August 13, 2013

Transylvania Named Favorite to Capture Women’s Soccer Title

2013 Schedule

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University has been selected to pace the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference race 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 85 points and one first place vote.

Earlham College placed third in the poll with 68 total points and the final first place vote, while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished fourth with 65 points.  Defiance College received 57 points and finished fifth, while Manchester University (54 points), Franklin College (52), College of Mount St. Joseph (31), Bluffton University (27), and Anderson University (13) rounded out the poll.

Transylvania University finished 2012 with a 7-2 conference record and an 11-6-3 mark overall, finishing second in the league standings.  The Pioneers defeated Earlham on penalty kicks in the HCAC tournament championship and fell 3-0 to Washington-St. Louis in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

The 2013 version of the Pioneers return two players that earned First-Team All-HCAC honors last fall.  Junior forward Alyssa Kruse (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek) returns after leading the squad in goals and points as a sophomore.  Kruse totaled 23 points on the season after scoring 10 goals and contributing three assists.  Senior back Anne Marie Dumaine (California, Ky./Campbell Co.) anchored the Transy defense that allowed only 15 goals in 20 matches last fall.

Hanover College finished third with a 6-2-1 conference record last season and finished 13-4-2 overall.  The Panthers fell to Transylvania on penalty kicks in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  Hanover has one returning First-Team All-HCAC selection from last season’s squad and will have to replace All-American Kaitlin McCulloch on defense.  Junior forward Tricia Walsh (Amelia, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas) led the team with seven goals and 15 points as a sophomore, earning an All-HCAC spot.  Hanover fielded the conference’s best offense and defense last fall, scoring 42 goals and allowing only 10 goals in 19 matches played.

Earlham will look for a fourth-straight HCAC title in 2013.  The Quakers claimed their first outright league title a year ago with a 7-1-1 mark (12-5-2 overall), but fell to Transylvania in the HCAC tournament title match.  Earlham graduated four First-Team All-HCAC members from last season’s squad, including HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player Joy Doucette.  The Quakers offense graduated 37 of its 39 goals from last season.

The 2013 women’s soccer season is scheduled to open on August 27.

 Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Wynne O’Neal

Junior

Midfield

Paragon, Ind./Martinsville

 
 
 

Taylor Shoemake

Sophomore

Midfield

Dyer, Ind./Lake Central

 
 

Alyssa Grabner

Sophomore

Back

Roanoke, Ind./Huntington North

 
 
 

Bluffton

Aimee Whitmer

Senior

Back

Grand Rapids, Ohio/Otsego

 
 
 

Megan Moreo

Senior

Forward

Spencerville, Ohio/Delphos Jefferson

 
 

Jessica Ramirez

Senior

Midfield

Archbold, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Maggie Armstrong

Senior

Goalkeeper

Vevay, Ind./Switzerland Co.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Defiance

Karly Smith

Senior

Forward

Parma, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Bibiana Parra

Senior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

 
 

Chelsie Moyer

Junior

Back

Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe

 
 

Lindsay Bubnick

Junior

Midfield

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

 
 
 

Earlham

Claire Murphy

Senior

Back

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Canterbury

 
 
 

Annie Frodeman

Senior

Back

Denton, Tex./Guyer

 
 

Jordan Matthews

Sophomore

Midfield

Chillicothe, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Franklin

Ali Norton

Junior

Midfield

Hartford City, Ind./Blackford

 
 
 

Vanessa Benham

Senior

Forward

Needham, Ind./Franklin

 
 

Kayla Dragstrem

Junior

Midfield

Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Danielle Owens

Junior

Back

New Palestine, Ind./H.S.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Hanover

Chloe Hutchinson

Senior

Back

 

 

Tricia Walsh

Junior

Forward

Amelia, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas


Rachel Alvis

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain


Paige Byers

Senior

Back

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.


 

Erin Hancock

Junior

Forward

Amelia, Ohio/H.S.


 

 

 

 

 


Manchester

Katelyn Barta

Junior

Forward

Griffith, Ind./H.S.


 

Emily Willmann

Junior

Goalkeeper

Montpelier, Ind./Blackford


Sofia Tzortzinis

Junior

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron


Amber Oster

Junior

Midfield

Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb


 

 

 

 


The Mount

Katie Jauch

Sophomore

Back

Cincinnati, Ohio/Mercy


 

Lauren Bishnow

Senior

Midfield

Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne


Kayla Eiben

Sophomore

Midfield

Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights


Macie Smith

Senior

Forward

Springboro, Ohio/H.S.


 

 

 

 


Rose-Hulman

Nicky Wheeler

Senior

Midfield

Avon, Ind./H.S.


 

Lucinda Combs

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.


 

Kate DeMoss

Sophomore

Midfield

Martinsville, Ind./Roncalli


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


Transylvania

Anne Marie Dumaine

Senior

Back

California, Ky./Campbell Co.


 

Abby Felthaus

Senior

Midfield

Florence, Ky./St. Henry


Carley Williams

Senior

Midfield

Monroe, Ohio/H.S.


 

Michelle Schroeck

Senior

Midfield

Fairfield, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick


 

Alyssa Kruse

Junior

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek


 

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