Women's soccer

Ben Karnish Head Coach

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Ben Karnish

Head Coach

Matt Dowie

Assistant Coach

Harri Edwards

Assistant Coach
JV Coach

Michael Simmelink

Assistant Coach

Ben Karnish is the eighth head coach of the Northwestern College women's soccer team. Karnish was a member of the Northwestern soccer teams from 2007-2010, and was a four year starter. He was a part of the 2010 National Tournament qualifying team, the only NWC soccer team to make the national tournament. He was a two-time captain and second team all-conference midfielder his senior season for the Red Raiders. Karnish has previously served at Northwestern as the men's soccer junior varsity coach and is also the assistant athletic facilities supervisor.

Karnish says, “I am extremely excited and blessed to be a part of a program that is established and has seen recent success on and off the field. We have players from all over the country come play for us and it contributes to our success on the field. Northwestern is a place that leaves an impact with people. Our goal is to have all of the young women that play in our program experience something that they will cherish while at Northwestern. We want our players to leave with a wealth of knowledge and preparation for life after college, whatever that adventure may be for them."

Since graduating in 2011, Karnish has also served as the boy's and girl's assistant and goalkeeper coach for the Fairmont (Minn.) Cardinals and was also the director of coaching for the Fairmont Soccer Association for the 2011-12 school year.

Karnish and his wife Jennie reside in Alton with their daughter Lillie. 

Raiders under Karnish 

Year GPAC Record Overall Record
2013 5-4-1 8-9-2
2014 5-3-2 7-10-2
2015 6-3-2 10-7-3
Overall 16-10-5 25-26-7