Madison Short (pictured) along with teammates Aimee Luurtsema and Ariana Espinoza were selected to the 2010 Big South All-Conference Second Team, while Casey Norris was named to the all-freshman team.
Heading into the Big South Women's Soccer Championship on Thursday, a quartet of Liberty Lady Flames received all-conference honors this afternoon, as announced by the conference office.
Three Liberty players were tabbed to the second team – forward Aimee Luurtsema, midfielder Madison Short and defender Ariana Espinoza. Freshman Casey Norris was also recognized for her efforts this season, as the forward was named to the all-freshman team.
Luurtsema leads the Lady Flames with 13 goals and 31 points this season, ranking her 14th and 15th nationally in each category. The junior is also second in the conference in goals and points and tied for fourth in assists with five this season.
Heading into this week's Big South Championship, Luurtsema is tied for second in the program's annals for the most goals in a single season and is third on Liberty's single-season points listing. Along with receiving a second-team selection, the Grandville, Mich., native was also named to the conference all-academic team.
Madison Short finished the regular season as the Lady Flames' assist leader with seven. The midfielder's assist total places her at second in the Big South behind High Point's Sara Rager, who finished with eight. In addition to her helpers, Short also chipped in two goals this season.
A key member of Liberty's defense, Espinoza started 17 contests for the Lady Flames during the regular season. The Costa Rica native also found the net this season, scoring a goal during Liberty's 6-0 win over Southern Virginia on Sept. 15.
Norris appeared in all 19 regular-season contests for the Lady Flames as a freshman, starting eight. The forward's big moment came in Liberty's 1-0 overtime victory over Winthrop on Oct. 9. In the 98th minute of the contest, the Pittsboro, N.C., native capitalized on a pass from teammate Bekah Moye, scoring the golden goal to give Liberty the win.
Luurtsema, Short, Espinoza, Norris and the rest of the Lady Flames enter Thursday's quarterfinal matchup in the Big South Championship as the No. 6 seed, taking on No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina. Game time at Radford's Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m.
First-Team All-Conference Marky Boyce, Sr., F, Charleston Southern Courtney Durbin, Jr., F, Winthrop Kelli Joline, Fr., F, High Point Julie Ruh'e, Fr., F, Radford Anna Tupy, Sr., MF, Coastal Carolina Latrice Lee, Sr., MF, Radford Caitlin Wesnesky, Sr., MF, Charleston Southern Allie VandeWater, So., MF, Winthrop Janay Whittaker, So., D, High Point Tyler Drake, Fr., D, Charleston Southern Katie Perkinson, Sr., D, Winthrop Chloe Urig, Fr., D, Charleston Southern Che' Brown, Fr., GK, Radford
Second-Team All-Conference Michelle Dennis, Sr., F, Charleston Southern Aimee Luurtsema, Jr., F, Liberty Tricia Vensel, Jr., F, Winthrop Kate Wilkinson, Fr., F, Coastal Carolina Sara Rager, Sr., MF, High Point Madison Short, So., MF, Liberty Sarah Strand, Jr., MF, VMI Emma Krantz, Fr., MF, Charleston Southern Kelly Morrison, Jr., D, VMI SharDavia Bell, Sr., D, Radford Ariana Espinoza, So., D, Liberty Sammy Vercellino, Fr., D, High Point Chelsea Hearne, Jr., GK, Gardner-Webb
All-Freshman Team Che' Brown, GK, Radford Kelli Joline, F, High Point Kate Wilkinson, F, Coastal Carolina Chloe Urig, D, Charleston Southern Toni Lashley, F, Charleston Southern Anna Sammons, D, Winthrop Megan Reynolds, F, Gardner-Webb Julie Ruh'e, F, Radford Tyler Drake, D, Charleston Southern Sammy Vercellino, D, High Point Casey Norris, MF, Liberty
Attacking Player of the Year Marky Boyce, Sr., F, Charleston Southern
Defensive Player of the Year Che' Brown, Fr., GK, Radford
Freshman of the Year Che' Brown, GK, Radford
Coach of the Year Spencer Smith, Winthrop
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brielle Spencer, Jr., D, High Point
All-Academic Team Staci Ulichnie, Sr., MF, Charleston Southern Colleen Schohl, Sr., D, Coastal Carolina Megan Tremblay, Jr., MF, Gardner-Webb Brielle Spencer, Jr., D, High Point Aimee Luurtsema, Jr., F, Liberty Melanie Martin, Sr., MF, Presbyterian College Kathleen Jarvis, Sr., MF, Radford Megan Dent, So., GK, UNC Asheville Simone Jimenez, So., MF, VMI Rachel Webster, Jr., MF, Winthrop
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