The Historic 2018 LHU Women’s Soccer season by the numbers
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The 2018 Lock Haven University women’s soccer season has concluded. Led by head coach Kathy Brown in her third season, the Bald Eagles soared to new heights in an 11-5-1 season.
Early in the season, Coach Brown and the Bald Eagles found themselves with just a 2-2 record after dropping matches versus top tier PSAC teams Kutztown and Bloomsburg. However, the Haven quickly found their groove and rattled off an incredible 10 game stretch which included eight wins, one loss and one draw. The stretch was highlighted by a 6-0 outburst against Mansfield on senior night and dramatic 2-1 double overtime wins against Gannon and Mercyhurst.
The Bald Eagles powered their way to clinching the team’s first PSAC playoff berth since 2006 in which they bowed out in a hard fought loss to West Chester in the quarterfinal. The Haven then narrowly missed out on an at large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Haven was strong in all facets of the game. They featured a high powered offense showcasing two all-conference forwards. The team also featured a tenacious midfield that dominated possession in the middle of the pitch while a stingy back four and goalkeeper suffocated opposing offenses.
In the recent PSAC All-Conference poll, the Bald Eagles took home the Player of the Year in Marah Foltz and placed four players on All-Conference teams, a feat which had not been done in Lock Haven since 2007.
Below is a look inside the numbers of the inspirational 2018 season:
68. Goalkeeper Bree Hilty made 68 saves on the year and posted a slim 1.03 goals against average, which was 6th in the PSAC.
32. The high flying Bald Eagle attack netted 32 goals over the season for a 1.88 goals a game average and outscored their opponents by a remarkable +14 goal differential.
18. The Haven’s balanced offense dished out 18 assists on the year led by Marah Foltz with five. Gabby Kishbaugh tallied four assists while Ella Jones and Haley Predix both registered three.
12. For the first time in 12 years, the Lock Haven University women’s soccer team made an appearance in the PSAC playoffs.
11. Lock Haven reached 11 wins for the first time since 2004 when the Bald Eagles finished 11-7-2.
9. Third team All-PSAC forward Haleigh Swam was second on the team in goals with nine and finished 8th in the PSAC.
7. From September 15th to October 12th the Bald Eagles were unbeaten in seven straight games, drawing only once during that span and allowing only four goals while scoring 12 of their own.
5. The stout Bald Eagle defense shutout their opponents five times, and gave up only 88 shots on goal the entire year, compared to the 158 shots on goal the Haven generated offensively. The Bald Eagle back four remained consistent for most of the year and was led by Jordan Shoff and Erika Landis at center back with Janelle Swartz at left-back and Taylor Moritz to the right.
4. The Haven placed four players on the PSAC All-Conference teams, the most for LHU since they placed five players on the teams in 2007. Forward Marah Foltz (1st team), defender Jordan Shoff (2nd team), midfielder Ella Jones (3rd team), and forward Haleigh Swam (3rd team) were all picked as All-Conference players.
1. PSAC Player of the Year Marah Foltz was No. 1 in the PSAC in goals with 17, while her five game winning goals were good for third in the conference. Foltz’s 17 goals were tied for most all-time in LHU single season history.