TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology women's soccer team earned its first
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title with a 1-0 victory
over Transylvania University at Jim Rendel Field on Saturday
The win marks the first time in school history that a
Rose-Hulman women�s athletic team or a Rose-Hulman soccer team has
advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The conference
title is also the first for a Rose-Hulman team since the Engineer
men�s basketball squad captured the Southern Collegiate Athletic
Conference championship in 1999.
The lone Engineer goal came in the 70th minute when freshman
Molly Richardson (Orange Park, Fla.) found the back of the net on a
double assist by seniors Sarah Graber (Cyprus, Texas) and Jennifer
Gordon (Zionsville, Ind.). The goal occurred after the ball
deflected off a defender off the foot of Gordon and Graber one
touched it on to Richardson, who finished from the inside the
Senior Rachel Miller (Spring, Texas) earned her sixth shutout of
the season to preserve the Engineer win, tallying five saves on the
afternoon. Transylvania senior Ally Tucker kept the Pioneers
within striking distance with five saves.
Offensively, Richardson, senior Julie Roebel (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Seton) and junior Liz Ridgway (Grosse Pointe,
Mich./Northwestern University) paced the Engineers with two shots
each. Katie Kelly led the Transylvania offense with three
The victory improves Rose-Hulman to 19-2 on the season.
The Engineers return to action in the NCAA Tournament next
week. The bracket will be released Monday around 10:00.