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Women’s soccer competes in HCAC tournament

Kate McElway
Kate McKelway

The women’s soccer team made the four-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, but lost a heartbreaker in the semifinal round when Manchester College won in a shootout to advance to the title game. Transy finished the season with a 12-6 overall record and a sterling 7-1 conference mark, good for second place in the regular season race.

Transy had a 2-1 lead late in the game against Manchester, but the Spartans scored a goal with less than two minutes to play to set up overtime. After two scoreless 10-minute extra periods, Manchester prevailed in the shootout to end the Pioneers’ season. Transy had won handily over the Spartans by 4-0 in regular season play.

Under head coach Michael Fulton, Transy forged a 3-1 record in the early season with wins over Hope College in the Washington University in St. Louis Invitational and over Kenyon College and Washington and Lee University in the Glenn Hyundai Showcase at Hall Field. A signature 2-1 win came over 12th-ranked Denison University on the Big Red’s home field before the Pioneers headed into HCAC play.

Transy won its first six conference games before losing to the College of Mount St. Joseph by 1-0 in overtime. They finished off their 7-1 league slate with a win at Bluffton University.

Junior forward Katie Kelly and junior midfielder Katie McKelway were named to the All-HCAC first team. Kelly was the team’s second-leading scorer with 13 points on four goals and five assists, while McKelway led the Pioneers with 19 points off nine goals and one assist.

McKelway, an HCAC Player of the Week after the Pioneers’ upset of Dennison, was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Great Lakes Region team.

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