Hall of Fame Focus: Women's Soccer and Football Player Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Each day between Oct. 10 and the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 19, the Hall of Fame Focus will highlight one of the individuals or teams being inducted. Women's soccer defender and football place-kicker Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson is featured today.

A total of five former Bearcat student-athletes, two teams, one coach and one individual selected for meritorious service will be inducted into the WU Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Salem Convention Center. A social hour will start at 6 p.m. (PDT), with the banquet and induction ceremony starting at 7 p.m.

Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson
Women's Soccer/Football
Attended WU:  1995-99

Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson was a defender on the Willamette women’s soccer team from 1995 through 1998.  She helped the Bearcats earn a combined record of 75-11-6 while winning four conference titles and reaching the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1998.  Thompson was named First Team All-Conference and All-Region in 1996, 1997, and 1998.  Thompson also earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1996 and 1997.

On October 18, 1997, Thompson became the first woman to play and score in a college football game when she kicked two extra points on two attempts in a 27-0 win over Linfield College. She also played against Southern Oregon University. Her accomplishments are highlighted at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Thompson also is in the Willamette Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1997 football team and the 1998 women’s soccer team.

After graduating from Willamette, Thompson earned a doctorate in optometry. She is now an optometrist in Richland, Washington.

Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson was named Honorable Mention All-America in women's soccer in 1996 and 1997.

Elizabeth (Heaston) Thompson was named Honorable Mention All-America in women's soccer in 1996 and 1997.