August 6, 2019

Meet Olivia Barnhill - Williams Women's Soccer

Olivia Barnhill, Williams Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

Olivia Barnhill pursues excellence in whatever she is doing. She graduated from Williams with a 3.72 GPA as a double major in biology and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience, while winning three NCAA Women’s Soccer titles, including back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018, as a goalkeeper for the Ephs.

Barnhill graduated with honors after completing a research project involving an uncharacterized brain region and its connection to appetite suppression. She was inducted into Sigma Xi, an honor society for scientists and engineers, and was a named to the Dean’s List five times throughout her career.

Barnhill was a three-time all-conference selection, earning first-team honors in 2018 after back-to-back years on the second team in 2016 and 2017. She helped the Ephs capture two NESCAC titles in 2015 and 2017 and finish as the NESCAC Runner-Up in 2018. She ranked among the NESCAC leaders in save percentage and goals against average three of her four years. She finished her career starting 68 of 69 games and posted a 0.47 goals against average and .861 save percentage with 32 shutouts and a 58-2-8 record, setting a school record for wins by a goalkeeper.

In 2018, Barnhill started all 24 games in goal, allowing 11 goals and posting 0.45 goals against average. In 2,203 minutes of action, Barnhill made 78 saves to register a save percentage of .878 while posting an 18-1-5 mark with 11 shutouts. She was a Third Team All-American by D3Soccer.com, a Second Team All-New England selection, and named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Barnhill was named Academic All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) and to the USC East Region Scholar Team, this past fall as well as earning NESCAC All-Academic honors.

During her time at Williams, Barnhill also served as a teaching assistant for various biology courses, mentored 28 first-year students as a Junior Advisor to the Class of 2021 and was a member of the Williams Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She also coordinated educational events for the Rape and Sexual Assault Network and was the student-athlete liaison to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness group on campus.