JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/3/2007 - A record-setting season for the Union University women’s soccer program has been capped off by three players being recognized by the NAIA. Caitlin Zimmerman was named an NAIA honorable mentioned All-American for the first time, NAIA All-Region XI for the second time, and was selected as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Sam Gase was named NAIA All-Region XI, while Emily Rawls was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Zimmerman, a 5-foot-5 junior forward from Lebanon, Tennessee, led Union this season in goals (21), assists (9), points (51), shots (76) and game winning goals (7). In each of those five categories, Zimmerman has set new Union records. On the year, she recorded three hat-tricks and received the TranSouth Conference and NAIA Region XI Player of the Week honor once. Zimmerman was also named first team All-Conference.
Gase, a 5-foot-7 freshman defender from Allen, Texas, records her first All-Conference honor. She scored three goals and added one assist from a defensive position that helped Union hold their opponents to just over one goal per game. Gase was also named a TranSouth All-Conference performer.
Rawls, a 5-foot-4 junior defender form Cordova, Tennessee, played in all 19 of Union’s matches on the season. She started 18 times and was one of Union’s top defenders.
This season for Union saw the Union Lady Bulldogs surpass the team-high in wins with 13. Union also posted a third place finish in the TranSouth Regular Season, and was just one win away from a co-championship in the last match of the season. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA Region XI Tournament for the second time in the three-year history of the program.
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