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The University of Dubuque women’s soccer team is a model of consistency. The Spartans have qualified for the Iowa Conference Tournament 12 out the 14 years it’s been hosted, including eleven straight. UD won the IIAC Tournament Championship in 2009 and 2014 while claiming its first Iowa Conference Regular Season title in 2014.

The women’s team has 153 victories in 14 years of the varsity program wtih 59 wins in the Iowa Conference. UD has 48 All-Iowa Conference honorees including two MVP's, four Coach of the Year honors, eight All-Region, 64 Academic All-Iowa Conference, eight Academic All-Regions, and one Academic All-American selection.

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Women's Soccer Named Team Ethic and Sportsmanship Award Winner

The 2014 IIAC Champion University of Dubuque women's team received the Bronze Award of the 2014 College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes teams who exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season. The special recognition was awarded to 35 teams, who received no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows cards throughout the season.

Spartans Named 2014 NSCAA Division III All-North Region

The University of Dubuque Iowa Conference Championship women's soccer team continue to be recognized for their season accolades. The National Soccers Coaches Association of America (NASCAA) released their 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-North Region as two student-athletes were awarded the post season honors.

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Women's Soccer

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
0 Katie Silberstein Goalkeeper 5-6 Freshman Solon, Iowa
00 Chelsea Hawkins Goalkeeper 5-9 Senior Maryland Heights, Mo.
1 Tiffany Duncan Goalkeeper 5-6 Senior Hartford, Wis.
2 Jamie Spate Forward/Mid. 5-7 Sophomore Belvidere, Ill.
3 Lisa Rosas Midfielder 5-2 Junior Arcadia, Calif.
4 Megan Siepler Forward 5-8 Senior La Canada, Calif.
5 Taylor Rodriguez Midfielder 5-1 Freshman Davenport, Iowa
6 Alora Esparza Midfielder 5-2 Sophomore Silvis, Ill.
7 Riley Mayer Midfielder 5-6 Sophomore Racine, Wis.
8 Melanie Prudhomme Midfielder 5-8 Senior Lakemoor, Ill.
9 Kim Trinco Defender 5-8 Junior Schaumburg, Ill.
10 Haylee Nutter Midfielder 5-4 Junior Wonder Lake, Ill.
11 Julia Weninger Defender 5-4 Freshman West Bend, Wis.
12 Lauren Waddell Defender 5-10 Senior Poplar Grove, Ill.
13 Elise Chalus Defender 5-9 Senior Carol Stream, Ill.
14 Emily Meeker Midfielder 5-5 Freshman Muscatine, Iowa
15 Ashlyn Ptasienski Defender 5-6 Sophomore Stillman Valley, Ill.
16 Kelsey Graefen Midfielder/Def. 5-2 Senior Plainfield, Ill.
17 Shelby Nicholson Defender 5-3 Sophomore Wonder Lake, Ill.
18 Katie Lynn Midfielder/Fwd. 5-6 Junior Fox River Grove, Ill.
19 Amelia Kratz Midfielder 5-5 Sophomore Dubuque, Iowa
20 Kyleigh McLaughlin Forward 5-7 Freshman East Moline, Ill.
21 Berkley Moulton Midfielder 5-7 Freshman Kaysville, Utah
22 Mattie Stone Midfielder 5-10 Sophomore Davis Junction, Ill.
23 Jessica Fierce Midfielder 5-5 Sophomore Lansing, Ill.
24 Brianna Burkart Forward/Mid. 5-5 Sophomore Dubuque, Iowa
25 Melissa Sawyer Defender 5-3 Senior Northbrook, Ill.
26 Stefanie Schroeder Midfielder 5-2 Freshman St. Charles, Ill.
27 Mercedes Benites Defender 5-9 Freshman Sante Fe, Argentina
29 Liz Frazier Midfielder 5-6 Senior Downers Grove, Ill.
31 Taryn Spisak Defender 5-9 Freshman Crown Point, Ind.



2015 University of Dubuque Women's Soccer Schedule

Aug. 22

vs. Clarke (Scrimmage)

Dubuque, Iowa

5:00 p.m.


Sept. 1

vs. Carthage Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

4:00 p.m.


Sept. 4

at Aurora Univ. Chelsea Lloyd Memorial Tourney





vs. UW-Platteville

Aurora, Ill.

2:00 p.m.


Sept. 6

at Aurora Univ. Chelsea Lloyd Memorial Tourney





vs. Adrian College

Aurora, Ill.

12:00 p.m.


Sept. 9

at UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis.

7:00 p.m.


Sept. 12

vs. Lawrence Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

2:00 p.m.


Sept. 15

at Monmouth College

Monmouth, Ill.

4:30 p.m.


Sept. 19

vs. North Park Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

2:00 p.m.


Sept. 23

vs. Dominican Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

7:00 p.m.


Sept. 26

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, Iowa

2:00 p.m.


Sept. 29

vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, Iowa

7:00 p.m.


Oct. 3

at Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

5:00 p.m.


Oct. 7

vs. North Central College

Dubuque, Iowa

7:00 p.m.


Oct. 10

vs. Central College

Dubuque, Iowa

4:30 p.m.


Oct. 14

at Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

5:00 p.m.


Oct. 17

vs. Buena Vista Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

4:30 p.m.


Oct. 20

at UW-Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wis.

7:00 p.m.


Oct. 24

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1:00 p.m.


Oct. 27

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa (UD)

5:00 p.m.


Oct. 31

IIAC Tournament Quarter-finals




Nov. 4

IIAC Tournament Semi-finals




Nov. 7

IIAC Tournament Championship




Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Women's Soccer Coaches Profile
Jason Berna
Jason Berna
Assistant Athletic Director; Head Women's Soccer Coach

BA, Physical Education, Loras College
MA, Athletics Administration, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3786
Fax: 563.589.3425
Office Location: 216 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Jason Berna joined the University of Dubuque in 2001. He started the men's and women's soccer programs in 2001 and was both the Men's and Women's Head Soccer coach for eight season before stepping down as the Men's Coach in 2008 to focus on leading women's program. Coach Berna led the Spartans to their first-ever regular season IIAC title and second IIAC Tournament title in school history during the 2014 season. The Spartans fell in the 2014 NCAA First Round in their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.

The six All-IIAC selections, including five seniors, in 2014 tied the school record with last year's squad as the senior class left as the winningest class in school history (52 wins). Senior Lauren Waddell became the only woman in school history to be named All-IIAC (2nd team or better) three times and was honored as UD's Female Senior of the Year for her four-year career accomplishments.

Berna has led the women's team to 11 straight conference tournament appearances and 12 out of 14 in the program's history. He was named IIAC Women's Coach of the year in 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2013. He led the men's team to two straight playoff appearances and reached the IIAC Tournament Championship semi-finals in his final year as the men's head coach. 

As the Women's Coach, he has coached: 48 All-Iowa Conference athletes (24-First Team/ 24-Second Team), 7 All-Region performers, 2 Conference MVP and 64 Academic All-Conference student-athletes. He has always pushed his teams to not only do well on the field, but in the class room. The women's program has received team academic awards from the NSCAA in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 for having above a 3.0 team GPA.

Berna graduated from Loras College in 2001 and played four years, was a three-time All-Iowa Conference selection, and three-year captain. He also trained and played in 1999 with the Des Menace PDL team for one summer before tearing his ACL for the second time. He was an assistant coach with his alma mater for one season with the men's and women's soccer programs before joining UD. Berna also serves as the Dubuque Soccer Club administrator and as an Iowa Olympic Development State Staff coach for the past five years.

Berna holds the highest coaching license offered by the United States Soccer Fedration, an "A" License as well as his NSCAA Goal Keeping License. He is also a state license instructor teaching the USSF "D" course on campus so students can obtain their beginning coaching license while attending UD.

Berna received a master's degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration and an undergraduate degree in sports science from Loras College in 2001 and 1999. He and his wife Nicole reside in Dubuque with their children.

Women's Soccer Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque 
 Year Overall  IIAC     
 2001 4-12-1 2-7-0  8th Place   
 2002 10-8-1 4-4-1  6th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier 
 2003 8-10-0 3-5-0  4th Place   
 2004 10-9-1 3-4-1  5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier 
 2005 12-6-2 5-2-1  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2006 9-10-0 3-5-0  4th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2007 13-5-2 4-3-1  4th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2008 9-8-3 4-3-1  5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2009 15-6-1 6-2-0  2nd Place  *IIAC Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament Qualifier 
 2010 11-8-2 6-2-0  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2011 9-8-1 4-3-1 5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2012 11-7-2 4-2-1  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2013 16-5-0 5-2-0 2nd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
 2014 16-5-1 6-1 1st Place *IIAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions
  Total    153-107-17     59-45-7      Only Coach in UD Women's Soccer History

Viktor Bergstrand
Viktor Bergstrand
Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach; Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

BS, Aviation Business, Embry-Riddle University
MBA, Business Administration, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3254
Office Location: 219 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Viktor Bergstrand joined the University of Dubuque Spartans in 2010 as the Assistant Soccer Coach. Bergstrand was later elevated to Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. The women have compiled a 63-33-6, 25-10-2 Iowa Conference record that includes one regular season Iowa Conference title, one Iowa Conference Tournament Championshipsin 2014, and an Iowa Conference Tournament qualifier every year. The men have posted a record of 51-31-7, 24-12-1 Iowa Conference in his tenure, including an Iowa Conference regular season championship in 2010 and an Iowa Conference Tournament qualifier every year.

A former goalkeeper himself, Bergstrand coached two-time, Second Team All-Iowa Conference selection and holder of seven school records, women's goalkeeper Tiffany Duncan from 2011-2014. In 2014, Duncan tallied 99 saves and a 0.81 goals against average for one of the best defensive teams in the country as she anchored a defense that captured the 2014 Iowa Conference regular season and tournament titles in qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

In 2014, men's junior goalkeeper, Riley Jensen, led the Iowa Conference in saves and became the first UD goalkeeper named to the First-Team All-Iowa Conference team.

Prior to UD, Bergstrand served as a 4-year starting Goalkeeper at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Bergstrand helped the Eagles to three NAIA National Tournaments in four years, three regular season conference titles, and two conference tournament titles. Bergstrand was also a part of the team that was ranked #1 in the nation in 2006. During his four years at Embry-Riddle he collected numerous awards including All-American, All Region, All-Conference, and ESPN Magazine Awards.

Bergstrand, a native of Malmo, Sweden represented the Swedish U-15, U-16, and U-17 National Team. Bergstrand currently holds coaching licenses from both the USSF and NSCAA. Bergstrand is currently active in the Dubuque Soccer Club serving as the Director of Goalkeeping and as the Head Coach for the U11 and U12 DSC Boys team.

Bergstrand received his undergraduate degree in Aviation Business Administration at ERAU, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dubuque.

Samantha Etherington
Samantha Etherington
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

BS, Health Sciences, Nicholls State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3553
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Samantha Etherington joined the University of Dubuque coaching staff as a graduate assistant for Women’s Soccer in 2013. Etherington spent the 2012 season as a Student Assistant at Nicholls State University.

Before joining the Spartans, Etherington was a four year starting Midfielder at Nicholls State from 2008-11. She was named the Team MVP as a junior and senior while also serving as team captain for the Colonels as a senior.

Etherington was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, England where she attended George Stephenson High School and Gateshead College. While at Gateshead she was a part of back-to-back conference titles while also helping win the British Colleges National Five-A-Side Championship in 2006-07.

Etherington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Nicholls State University in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Communications degree from the University of Dubuque.


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