The first women's soccer varsity coach was Albert Masland and the goalie coach was a senior student named Jeff Rhyne, who had completed his years of playing eligibility at Dickinson. Professor John Osborne, then serving as men's varsity assistant coach, also helped with the team. With this help, the first women's varsity team at Dickinson made a victorious entrance, interestingly, one hundred years after the first female undergraduate enrolled at the College. They ended their season with a record 9-3.
From the beginning, the women's team underwent preparations just as rigorous as the men. As extended pre-season, coach Masland required his team to take ballet lessons with the men's team, for three weeks. These lessons sought to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and to strengthen legs. At their games, the support the women received came mostly from the men's soccer team and the faculty of Dickinson. Although the women had problems with their uniforms, which were from the school store, and officials, they proved to be a competent and strong group of women.
The series of photographs above (scrolling to the right) show Dickinson's 2-0 victory over Army. This game was the women's team second game of the season, played at Biddle Field on September 22, 1984. The woman in the first shot is Melanie Tratnick, 14, who also played lacrosse and basketball. She scores in the first frame at the eastern goal, wheels away in the second, and in the last shot she rejoices with her teammates, Dierdre Janes, 22 and Aletha Rizzi. On the sidelines, her teammates were as happy. (Click here) During this season there were eight seniors on the team, but with the incentive of a varsity playing level, the subsequent teams were never short of players. Also, we have coverage of the 1986 women's soccer team. The 1986 women's team, which had no seniors to the 1984 team's eight, had a record of 6-8-2. Albert Masland continued to coach this young team of soccer enthusiasts, until his election to the State House of Representatives, in which he still serves at the time of this writing.
The record for this historic first
season was as follows:
Penn State 3
Franklin and Marshall 3
Lehigh (by forfeit)