By: David Elvir
Graduate student goalkeeper Delayna Holman is poised to finish her Trevecca career with historic numbers.
Holman is now Trevecca’s all-time leader in saves (399), clean sheets (25) and wins (36). She has also moved to first place in the GMAC for most saves in a career.
Holman is also tied for third place for clean sheets and sits in fifth place on the GMAC all-time wins list.
“I came in knowing I needed a few more shutouts to break school records. I try not to focus too much on things that may or may not happen. In the end if they don’t happen while the team is doing well, then that’s okay,” said Holman. “I see them as team stats because I know all of those things I couldn’t achieve without my team.”
Holman, who took over the starting goalkeeper position just two games into her college career, did not expect much success when she first arrived at Trevecca.
“I didn’t even expect to start; it was a very good season for me. Coming in as a freshman, you don’t expect to make things like that happen. Being able to see that built my confidence,” said Holman.
Holman broke the single-season record for saves in a season with 99 her freshman year.
After setting the bar so high her first season, her numbers did take a small dip the following years, while still being historic by any other standards.
“It got a little bit in my head because coming in as a freshman and achieving all those things I did, you expect to continue to go up instead of backwards,” said Holman. “I don’t want to be one of those players who comes in and does their absolute best their freshman year and becomes comfortable the next couple years. I needed to pick it up.”
In addition to her record numbers, Holman has also been awarded two GMAC player of the week awards (10/8/18, 09/13/21) and earned a spot in the third-team All-GMAC in 2022.
She was recently named TSWA player of the week on Sept. 27.
Holman will have the opportunity to continue moving up the GMAC historic rankings, as the Trojans clinched playoff seeding for the Great Midwest Championship tournament.
“We can be one of the top four teams in the conference. We have a really veteran team; these girls are just some of the best players to ever play here. We got the best goalkeeper in Trevecca history,” said Kelsey Fenix, women’s soccer head coach.
Holman said she will look to keep playing soccer semi-professionally after college, but she says she has already achieved her dream of playing in college.
“Coming in, I never dreamed of breaking school records. It wasn’t at the top of my list because I’ve been told so many times I probably wouldn’t even play college soccer as a 5 feet 3 inches goalie,” said Holman.