The Centreville, VA native took over the Georgetown Field Hockey Program in the spring of 2014, after spending 7 years with VCU, 1 1/2 years as the head coach and five 1/2 years as an assistant.
Soares and her Hoyas are coming off of an eight-win season in 2015; the most program wins since 2003. In a matter of 18 months, the Hoyas have managed to quadruple their win count from the 2013 season. Soares has a knack for making strong first impressions; during her first season at VCU she helped post one of the best seasons in VCU history with 13 wins, the second-most wins in school history and the third-best turnaround in NCAA Division I Field Hockey.
Soares oversaw a 2015 squad of which junior striker, Aliyah Graves-Brown, earned the program’s first ever First Team All-BIG EAST honors. Additionally, junior GK, Rachel Skonecki, garnered Big East Defensive Player of the Week Honors and junior back, Devin Holmes was twice named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. While at VCU, Soares saw senior, Kelsey Scherrer, set the school record for career goals, assists and total points en route to picking up All-Atlantic 10 and Regional All-American honors. Senior Arialle Hess, junior Stephanie DeMasi and freshman Kendall Farino also earned all-conference accolades in 2012.
Soares enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at the College of William & Mary, from 2002-05. Soares ranks fourth in Tribe history in assists, third in games played, and second in career starts.
In addition to her college exploits, Soares was selected for the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) A & B Camps in 2002-04, and earned a spot as an alternate for the USA Field Hockey U19 and U21 squads in 2004. She was also selected to the South squad for the NFHCA North-South All-Star Game in 2005. Soares earned her Level II coaching accreditation from US Field Hockey in 2013.
Meaghan Neylon joined the Georgetown coaching staff in the summer of 2015 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Longwood University.
On the Hilltop, Neylon is heavily involved in many aspects of the program including but not limited to: goalkeeper and midfield development, recruiting, film analysis and breakdown, scouting of opponents, the monitoring of academic progress and planning/organizing training sessions. In just her first year on the Hilltop, Neylon has already made her mark, helping to develop junior Goalkeeper, Rachel Skonecki into an impactful defensive specialist. In 2015, Skonecki ranked sixth nationally in Save Percentage and earned four shutouts, the most since Georgetown’s 1994 season.
While with the Lancers, Neylon helped develop goalkeeper, Lauren Bernard, into the only goalkeeper to earn First Team All-Conference honors in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Prior to her coaching stint with Longwood, Neylon was a four-year letterwinner at VCU from 2009-2012. A midfielder on the team, she was a part of two squads that earned the second-most wins in school history (13) in 2010 and 2012, respectfully. During the 2012 season, Soares' first at the helm of the Rams program, Neylon was a senior and was part of the third-best turnaround in NCAA Division I field hockey. While at VCU, Neylon appeared in 62 games, tallying six goals and two assists for 14 points. During her senior season she notched four goals and one assist for nine points. A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Neylon graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from VCU in 2013.
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