Soccer Earns Postseason Honors

UABSPORTS.COM Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth
Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth

Dec. 15, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The 2008 Conference USA Regular Season champion East Carolina women's soccer team was recognized this week for its achievements on and off the field by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), according to announcements by the organization.

The Pirates received the NCSAA Team Academic Award for the fifth-straight season and eighth out of the last 11. To qualify for the academic award, teams were required to average at least a 3.0 GPA for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters. The Pirates easily surpassed that standard, turning in a cumulative team mark of 3.28.

"We appreciate the NSCAA for recognizing our student-athletes' hard work in the classroom," head coach Rob Donnenwirth said. "Every year our team sets standards that they want to achieve on the soccer field and in the classroom. Receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award is always a goal that the team wants to achieve."

Additionally, seniors Amber Campbell and Madison Keller were named to the All-Southeast Region Second Team, marking the fourth consecutive season that a Pirate has received the accolade.

Campbell, the 2008 C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Year as well as a 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.

"Madison and Amber have had great careers here," Donnenwirth stated. "We recruited them from the same club team so it is fitting they get this honor together. I am very happy for them both as they were an integral part of our championship team this year."