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Women's soccer celebrates 35th year of competition

Women's soccer celebrates 35th year of competition

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's soccer team is celebrating a milestone season in 2019, currently playing in its 35th year of competition.

The women's soccer program began back in the 1985 season, with former Marymount Athletics' Director Bill Finney at the helm.

It only took four seasons for the Saints to post the best season in program history, to date, with a 14-2-1 overall record under the tutelage of Head Coach Robert Meden in 1988. After a 5-12-0 record in 1987, the turnaround marked the No. 1 most-improved, won-lost record in a season, improving by 9.5 games; that mark is still tied for fourth in NCAA Division III history.

The team moved up in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national rankings to as high as 19th in the country, while setting program records with 62 goals, 36 assists, 158 points, 16 goals allowed, seven shutouts, and a 0.94 goals-against average.

Then-sophomore Carla Witt led the team with a program-record 19 goals, nine assists, and 47 points, earning All-American honors.

Then-freshman Bridget Keenan also set a program record that season, tallying 11 assists to go with 16 goals and 43 points.

Witt and Meggan Breen were also named first-team and second-team All South-Midwest Region, respectively.

Marymount's next-most-successful seasons came in 1989 under Peter Ginnegar (11-6-1) and in 2004 under Meden (12-7-1).

In all, the Saints have had eight head coaches in program history, with current Head Coach Manya Puppione taking the helm ahead of the 2019 season.

Over the program's history, the Saints have seen eight All-Conference award winners, two conference Coach of the Year winners, three VaSID All-State selections, and one All-American.

Marymount women's soccer alumni will be recognized this weekend on Saturday, October 19 during halftime of the women's soccer game against Marywood University at Long Bridge Park. The game is set for 4 p.m.

The soccer programs will also be hosting a co-ed alumni game at 9 a.m., on October 19 on the Converse Family Sports Complex Turf Field on Marymount's Main Campus behind the Lee Center.