Soccer - Girls' Varsity
Beginning with its first State Prep Championship in 1985, the girls’ soccer program continues to maintain a high profile at both the state and national levels, reaching the finals twenty-two times and winning the title in all but four of those appearances.
Coach William Hawkey, one of the longest serving girls’ coaches in the state of New Jersey who has amassed a career coaching record of 479-113-37, has partnered with Coach Patrick Murphy ’80 over the past twenty-two years to establish the program as one of the pre-eminent high school soccer destinations in the country. In the last twenty years the team's record stands at 358-53-21. Coaches Hawkey and Murphy were inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018.
Murphy holds both a National Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches Association, in addition to studying and coaching abroad in such countries as the Netherlands, Germany and England.
The 2009 and 2015 classes boasted two of the top scholar-athlete recruits in the country with UNC-Chapel Hill's Amber Brooks ’09 and Stanford University's Alana Cook ’15. Currently, eight Pennington alumnae have taken their games to the college levels at schools including Stanford University, Lafayette College, American University, Williams College, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College, New York University and Belmont College.
With coaches Hawkey and Murphy leading the girls’ program, Pennington has produced two Parade All-Americans, three All-Americans, ten Scholar All-Americans, two National Scholar All-American players of the year, three New Jersey Gatorade Players of the Year, ten New Jersey Prep Players of the Year, and countless athletes who have garnered All-State recognition and various other state and county accolades. One of the staggering achievements for the program is the number of Pennington alumnae (sixteen) who have gone on to be captains of their collegiate teams.
Dr. William Hawkey
Patrick Murphy '80