PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of women’s soccer, Nicole Van Dyke, has announced the hiring of Emily Oliver in the position of goalkeeper coach for the Quakers.
"Emily is going to be a wonderful addition to our program as our volunteer goalkeeper coach,” said Van Dyke, who coached Oliver at Stanford for three seasons and enters her first season leading the Quakers. “She comes with an incredible soccer resume, winning a national championship with Stanford and playing with the United States Under-23 National Team. Emily has the utmost character, and will be an incredible role model for our players. We welcome her to our Penn family.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the Penn staff alongside Nicole, Melissa (Phillips), and Emily (Perrin),” said Oliver.“It will be a great privilege to work with such a knowledgeable coaching staff as well as a talented group of student-athletes.Penn creates a unique environment with high standards both academically and athletically. I look forward to being part of such an esteemed program.”
Oliver enjoyed a standout career at Stanford, finishing with a 0.36 goals-against average that is the best mark in the Cardinal program’s illustrious history. Despite a career cut short by injury, she graduated fifth on Stanford’s career shutouts list, with 27. Oliver was a Senior CLASS Award candidate in 2013, an NSCAA third-team All-America and NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP in 2011, and a three-time NCAA College Cup all-tournament selection.
Oliver stepped right into Stanford’s lineup as a freshman in 2010, and helped backstop the Cardinal to the NCAA College Cup final. She finished the year with a 20-1-0 record, garnered 10 solo shutouts and was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team. Oliver also received Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie Team honorable mention, Pac-10 All-Freshman team, and All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Her 0.31 goals-against average was third in the country, second-best in Stanford history, and the best by a Stanford freshman.
Sophomore year, Oliver led Stanford to its first NCAA title in women’s soccer and was named the NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP. The NSCAA third-team All-America went 20-0-1, led the nation in GAA (0.23), and posted 12 shutouts. Following the season, she was honored with the Stanford Athletic Board Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award for displaying maximum effort on and off the field and bringing the best out of her teammates.
Oliver missed the first eight matches of her junior season, but came back to start the final 15 matches and posted a 0.54 goals-against average. She was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Season first team, was an NSCAA All-Pacific Region second-team choice, and earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 first team for the second consecutive season.
Oliver’s career came to an end three games into her senior year, when she was injured and took a medical retirement after the latest in a series of concussions. She remained with the program for the season as a team captain.