Over the last several seasons, the Kenyon College women's soccer program has consistently produced eye-opening accomplishments, including a 2006 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship and the program's first-ever victory in the NCAA Division III tournament. But success is no stranger to this program. Since its inaugural season of 1984, the women's soccer team has stockpiled 224 wins and has collected numerous individual and team awards.
In 1984, the program got off to an optimistic start with a 1-0 win over the College of Wooster in the team's first-ever varsity game, but like many other upstart programs it took a couple of seasons before the Ladies could be considered legitimate contenders. That grace period didn't last long, however, as Kenyon finished third in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings during its third and fourth years of existence.
The Ladies continued to build on those achievements, while putting together a run of six-straight winning seasons under coach Paul Wardlaw in the mid-1990's. That run peaked in 1994 when the Ladies went 14-4-0, setting the College record for wins in a season. The 14-win mark was matched a dozen years later when the 2006 squad posted a 14-6-0 record.
The success level of the Kenyon program becomes even more impressive when conference competition is taken into consideration. Since day one, the Kenyon women have competed in the NCAC, one of the nation's premier Division III conferences for women's soccer. Before claiming the program's first-ever regular-season conference title in 2006, the Ladies placed within the NCAC's top four teams in ten different seasons.
In recent years the Ladies have averaged almost ten wins per season while relying on strong defensive play. Head coach Kelly Bryan, hired just before the 2003 season, has continued to build on the Ladies' defensive front, but has also installed an upgraded offensive attack that will keep the Ladies among the NCAC elite. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Bryan was selected as the NCAC Coach of the Year.