Conference USA Women's Soccer Awards Announced
Nov. 6, 2007
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA announced its 2007 all-conference first and second teams and postseason award winners for women's soccer, as selected by the conference's head women's soccer coaches. The awards were announced during tonight's C-USA Women's Soccer banquet to kick off the 13th Annual C-USA Championship, which is scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 7-11, at University Field on the campus of UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
Championship host UTEP produced the Offensive Player of the Year in Jami Tullius. The first Miner to score 100 career points, Tullius led Conference USA in scoring this season with a conference-best 12 goals and team-high eight assists for 32 points, 20 of which were scored against conference opposition. Tullius also becomes the first Miner to earn a spot on the All-Conference USA first-team since UTEP joined the league in 2005.
UCF, the top-seeded team in the Championship, will be led by Defensive Player of the Year senior goalkeeper Jennifer Manis. The Knights held their first four conference foes scoreless, with six total shutouts and allowing only five goals. Manis registered a 0.52 goals against average in conference play. UCF junior transfer Danielle Dos Santos was also honored as the 2007 Newcomer of the Year. In a road game at SMU, dos Santos picked up a hat trick and assisted on the Knights' other two goals for eight points in the 5-0 win. It was the second-best single game performance in conference history.
Memphis, under the direction of 2007 C-USA Coach of the Year Brooks Monaghan, shared regular season title honors with UCF. It is the Tigers first women's soccer C-USA championship in school history. A big asset for Memphis was Freshman of the Year selection Vendula Strnadova. Besides being one of four freshmen who were unanimous selections to the all-freshman team, Strnadova was also the only freshman to earn All-Conference USA first-team honors.
UCF produced three All-Conference USA first-team selections. Junior midfielder Hanna Wilde, who earned her second nod to the first team, and sophomore defender Nikki Moore joined teammate Manis. Colorado College and UAB each placed a pair of student-athletes on the first team. Colorado College sophomore Emily Beans, the 2006 Freshman of the Year, and junior defender Moly Uyenishi were both selected. Seniors Sally Palmer and Jill Porto led the defending champion Blazers to a No. 4 seed and were both voted to the first-team.
East Carolina senior defender Kat Norris, Rice senior defender Beth Martin and Southern Miss junior forward Sarah McFadden round out the All-Conference USA first-team selections.
2007 C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Coach of the Year
All-Conference First Team
All-Conference Second Team