August 9, 2011

Transylvania Named Favorite for 2011 Women’s Soccer Title

2011 Composite Women's Soccer Schedule (click here)

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University has been selected to pace the highly competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in women's soccer this season. The Pioneers received 98 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches, grabbing eight first place votes.  Hanover College finished behind the Pioneers with 87 points and one first place vote.

Earlham College placed third in the poll with 80 total points and the final first place vote, while the College of Mount St. Joseph finished fourth with 70 points.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology received 59 points and finished fifth, while Bluffton University (47 points), Manchester College (40), Defiance College (33), Franklin College (19), and Anderson University (17) rounded out the poll.

Transylvania finished 2010 with an 8-1-0 conference record and a 16-4-1 mark overall, sharing the conference title with Earlham.  The Pioneers defeated the Quakers 2-0 in the HCAC tournament championship and fell 1-0 to Lynchburg in the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Transy fielded the conference's best offense and defense last fall, scoring 64 goals and allowing only 14 goals in 21 games played.

The 2011 version of the Pioneers return four players that earned First-Team All-HCAC honors last fall, including the conference's Freshman of the Year.  Sophomore forward Amy Ghibaudy (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) returns to the pitch after leading the squad in goals a year ago.  Ghibaudy totaled 25 points on the season after scoring 12 goals and contributing one assist.  Senior goalkeeper Kara Hansel (Florence, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) anchored the Transylvania net last season.  The senior led the HCAC in goals against average (0.33), save percentage (.896), and shutouts per game (0.60).

Hanover finished third with a 7-2-0 conference record last season and finished 11-7-1 overall.  The Panthers fell to Earlham 3-0 in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  Junior defender Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky./Boone Co.) is the lone returning First-Team All-HCAC selection from a season ago.  McCulloch led the Panthers defense that allowed a HCAC-best 13 goals last fall, including 10 shutouts in 19 games.  Senior forward Olivia Selm (Zionsville, Ind./H.S.) is the leading returning scorer from 2010, netting four goals and three assists as a junior.

Earlham will look to make noise once again in the HCAC.  The Quakers claimed a share of the league title in 2010 with an 8-1-0 mark (14-6-1 overall), but fell to Transy in the HCAC tournament title match.  EC returns three First-Team All-HCAC members from last fall, but will have to replace HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player Karman Duchon.  Junior forward Joy Doucette (Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) is the leading returning scorer for the Quakers after netting 11 goals and 12 assists in 2010.

The 2011 women's soccer season is scheduled to open on September 1.

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Katie Rocholl

Senior

Defender

Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider

 
 
 

Tiffany Vega

Junior

Midfield

Valparaiso, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Sarah Guffy

Junior

Forward

Milwaukee, Wis./Nocolet

 
 
 

Bluffton

Kourtney Lewis

Senior

Forward

Arlington, Ohio/Riverdale

 
 
 

Maddie Moore

Junior

Midfield

Linn Grove, Ind./South Adams

 
 

Aimee Whitmer

Sophomore

Defender

Grand Rapids, Ohio/Otsego

 
 

Maggie Armstrong

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Vevay, Ind./Switzerland Co.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Jordanna Buehrer

Senior

Defender

Wauseon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Karly Smith

Sophomore

Midfielder

Parma, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Janelle Doenges

Junior

Forward

Continental, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Earlham

Joy Doucette

Junior

Forward

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

 
 
 

Kate Franks

Senior

Goalkeeper

Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum

 
 

Kelly Sprague

Senior

Midfield

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia/Cushing Academy

 
 

Ikumi Doucette

Junior

Midfield

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

 
 
 

Cate Simmermaker

Junior

Midfield

Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Brittney Muston

Senior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central

 
 
 

Sarah Hume

Senior

Defender

Greenwood, Ind./Roncalli

 
 

Abby Goss

Junior

Midfield

Martinsville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Ashley Roell

Junior

Midfield

Batesville, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Abbey Schmahl

Senior

Defender

Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn


 

Olivia Selm

Senior

Forward

Zionsville, Ind./H.S.


Kaitlin McCulloch

Junior

Defender

Florence, Ky./Boone Co.


 

Manchester

Julia Pierce

Senior

Midfield

Crawfordsville, Ind./North Montgomery


 

Paige Winey

Senior

Defender

Chesterton, Ind./H.S.


Laura Jenkins

Junior

Midfield

Sellersburg, Ind./Providence


Olivia Gomez

Sophomore

Midfield

Auburn, Ind./DeKalb


 
 
 
 
 

The Mount

Brittany Bowman

Junior

Midfield

Hamilton, Ohio/Ross


 

Andrea Caldwell

Senior

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marian


Jessica Pykosz

Junior

Midfield

Milford, Ohio/H.S.


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Anna Vogel

Senior

Midfield

East Greenwich, RI/LaSalle Academy


 

Julie Brennan

Senior

Goalkeeper

Indianapolis, Ind./Pike


 

Rachel Johnstone

Sophomore

Forward

Loveland, Ohio/H.S.


 

Sarah Kemme

Sophomore

Defender

Champaign, Ill./Centennial


 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Kara Hansel

Senior

Goalkeeper

Florence, Ky./Notre Dame Academy


 

Elizabeth Schmitt

Junior

Midfield

Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Notre Dame


Amy Ghibaudy

Sophomore

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic


 

Natosha Boden

Junior

Midfield

Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine


 

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