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Mars’ Howell heading to Richmond

Mars senior defender Gwen Howell will be continuing her academic and soccer career at the University of Richmond in 2023. Eagle File Photo
Standout Planet defender plans to spearhead Spiders’ soccer rebuilding efforts

ADAMS TWP — Mars senior Gwen Howell plays for a Planets girls soccer team that has not lost a game during her time there.

She’s heading to a college soccer team that hasn’t had a winning season in 11 years — and is looking forward to it.

A center back on defense for the Planets, Howell committed to the University of Richmond last September to continue her academic and soccer career. She carried a 4.5 grade point average through her junior year and wants to study something in the medical field.

“Richmond is a pretty lucky school, getting Gwen,” Mars coach Blair Gerlach said. “She’s a great player who plays the game with grace and creativity.”

Mars is a three-time defending PIAA championship team and has been undefeated during those years, allowing very few goals in the process. Gerlach said Howell has been an anchor for the team defensively.

“She’s a mainstay,” the coach said. “She’s started every game for us since her freshman year and it’s hard to be a four-year starter in our program. Gwen has excelled from the day she got here.”

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