Women’s soccer rolls to high national ranking
|Senior midfielder Elizabeth Schmitt was a first-team All-HCAC performer.|
A high national ranking and a 10-game win streak were among the highlights of the women’s soccer season, which saw the Pioneers finish with a 14-3-1 overall record and a 7-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference mark, good for third place.
Under head coach Michael Fulton, the Pioneers served notice of their talent level in just their fourth game by defeating then-No. 3 ranked Otterbein University 2-1 in double overtime on Hall Field. Otterbein was an NCAA Division III Final Four team the previous season. That was the second victory in a 10-game win streak that propelled Transylvania to a No. 14 national ranking.
Transylvania swept its last three conference games, including a 7-0 blowout of Anderson University on the Ravens’ home field in its regular-season finale. The Pioneers were pitted against home-standing Hanover College in the HCAC tournament semifinals, where they fought the Panthers to a scoreless tie before Hanover won a shootout 4-2 to advance to the finals.
Transylvania placed five players on the All-HCAC first team, led by senior midfielder Elizabeth Schmitt, third leading scorer on the team with 14 points (six goals and two assists). Junior midfielder Natosha Boden scored nine points on four goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Amy Ghibaudy was second in scoring with 21 points (nine goals and three assists), while sophomore Anne Marie Dumaine was named for her defensive prowess. First-year forward Alyssa Kruse led Transylvania in goals with 10 and added five assists for a team-high 25 points.