Lauren Stell (pictured) and Silvia Betancourt were named to the Big South All-Conference second team, while Maddie Boone was named to the all-freshman team and Karen Blocker receieved all-academic team honors.
Heading into the 2011 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.
Two Liberty players were tabbed to the second team – midfielder Silvia Betancourt and forward/defender Lauren Stell. Freshman Maddie Boone was named to the all-freshman team and goalkeeper Karen Blocker earned a spot on this year's all-academic team.
Betancourt was one of three Lady Flames to have four goals on the season. The San Jose, Costa Rica native also chipped in two assists during the 2011 campaign. Two of the senior's four goals were game-winners against Coastal Carolina (1-0, Sept. 29) and Charleston Southern (3-1, Oct. 1). Betancourt enters Thursday's contest third all-time on Liberty's career goals list with 23 and tied for second with Amy Oberlin in career points with 54.
Switching from defense to attack, Stell proved to be a contributor on both ends of the field in 2011. The Exton, Pa., native led the Lady Flames in assists with four. The junior also netted goals during Liberty's 2-1 victory over George Washington as well as the Lady Flames' 2-1 comeback win over VMI.
Boone, who appeared in all 18 contests for the Lady Flames, was credited with the game-winning assist against Coastal Carolina, finding Betancourt in the 74th minute, who finished on the play for the 1-0 final. The freshman also chipped in assists in contests against Winthrop and Radford.
After missing the entire 2010 season due to injury, Blocker returned to the lineup this season, earning Big South Defensive Player of the Week Honors on Sept. 7. On Sept. 23, she recorded her 200th career save and is currently third all-time in the Liberty record books with 242 saves. Blocker also has 11 career shutouts, placing her second on Liberty's career shutouts list in front of former teammate Ashley Nyholt (2007-10). In addition to her accomplishments on the field this season, Blocker is also a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.
Betancourt, Stell, Boone and Blocker and the rest of the Lady Flames enter the 2011 Big South Championship as the No. 5 seed, taking on No. 4 High Point. Game time at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. is slated for 11:30 a.m.
2011 Big South Conference Women's Soccer Award Winners
First-Team All-Conference F: Courtney Durbin, Sr., Winthrop F: Krystyna Freda, Fr., Winthrop F: Ashley Clark, Fr. Campbell F: Pirjo Leppikangas, Sr., Campbell MF: Kelli Joline, Soph., High Point MF: Kirsty Meyer, R-Jr., Campbell MF: Leilani Halkiotis, Sr., UNC Asheville MF: Allie Vandewater, Jr., Winthrop D: Tyler Drake, Soph., Radford * D: Janay Whittaker, Jr., High Point D: Taylor Brown, Jr., Campbell D: Casey Bolduc, Sr., Charleston Southern GK: Che' Brown, Soph., Radford
Second-Team All-Conference F: Silvia Betancourt, Sr., Liberty F: Dawn Rollyson, Sr., Gardner-Webb F: Julie Ruh'e, Soph., Radford F: Toni Lashley, Soph., Charleston Southern MF: Becca Hemby, Soph., High Point MF: Megan Curan, Fr., Gardner-Webb MF: Katie Taber, Sr., High Point MF: Sarah Strand, Sr., VMI D: Megan Pritts, Soph., Winthrop D: Sammy Vercellino, Soph., High Point D: Lauren Stell, Jr., Liberty D: Alyssa Clark, Soph., Coastal Carolina GK: Andrea Ritchie, Sr., High Point
All-Freshman Team Krystyna Freda, F, Winthrop * Ashley Clark, F, Campbell * Maddie Boone, MF, Liberty * Jacky Kessler, F, High Point Stephanie Herb, D, Radford Ashley Herndon, D, Winthrop Stephanie Hand, D, Charleston Southern Megan Curan, MF, Gardner-Webb Kara Nay, MF, Radford Kaitlyn Eckert, F, UNC Asheville Gracie Boswell, F, Presbyterian College
All-Academic Team Taylor Brown, Campbell Allison Lewis, Charleston Southern Jessie Benchley, Coastal Carolina Megan Tremblay, Gardner-Webb Brielle Spencer, High Point Karen Blocker, Liberty Emily Boggus, Presbyterian College Megan Rhodes, Radford Hannah Jeske, UNC Asheville Simone Jimenez, VMI Rachel Webster, Winthrop
Attacking Player of the Year Courtney Durbin, F, Sr., Winthrop
Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Drake, D, Soph., Radford
Freshman of the Year Krystyna Freda, F, Winthrop
Coach of the Year Ben Sohrabi, Radford
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brielle Spencer, High Point
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