Top-ranked Central Missouri Jennies soccer is headed to their fourth straight Central Region Championship berth with a 3-0 shutout win over the Augustana Vikings on Sunday afternoon at Jennies Field. The Jennies improve to 22-0 on the season and have posted 19 shutouts in 22 of those wins.
The Jennies reached 22 wins this season, which is a program record. The previous best was 21 which was accomplished by three teams, the 2014, 2015, and 2016 squads for UCM. With the shutout on Sunday the Jennies also matched a program record for shutouts in a single season at 19. The last team to total 19 shutouts was the 2016 team for UCM. At 22-0-0, the Jennies continue to extend their program record for consecutive wins. The previous record was 19 set by the 2010 team for UCM.
All of this comes under the directions of head coach Lewis Theobald who has transformed the Jennies Soccer program into one of the premier programs not only in the MIAA, but in all of NCAA Division II in his 11 seasons.
Theobald’s teaching not only reaches the x’s and o’s on the field, but he explains how this undefeated season and dealing with the pressures of being the number one team in the nation can be applied to life after school.
The Jennies will take the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs in the Central Region Championship. UCM and SWOSU met earlier this year in the season opener where the Jennies walked away with a 4-0 win. Kickoff against the Bulldogs will be on Friday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at Jennies Field.