MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior captains Lauren Goetzman and Kinsey Yost have been top-notch leaders on and off the field for the Wesleyan University women's soccer team this fall, and as a result, the two individuals were selected to the All-NESCAC Second Team, as announced by the conference on Thursday.
The standout athletes are making their first appearance on the All-Conference Team, as Goetzman was the complete package this season in the midfield, finishing with four goals, one assist, nine points and two game-winning tallies. Yost was phenomenal as the defensive anchor, coming up with huge steals and blocks as the last line of defense.
Goetzman provided the heroics during a 1-0 overtime win at Eastern Connecticut State on Sept. 26, netting the lone goal in the 96th minute, which marks her second career game winner against the Warriors.
The Hidden Hills, Calif. native put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with the game-winning marker in the third minute during a 6-0 win at Mount Holyoke on Sept. 20. Goetzman, an extremely passionate and competitive athlete, rose to the occasion with an insurance goal during the 32nd minute in a 2-0 triumph over NESCAC-rival Colby on Oct. 7 in Middletown, Conn.
She also headed in the first goal during the 27th minute off an outstanding cross from the right side by freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt during a 2-1 overtime setback against Middlebury on Oct. 8 at Jackson Field. She picked up an assist during a 4-2 loss at Little Three-rival Amherst on Oct. 21 as well.
"I am very honored to be receiving this award," Goetzman said. "This shows our ability, hard work and performance as a team this fall. I look forward to taking this honor with us into the future, and for many more players to get recognized in our program next season."
Yost did it all for Wesleyan this season, as she ran and controlled the team's defensive effort, as the team only allowed 15 goals all season and boasted a 0.90 goals-against average, along with six shutouts. Not only did Yost mark the other team's premier player every game, but she was also extremely successful in turning the unit's defense into offense, as she was often seen making runs down the sideline to ignite counterattacks.
The Lake Oswego, Ore. native came up with a game-saving stop in the 88th minute as the last line of defense in a 1-1 draw at Bowdoin on Sept. 16. She also came up with two outstanding plays in the box against Middlebury, stealing the ball from one Panther in the 63rd minute, and blocking a shot in the 93rd minute during the first sudden-death overtime session.
"I could not be more excited about making the team and this award means a great deal to me," Yost said. "What I hope for most of all is that this award allows other girls to see that this program is going places, and that our team is poised to do great things. I am greatly honored and appreciative of my family, coaches and most importantly, my teammates, because I would have never been able to do it without them."