Lady Pens Soccer History


YSU began playing competitive soccer in 1996. In the program’s history there have been five head coaches in nine years, including current mentor Will Lemke. The program has played more than 200 games since being formed. Highlights in the program’s history, include goalkeeper Christine Handte finishing second in the NCAA in saves per game in 2000 and a school-best 17-goal performance against Delaware State in 2003. YSU had three second-team all-conference selections in 1999. In 2006, Caitlin Lee was the program's first-ever first-team All- Horizon League pick.

Last season, Lemke guided the Penguins to the most wins in the program's history with an overall mark of 8-9 and a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League, the highest finish in school history. The Penguins also won a school record three league games and hosted a Horizon League Tournament game for the first time in school history. Five players earned all-league postseason awards in 2012, which is the highest total for Youngstown State since joining the Horizon League.Jade Flory became the first Youngstown State player named All-Horizon League First-Team since 2006 and and just the second first-team pick since joining the Horizon League in 2001.

Prepared by YSU Sports Information Director Trevor Park

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