Women’s soccer wins HCAC title, plays in NCAA championship
The women’s soccer team was co-champion of the regular season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, then won the HCAC tournament and represented the league in the NCAA Division III championship, both for the second straight year. The Pioneers’ outstanding season featured a 16-4-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in conference play under head coach Michael Fulton.
The Pioneers breezed through their pre-conference schedule with a 6-1-1 record, the only loss coming against Denison University in a 1-0 decision on Hall Field. Transy then hosted Maryville College and battled the Scots to a 2-2 overtime tie.
In HCAC play, Transy’s lone defeat was a 1-0 decision against Earlham College on the Quakers’ home field. The only other loss of the regular season came when the Pioneers stepped out of league play to visit Wittenberg University and went down 3-2 in overtime.
Transy hosted the College of Mount St. Joseph in an HCAC tournament semifinal game and easily outclassed the Lions 5-0 to advance to the finals, hosted by Earlham College. The Pioneers prevailed 2-0 in the rematch against the Lions to win the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA meet.
Waiting for Transy at host Emory University in Atlanta was Lynchburg College. The Hornets scored just 12 minutes into the first-round NCAA contest, then made that goal stand up for a 1-0 victory and an end to Transy’s season.
Transy players won two of the HCAC’s top awards when senior defender Sarah Zembrodt was named Defensive Player of the Year and midfielder Amy Ghibaudy won Freshman of the Year. They led four other Pioneers in being named to the All-HCAC first team: sophomore midfielder Natosha Boden, junior goalkeeper Kara Hansel, junior midfielder Elizabeth Schmitt, and senior forward Kristin Tenhunfeld (above right). Zembrodt and Tenhunfeld were also named to the All-Great Lakes Region first team, and Zembrodt was selected as a second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.