Best Colleges for Women’s Soccer in Division II

January 20, 2012
by Justin

Welcome to The Golden Boot, a sport-specific resource provided to you by ScoutMe for both men’s and women’s Soccer Recruits. The first article was Shoe Science for Soccer and the second was about the myth of the high school offseason. The third article was about the importance of sleep for student athletes/soccer recruits and the fourth went into how to excel academically as a college soccer athlete. The fifth article was dedicated to the new NCAA rule changes and today The Golden Boot is all about the best colleges for women’s soccer in Division II.


The Best Colleges for Women’s Soccer in Division II: St. Rose

The College of St. Rose is the number one women’s college soccer team in Division II.

The Golden Knights women’s soccer team finally broke through and won their first Women’s Soccer National Championship this past season under the national women’s soccer coach of the year Laurie Gutheil. Coach Gutheil, who was an alum of Hartwick College before she coached the women’s college soccer team at St. Rose, was a women’s soccer team star in her own day. She was a four-year starter on the soccer team and left enough of an impression at Hartwick to gain induction into the school’s history and psychology Honor Societies. This approach to her own personal academic aptitude has been passed onto her women’s soccer team, who has several academic awards including the NSCAA Academic Achievement Award for the ninth consecutive season.


In Coach Gutheil short 16-year tenure, she has moved into the 14th spot in all time wins for NCAA Division II women’s soccer coaches, with 213 victories. Her success is also a testament to great players. In the past five years alone, Coach Gutheil has had 8 student-athletes earn 38 different All-Conference awards and 11 players have been recognized with 23 different All-America honors. If you are interested in being apart of the St. Rose women’s soccer team and becoming a Golden Knight, fill out this questionnaire.

The Best Colleges for Women’s Soccer in Division II: Grand Valley State  

The team that almost took the women’s college soccer team title this past season from St. Rose was Grand Valley State. This was not fluke; matter of fact GVSU almost became the first women’s soccer team to three-peat since Franklin Pierce did in the 90’s. This can be attributed to great recruiting and top-tier women’ soccer coaching by Coach David DiIanni. DiIanni is an impressive 157-15-10 (.890) record in his eight seasons and has taken his women’s soccer team to eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Outside of Coach Dilanni back-to-back NCAA DII Women’s Soccer National Championships, GVSU set two NCAA DII records for most shutouts in a season with 21 and set a NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament record with 17 goals scored. Coach Dilanni also coached a stingy Lady Laker backline that held opponents to just five goals in 2010. If you are interested in being apart of the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team and their legacy, fill out this questionnaire.



The Best Colleges for Women’s Soccer in Division II: Seattle Pacific

The Lady Falcons have been one of the best women’s college soccer teams on the West coast, and they can attribute that to their coach, Chuck Sekyra. It only took five years for Sekyra to turn the women’s soccer team from Seattle Pacific into one of the elite women’s soccer programs, reaching the mountaintop in 2008 with a women’s soccer national championship.


Coach Sekyra is an alum of SPU, where he received his tow bachelors degree in history and political science. The future coach of the year taught high school courses in both subjects while coaching at the prep level. He came to the SPU women’s soccer team well prepared, and he has been incredibly consistent, with a women’s soccer NCAA tourney birth in every year he coached the Lady Falcons. If you are interested in being apart of the Seattle Pacific women’s soccer team and the Lady Falcons, fill out this questionnaire.



Good luck with your high school soccer season or offseason, if you are already done. Make sure that when you step on the soccer field, you leave everything there. Check back for another installment of The Golden Boot. Until then, this has been The Golden Boot, and I am Yorick Hempstead signing off.




Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.



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