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Since the inaugural season in 1938, Elizabethtown College soccer teams have established a tradition of excellence at the NCAA Division III level.
Through 66 seasons of competition, the Blue Jays have accumulated an outstanding 742-237-84 record through 2007, becoming only the sixth team in NCAA history to win more than 500 games and only the third team in NCAA Division III to amass 700 wins. The Jays are also riding a string of 56 consecutive non-losing seasons spanning 1952 to 2007.
Under legendary Blue Jay coach Ira R. Herr, the first athletic director of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown twice played in the NAIA championship game and won the national title in 1960 after finishing as the runner-up in 1959.
As a member of the NCAA, the Blue Jays have appeared in 24 Division III championship tournaments, one Division II championship tournament and eight College Division tournaments. Seven times since 1985 Elizabethtown has advanced at least to the quarterfinal round, and in 1989, the Blue Jays won the NCAA national championship.
In Middle Atlantic Conference play, the Blue Jays won 18 soccer titles, including back-to-back crowns in 1990 and 1991, and the final MAC title in 1999. Since 2000, the Commonwealth Conference playoffs have replaced the old MAC tournament. From 1986 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2001, the Blue Jays were either the conference champion or the runner-up. Etown repeated as the Commonwealth Conference runner-up in 2003 following a one-year hiatus from the conference championship game.
The Blue Jays won their first Commonwealth Conference title and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in 2004, defeating the 2003 national runner-up in their first round NCAA tournament game. Etown was again the conference runner-up in 2005. The Blue Jays reclaimed the Commonwealth Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament again in 2006, and qualified for its fifth straight conference final in 2007.
Many individuals have had exceptional success playing soccer at Elizabethtown. Since 1960, Elizabethtown has had 34 All-Americans, including, most recently, Brian Healy in 2005.
In addition to Herr, other coaches have had distinguished tenures in Elizabethtown soccer history. Owen Wright collected 234 victories, nine MAC titles, and 16 NCAA tournament appearances in his 21 year term. Arthur D. "Skip" Roderick '74 is still enjoying an illustrious coaching stint at his Alma Mater, having attained his 400th career victory in 2006.
Elizabethtown competes at Ira R. Herr Field, one of the premier soccer venues on the East Coast. The field, with a seating capacity of 2,225, has been the site of four NCAA Division III Final Fours and ten other NCAA tournaments. The Jays can average about 1,000 spectators for home matches. Lights were added to the field in 2001, enabling the Blue Jays to play night games at home for the first time since the 1950s.
The NCAA Division III Final Four was held at Herr Field in 1976, when Etown placed third, in 1981, and in 1989, when the Blue Jays won the national title. Most recently, Elizabethtown's women's soccer team hosted the 1997 NCAA Division III Final Four at Ira R. Herr Field.