The awards continue to rack up for the Liberty women's soccer team, as sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel has been selected to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State second team.
A key component in Liberty's 2015 Big South Championship run, Knoebel paced the Lady Flames in points (20), goals (6) and assists (8). Knoebel's eights helpers tied her for the third best mark in the Big South, this season. In addition to receiving Big South All-Tournament honors, Knoebel also earned spots on the Big South All-Conference first team and All-Academic team. The Warrenton, Va., native was named Big South Attacking Player of the Week on Oct. 5 for her performances in wins over Campbell (3-1) and UNC Asheville (1-0).
Liberty earned a record-tying fifth Big South Championship, this season, finishing the year with a 13-8-1 mark overall. The Lady Flames also posted eight conference victories for the third straight season, concluding Big South regular-season play with an 8-2 record. Liberty punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, squaring off once again with No. 3 seed North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Lady Flames in the first round, 3-0 (Nov. 13).
2015 VaSID All-State Team Player of the Year – Emily Sonnett (Virginia) Coach of the Year – Steve Swanson (Virginia) Rookie of the Year – Iris Achterhof (Old Dominion)
First Team Forwards Makenzy Doniak (Virginia) Murielle Tiernan (Virginia Tech) Ashley Herndon (James Madison)
Midfielders Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech) Alexis Shaffer (Virginia) Nicole Baxter (William & Mary)
Defenders Kristen McNabb (Virginia) Emily Sonnett (Virginia) Clara Logsdon (William & Mary) Meghan Cox (Virginia)
Goalkeeper Caroline Casey (William & Mary)
Second Team Forwards Iris Achterhof (Old Dominion) Jennifer Knoebel (Liberty) Sarah Hardison (George Mason)
Midfielders Sharon Wojcik (VCU) Rachel Moore (William & Mary) Allie Bunner (James Madison) Katie Johnston (William & Mary)
Defenders Jordan Lundin (Radford) Jennie Sroba (James Madison) Leci Irvin (William & Mary)
Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (Virginia)
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