2018 Season Review
Signature wins: A lockdown defense that led to several counter-attack opportunities throughout the year was crucial to the success of the Haverford College women's soccer team this fall. The Fords racked up eight wins as they headed back to the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2018. Six of those victories came during shutout performances, while the other two came as the team surrendered just a single goal. In a season where every Centennial Conference point counted, the Fords also shut out Gettysburg during the month of October and tied with nationally-ranked Swarthmore in the final match of the regular season to officially punch their return ticket to the postseason.
Haverford's shutdown defense finished the year with the 10th best goals against average mark in team history, allowing just 0.89 goals every 90 minutes. That mark was the best since the 2016 season when the Fords rewrote the record books with a school record 0.58 goals per game. Haverford outshot its opponents during 11 of its 17 matches and had just one fewer shot opportunity on two other occasions.
- United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award (13th straight season)
- All-Centennial Conference: Katie Safter (first team), Kendra Griesman (honorable mention), Leanne Ludwick(honorable mention), Sydney West (honorable mention), Lindsay Wytkind (honorable mention)
- Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week: Lindsay Wytkind (10/8)
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Kelly Brown, Ellie Burns, Saede Eifrig, Kendra Griesman, Julie Hanss, Hannah Krapes, Leanne Ludwick, Grace Mathis, Lauren Nguyen, Katie Safter, Sarah Savonis, Ali Weiner, Lindsay Wytkind
- Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team: Katie Safter
- Ambler Scholar-Athlete: Hannah Krapes
Season Notes: Haverford went 8-6-3 overall with a 5-3-2 record in Centennial Conference play … Haverford advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament for the third straight season and for the 10th time in 12 seasons under head coach Jamie Schneck … The Fords have boasted a winning record in nine of the past 10 seasons, finishing at exactly .500 during the only exception to that rule … Haverford's senior class finished its career with 38 victories over the past four seasons … Haverford's five All-Centennial Conference selections marked the third-most in program history, trailing only the 2004 and 2011 teams which each had six players recognized … The 13 Fords who were named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll featured the second-highest total among each of the schools in the conference … Twelve different players scored a goal for the Fords this season, while a total of 17 players recorded an offensive point … Haverford scored 32 goals this fall, averaging just under two per match, for the team's highest total since the 2015 season … All but six of Haverford's goals had at least one assist this season … The team's 30 total assists marked the highest total since the 2005 NCAA Tournament Team tallied 44 helpers … Katie Safter was named first-team All-Centennial Conference for the first time in her career … Safter is only the second player in program history (Meg Boyer '15) to be named All-Centennial Conference during each of her four seasons … Kendra Griesmanearned All-CC accolades for the second time in three seasons while each of the other three all-conference selections were first-time award recipients … Haverford earned the United Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 13th straight season and 20th time in the award's 21 year history.
Looking forward: Losing a nine-member class for the second straight season will certainly leave the team with a new look for next fall as this year's seniors combined for 477 appearances and 302 starts during the past four seasons. However, the Fords successfully dealt with a similar graduation rate this past season and appear well-equipped to do the same going forward. Junior defender Kendra Griesman has been an All-CC performer in each of her healthy seasons while classmates Lindsay Wytkind (defense) and Leanne Ludwick (forward) both earned the first all-conference recognition of their respective careers. Sophomore Emily Thissen has also seen substantial time in the starting XI throughout her career to bolster a historically strong defense which saw goalkeepers Julie Hanss (two-year starter) and Hannah Friedrich both start matches this fall. Saede Eifrig has also started for the Fords who return six different goal scorers from the 2018 season.
2018 Season Preview
The Haverford College women's soccer team has made the Centennial Conference Tournament in nine of head coach Jamie Schneck's 11 seasons leading the Fords. With the members of this year's team experiencing progressively stronger seasons during each successive year, Haverford appears poised to make another leap forward this fall with an experienced roster that features nine seniors looking to cap their careers with another successful campaign in 2018.
Balanced scoring has been a key to the Fords' offense in recent years with their goals coming from each of the position groups. Up front are numerous strong options to set the tone for Haverford this coming fall. Junior Leanne Ludwick has scored six goals and added five assists during her career. Senior Hannah Krapes scored two goals and assisted on three more last season, giving her a total of 12 offensive points during her career. This production has come despite being limited to 34 games and 20 starts during her first three seasons. Now a sophomore, Saede Eifrig led the Fords in scoring during her rookie campaign with five goals and two assists. Appearing in the starting XI just three times last year, Eifrig once again appears to be a key cog for the Fords in 2018.
Seniors Sydney West and Grace Mathis provide even more dangerous players for the Fords up top. Mathis broke into the starting lineup as a junior and has made 48 career appearances. She set new career highs with three goals and three assists during her first season in the regular starting XI. West has been a three-year starter with 45 starts in 53 appearances. She led the team with four assists last fall and has a total of eight for her career to go along with one goal. Fellow senior Isabella Gross has been a strong presence off the bench with 23 appearances during her career. She tallied the first offensive points of her career in 2017 with a goal against Washington College and assists against Muhlenberg and Widener. Junior Abby Singer provides yet another strong scoring option to pace Haverford's offense in 2018.
Haverford returns a pair of players who have seen substantial time in the starting XI throughout their careers in senior captains Maryanna Solecki and Katie Safter. A three-time All-Centennial Conference selection, Safter has been a three-year starter while also contributing seven goals and four assists. Solecki has appeared in 53 games during her career and has 23 starts to her credit. She has scored four goals and assisted on four more during her first three seasons. Juniors Abby Singer and Sarah Savonis, along with sophomores Marina Piccolo and Lauren Nguyen will also provide strong options in a deep midfield with another year of experience under their belts. Krapes and Kendra Griesman also figure to feature prominently into the midfield during portions of the season as their versatility allows them to move up or back from their regular positions.
Haverford's defense has been a historical strength of the team with 19 combined shutouts during the past two playoff bound seasons. Kelly Brown (42 appearances, 30 starts) and Abby Crowley (34 appearances, 16 starts) will also provide steady veteran leadership across the back line. Junior captain Lindsay Wytkind has been a two-year starter for the defense while classmate Griesman also returns to the fold. Griesman missed last season but was another All-Centennial Conference performer for the Haverford defense during her rookie season in 2016. Sophomore Emily Thissen also made six starts on defensive during her first year with the program while classmate Ellie Burns gained valuable experience with two appearances.
Junior Julie Hanss assumed the starting role last fall in all 18 of the team's matches. She posted a 1.01 goals against average and had eight solo shutouts to her credit. Her 0.99 career goals against average is currently the fourth-best mark in the history of the women's soccer program. Senior Ali Weiner has seen time in 11 different games in goal, starting six contests throughout her career. She has posted a shutout during two of her three victories as the goalie of record and holds a 0.92 goals against average in just under 600 minutes of total playing time.
Goalkeeper newcomer: Hannah Friedrich
The Fords will start the season with four straight games at home, beginning with the annual Haverford College Kick Off Classic which is slated for Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2. The Fords will play at home on Walton Field a total of 10 times with a schedule that will see them square off against some of the toughest competition in the region with schools from the MAC, Landmark, and Capital Athletic Conference. Those matchups should ultimately serve the team well before it embarks on an always-challenging Centennial Conference schedule.
Women's soccer posted a 9-6-3 record last fall, sporting a 6-2-2 mark against Centennial Conference competition. That conference record earned the Fords the third seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament with a bye to the semifinals. In that semifinal matchup, the Fords dropped a heart-breaker to rival Swarthmore in the final minutes after tying the Garnet just one week earlier during the regular season.