Conference USA Women's Soccer Awards Announced
Oct. 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Memphis junior forward CHRISTABEL ODURO and Colorado College sophomore JESSIE AYERS repeated as Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, respectively, as selected by the 12 league women's soccer head coaches. UCF junior defender MARISSA DIGGS was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, while Freshman of the Year honors went to Rice forward HOLLY HARGREAVES. The 2012 All-Conference USA first, second and third teams were also announced.
Colorado College head coach GEOFF BENNETT was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 13-3-4 overall record and 8-2-1 mark in conference play. CC won its first conference crown, sharing the regular-season title with Rice. Bennett is in his ninth season with the Tigers and has compiled a 97-55-24 (.619) record at Colorado College and 145-96-34 career mark entering the C-USA Championship.
Oduro finished the C-USA regular season with a league-best 34 points and 13 goals. Three of her 13 goals were game winners, with two in league play. She was also the top scorer in conference play with eight goals and six assists. Memphis sophomore midfielder KYLIE DAVIS joins Oduro on the first team.
Ayers started all 20 games for the Tigers and set single©\season highs for goals (7), assists (3) and points (17). She was joined on the all-conference first team by senior forward BRITTNEY LYMAN, who led CC in scoring with 18 points, including a career-high eight assists. Lyman was involved in five game-winning goals, scoring two and assisting on the other three, in conference play.
Freshman of the Year Hargreaves was the only rookie to earn first-team recognition, but was one of four to earn all-conference honors this season. Hargreaves led the Owls to their first share of a C-USA regular season title with nine goals and three assists. She ties for seventh nationally with six game-winning goals. Teammate QUINNEY TROUNG also earned a spot on the first team as the sophomore stared all 20 games as a key member of the Owl midfield.
UCF and East Carolina, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in this year's C-USA Championship, also placed two players on the all-conference first team. Diggs represents UCF, along with earning Defensive Player of the Year honors, as she anchored the Knight defense to 12 shutouts on the season, their most in eight seasons. UCF senior forward NICOLETTE RADOVCIC earned her first all-conference honors with a nod on the first team.
East Carolina junior goalkeeper CHRISTIANE CORDERO registered 10 shutouts, with eight in league play. She was a three-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Week selection. She was joined on the all-conference first-team by senior defender HALI OUGHTON as the Pirate back line ranks 23rd nationally in shutouts.
The first team was rounded out by SMU senior midfielder MALLORY BAUM and Tulsa senior defender CLAIRE HULCER. Both will be in action at the 18th Annual C-USA Women's Soccer Championship, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 31, at UTEP's University Field in El Paso, Texas. The 2012 title game will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.
A complete list of the three all-conference team selections and specialty award winners follow:
2012 C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Midfielder of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Coach of the Year
All-Conference First Team
All-Conference Second Team
All-Conference Third Team