MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior co-captain Lauren Goetzman of the Wesleyan University women's soccer team was named to the 2018 All-NESCAC First Team, as selected by the conference coaches and announced Wednesday by the league office. A four-year starter for the Cardinals, the midfielder had a stellar senior season, working her way up in the conference following her 2017 Second Team accolades.
Goetzman has been a steady force on the field for Wesleyan throughout her four years. During her rookie campaign, she started in all 13 games and recorded one goal and one assist. Despite having an ACL injury the following year, Goetzman came back and had a breakout season during her junior campaign, ranking second on the team with four goals, while adding an assist.
This year, despite an early injury, Goetzman was still able to start in 10 of 12 games and concluded the year with six goals and one assist, which tied her for first place on the team in both categories. All six of her goals came during important contests for the Cardinals this year. Her first tally of the season came during their 2-0 win at Bowdoin, while her second goal got the Cardinals on the board to tie Trinity at 1-1. In a 5-0 triumph at Rhode Island College, Goetzman scored her first career hat-trick, propelling Wesleyan into a strong game against No. 11 Amherst the following week. During the Cardinal-Mammoth battle, Goetzman recorded one goal and an assist, knocking off Little Three rival 3-2.
"Lauren has been a dominant player during her four-year Wesleyan career," Head Coach Eva Meredith said. "She recovered from an ACL injury her sophomore year and came back even better and stronger. Lauren will be hard to replace; she is one of the most tenacious players I have coached and her work ethic, athleticism and stamina have made her a stand out athlete on our team. She has scored some beautiful goals in the past two seasons, and has helped elevate our program to where it is today."