Goldey-Beacom College’s women’s soccer team is seventh in the first NCAA East Region rankings.
The Lightning — 12-4, 9-1 CACC — this season have broken the school record for most Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victories, are two wins away from tying the overall mark and have recorded double figures in victories three straight years for the first time in team history. The team also won their first six games overall and in the league.
Goldey-Beacom also has scored 53 goals this year, one off the team record, and is one home victory away from matching its team best of eight victories. The squad also has played three nationally ranked squad this season in East Stroudsburg, Mercy and Bloomsburg. GBC recorded a 2-0 win over then 12th-ranked East Stroudsburg on Sept. 5.
A major key for the team has been the play of sophomore Alanna Speaks, of Dover and St. Elizabeth’s, who last season was named CACC Rookie of the Year, first team all-league, CCA second team all-region and to the CACC All-Tournament Team. Speaks is 11th in the nation with 13 goals, 12th with 31 points, 19th with four game-winning goals, 28th with 1.94 points per game and 36th with 0.81 goals per match. Speaks is sixth in team history with 26 points and 61 points.
Senior Cliona Crammond, of Wicklow, Ireland, has been a factor with her athleticism and timely goal scoring. Starting 72 games for the team since 2015, Crammond this season is 23rd in the nation with 11 goals, 24th with 27 points, 51st with three-game winning goals, fifth with 1.69 points per game and 56th with 0.69 goals per contest. She is tied for third in team history with 29 goals, tied for third with 17 assists and third outright with 75 points.
Junior Jenna Fannon, of Newark and University of Delaware, has 10 goals and six assists with freshman Melayna Immediato, of Hockessin and Delaware Military Academy, also recording eight goals and seven points. Senior goalkeeper Marta Lopez, of Valencia, Spain, has 1,395 minutes played to put her third in the country and 59 saves that have her 95th.
GBC also is second in the nation with 146 points, third with 53 goals and ninth with 9.13 points per game.