Women’s soccer wins HCAC title, plays in NCAA
Senior Katie Kelly, left, won All-HCAC honors.
After winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament crown, the women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III championship for the second time, where the Pioneers lost a first-round game to Denison University.
The Pioneers, under head coach Mike Fulton, entered the final week of regular season HCAC play tied with Hanover College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for first place with a 6-1 record. But a 2-0 loss to the College of Mount St. Joseph, coupled with wins by Hanover and Rose-Hulman, left Transy
at 6-2 and in a tie for third with Mount St. Joseph.
Transy entered the HCAC tournament as the No. 4 seed, but upended No. 1 Rose-Hulman 1-0 in the semifinals, then polished off Hanover 2-0 to win the tournament and an automatic bid into the NCAA field.
The Pioneers journeyed to Westerville, Ohio, to take on Denison in first-round action, hosted by Otterbein College. Denison, which had defeated Transy 2-0 in a regular season matchup, dominated the game by outshooting the Pioneers 15-3, including a 10-1 advantage in the first half, and took another 2-0 win.
Among highlights of regular season play outside the conference were wins over Heidelberg University and Saint Mary’s College in the Centre Showcase, hosted by Centre College. The Pioneers also played Emory University to a 1-1 tie and defeated Spelman College, both games coming in the Agnes Scott Challenge in Atlanta.
Senior midfielders Katie Kelly and Kate McKelway were named to the All-HCAC first team for the fourth straight year, while junior goalkeeper Cori Hickman made her first appearance on the first team. Kelly was the team’s second leading scorer with 15 points. Hickman played the most minutes in goal and had a 0.54 goals-against average.
Kelly and McKelway were also named to the All-Great Lakes Region third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.