During the middle of the first half of St. Olaf College's women's soccer game against Augsburg College last Wednesday in Northfield, Minn., Juneau's Carolyn Detjen swooped in from her position at left forward and knocked in the rebound of a St. Olaf shot that hit the goalpost.
That score, the game's only goal, gave Detjen all three of her school's career scoring records - adding goals scored to the records she already held for assists (tied for the record) and total points.
"I had no idea, but my mom and dad (Charles and Patty Detjen) kind of knew because they'd been following on the Internet," Carolyn Detjen said in a phone interview. "After scoring the goal, my coach (Kurt Anderson) told me. I was confused. It didn't click at first. But after that I was really excited and had a big smile on my face. It was a good surprise."
Detjen, a senior who played on the left flank for the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team, said she was more concerned about beating Augsburg than breaking the school's career scoring records.
"I'm glad we beat those guys," Detjen said. "We lost last year and we shouldn't have."
On Saturday St. Olaf beat St. Catherine, 2-1, and Detjen has just one game left this season. The Oles play crosstown rival Carleton College this Saturday to close out the season and Detjen's college career. Since the best St. Olaf (10-4-3 overall, 6-2-2 conference) can do is finish fourth in the MIAC (Minnesota-Iowa Athletic Conference), the Oles will not be advancing to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
"There's just one game left, and then I'm done," said Detjen, a biology major who plans to enter one of the health fields after graduate school. "It's kind of weird because I've been playing so long. Soccer has been a big part of my life right now."
Detjen led St. Olaf in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, but as a junior last year opposing defenses began to focus on her and her scoring fell off. She entered her senior season with 26 career goals (second behind Virginia Hopper's 31), tied for third in career assists with 10 (behind leader Karen Hamre's 12) and second in career points with 62 (behind Hopper's 71, with goals counting two points and assists one in career points).
While she hasn't matched the scoring levels of her first two years, Detjen's senior year has been an improvement on her junior season, despite a disadvantage.
"This year I was slower, I lost my speed," she said. "I was in Australia last spring and I didn't play for five months."
Detjen scored a goal on Aug. 31 in a 5-0 victory over Whitewater, had three goals and an assist in an 8-0 victory over Marion on Sept. 8, had an assist in a 4-0 victory over St. Mary's University on Oct. 15 and a goal in a 5-1 loss to the University of St. Thomas on Oct. 25. Her assist on Oct. 15 tied the St. Olaf career assist record and broke the total points record. Her goal on Oct. 25 tied the career goals record, setting up her historic score on Wednesday.
"It's just weird because I didn't think about it," Detjen said of the scoring records. "Next year one of the girls (junior Kristi Parks, who is tied with Detjen and Hamre for the career assist lead) will beat it by a bunch, and if she doesn't do it Emily (sophomore Emily Klamm) has got two years left."
Detjen said Hopper, who graduated in 1998, had a more difficult time scoring because the Oles weren't as good as they are now. She said she's had an easier time, scoring about half of her goals off rebounds and about half off passes from teammates.
"The whole team's better, which means I get more chances," Detjen said. "The whole team has more skill. I've just been in the right spot at the right time. Assisting is probably what I'm better at. I don't have a hard shot and I can't shoot far."
University of Charlotte walk-on freshman Robert Lossett (Juneau-Douglas) has played in 14 of the 49ers' 16 games this season, with one start. Lossett has yet to score, but he's taken six shots on goal for Charlotte (formerly known as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte), an NCAA Division I team with a 9-5-2 record, 4-3-1 in Conference USA.
Gonzaga University redshirt freshman Justin Dorn (Juneau-Douglas) is still sidelined by a spring knee injury and probably won't play this season for the Bulldogs, an NCAA Division I team with a 4-8-1 record, 2-1-1 in the West Coast Conference.
Flagler College junior defenseman Jeremy Gleason (Juneau-Douglas) has helped the St. Augustine, Fla.-based team post an 11-2-0 overall record through Oct. 19 (the last update on the school's Web site). No stats are available, but Flagler is ranked 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA's) NAIA poll.
University of California at Santa Cruz freshman midfielder-defender Erin Flynn (Juneau-Douglas) has helped the NCAA Division III Banana Slugs post a 10-6-1 overall record so far this season. "Erin has started every game at outside fullback or midfield player," UCSC coach Paul Lester said in a phone interview. "She's a good player. She's got great speed and she's not afraid to use her left foot." No stats are available, but UCSC is tied for sixth in the NSCAA's NCAA Division III West Region Poll.
Mary Washington College junior midfielder-defender Hannah Slotnick (Juneau-Douglas) scored a goal and added an assist Saturday as the Eagles claimed a 14-0 victory over Marymount University in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. MWC, a school near Washington, D.C., will play St. Mary's College (Md.) on Tuesday in the second round of the CAC tournament. The Eagles, an NCAA Division III team, are 13-4-1 overall this year, 6-1-0 in the CAC. Slotnick has three goals and three assists, with 11 starts in 18 games. MWC is tied for second in the NSCAA's NCAA Division III South Region Poll.
Pomona-Pitzer College junior midfielder Nobu Koch (Juneau-Douglas) has played for the Sagehens this season as the NCAA Division III team has posted a 2-15-1 overall record through Saturday, 1-9-1 in the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference. No stats are available.
Cornell senior defensive lineman Jacob Fama (Ketchikan) is starting for the Big Red's sprint football team, a program for players weighing 175 pounds or less. Fama had three solo tackles and five assists in the Big Red's first two games, with two of the eight tackles going for losses and one being a sack for 10 yards. Team stats hadn't been updated for a month on the school's Web site.
Western Washington University sophomore tight end Rick Carte (Juneau-Douglas) caught his first touchdown pass of the season, an 11-yarder, during WWU's 35-28 overtime loss to Central Washington University on Oct. 19. That was Carte's only catch of the game, while teammate Lino Fenumiai (Juneau-Douglas), a sophomore defensive tackle, had one tackle assist. The game pitted CWU, the No. 9 NCAA Division II team at the time, against WWU, which was No. 23. For the season, Carte has five receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown in eight games, while Fenumiai has 10 solo tackles and 16 tackle assists, with five tackles for losses and two sacks. WWU is 5-3-0 overall, 1-1-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and no longer nationally ranked.
Northern Arizona University junior offensive lineman Matt Cary (Juneau-Douglas) has started all nine games for the Lumberjacks, an NCAA Division I-AA team with a 5-4-0 overall record and a 3-3-0 record in the Big Sky Conference. Cary also has one solo tackle on defense.
Three Southeast players (all Juneau-Douglas) are at Orange Coast Community College, a junior college based in Costa Mesa, Calif. According to a school spokesman, sophomore tight end Justin Rose has played in all five games through Oct. 19 and had three catches for 36 yards. Freshman defensive lineman Emil West has seen limited action, but is playing with a broken hand. Freshman wide receiver Jacob Dutton is grayshirting this year. (Grayshirting is a program for junior colleges similar to redshirting for four-year schools, where players can practice with the team but can't enter games while keeping their eligibility for that year.)
Three Southeast players (all Juneau-Douglas) are at Minnesota-Crookston, an NCAA Division II team with a 1-7-0 overall record, 1-5-0 in the Northern Sun Conference. Freshman offensive lineman Bret Russell is active, but freshman tight end Jake Miller and freshman defensive end Zac Campbell are both redshirting.
Freshman quarterback Brett Fairchild (Juneau-Douglas) is redshirting at winless Eastern Oregon University, which is 0-8-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the NCAA Division III West.
Northwest College freshman Elisa Bolling (Ketchikan) took 121st place overall and ninth for her team as the Eagles finished second out of 30 teams during the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational, held Oct. 19 in Kenosha, Wis., on the same course that will be used for the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 23. Bolling had a 5-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 17 seconds as Northwest College, an NAIA school based in Mercer Island, Wash., finished second by just three points to NCAA Division I Bradley University.
Whitman College junior James Voelckers (Juneau-Douglas) finished 100th overall and fifth on his team during the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational held Oct. 12 in Tacoma, Wash. Voelckers covered the 8-kilometer course in 27:59.6, helping the Missionaries finish 14th out of 17 teams.
Pacific Lutheran junior Breea DeSloover (Juneau-Douglas) finished 21st overall and third for the Lutes at the PLU Invitational Oct. 12 in Tacoma. DeSloover covered the 5-kilometer course in 23:06.4, the last of a pack of seven runners to finish within 5.1 seconds of each other, as the Lutes finished fifth out of 15 teams. PLU junior Sarah Trask (Petersburg) did not compete in the race. At the Willamette Invitational on Oct. 5 in Salem, Ore., DeSloover finished 51st in the college division race with a time of 18:52.88 as the Lutes finished 20th out of 35 teams. Trask wasn't listed in the results.
Western Oregon freshman Brian Nowlin (Juneau-Douglas) finished 142nd while running as an unattached runner in the men's open division of the Willamette Invitational on Oct. 5, posting a time of 29:56.32 for the 8-kilometer course. Nowlin is redshirting at Western Oregon. He did not compete in the PLU Invitational on Oct. 12, although his team won the men's title. He also did not compete on Oct. 26 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship in Seattle.
Portland State University freshman Hilary Young (Juneau-Douglas) took 46th place at the Cal Poly Invitational held Oct. 19 in Pomona, Calif. Young posted a time of 20:50 for the 5-kilometer course. Teammate Jenny Rodgers of Valdez won the race in 17:54, missing the course record by 19 seconds.
University of Portland freshman Jesse Stringer (Juneau-Douglas) is redshirting this season and no results have been spotted for him running as an unattached runner.
Western State College redshirt freshman Brandy Weston (Juneau-Douglas) finished fourth overall in the 52nd Annual Western Mountain Race, held Oct. 12 in Gunnison, Colo. Weston posted a time of 22:36 for the 2.7-mile course. On Oct. 5, Weston took 22nd place in the women's collegiate division of the Rocky Mountain Shootout race in Boulder, Colo. Weston covered the 5.8-kilometer course in 23:40.
University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman outside hitter-defensive specialist Jessica Peters (Klawock) and outside hitter Meggie Haydu (Craig) have seen limited action for the Nanooks this year. The Nanooks are 13-7 overall this season, but stats have not been updated on the UAF site in a month.
Whitman College freshman outside hitter Karna Williams (Petersburg) has seen limited action for the Missionaries this season. Williams is also listed on the basketball roster at Whitman.
Linfield College freshman setter Zeta Moss (Ketchikan) is on the junior varsity roster for the Wildcats, but no stats were available.
Auburn University junior sprint freestyle specialist-backstroker Derek Gibb (Petersburg graduate, Juneau resident) has earned an invitation to the FINA (International Swimming Association) World Cup meet that will take place Nov. 21-24 in East Meadow, N.Y. Auburn is No. 2 in the current NCAA Division I rankings.
Western Illinois University has two Southeast swimmers - junior sprint freestyle specialist Ty Westre (Petersburg) and sophomore butterfly-breaststroker Travis Watson (Sitka). Western Illinois is an NCAA Division I school that used to be coached by former Petersburg High School and Viking Swim Club coach Jerry Champer.
Sophomore sprint freestyle specialist Derek Carlson (Petersburg) is competing for the College of Charleston, an NCAA Division I school in Charleston, S.C.
Freshman butterfly-backstroker Teri Jo Hasbrouck (Petersburg) is competing at the University of Tampa, an NCAA Division II school in Tampa, Fla.
Sophomore breaststroker-individual medley specialist Hannah Robus (Juneau-Douglas) is swimming at the University of Northern Colorado, an NCAA Division II school based in Greeley, Colo. During the Early Bird Invite, held Oct. 19-21 at Colorado State University, Robus swam the opening leg of UNC's 13th-place 200-yard freestyle relay team, finished 26th in the 200-yard IM, was 38th in the 50 freestyle, was a member of UNC's third-place 200 medley relay team and took 17th place in the 200 breaststroke as UNC finished fifth out of eight women's teams.
Seattle University senior distance freestyle specialist Sean Seaver (Ketchikan) is back to help the Red Hawks make the transition from NAIA champions in 2002 to NCAA Division II this year. Seaver earned NAIA all-American status in three individual events last season, taking second in the nation in the 1,500-yard freestyle and third in both the 200 free and 400 free races. He was also a member of Seattle University's NAIA champion 800-yard freestyle relay team.
The Juneau Empire's College Corner feature runs about once a month during the school year and is compiled by sports editor Charles Bingham from school Web sites and tips from readers, coaches and parents. If you know of any other college athlete from Southeast Alaska who should be included in the feature, please let us know. You can fax information to 586-3028 (attention Sports), or you can e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not send text attachments).