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History Project: 2007 Women's Soccer Team Makes NCAA Appearance

History Project: 2007 Women's Soccer Team Makes NCAA Appearance

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rose-Hulman Athletic History Project is designed to educate current Fightin' Engineer fans on the outstanding and unique history of Rose-Hulman and Rose Polytechnic athletics.  The Project will allow fresh content for the Rose-Hulman athletics website and social media channels during our athletic downtime caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.  We will start with one memory from each of Rose-Hulman's current 20 varsity athletic teams over the next 20 weekdays.  After the first 20 days, Rose-Hulman alumni and fans can have their memories become our daily "Rose-Hulman Athletic History Project" story by e-mailing us your story with one (appropriate for publishing) accompanying photo.

Mon. March 23 - Football (1958 season)
Tues. March 24 - Women's Soccer (2007 season)

The 2007 Rose-Hulman women's soccer team marked the first Fightin' Engineer women's sports team to qualify for an NCAA Division III Tournament.  An experienced team ran through a 16-game winning streak to win the HCAC regular season and tournament championships, punching its ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Jennifer Gordon, now a member of the Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame, led all NCAA soccer players (Division I, II or III) with 26 assists to serve as a catalyst for the Fightin' Engineer offense.  The team outscored the opposition 81-16 on the season, including 68 assists.

Julie Roebel led three players with double-figure goals by scoring 19 times.  Molly Richardson added 17 goals, and Sarah Graber also reached double figures with 11 goals.  Gordon scored seven times, Caroline Burdick added six goals, and Eli Baca contributed five goals to lead the balanaced attack.

Defensively, Rose-Hulman allowed just 16 goals in 22 matches.  Rachel Miller had all 19 wins and helped the team earn 12 total shutouts in goal.  Miller recorded a 0.63 goals against average, 59 saves and an .843 save percentage.

The season started off with a 3-2 record, before Rose-Hulman rolled off a school record 16 consecutive victories.  The HCAC Tournament included a 4-2 home win over Manchester, followed by a challenging 1-0 victory over Transylvania that made women's sports history at Rose-Hulman.  A goal by Molly Richardson in the 70th minute, courtesy of passes from Sarah Graber and Jennifer Gordon, provided all the offense that the Engineers would need in the championship match.  Transylvania outshot the Engineers 13-9 in the match, but Miller made five saves and preserved the shutout victory.

Rose-Hulman would advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament and give a tremendous battle to Denison University, before falling 1-0.  The season resulted in a strong era of Rose-Hulman women's soccer that also included an HCAC regular season co-championship under then first-year head coach Amy Helliwell in 2009.  

2007 (19-3, 8-0 HCAC)
Head Coach: Brad Hauter
HCAC Reg. Season Champs
HCAC Tournament Champs
NCAA D-III Tournament
at Greenville                   W, 4-0
vs Robert Morris-Spr.       W, 4-0
at St. Mary-Woods           W, 7-1
at Earlham                      L, 2-3
at Wittenberg                  L, 0-3
Kalamazoo                      W, 4-1
at Defiance                     W, 1-0
Mount St. Joseph            W, 1-0
Millikin                           W, 4-2
at Transylvania               W, 3-1
at DePauw                     W, 2-0
Manchester                    W, 5-0
at Anderson                   W, 2-0
Finlandia                        W, 9-1
at Blackburn                  W, 5-0
at Dallas                        W, 6-1
Bluffton                         W, 5-0
Franklin                         W, 11-0
at Hanover                    W, 1-0
Manchester #                W, 4-2
Transylvania #               W, 1-0
vs Denison $                  L, 0-1
# - HCAC Tournament
$ - NCAA Division III Tourney