performers in junior forward Alexis Heffernan, senior defender Lauren Seawright and junior defender Jessica Hanson. Heffernan was the team leader in goals (10), points (23) and shots (80), raising her career total to 19 goals in 54 matches. Meanwhile, Seawright and Hanson helped anchor a young Bulldog defense behind 11 shutouts in 20 matches this year. The tandem started every match this season and helped Truman’s two freshman goalkeepers face just 175 shots (9.2 per match) and 82 shots on goal (4.3 per match).

Both Heffernan and Seawright also earned NSCAA all-region honors, with each picking up the awards for the second straight season. Heffernan also garnered first-team all-region honors from Daktronics.

The Bulldogs, under the direction of head coach Mike Cannon, will return eight starters for the 2015 season that will begin at home on Sept. 4-6.

Zach Hollstrom

Zach Hollstrom

The Bulldog men’s soccer team got out to a fast start in 2014 but came out on the wrong side of a handful of tight contests down the stretch, as Truman went 5-11-1 this fall on the pitch.

Truman jumped out to a 3-0-1 start, posting four shutouts and earning seven quick points in conference play. However, as mid-October hit, the Bulldogs struggled to score and dropped their final six games of the regular season to just miss out on the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

Junior Corey Nolte led the Bulldogs out the midfield with four goals, while senior Brandon Visonnavong added two goals on just six shots. Nine other Bulldogs found the scoring column, while senior Drew Garrone posted a 1.51 goals-against average in net with 17 starts.

The Bulldogs, under the guidance of head coach Duke Cochran, will return six starters for the 2015 campaign, which will begin on the road on Sept. 4-6.


Women's Soccer October 2013The 10th NCAA tournament trip in school history highlighted the 2013 women’s soccer season, as the Bulldogs finished second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference during its first year in the league.

The Bulldogs won 12 matches during the regular season and GLVC tournament, advancing to the NCAA tournament where it fell 2-0 to Rockhurst in the first round. Head coach Mike Cannon’s team landed seven players on all-GLVC teams, including first-team senior Trisha Shoemaker, second-team senior Emily Bozdeck and junior Lauren Seawright, and third-team seniors Suzanne Pelley and Kristina Weishar, along with sophomores Alexis Heffernan and Jessica Hanson.

Truman posted a 12-match unbeaten streak during the middle of the season and allowed just 12 goals during the year while scoring 30. Shoemaker was the team-leader with eight goals, while she, Heffernan, Weishar and senior Sally Smith each added four assists.

The Bulldogs are set to return five starters for the 2014 season, which will begin in September.


Men's Soccer vs. McKendreeThe Bulldog men’s soccer team finished tied for 11th in its inaugural season of Great Lakes Valley Conference play, running into a rough patch late in the season after starting the year 6-3-1 in its first 10 matches.

The year got off to a fast start, as Truman poured in 11 goals in its season-opener against Iowa Wesleyan en route to 34 total goals on the season. The Bulldogs gave up 24 goals for a +10 differential, while out-shooting its opponents 113-95 on goal.

Junior Nick Franta and sophomore Nick Tolmais co-led the squad with six goals apiece, while junior Chris Mansfield added a team-high five assists.

The Bulldogs are set to return nine starters for the 2014 season, which will begin in September.