Editor’s note: As part of a running New England Soccer Journal series, we’re profiling Division I programs in the region. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting college soccer, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes.
When the Northeastern women’s soccer team lost against Clemson in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, head coach Ashley Phillips (Beverly, Mass.) had come full circle.
Clemson’s starting goalkeeper from 2004-07, Phillips was an All-ACC player for the Tigers who set a program record in career saves (326). Nearly a decade after graduating from the program, it was an early litmus test as she steered the Huskies into their post-Tracey Leone era.