Women’s soccer advances to NCAA championship
The women’s soccer team finished second to Earlham College in the regular season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference race, then won two penalty-kick decisions in the HCAC tournament to claim the league’s NCAA Division III championship bid. A loss in the NCAA first round left the Pioneers with a strong 11-6-3 record under head coach Michael Fulton, including a 7-2 tally in the HCAC.
Transylvania began the season with an impressive showing in the Centre Showcase, hosted by Centre College. The Pioneers defeated Marietta College, John Carroll University, and Sewanee: The University of the South while tying Rhodes College for a 3-0-1 mark.
Transylvania ended the regular season on a 6-1 streak to finish just behind Earlham’s 7-1-1 league-leading record. The Quakers had handed the Pioneers one of their two conference losses—the other coming from Hanover College—but Transylvania turned the tables in the HCAC tourney final. The teams battled through a 0-0 tie and two overtimes before the Pioneers took a 6-5 win in penalty kicks. Transylvania had gotten payback against Hanover in the semifinals in a similar game that the Pioneers won 7-6 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation.
The Pioneers then faced the formidable task of taking on the nation’s No. 3 ranked team, Washington University in St. Louis, on the Bears’ home field in the NCAA opening round. After a scoreless first half, Washington nailed three goals in the final half for a 3-0 victory, ending Transylvania’s season.
Senior midfielder Ashley Cobane, junior defender Anne Marie Dumaine, and sophomore forward Alyssa Kruse were named to the All-HCAC first team. Second team honorees were junior forward Amy Ghibaudy and junior midfielder Michelle Schroeck. Kruse led Transylvania in scoring with 10 goals and three assists while Cobane added two goals and two assists. Dumaine was the team’s defensive leader.
Anne Marie Dumaine '15