JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/1/2007 - The Union University women’s soccer program continues to set new marks in their third season of varsity competition. The latest is the announcement of five Lady Bulldogs being named to the TranSouth Conference post season honors list. Caitlin Zimmerman, Sam Gase, and Laura Pla were each named first team All-Conference performers. Brooke Walker and Eboni Murphy were each named to the second team All-Conference list. In addition, 11 Union Lady Bulldog players were named TranSouth Scholar Athletes.
This season for Union has already seen the Union Lady Bulldogs surpassed the team’s high win total of 10, set last season, with 13 wins to this point in 2007. Union also posted a third place finish in the TranSouth Regular Season, and was just one win away from a co-championship in the last match of the season. Of the five Lady Bulldogs honors this season, all are under-classmen which keeps the excitement of Union women’s soccer up for the 2008 season.
Zimmerman, a 5-foot-5 junior forward from Lebanon, Tennessee, led Union this season in goals (23), assists (8), points (50), shots (73) and game winning goals (7). In each of those five categories, Zimmerman has set new Union records. On the year, she has recorded three hat-tricks and received the TranSouth Conference and NAIA Region XI Player of the Week honor once. For Zimmerman, this is her second All-Conference honor (2006, 2007). She was also named NAIA All-Region last season.
Gase, a 5-foot-7 freshman defender from Allen, Texas, records her first All-Conference honor. She scored three goals and added one assist from a defensive position that helped Union hold their opponents to just over one goal per game.
Pla, a 5-foot-11 sophomore goalie from Nashville, Tennessee, recorded 11 of Union’s 13 wins to this point in the season as goalie. She recorded four shutouts and had 94 saves and 26 goals allowed in her 1377 minutes played. Pla’s goals-against-average was 1.69. Pla was named the Defensive Player of the Week in the TranSouth four times and the NAIA Region XI three times.
Walker, a 5-foot-4 sophomore midfielder from Niceville, Florida, receives her first All-Conference honor. She tallied two goals and five assists on the season for the Lady Bulldogs.
Murphy, a 5-foot-7 freshman midfielder from Collierville, Tennessee also gets her first All-Conference award. She recorded three goals and one assists on the year for Union.
Up next for Union will be their second straight trip to the NAIA Region XI Tournament. Union received an at-large bid and will be the #6 seed in the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Bethel College (Tenn.) on Friday at 2:00 pm for the first round match.
2007 TranSouth Conference Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors
Player of the Year
Amanda Johannson - Martin Methodist
Freshman of the Year
Tatiane Alexio - Martin Methodist
Coach of the Year
Gerry Cleary - Martin Methodist
First Team All-Conference
Sara Perrigan, Martin Methodist College
Shannon Walter, Martin Methodist College
Leah O Grady, Bethel College
Caitlin Zimmerman, Union University
Amanda Johansson, Martin Methodist College
Clare Sykes, Martin Methodist College
Marika Fukuta, Bethel College
Aurora Alba, Lyon College
Philisha Lewis, Bethel College
Victoria Charnley, Martin Methodist College
Sam Gase, Union University
Lisa Mann, Martin Methodist College
Ugo Opara, Bethel College
Laura Pla, Union University
Second Team All-Conference
Angelique Armenta, Lyon College
Sarah Ruegger, Lyon College
Kassie Evick, Trevecca Nazarene University
Carla Chambers, Bethel College
Brooke Walker, Union University
Eboni Murphy, Union University
Lauren Wagner, Lambuth University
Melissa Odell, Lyon College
Kimmarley Chin, Bethel College
Tamami Ito, Bethel College
Heather Palmer, Lyon College
Ashlee Rimmelin, Lambuth University
Karen Carmack, Martin Methodist College
Alicia McPherson, Lambuth University
TranSouth Scholar Athletes
Amy Anderson, Senior, Coeurd’Alene, Idaho
Caitlin Zimmerman, Junior, Lebanon, Tenn.
Alicia Bennett, Sophomore, Columbus, Ind.
Candice Blackard, Sophomore, Collierville, Tenn.
Katelin Dirksen, Sophomore, Abbotsford, B.C.
Katie Moser, Sophomore, Bartlett, Tenn.
Jill Landers, Sophomore, Collierville, Tenn.
Emily Rawls, Sophomore, Cordova, Tenn.
Roxanna Skelton, Sophomore, Collierville, Tenn.
Brooke Walker, Sophomore, Niceville, Fla.
Abigail Williams, Sophomore, Crossville, Tenn.
Lesley Ann Thorpe
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