Jennifer Loewen begins her second season as a graduate assistant with the Cumberland women’s soccer program after completing a stellar career at Martin Methodist.
The Phoenix started the 2014 campaign 13-0-1, reaching No. 1 in the national poll for four weeks, the programâs first-ever No. 1 ranking. Three of the clubâs four losses last season came to the teams that played in the national championship game â Lindsey Wilson and Northwest Ohio. Cumberland won an NAIA Championship Opening Round match for the third straight season and finally broke through at the NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., defeating Concordia [CA] University to reach the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Lindsay Kitson earned First Team All-America honors and Shauna Gilpin was a Second Team selection while Renee LaRose, Kaitlin Phillips and Olivia Chu garnered Honorable Mention recognition. Eight players were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference, Gilpin was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year and Emily Shires was named MSC Freshman of the Year.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native tied for the team lead with 13 goals and added two assists while starting all 23 matches during her senior season for the RedHawks. MMC made the NAIA National Tournament for the 10th consecutive year, defeating Trinity International in the NAIA Championship Opening Round to reach the Round of 16 in Orange Beach, Ala.
Ten of her 13 goals came in Southern States Athletic Conference action, including a hat trick versus Brenau University. MMC posted a 16-6-1 record in 2013.
Martin Methodist won two outright and tied for another TranSouth Conference regular season championship and claimed three straight conference tournament titles during her first three seasons in Pulaski.
Loewen started all 19 matches at defender and forward during a 15-4-0 junior campaign, registering three goals with two assists. She was named TranSouth Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season (10/8, 10/21) and earned All-TranSouth and All-Frontier/TranSouth honors. She was also recognized as a TranSouth Conference and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
She netted a pair of goals with one assist as a sophomore, starting all 18 matches for the RedHawks, who finished 14-4-2 overall. She was voted CoSIDA Academic All-District IV and earned TranSouth Scholar-Athlete honors as well.
As a freshman Loewen started 15 of 19 matches and scored one goal during a 13-4-3 campaign. She earned TranSouth Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors once as well (9/6).
She played volleyball and soccer at River East Collegiate High School in Winnipeg, helping her soccer team to three consecutive district championships and back-to-back provincial titles during her final two years. She also won a provincial championship in volleyball.
Loewen earned her bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education from martin Methodist in May 2014 and is currently enrolled in the master’s program for Sport and Exercise Science at Cumberland.