While the 1998 women's soccer season at Wesleyan will not go down as one of the team's most successful following a 3-11-0 record, a number of results demonstrated the character and ability of the young Cardinal squad.
With a roster that included nine frosh and nine sophomores among 21 active players, Wesleyan faced a terribly difficult schedule. Half of the team's opponents qualified for post-season competition with five going to NCAA Division III play and two other appearing in the ECAC New England Division III tournament. Against NCAA qualifiers Amherst and Bowdoin, Wesleyan lost by the narrowest of margins, 1-0. Connecticut College, which reached the NCAA tournament quarter-finals, conquered Wesleyan by a 4-2 count.
Five players started all 14 games for the Cardinals, three of them sophomores and one a frosh, Jen Wallach, who paced the team in scoring with five goals and two assists from her midfield spot. Sophomore Laurel Anderson, who played both forward and back, was named to the third team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Metro region all-star squad. She also was one of two Wesleyan players named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) academic all-star team, joined by senior tri-captain Mariah Carbone. Carbone ranked second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists.