Soccer Nets Additional All-Region Honors
Feb. 3, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina soccer team continued to receive postseason recognition this week as seniors Amber Campbell and Madison Keller were selected to the All-Southeast Region first and third teams, respectively, according to an announcement by Soccer Buzz, the official collegiate publication for women's soccer.
Campbell's selection marks the first-ever First-Team All-Southeast Region designation for the program, while the Frederick, Md. native also garnered third-team accolades in 2006. Including Campbell's selections, ECU has had eight other athletes earn the honor since the award was created by the publication in 1997.
Campbell, the 2008 C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Year as well as an All-C-USA First Team honoree, finished the season having broken three career school records in goalkeeper minutes played, shutouts and saves. She garnered a 12-3-4 record in goal, backstopping ECU to its first-ever C-USA title. Campbell was also selected as the C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week twice, producing nine shutouts, including five in conference play, the most by any goalkeeper in the league. She led C-USA in saves, shutouts and shutouts per game in all matches while leading the league in goals against average, save percentage, saves, saves per game, shutouts and shutouts per game in conference contests. Additionally, on Oct. 22, she earned her second career Soccer Buzz Elite Team-of-the-Week honor.
Keller, also a C-USA First Team selection, played and started every contest for the Pirates this season, finishing her career having started all 82 matches. She was named the season's first C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week, anchoring an ECU defense that ranked second in the league in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts for all matches and first in the conference in goals allowed, goals against average, saves and shutouts in league contests. Keller Was also instrumental in helping Campbell take over the school standard for career shutouts. She scored twice as a defender, putting 11 of her 17 shots on goal. Additionally, Keller was recognized off the field as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second-Team Academic All-America Scholar.
Head coach Rob Donnenwirth, the 2008 Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year, also earned an accolade as he was named the Southeast Region Coach-of-the-Year runner-up, leading the Pirates to their first-ever Conference USA regular season title and No. 1 seed in the 2008 C-USA Tournament.