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Women’s Soccer First-Ever Emerson Team Nationally Ranked

An Emerson women's soccer player shoots the ball against two opponents
Caitlin Johnson ’22 MA ’24 lines up to shoot against Clark University on October 19. (Photo by Cullen McIntyre )

The Emerson College women’s soccer team season isn’t done yet, but they already made history by being the first-ever Lions team to be nationally ranked.

As of Thursday, October 20, the team is ranked #24 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women’s Rankings.

With an overall record of 8-3-3 (5-1-1 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference [NEWMAC] standings), the team pulled off a 1-0 upset of MIT on October 15, when the Engineers were ranked #14 and dropped to #21 after losing to Emerson.

After the upset, Brittney Righetti ’24 and Yoshiko Slater ’25 won the weekly NEWMAC women’s soccer awards. Righetti claimed Offensive Athlete of the Week (AOTW), and Slater picked up Defensive AOTW. 

On offense, the Lions have been led by Righetti with six goals, and Cali Bruce ’23 with five goals. On defense, goalie Amara Schaub ’25 tends the net.

The squad lost 2-0 to Clark University on October 19. They have three more regular season games, which are all against NEWMAC opponents: at Wellesley College on October 22, at Smith on October 26, and home against Springfield on October 29.

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