2018 NCAA Women's Goalkeeper Rankings

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1. Lainey Burdett (Arizona)
2. Ella Dederick (Washington State)
3. Alison Jahansouz (Stanford)
4. Vera Varis (UCF, Finland)
5. Cosette Morche (Texas A&M)
6. Arielle Schechtman (Georgetown)
7. Kaelyn Johns (Dayton)
8. Paige Simoneau (San Jose State)
9. Rachel Lusby (Portland)
10. Sarah Le Beau (Auburn)

Bill says: The senior class takes a massive blow with Ella Dederick tearing her ACL back in September, which likely makes her draft status drop considerably. However if Dederick can make a full recovery, don’t be surprised to see her name pop up again next year as she’s displayed the ability to play at the next level. Jahansouz and Burdett look to headline the draft class, earning second and third team All-Pac-12 honors, respectively. Schechtman was named Goalkeeper of the Year in the Big East and after an undefeated regular season run with Georgetown, she could very well hear her name called next January. Going back to the start of the season, the stars aligned to see Lusby and Simoneau fight to a 0-0 double shutout at the tail end of August.


1. Mikayla Krzeczowski (South Carolina)
2. Jalen Tompkins (Colorado)
3. Jaelyn Cunningham (Illinois)
4. Rylee Foster (West Virginia, Canada)
5. Sandy MacIver (Clemson, England)
6. Mandy McGlynn (Virginia Tech)
7. Haley Smith (Illinois State, Canada)
8. Amanda Fitzgerald (Fairleigh Dickinson)
9. Megan Bonelli (Marshall)
10. Teagan Micah (UCLA, Australia)

Bill says: If you’re compiling a shortlist of top goalkeepers in college soccer, you have to consider Krzeczowski. The 1st-team All-SEC goalkeeper has kept offenses at bay, allowing just 10 goals in 19 games. MacIver missed the start of Clemson’s season as she was a little busy finishing third in the U20 World Cup, saving a penalty or two along the way. Mandy McGlynn served as the backup for the American U20 side this past World Cup but perhaps more notably, led her college side to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2015. Unfortunately Foster and Smith weren’t able to suit up for Canada this summer as they failed to qualify for the tournament, but the two combined for 44 starts and 31 goals allowed, giving confidence to Canada’s future goalkeeping core.

Recently the NWSL has announced that underclassmen can be drafted. However with how tough it has been for goalkeepers to crack into the league in the past, it seems unlikely a goalkeeper will leave early.


1. Kaylie Collins (USC)
2. Brooke Heinsohn (Duke)
3. Emily Alvarado (TCU, Mexico)
4. Hillary Beall (Michigan)
5. Jennifer Wandt (Baylor)
6. Laurel Ivory (Virginia)
7. Lysianne Proulx (Syracuse, Canada)
8. McKinley Crone (Oklahoma)
9. Sydney Schneider (UNC Wilmington, Jamaica)
10. Sofia Manner (Stony Brook, Finland)

Bill says: Collins locks down the top spot with All-Pac-12 honors by having performances all season as she did against LSU this past weekend. Beall rebounded well from sustaining an injury that removed her from the U20 World Cup to starting the final ten matches for Michigan, allowing just 11 goals over that period. While it was a 2-0 loss, Alvarado showcased her abilities through her eight saves against Texas A&M, giving fans and opposing strikers just an idea of how much of the goal she can cover. Schneider was a crucial piece in helping Jamaica qualify for their first World Cup ever, keeping a shutout in an upset victory over Costa Rica.


1. Claudia Dickey (North Carolina)
2. Hensley Hancuff (Villanova)
3. Brooke Bollinger (Florida State)
4. Mackenzie Wood (Northwestern)
5. Lauren Brzykcy (UCLA)
6. Meagan McClelland (Rutgers)
7. Lydia Kessel (Vermont)
8. Samantha Estrada (SMU)
9. Zoe Clevely (Pepperdine)
10. Sydney Martinez (South Florida)

Bill says: Dickey split time with senior goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak but should be in position to take the starting spot for 2019. 6’3” Wildcat goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff looks to build off her freshman year that saw notch six wins in ten appearances. Northwestern’s season ended on a 1-0 loss to NC State but could have been a much larger scoreline had it not been for a number of Wood’s goal-denying saves. Martinez jumped into the starting role with USF without much of a hiccup, going 14-4 through the regular season, reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Past Collegiate Goalkeeper Rankings

2015: Preseason and Final
2016: Preseason and Final
2017: Preseason and Final
2018: Preseason

cover photo from the University of Arizona