2017 Season Recap
Signature wins: The Haverford College women's soccer team really hit its stride during the month of October as the team made a push for its second straight Centennial Conference Tournament appearance. Two crucial shutout wins on the road against playoff contenders Gettysburg and Dickinson certainly made the statement that the Fords were among the top teams in the conference. A 2-0 win against Gettysburg early in the month saw Haverford give the Bullets just one look on goal the entire afternoon. In a dominating 4-0 win against the Red Devils, the Fords held a 20-4 advantage in total shots during that contest.
Defense was definitely a staple of the 2017 team as the Fords finished 15 of the team's 18 matches with more shots than their opposition. Haverford clinched its first round bye in the Centennial Conference Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Swarthmore on Senior Day, one of just three occasions in which the opponents had more shots (in this case, just a 19-18 advantage). Defense helped the team finish the year with nine total shutouts as Haverford allowed an average of just one goal per game throughout the year.
- United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award (12th straight season)
- All-Centennial Conference: Taylor Cross (first team), Raina Fitzpatrick (first team), Skyler Ellenburg (honorable mention), Katie Safter (honorable mention)
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Kelly Brown, Anna Dekle, Raina Fitzpatrick, Kendra Griesman, Julie Hanss, Hannah Krapes, Leanne Ludwick, Grace Mathis, Katie Safter, Sarah Savonis, Kelsey Smith, Ali Weiner, Lindsay Wytkind
- Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team: Skyler Ellenburg
- Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cross (9/25)
Haverford went 9-6-3 overall with a 6-2-2 record in Centennial Conference play … Haverford advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament for the second straight season and for the ninth time in 11 seasons under head coach Jamie Schneck … The aforementioned first round bye and subsequent No. 3 seed in the conference tournament helped the team reach the semifinals for the 11th time in program history … The senior class graduated with three straight winning records after a 7-7-3 season in its first year on campus … That group was a part of 37 victories over its four years at Haverford … The Fords had two first-team All-Centennial Conference honorees for the first time since the 2013 season and just the ninth time in program history … The 2017 season marked the second straight season during which four Fords were named to the All-Centennial Conference Team … Offensively, 13 players scored a goal this fall while a total of 14 players recorded an offensive point for the varied attack … Haverford earned the NSCAA Academic Team Award for the 12th straight season and 19th time in the award's 20 year history.
Losing a big Class of 2018 to graduation (nine players), which featured three All-CC players this fall, will certainly leave some positions open for next season. However, as evidenced by 14 different players recording a point this season (nine of which return), the Fords always seem to have a deep team with another player ready to step up on a moment's notice. There appear to be plenty of candidates to fill those spots in the lineup as the Fords return 11 players who have started at least 10 games at some point during their careers. That list includes three-time All-Centennial Conference performer Katie Safter and 2016 second-team All-CC honoree Kendra Griesman, along with Saede Eifrig and Leanna Ludwick who have led the team in offensive points during the past two seasons.
2017 Season Preview
After making the Centennial Conference Tournament and hosting the first round game on Walton Field during the 2016 season, the Haverford College women's soccer team will return a bevy of experience in search of a deeper postseason run this fall. The Fords, who have nine juniors and nine seniors on the roster of 31, feature 11 different players who have started at least 10 games during their careers and five more who have appeared in at least 20 matches.
The Fords went 10-4-4 a season ago, including a 4-3-2 Centennial Conference record that placed them fourth in the regular season standings. Haverford has won at least 10 matches in seven of the past eight seasons and played in the conference tournament during eight of its 10 seasons under head coach Jamie Schneck who collected her 100th career victory during the 2016 season.
Defense was definitely a focal point of the team in 2016 with Haverford conceding just 0.58 goals against average to break the previous school record set by the 2013 NCAA Tournament team. Graduated from that backline will be starting goalkeeper Kathy Prescott '17 and three-year starter Abby Letts '17, but the Fords have a combined 147 career starts and 238 appearances among their returning defenders. Second-team All-Centennial Conference performers in junior captain Katie Safter and sophomore Kendra Griesman highlight that group.
Senior co-captains Taylor Cross and Safiyah Riddle will provide the veteran leadership with both spending time in the starting XI previously. Juniors Kelly Brown and Abby Crowley also bring starting experience, as does classmate Sydney West who has also seen time in the midfield. Sophomore Lindsay Wytkind started all 18 games during her first year in the program while senior Tori Fleischmann and sophomore Kelsey Smith both have 13 career appearances to their credit. Ellie Burnsjoins that unit as an incoming first year player.
In goal, junior Ali Weiner has served as backup to Prescott during the past two seasons. She did not allow a goal as part of two combined shutouts a season ago. She posted two solo shutouts and was a part of two more in 2015. Julie Hanss appeared in one game last year, helping the team shut out Bryn Mawr in her only action during her rookie season.
In the midfield, seniors Skyler Ellenburg and Raina Fitzpatrick have been three-year starters while junior Maryanna Solecki has been a two-year starter already. Ellenburg has four goals and nine assists in her career and ranks 14th all-time in program history in assists per game. Fitzpatrick has seven goals and four assists while Solecki added two goals and four assists during her first two seasons. Senior Krista Federici and junior Hannah Krapes have both seen time in the starting lineup with Federici tallying a goal and two assists while Krapes has two career goals and one assist.
Grace Mathis has provided great depth off the bench with three goals in her 30 career appearances. Junior Isabella Gross and sophomore Abby Singer also have experience in the midfield. Sophomore Sarah Savonis, along with first years Saede Efrig, Lauren Nguyen, Marina Piccolo, and Emily Thissen will also push for playing time during their rookie seasons.
Up top, senior Anna Dekle has nine career goals to lead all returning players as she has started half of her 52 career appearances. Classmates Sofia Licata and Kendall Logan, along with sophomore Leanne Ludwick all have three career goals. Ludwick's 10 points (three goals, four assists) led the team a year ago. Logan also has four assists in her career. First year Mari Horton will look to bolster the offense in her first collegiate season.
The three teams who finished ahead of the Fords in the Centennial Conference standings last year each made the NCAA Tournament and Haverford get its chance to play each of those sides in front of the Walton Field faithful this fall. In total, fans will have nine chances to catch the Fords at home in 2017.