Women's Soccer 2018 Season Recap

Madison Hughes (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Madison Hughes (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's soccer team wrapped up the 2018 season last weekend and finished with an overall record of 1-13-4. Four ties matches the single season record for ties in program history, which was set back in the 2014 season.

Senior defender Madison Hughes made her in mark in the Youngstown State career record book this season. After starting in all 18 games this fall, Hughes finished ranked third in career starts with 70. Hughes was a staple on the back line starting in every game of her collegiate career. For her career, Hughes recorded two goals and one assist, which included a game-winning goal against Longwood during her freshman campaign.  

Sophomore goalkeeper Kate McEachern started in 14 games for the Penguins while logging 1,285 minutes in net. McEachern was awarded the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland on Oct. 6. She finished the season with 72 saves, a 1.81 goals against average, a .735 save percentage, and three shutouts. McEachern's shutouts against Canisius, St. Bonaventure, and Oakland place her in a tie for third for the most shutouts in a single season. During Horizon League play, McEachern led all goalies with 48 saves and six saves per game.

Freshman midfielder Samantha Mazula wasted no time making a name for herself as she scored the game-tying goal in the season opener against Chicago State on August 17. With the Penguins trailing 2-1 in the 88th minute, Mazula was able to fight through traffic on a corner kick to tie the game at 2-2 with her first career goal. For her freshman season, Mazula started in 14 games and recorded 13 shots.

Freshman midfielder Lauren Dolak led the Penguins with two goals and four total points. She scored here first goal career goal against UIC on Oct. 13, and followed it up with another goal against Wright State on Oct. 17. Dolak appeared in all 18 games while making 17 starts and recording 14 shots during her freshman campaign.

Junior midfielder Rasheda Abdul-Rahman, sophomore midfielder Syndey Ossege, and sophomore defender Isabella Futchi also recorded goals for the Penguins this fall. Abdul-Rahman registered her lone goal of the season, and third of her career against Chicago State on August 17. Ossege recorded her first career goal on Oct. 13 against UIC, while Futchi scored her first career goal against Green Bay on Oct. 26. Futchi scored on a free kick with 42 seconds left in regular time to force overtime after tying the game at 1-1.

Junior defender Larsen Murvin and freshman midfielder Luca Fahmer each registered a point this fall via an assist. Murvin recorded her lone assist of the season on Abdul-Rahman's goal during the Chicago State game, while Fahmer picked up an assist on Ossege's goal during the UIC match.