In 1991 the McMaster women’s soccer team enjoyed a dream season that culminated in the program’s first national championship.
Coached by McMaster Hall of Fame member Frank Donlavey, the Marauders defeated Western 1-0 in London to capture the OWIAA championship, earning them a berth in the CIAU tournament being hosted at Guelph.
In pool play the Marauders fought to a scoreless draw versus Acadia and then defeated the host Gryphons 3-0 to advance to the Gold-medal game against McGill.
On a sunny but cold Sunday afternoon, the Marauders exploded for eight goals against the Martlets and won the national crown by a score of 8-2. The eight goals is still a record for most goals scored in a national championship final game.
1991 MARAUDERS TEAM ROSTER: Head Coach: Frank Donlavey. Players (in alphabetical order) Jodie Blake, Kristine Bowyer, Maryann Brenders, Jennifer Brenner, Anna Cornacchia, Sarah Cunningham, Karen De Boer, Sarah Denison, Victoria Gilbert, Nicole Heckendorf, Nancy Kawai, Francine Kozlar, Susan LeBrun, Gillian Lyttle, Tracy Miernicki, Sheri Nairn, Julie Ross, Sandra Severi, Annette Shiels, Marianne Sparkman, Lydia Vamos, Carol Weber.
The following Marauders were named 1991-92 OWIAA All-Stars: Anna Cornacchia, Annette Shiels, Lydia Vamos
Two Marauders were named 1991-92 CIAU All-Canadians: Lydia Vamos, 1st Team, Annette Shiels, 2nd Team
McMaster All-Canadian and Hall of Famer Lydia Vamos was named tournament MVP.
BEST WISHES TO OUR FAVOURITE WOMEN SOCCER MARAUDERS, AND ALL TEAMS IN THE COMING SEASON!!!!!