Dec. 9, 2011
Four Conference USA women's soccer student-athletes were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America team for their achievements during the 2011 season. The four selections sets a conference record and the most since C-USA produced three All-Americans in 2002.
Memphis was well represented as three Tigers were selected for the top honors. Senior defender Lizzy Simonin earned first-team accolades and was joined by senior goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters and sophomore forward Christabel Oduro. Kuhar-Pitters was a second-team selection while Oduro earned third-team laurels, along with UCF's Tishia Jewell.
Simonin, the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner, anchored the U of M defense and led the Tigers to a 22-1-1 record. The Lee's Summit, Mo., native scored six goals and had five assists for 17 points on the year and repeated as C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Becoming the first Memphis goalkeeper to be named an All-American, Kuhar-Pitters posted single-season school records with 15 shutouts, 0.46 goals-against average and 11 goals allowed. The Spokane, Wash., native finished tied for second in the NCAA record books with 38 career shutouts.
Oduro, who earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors, had a breakout season with 16 goals and seven assists for a league-best 39 points. The Brampton, Ontario, native Is the first underclassman in program history to be named an All-American.
Memphis' three All-America selections marks the first time in C-USA history a team has had three All-Americans and just the second time a team has had multiple selections. Marquette had two selections in the 2000 season. The Tigers' three All-Americans tied with Florida State for the second-most among any institution represented this season. Stanford led with four selections.
Jewell helped the Knights advance to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight as she led UCF with 24 points on the year, scoring seven goals and dishing out 10 assists (24th nationally). She recorded 90 shots on the year, with 40 coming on goal, and netted a pair of game-winning goals. Jewell is UCF's 17th NSCAA All-America selection since the program's first season in 1981. The Satellite Beach, Fla., native is the third Knight to receive All-America recognition under head coach Amanda Cromwell.