Being an athlete comes with no shortage of challenges and Coach Ben Johnstone recognizes that. Throughout his time at Missouri Baptist University, Johnstone’s goal for the MBU women’s soccer team has been to inspire players to not only be the best athletes they can be, but the best people they can be.
Coach Ben Johnstone is known at MBU, Whitfield High School and various additional club soccer teams for his honest approach to the game, both encouraging and inspiring players to reach their best and settle for nothing less. Photo courtesy of Hannah Leahy
After a season that started in the balance for the MBU women’s soccer team, with no wins and disagreements even among players, the team pulled together, bonded and ripped off a 10-game winning streak, concluding with a trip to the AMC Championship game.
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Hailey Hickerson, sophomore from O’Fallon, Missouri, attempts to head-ball an incoming high pass in a mini scrimmage during practice. The Spartans finished the 2019 season with an 11-9-1 record, and six Spartans were named to the All-Conference team.
MBU sports team are often involved with various opportunities to give back to the St. Louis communities. One way the MBU men’s soccer team recognizes the value of serving as the hands and feet of Christ is through playing soccer each spring with special needs children as part of the SPENSA program.
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Missouri Baptist University soccer players have helped with SPENSA-sponsored camps in St. Louis each spring for several years, and team members agree it is one of the most important outreaches they do as a team.
With three different sports requiring a turf field, Missouri Baptist University’s athletic department is looking to deliver with the second-phase construction of Spartan Field.
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Construction for Spartan Field started in 2013 and already hosts sporting events such as soccer and lacrosse games, and it plays host to the MBU football team’s practices. The next step is looking toward hosting MBU football games.