Soccer Trio Named All-Conference USA

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Jessica Woodward was a Second-Team All-Conference USA selection after scoring a career-high three goals this season.
Junior Jessica Woodward was a Second-Team All-Conference USA selection after scoring a career-high three goals this season.

Nov. 2, 2010

IRVING, Texas - After dropping its final game of the 2010 season on the road to Marshall, 1-0, in double-overtime last Thursday, Oct. 28, the East Carolina (9-9-1, 4-6-1) soccer team had three players named to the All-Conference USA squads according to an announcement by the league Tuesday afternoon. Junior Jessica Woodward was selected to the second-team, while fellow upperclassmen Amanda Broz and Amanda Malkiewicz were third-team honorees.

ECU's three selections mark the sixth consecutive season the Pirates have had at least three players on the All C-USA Teams.

The all-league selection was the first of Woodward's career, who started all 19 games at midfield. The Wake Forest, N.C. native ranked second on the team in points (11) and assists (5) behind Malkiewicz and netted her first career game-winning strike at William & Mary. On the season she scored a career-best three goals, registered five assists (three in league play) and played every minute in 14 of 19 games. Since stepping on campus Woodward has started 60-straight matches, scored seven goals, dished out 11 assists for 25 points.

Broz was a key member of the Pirate defense that held opponents to a 1.45 goals-against average and recorded shutouts against in-state rival N.C. State and UTEP. She was one of six Pirates to start all 19 games and pushed her career starting streak to 28 games against The Herd in the season finale. The Spring, Texas netted her lone goal of the season at ODU on a header off a corner kick for a game-tying goal. In all, Broz recorded eight shots (five on goal) with one penalty kick and played every minute of the Pirates last 16 contests. She was a preseason all-league selection and one of the Top-20 C-USA players to watch by The four-year letterwinner closed out her career with 43 starts in 77 games, scored seven goals (four game-winners) and helped the Pirates record 31 shutouts. She is a two-time All C-USA performer (2009-10) and was an all-freshman team selection in 2007.



Malkiewicz took home her second career C-USA accolade after being named to the all-freshman team in 2008. The Forked River, N.J. native completed her best season to date leading the Pirates in goals (7), assists (6) and points (20), which were all new career-highs and ranked among the league leaders. She started all 19 games playing nearly 1,200 minutes and pushed her consecutive starting streak to 60 matches. In league play, she has netted four goals (one game-winning vs. Rice), three assists and 11 points. Malkiewicz, who joined Broz as a preseason all-league selection and one of the Top-20 C-USA players to watch by, closed out the season ranked fourth all-time on ECU's career charts in assists (16) and points (50), while ranking sixth in goals (17).

A complete list of the three all-conference team selections and specialty award winners follow:


Offensive Player-of-the-Year
Tishia Jewell, UCF

Defensive Player-of-the-Year
Lizzy Simonin, Memphis

Vendula Strnadova, Memphis

Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa

Susan Bush, Houston

All-Conference USA First-Team
F: Tiffany Brown, Colorado College
F: Lauri Byrne, Houston
F: Tishia Jewell, UCF
MF: Katie Jackson, UCF
MF: Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa
MF: Katelyn Rhodes, Houston
MF: Vendula Strnadova, Memphis
D: Amy Beger, Rice
D: Lauren Shepherd, SMU
D: Lizzy Simonin, Memphis
GK: Aline Reis, UCF

All-Conference USA Second-Team
F: Erika Duncan, Marshall
F: Laura McCalla, UAB
F: Kim Newsome, UCF
MF: Kristin Medeiros, SMU
MF: Carolyn Polcari, UAB
MF: Jessica Woodward, East Carolina
D: Marissa Diggs, UCF
D: Kaitlyn Eidson, SMU
D: Sierra Keeler, Colorado College
D: Danielle Munoz, Houston
GK: Caitlin Hulyo, Colorado College
GK: Cami Koski, Houston

All-Conference USA Third-Team
F: Britney Lyman, Colorado College
F: Amanda Malkiewicz, East Carolina
F: Claire Nicholson, Tulsa
F: Hope Ward, Rice
MF: Katie Dorman, UTEP
MF: Alena Strnadova, Memphis
MF: Sarah Vinson, Marshall
D: Amanda Broz, East Carolina
D: Freya Holdaway, Marshall
D: Bianca Joswiak, UCF

C-USA All-Freshman Team
Sierra Keeler, Colorado College
Cami Koski, Houston
Jasmine Martinez, Houston
Danielle Munoz, Houston
Rasheeda Ansari, Memphis
Alena Strnadova, Memphis
Jessica Howard, Rice
Hayley Williams, Rice
Claire Nicholson, Tulsa
Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa
Marissa Diggs, UCF
Azia Nicholson, UTEP