Women's Soccer Posts Best Season in Program History in 2018

Women's Soccer Posts Best Season in Program History in 2018

Pfeiffer Women's Soccer Sets Records in 2018

Misenheimer, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2018) – For the Pfeiffer University women's soccer team, the 2018 season will go down as the most successful seasons in 25 years of the Falcons program.

The Falcons finished the season with a 13-3 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ECAC Division III Championship. The Falcons returned a program best winning percentage (.813) and set a record for the least amount of losses in a single season.

Over the course of the season, many team and individual accolades were earned. The 2018 Falcons scored the most goals since the 2013 season, finishing the season with 51 goals and taking 273 shots.  The Falcons averaged 3.0 goals per game, 17.1 shots per game and limited the opposition to just 16 goals on the season.

Pfeiffer was also stellar at home, going 8-0 in matches played at Lefko Field and is now one match short of tying the longest home unbeaten streak at nine matches.

Individually, the Falcons shined, with seven All-USA South honors.  Earning first team All-USA South were sophomore's Madeline Capel (Harrisburg, N.C.) and Meredith Manson (Auburndale, Fla.). 

Capel finished the season with 10 goals and five assists and is finished second on the team with 25 points. She scored two goals in a pair of matches this season, with the first being in a 6-0 rout of Wesleyan on Sept. 9. She followed that with a two-goal burst against Southern Virginia on Sept. 19.

Manson managed three goals on the season and finished second with six assists.  Her goals came against Southern Virginia (Sept. 19), Methodist (Sept. 29) and against Johnson & Wales (Oct. 30).

Other Falcon players earning honors were freshman forward Mackenzie Pruitt (Havelock, N.C.), junior goalkeeper Kaley Hyatt (St. Cloud, Fla.) and sophomore forward Cayci Eaton (Harrisburg, N.C.)

Pruitt earned First Team East Division honors after finishing the season as the team leader in goals with 12. She also managed three assists while amassing a team-best 27 points.  Pruitt completed the regular season with a hat trick in Pfeiffer's 7-3 win at Johnson & Wales on Oct. 30.

Hyatt, Pfeiffer's starting goalkeeper this season, logged over 1,300 minutes of action in goal and allowed just 14 goals on the season, good for a 0.91 goals against average and recorded a .794 save percentage while making 54 saves on the year. She also earned four solo shutouts and had two combined shutouts. In addition to making the All-USA South East Division team, Hyatt was also honored by the league by being named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Eaton managed nine goals and three assists on the season while taking 48 shots for the Black and Yellow, earning her All-USA South East Division honors.  Her best outing came in Pfeiffer's 6-0 win over Brevard, where she scored two goals while taking just three shots.

All told, Pfeiffer had three players with over 20 points on the season. Pruitt finished with 27 points,  Capel with 25 points and Eaton finishing with 21 points, her second consecutive season going over the 20-point mark.