Kelly Keelan just finished her fourth season at Vanderbilt in 2018, coaching the goalkeepers.
The 2018 Commodores won the SEC for the first time since 1994 and third regular season championship in program history. They reached the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season as well as advancing to the second round of the tournament.
The 2018 goalkeepers had one of the better seasons in Vanderbilt history. They posted 10 shutouts on the season and goalkeeper, Lauren Demarchi posted the second-best goals against average in Commodore history with a .55 mark.
The 2017 Commodores reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and won their first NCAA Tournament match since 1998, using three goalkeepers over the course of the season. Redshirt senior Kaitlyn Fahrner led the SEC with an .831 save percentage as VU’s primary keeper, starting 16 of 22 contests and posting a 9-4-1 record. Fahrner’s 0.99 goals against average on the season was the fifth best single-season GAA in school history, and her 1.13 career GAA over two seasons as a Commodore after transferring from Oklahoma places her fourth all-time in the program record books.
Sophomores Lauren Demarchi and Taiana Tolleson each saw action in goal for the Commodores in 2017, with Tolleson starting six consecutive SEC games from September 21-October 15 while Fahrner missed time with an injury. Vanderbilt picked up points in four of those six matches, tying Arkansas before defeating Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky for three straight wins with Tolleson in goal.
During the 2016 season, the Commodore goalkeepers pitched four shutouts including a 2-0 home win over No. 14 Texas A&M. Kaitlyn Fahrner and Lauren Demarchi saw a majority of action in net for the Dores. Fahrner led the SEC in saves per game with 5.29 and was fourth in save percentage with 80.4. Demarchi made five starts during her freshman season. She made 19 saves and picked up her first collegiate victory in a 4-1 win over Ole Miss.
During her first season at Vanderbilt, the Commodores allowed only 23 goals, the fewest since the 2006 season. Christiana Ogunsami started all 21 games for the Dores and she pitched six shutouts, including a 1-0 win over No. 12 Ole Miss and a 0-0 draw with No. 20 Kentucky. Four of the six shutouts came against SEC competition.
Keelan joined the Vanderbilt women’s soccer coaching staff in March of 2015. She spent the 2014 season as an assistant at Georgetown but served the previous two years at Penn under current Vanderbilt head coach Darren Ambrose and alongside current Vanderbilt assistant coach Ken Masuhr. She will coach the goalkeepers for the Commodores.
In her lone season at Georgetown, the Hoyas allowed just 24 goals while reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the BIG EAST Championship Game. She coached All-Northeast Region goalkeeper Emma Newins, who was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team as well after posting nine shutouts, 71 saves and a 1.19 goals-against average.
Keelan spent two seasons at Penn. In 2013, the Quakers finished the year 12-1-4 overall, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season. Penn also shut out 12 of its 17 opponents and allowed just eight goals all season. The women went 5-1-1 in the Ivy League to finish in second place, and at the end of the season three players were named first-team All-Ivy, including one who was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America (just the second All-America in program history) and the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.
The Quakers went 9-6-1 overall in 2012, Keelan’s first season, and ended the season 5-2-0 in the Ivy League to finish third.
A native of Broomall, Pa., Keelan went to Penn after two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University, working with the Bobcats’ goalkeepers and field players in skill development, while also assisting with practices and other day-to-day operations for the program. Under Keelan’s supervision in 2010, the Ohio defense tied program records for fewest goals allowed (21) and shutouts (six).
Keelan enjoyed a standout college career at George Mason. During her four years with the Patriots, she played both goalkeeper and forward, appearing in 71 games including 40 starts. As a forward, Keelan amassed 21 goals and 11 assists for 53 points. In goal, she tallied 58 saves and had a 1.39 goals-against average for her career. Keelan also served as a team captain and was named All-Colonial Athletic Association. As a junior in 2008, she led GMU in the amazing combination of goals, points, saves and shutouts. In 2007, she led the Patriots in goals, assists, points and shots.
In addition to her career at GMU, Keelan also played with the Philadelphia Liberty of the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) and was a keeper in England’s U-19 National Pool in 2006. She also played for the Philadelphia Charge, a WUSA youth team, and on the West Chester United club team for seven years.
Keelan currently holds an NSCAA Premier National Coaching License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Coaching License. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Health, Fitness and Recreation Management in May 2010 at Mason, and then earned a Master’s of Science degree in coaching education at Ohio.