SEASON REVIEW: Future Is Bright For Young Team

(photo by Scott Eyre)
(photo by Scott Eyre)

In spite of graduating a huge senior class the previous year, this group of women were up for the challenge and continued to move the women's soccer program towards becoming an ODAC threat coming only one game away from making the ODAC tournament for the third year in a row.

The EMU soccer women accomplished one of their preseason goals set by coach Ted Erickson increasing their scoring this year to 1.93 goals per game while only giving up 1.57.

Moving forward, the Royals return all eleven starters who look to pick up where they left off even with seniors Logann Braun and Sylvia Mast departing.

Record in 2018: 6-8 (4-6 ODAC)
Coach: Ted Erickson (29-54-5 overall, 18-34-1 ODAC in five seasons)

Coach Erickson Comments:
"This season was again a step in the right direction. We improved upon several score lines as well as scoring against our rival, Bridgewater College, and briefly having the lead in that game, which is something that has not occurred in 10 years. Though our wins and loses may not have reflected our success, we gained sufficient on-field experience for several young players. While our two seniors will be greatly missed, we are excited for the youth and talent that return to this program and the fact that we have all of our starting 11 coming back next year."

Awards:
Leah Wenger
- Royals Athlete of the Week (Oct. 15-21)
United States Coaches Silver Team Ethics & Sportsmanship Award

Statistical Leaders:
- Goalie Leah Wenger was tied for 7th in the ODAC with 74 saves.
- Midfielder Rachel Sauder led team with 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists)
- Laura Rittenhouse added 10 points this season scoring 4 goals with 2 assists.
- Freshmen Chloe Weaver (2 goals, 2 assists) and Hannah York (3 goals) both notched 6 points.

Season Highlights:
- Royals won their season and home opening games for first time in Erickson era.
- Hannah York scored the game winning tally in the 94th minute of the 2-1 overtime win against Catholic on Sept. 18 for her first career goal.
- On Sept. 26, Rachel Sauder put the Royals on the board first in the 2-1 loss against ODAC Tournament top seed Bridgewater.
- 11 different players scored in the 11-0 win over Sweet Briar on Oct. 3, setting program record for goals scored in a single game.

Career Statistical Notes:
- Junior forward Laura Rittenhouse moves up to No. 5 in EMU Career Goals with 20 and No. 7 in EMU Career Points with a total of 43.
- Junior goalkeeper Leah Wenger moves to No. 5 in five different EMU Career Leaders categories for goalkeepers.

Athlete Comments:
"This has been one of my favorite teams to be a part of and it's been great to see the team improve over my four years. A highlight for me was our overtime victory against Catholic. It was a good result for us against a really good team and it showed what the team is capable of moving forward." - Senior Logann Braun