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Four Lady Flames Earn Big South All-Conference Honors

November 1, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Left to right: Lauren Stell, Karen Blocker, Brittany Aanderud and Jaime Bouffard

Left to right: Lauren Stell, Karen Blocker, Brittany Aanderud and Jaime Bouffard

With the 2012 Liberty women's soccer season in the books, four Lady Flames have earned Big South all-conference honors. It was announced by the conference office earlier, this afternoon.

Defender Lauren Stell was named to the conference's first team, while goalkeeper Karen Blocker earned second team and all-academic team honors. Forward Jaime Bouffard and midfielder Brittany Aanderud were named to the all-freshman team.

Despite spending the majority of her time on defense, Stell concluded the season third on the team with nine points on four goals and one assist. On Sept. 4, she was named Big South Attacking Player of the Week for scoring back-to-back game-winning goals against American and Old Dominion. Stell's pair of performances helped the Lady Flames achieve their best start to a season in program history.

Later in the month, on Sept. 22, she posted another game-winning goal in Liberty's 2-0 win over UNC Asheville. In addition to her quartet of tallies, Stell was instrumental as a defender, helping Liberty finish second in the conference in fewest goals allowed (16), goals-against average (0.74) and third in shutouts (9).

Blocker closed her career as Liberty's all-time shutout leader with 20, and posted a program-best goals-against average of 1.33. She concludes her tenure No. 2 on the school's career saves list with 339.

Blocker finished second in the conference behind Radford's Che' Brown in goals-against average (0.74), save percentage (.843) and shutouts (9). On Sept. 25, the Bowie, Md., native was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in wins over Presbyterian College and UNC Asheville.

Blocker's shutout total on the year ties her with Natalie Mayer for the most by a Liberty goalkeeper in a single season.The redshirt senior surpassed Mayer for the program's shutout record on Sept. 14 before becoming the second player in school history to record 300 career saves, three weeks later.

Bouffard concluded her first collegiate season as the team's leader in points (12) with five goals and two assists. On Sept. 18, the Oswego, N.Y., native earned Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors for posting goals in back-to-back victories over George Washington and South Carolina State. Bouffard also posted goals in games against Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern and Gardner-Webb. The forward's two assists occurred in Liberty's 2-0 victory over UNC Asheville.

Aandreud was a key distributor for the Lady Flames this season, finishing the season as the team's assist leader with five helpers. The midfielder served up assists in wins over USC Upstate, American, South Carolina State and Winthrop. In addition to her assist total, Aanderud also posted a goal in Liberty's 5-1 win over Presbyterian College. 

2012  Big South All-Conference First Team
Ashley Clark, F, So., Campbell
Toni Lashley, F, Jr., Charleston Southern
Kacey Kelley, F, So., Coastal Carolina
Krystyna Freda, F, So., Winthrop
Becca Hemby, MF, Jr., High Point
Kelsey Pardue, MF, Jr., Longwood
Taylor Parker, MF, Jr., High Point
Rachel Conway, MF, Jr., Radford
Natalie Massey, D, Sr., Longwood
Lauren Stell, D., Sr., Liberty
Taylor Brown, D, Sr., Campbell
Tyler Drake, D, Jr., Radford
Che' Brown, GK, Jr., Radford

2012  Big South All-Conference Second Team
Lindsey Ottavio, F, Sr., Longwood
Jacky Kessler, F, So., High Point
Sara Simpson, F, Jr., Presbyterian College
Kaitlyn Eckert, F, So., UNC Asheville
Kirsty Meyer, MF, Sr., Campbell
Rebecca Hollstegge, MF, Sr., Charleston Southern
Grace Radler, MF, So., Winthrop
Fia Jonsson, MF, Fr., Coastal Carolina
Alise LeCompte, D, So., High Point
Cami Skladany, D, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Megan Pritts, D, Jr., Winthrop
Sammy Vercellino, D, Jr., High Point
Karen Blocker, GK, R-Sr., Liberty

All-Freshman Team
Alexis Connors, GK, Campbell
Gina Cox, MF, Charleston Southern
Fia Jonsson, MF, Coastal Carolina
Amy Burch, D, High Point
Brittany Aanderud, MF, Liberty
Jamie Bouffard, F, Liberty
Meghan Magee, D, Longwood
Olivia Colella, MF, Longwood
Hanna Gaither, D, Presbyterian College
Asyia Mitchell, F, Radford
Taylor Walton, F, Winthrop

All-Academic Team
Cissy Nitz, Campbell
Allison Lewis, Charleston Southern
Anna Lowe, Coastal Carolina
Megan Curan, Gardner-Webb
Janay Whittaker, High Point
Karen Blocker, Liberty
Lindsey Ottavio, Longwood
Emily Boggus, Presbyterian College
Megan Rhodes, Radford
Heather Muller, UNC Asheville
Simone Jimenez, VMI
Allie VandeWater, Winthrop

Attacking Player of the Year
Krystyna Freda, F, So., Winthrop

Defensive Player of the Year
Che' Brown, GK, Jr., Radford

Freshman of the Year
Fia Jonsson, MF, Coastal Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Megan Rhodes, Radford

Coach of the Year
Marty Beall, High Point