#4 Chiara Ritchie-Williams Season 2024
4x SEC Academic Honoree (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
2017 Second-Team All-SEC
2017 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2016 FA Youth Cup Winner
U-19 England Women’s National Team
5TH YEAR (2021)
Only player to start all 20 matches for LSU with a mix of time in the midfield and backline … team captain … led LSU with 1,553 minutes of playing time on the season … set the LSU school record for most minutes played October 1 versus Alabama … finished her career with 8,315 minutes played … also holds school records for matches played (97) and matches started (94) … registered her lone assist of the season in LSU’s 5-2 win over No. 21 Arizona State.
SENIOR SEASON (2020-21)
Served as team captain … Played in 17 of LSU’s 19 matches in the season, starting 16 of those … played a total of 1,403 minutes … played both in the midfield and the backline throughout the season … took five shots on the season … following her move to the backline at the end of the fall season, LSU allowed only four goals in 370 minutes of play for a GAA of 0.97 … helped LSU earn a 2-0 shutout over Alabama on Nov. 13 in the first round of the SEC Tournament … Played a majority of the spring portion of the season in midfield, where she helped the team earn a 6-1-1 record … played the entirety of the match in 11 contests throughout the season.
JUNIOR SEASON (2019)
Started all 18 matches for LSU on the backline … played 1,601 minutes on the season and did not come off the pitch in 14 matches … took one shot on the season against McNeese State … played a part in two LSU shutouts on the season against Navy (Aug. 25) and McNeese State (Aug. 30) … handled the oppositions most potent attacker on a game-by-game basis.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018)
Played 2,287 minutes of a possible 2,300 minutes at centerback to anchor LSU’s defense … started 23 of 24 matches while partnering with Lucy Parker in central defense … part of LSU’s defensive unit that finished 2018 with the fifth-lowest goals against average (0.98) in school history … helped LSU’s backline hold opponents scoreless for 558 minutes, the second longest stretch in school history … helped LSU register 10 shutouts on the season; the second most in a single season LSU history … took three shots all of which were on goal.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2017)
Solidified her reputation as one of the top young defenders in college soccer with an All-Southeastern Conference selection following the regular season … Named a Second-Team All-SEC performer in a vote of the league’s head coaches on the strength of her outstanding rookie season … Her selection marked the 14th-straight season since 2004 in which at least one LSU Tiger was recognized as an All-SEC performer as either a first-team, second-team or all-freshman honoree … Was among just four freshmen honored with first-team or second-team All-SEC accolades for the 2017 season as SEC head coaches voted 34 total players to the two All-SEC squads … Added a first-team selection to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Team following the season … Started all 18 matches of her freshman season while partnering with senior Jordane Carvery in central defense … Made an impact on LSU’s defense that slashed its goals against average and surrendered eighth fewer goals than it did in the 2016 season before her arrival … Helped the Tigers finish the season with a 1.12 goals against average in 2017 … Credited with one assist on the season as she was the provider of Alex Thomas’ goal in the 72nd minute of a 3-1 home win over Austin Peay on Sept. 3 … Earned her first varsity letter.
PRIOR TO LSU
A standout defender in the England and Arsenal youth setups … Plays primarily as a center back … Can also play right back … Member of England’s Under-19 Women’s National Team … Played for the Arsenal Ladies youth team for seven years from the age of 11 … Helped lead Arsenal’s U-17 squad to back-to-back TheFA Women’s Super League Southern Development League titles in 2015 and 2016 … Also a winner of the FA Youth Cup in 2016 … Debuted for the Arsenal Ladies First Team as a 16-year-old in the team’s TheFA Women’s Super League and Continental Cup campaigns during the 2015-16 season … Involved in first-team training with Arsenal Ladies … Coached at youth level by Kelly Smith, Chris Phillips and John Bayer.
Full name is Chiara Ritchie-Williams … Born on Sept. 2, 1998 … mother is Irene Ritchie and father is Colin Williams… her father introduced her to soccer and is her biggest inspiration … Born and raised in London, England … majoring in economics at LSU.