October 11, 2017
By: Tom Meikrantz
I recently had the rare opportunity to see former Northwestern Lehigh soccer standout Sarah Segan in action when her William & Mary women’s soccer team played at Elon University October 5th since my daughter Caylin is a freshman on the Elon team. My wife and I visited Elon for Parent’s weekend which included another home match Sunday against Northeastern. Segan is a redshirt sophomore after missing her freshman year with a torn ACL injury. Against Elon, Segan converted a penalty kick with 53 seconds left in regulation to tie the match at 2-2. It would end in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes. She followed that up with a 2 goal, one assist performance against Delaware Sunday to earn Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honors, her first. The Tribe is now 5-8-2 overall
Despite only playing in nine games, Segan leads the Tribe with seven goals, one assist and 15 points. While sidelined for six games with a hamstring injury, William & Mary went winless during a 0-8-1 span. She returned September 28th against Charleston as a substitute then scored the Tribe’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Charleston October 1st. Her second goal against Delaware in the 102nd minute was golden in a 2-1 victory.
Segan played all 20 matches for the Tribe last season and led the team with 10 goals and 22 points. For those unfamiliar with her high school career, she holds the Northwestern record with goals scored with 139 tallies. Segan was first team All-State from her sophomore year to her senior year and also was a starter on the basketball team and a member of the 4X800 league and district championship relay team in track.
Sarah and Caylin, who played at Salisbury, were Colonial League rivals for two seasons before Segan graduated in 2015 and they briefly chatted after the game. Her parents John and Melissa were there and it was good to talk to them again. Caylin told us in the days leading up to the match that her head coach Chris Neal was stressing in team meetings that Segan was their main offensive weapon and the one to focus on defensively.
Even though we were rooting for an Elon win which was thwarted by Segan’s last-minute PK, seeing her soccer skills once again so many miles away from the Lehigh Valley took an edge off the draw outcome. Elon is 1-2-3 in league play and in 5th place and William & Mary is 1-3-2 in 8th place as of Oct. 10th.. The top 8 teams out of ten make the CAA tournament. Go Phoenix and, what the heck, the Tribe too!