None in her sport have done it before her. Few all-time in any sport have accomplished it. Two weeks ago, Kutztown University women’s soccer student-athlete Maddie Mohr earned All-American status for the third consecutive year, becoming the first three-time All-American in program history and just the 18th all-time in KU athletics lore to achieve the feat.
Mohr was voted First Team All-America by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II list for the second straight year.
In 2017, Mohr was the program’s first-ever First Team honoree. She backed that recognition up with a second First Team award in a row, and now can call herself a three-time All-America after being voted Third Team by D2CCA as a freshman.
Mohr is just the 18th Kutztown University student-athlete all-time to be recognized as a three-time All-American.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Mohr on hearing of the All-America recognition. “I didn’t have quite the season that I had the last two years. I was definitely excited and just kind of taken aback from it. It’s really rewarding, and to be able to come in right away as a freshman and contribute and have success is amazing because you don’t expect it. It just makes me work harder and gives me more goals to try and accomplish.”
So with all of the national accolades and overall success, why Kutztown?
“Looking back on it sometimes you question what if,” said Mohr. “But I knew a couple of girls on Kutztown when I was being recruited and they were really good players and the program was really good, so there was that success that drew me. When I came to campus on a visit it just clicked. The program looked like a culture I wanted to be a part of.”
This season alone she has been named to the All-Atlantic Region First Team by United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA for the third straight year and also to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team for the third time.
Mohr started in all 20 games this season, recording three goals and an assist, and was a strength for KU both on the offensive and defensive third. Kutztown finished the 2018 season 14-4-2 and qualified for both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region Tournaments for the third straight year.
“I think we’ve held ourselves to a higher standard of late,” Mohr said. “We don’t always expect to get into these tournaments because it is really hard to, but they are always our main goals that we work towards. Each year the freshmen come in and know of the success we had the year before and they just know we want to keep that standard.”
The Elizabethtown native has started in 65-of-66 games through her first three seasons. She ranks fifth in program history with 28 career goals and is seventh with 64 career points. Her senior year in 2019 may very likely push her even further up the record books, but the team-player that she is, Mohr wants more than individual attention and awards.
“We want to advance far in the tournaments, but as a senior, I definitely want to win PSAC’s,” said Mohr. “That is something that has been a goal of ours since our freshmen year and beyond. Everybody on our team wants to accomplish that. We want it to be successful in our last run.”
Mohr, along with her classmates in Jenna Bracken, Kristina Miller, Emily Zwiercan, Schyler Ackerman, Kaylee Kupiec and Courtney Browning, and redshirt-sophomore Chelsea Fadio all entered the program at the same time. This class needs 13 wins next season to become the all-time winningest class in program history. They have averaged almost 17 wins a season in their three years at Kutztown.
“Coming in as freshmen, we just seemed to all click right away,” said Mohr. “Compared with other classes I thought that we were all really close, which definitely helps us on the field. The success that we’ve had in our three years is a testament to a lot of them and helps us stay so close because we want to keep pushing each other to get even better.”
To prepare, each offseason Mohr and her teammates run, lift and try to play wherever they can. Sometimes it can be even harder than the work during the fall season.
Off the pitch, Mohr has other talents, including balancing a spoon on her nose. She enjoys watching American Horror Story and playing lacrosse, but one of her passions outside of helping the KU soccer program is being around four-legged friends.
“I love dogs,” said Mohr. “I am like obsessed with them. I dog sit over the summer and watch a bunch of them. I have a cockapoo named Cooper. I like fuzzy dogs, but probably my favorite type is a pitbull.”
Mohr and the women’s soccer program soon will look to take that one last step at a championship.