The 2018 season marks Clara Kridler’s fourth year at Capital University as the women’s soccer team’s goalkeeping coach.
In her first season with the team, she helped Capital to a perfect 9-0 conference record for the first time in school history. The Crusaders captured the regular season championship and their third straight OAC Tournament championship on the way to receiving an NCAA tournament berth. Goalkeeper Kim Leitch ’15 was named Second Team All-OAC following that season.
Kridler helped bring in freshman Kelly Bachmann in 2017 and prepared her for the starting role. She coached her to a 7-5-1 season with three shutouts, a .831 save percentage, and 1.05 goals-against average. Bachmann went on to be named All-OAC Honorable Mention at year’s end. As a sophomore in 2018, Bachmann recorded five shutouts and improved her win total to 10 en route to All-OAC Honorable Mention honors.
Kridler played goalie at Purdue University, where she finished among the program’s all-time top five goalkeepers in saves, shutouts, wins, games started and minutes. She ranked third in Purdue’s history with 246 career saves. She was a starter for three seasons and became a four-year letter winner.
In 2013, she and the Boilermakers went on to achieve three consecutive shutout wins. The shutout streak was the Purdue’s first such since 2007. She also made the dean’s list and was named First Team All-Big Ten.
Kridler has served as the head goalkeeping coach at Rob Klatte Soccer Camps and as a National Training Center Goalkeeper Counselor at Soccer Plus.
As a youth player, Kridler played under Coach Ogden on multiple teams. She graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with a degree in natural resources and environmental science.