Category: Girls Soccer Alumni


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Elizabeth Smith McNeal ’99 wanted to help and encourage her daughter Addyson, a fifth-grade soccer player who was struggling with anxiety and the consequences of her food allergies. McNeal reached out to Bridgewater College women’s soccer Head Coach Mike Van Horn to see if he happened to have an athlete on his team with food allergies who would be interested in talking to Addyson. Bailey Kratz ’19, a sophomore at the time, volunteered to meet with her, and Coach Van Horn facilitated the connection. Kratz has a dairy allergy and was happy to speak with Addyson about everything from school and soccer to having food on hand that is safe to eat when you get hungry.

The McNeals became dedicated fans of Kratz and the women’s soccer team and attended every game they could. The women’s soccer team even invited Addyson to run out on the field with the team before a game. Kratz cheered on Addyson at her soccer games and also went to see her perform in middle school musicals.

“Over the past couple of years, the two girls have built an amazing bond that will continue far beyond college for Bailey and far beyond middle school for Addyson,” McNeal said.

The two even bonded over shared injuries, as they each suffered a broken foot in separate incidents. Addyson, now a seventh-grader, said of Kratz, “Bailey is someone that has helped me through when I was very scared, and she gave me some great tips on what to do and things she has done.”

Addyson’s parents observed her self-confidence growing as a result of her friendship with Kratz. When asked about Addyson, Kratz said, “She doesn’t let her allergy get in the way anymore. It’s been so rewarding, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of their family.”

A business administration major, Kratz has flourished at Bridgewater in the classroom and on the field. As a senior forward for the women’s soccer team, she helped lead the program to its first ever NCAA Division III tournament appearance and was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State College Division III Second Team, first-team All-ODAC and second team All-South Atlantic Region. She was also recognized for her academic excellence by being named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar All-South Region Team.

Kratz, who graduated on May 4 summa cum laude, won the Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Economics and Business Administration and is a member of several academic honor societies. She served as president of Bridgewater’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has accepted a full-time position in GEICO’s Emerging Leaders Program, a three-year development and mentorship program.

The No. 1 piece of advice Kratz would give to Addyson or any young student is “Don’t limit yourself.”  Kratz believes in seizing all available opportunities and said she is excited to begin working and taking on new challenges. Wherever she goes in the future, Kratz knows the McNeals are in her corner, cheering her on in the same way she and Addyson cheered on each other.

“They’ll always be there for [me],” Kratz said.

News · Bailey Kratz Gets VaSID Second-Team All-State

Randolph Named State Rookie Of The Year; Kratz Gets Second-Team Nod

Hanna Randolph was named to the All-State first team and was chosen as Rookie of the Year while teammate Bailey Kratz was named to the second team.

BUENA VISTA, Va. – Bridgewater College freshman Hanna Randolph earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State College Division Women’s Soccer First Team and was also named the State Rookie of the Year while teammate Bailey Kratz was picked for the second team.

Randolph picked up her second major Rookie of the Year honor after being named ODAC Rookie of the Year earlier this fall. Randolph is the first Bridgewater women’s soccer player in program history to earn the State Rookie of the Year honor.

Randolph, a first-team All-ODAC pick and a second-team All-South Atlantic Region choice, tied for the team lead in scoring with 21 points. She finished the season with seven goals and added a team-best seven assists.

Kratz was named to the All-State Second Team after receiving first-team All-ODAC and second team All-South Atlantic Region honors. The senior forward finished the 2018 season with 20 points on seven goals and six assists.

Randolph and Kratz helped lead the Eagles to a 15-4-2 overall record and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

2018 VaSID All-State College Division Women’s Soccer Team

Player of the Year: Gabby Gillis, Christopher Newport University

Rookie of the Year:Hanna Randolph, Bridgewater College

Coach of the Year: Dan Weiler, Christopher Newport University

First Team
Forward – Riley Cook, Christopher Newport University
Forward – Caitlin Mertens, University of Lynchburg
Forward – Emily Yergin, Shenandoah University
Midfielder – Megan Engeland, Washington and Lee University
Midfielder – Gabby Gillis, Christopher Newport University
Midfielder – Kennedy Jakubek, University of Lynchburg
Midfielder – Hanna Randolph, Bridgewater College
Defender – Lulu Manley, Christopher Newport University
Defender – Keiley McCarthy, Christopher Newport University
Defender – Katie Waring, University of Lynchburg
Goalie – Haley Eiser, Christopher Newport University

Second Team                                     

Forward – Sara Bane, Randolph College
Forward – Bailey Kratz, Bridgewater College
Forward – Hannah Olds, University of Lynchburg
Forward – Karen Reyes, Marymount University
Midfielder – Maxine Borris, Christopher Newport University
Midfielder – Corinne Carson, University of Mary Washington
Midfielder – Carson Pokorny, Christopher Newport University
Defender – Lexi Mallory, Randolph-Macon College
Defender – Ann Marie Moffett, Virginia Wesleyan University
Defender – Gracie Williams, University of Mary Washington
Goalie – Chris Martin, Roanoke College

Article from Bridgewater College Athletic Dept.

News · Kratz (’15) Named To Women’s Scholar All-South First Team

Kratz Named To Women’s Scholar All-South First Team

Bailey Kratz has been named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women�s Scholar All-South Region first team.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College senior forward Bailey Kratz has been named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar All-South Region first team.

To be eligible for the Scholar All-Region team, student-athletes must be a junior or senior, start in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors and have at least a 3.30 grade point average.

Kratz was a first-team All-ODAC selection and a second-team All-South Region pick in 2018. She finished the season with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. She helped lead the Eagles to a 15-4-2 overall record and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Kratz, a business administration major from Telford, Pa., carries a 3.93 grade point average.

Article From Bridgewater Athletics website

News · Bailey Kratz (’15) Named To All-South Atlantic Region Women’s Soccer 2nd Team

Congratulations to Bailey Kratz on being named to the All-South Atlantic Region Women’s Soccer second team. #bleedcrimson #goforgold


News · Bailey Kratz (’15) Finished Collegiate Soccer Career 5th In Career Pts

Bailey Kratz (’15) finished her women’s soccer career at Bridgewater ranked 5th in career points with 78 and career goals with 31, and tied for 7th in career assists with 16. #bleedcrimson #goforgold


Courtesy: @BridgewaterEaglesSports

News · Kratz (’15) Makes ODAC All-Leage and Helps Bridgewater Advance to First NCAA Tournament

Read full article by Bridgewater Eagles HERE

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater women’s soccer team is going to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Eagles received one of the 20 at-large Pool C bids available as announced by the NCAA selection committee Monday. Bridgewater will travel to Westerville, Ohio to play in the Otterbein University pod. The Eagles will play Hope College in the opening round while Otterbein plays Dominican (Ill.)

The Eagles finished the season with a 15-3-2 overall record and are one of three ODAC programs to make the field. Lynchburg, the ODAC’s automatic qualifier, will host a pod while Virginia Wesleyan will be playing in the Swarthmore pod.

Hope College, the Eagles’ opening opponent, received an at-large bid after losing to Adrian 1-0 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title game. The Flying Dutch won the MIAA regular season title for the third consecutive season and enter the tournament with a 14-2-2 record. Hope is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25.

Otterbein won the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title with a 1-0 overtime victory over Ohio Northern. The Cardinals carry a 16-2-1 record into NCAA play.

Dominican (Ill.) defeated Illinois Tech 1-0 to win the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference title. The Stars are 18-2 entering the national tournament.

Read full ODAC All-League article HERE

ODAC Player of the Year: Caitlin Mertens, Sr., F, Lynchburg
ODAC Coach of the Year: Dr. Todd Olsen, Lynchburg
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Hanna Randolph, Fr., M, Bridgewater
ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Maddie Burns, Sr., M, Randolph-Macon

Bailey Kratz + Sr. F Bridgewater
Caitlin Mertens * Sr. F Lynchburg
Gabby Nelson Jr. F Randolph-Macon
Emily Yergin * Jr. F Shenandoah
Hanna Randolph Fr. M Bridgewater
Kennedy Jakubek ^ Sr. M Lynchburg
Casey Kent ^ So. M Randolph-Macon
Megan Engeland ^ Sr. M Washington and Lee
Katie Waring Sr. D Lynchburg
Lexi Mallory ^ Sr. D Randolph-Macon
Ann Marie Moffett Sr. D Virginia Wesleyan
Erin Hoeh So. D Washington and Lee
Chris Martin * Jr. GK Roanoke
Hannah Olds Sr. F Lynchburg
Marli Hayward Jr. F Virginia Wesleyan
Caroline Peters Sr. F Washington and Lee
Sydney von Rosenberg So. F Washington and Lee
Catherine Haufe + Jr. M Bridgewater
Lucy Perry + So. M Roanoke
Kennedi Anders Fr. M Virginia Wesleyan
Caroline Coppinger ^ Jr. M Washington and Lee
Savannah Cowan Jr. D Bridgewater
Sydney Ryan Jr. D Bridgewater
Jules Heuchan Fr. D Randolph-Macon
Ryan Applewhite Jr. D Virginia Wesleyan
Edye Carr Fr. GK Randolph-Macon
Hunter Collier So. F Bridgewater
Sara Bane So. F Randolph
Alex Davidson ^ So. F Virginia Wesleyan
Anna Pedicone * Jr. F Virginia Wesleyan
Rachel Cooke ^ Gr. M Lynchburg
Kara Rombough * Sr. M Lynchburg
Jillian Barnard Sr. M Roanoke
Rebecca Collimore + Sr. M Shenandoah
Cyan Coates So. D Bridgewater
Tate Royer Sr. D Lynchburg
Erin Flamm Fr. D Roanoke
Kristen Castle Jr. D Washington and Lee
Sydney Davis So. GK Bridgewater
* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
+ 2017 Third Team