The University of Central Misssouri Jennies, aka UCM Jennies, have been the best Division 2 women’s program in Missouri in recent years. They solidified that reputation by winning the National Championship last year, after having won four straight Central Region Championship. Head Coach Lewis Theobald and his staff were named the United Soccer Coaches Central Region Staff of the Year having guided the Jennies to their best season ever in the program’s 23 year history, culminating with their win over No. 2 Carson-Newman Eagles (21-1-1) 5-3 in a shootout after a 1-1 tie in regulation at Swope Soccer Village. They finished 26-0 and hoisted the hardware. Alex Harms, National Champion
The Jennies had two area players on their roster last season – Sr. Taylor Thompson (Edwardsville) and So. Alex Harms (Fox). Taylor played a significant role in all four of the teams Central Region titles and has now joined Coach Theobald’s staff as a Student Assistant Coach. The team added one additional recruit from this area in Maria Wilder (Duchesne) who in earlier conversations with Theobald was identified as a player who could step into Thompson’s role in the central midfield in the future. She’s played in all six games to-date as both a midfielder and a forward, scoring her first collegiate goal last week in a 4-1 win against Northwest Missouri.
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Alex joined the Jennie’s in 2016 and played in all 23 games, finishing sixth on the team in points and goals with 10 and four, while dishing out two assists. She scored her first collegiate goal in the season-opener at Southwestern Oklahoma State that year. As a sophomore, she appeared in 19 games for the Jens at midfielder including 3 of the 5 NCAA tournament games. She has also been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in each of her first two years. Along with Taylor Thopmson and Logan Panchot at Stanford, they are the St. Louis representatives that were collegiate National Champions last year.
She is a starter now as a junior, getting the nod in all six games this season for the #1 ranked Jennies. With All-American Jada Scott up top, and speedy wingers such as Makayla Toth and Courtney Killian she’s responsible for creating opportunities for them in her role as an 8. After losing six starters, five of whom were recognized as All-Americans, the Fox grad will have plenty of responsibilities this year. Check out the short interview below following the team’s 3-0 win in MIAA action at Lindenwood Sunday.