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Union women’s soccer players make all-conference, 16 scholar athletes


Laura Pla

BATESVILLE, Ark. - 11/10/2009 - The Union University women’s soccer team boasted five players on the 2009 TranSouth All-Conference teams released during the conference tournament. Eboni Murphy, Sara Weir and Laura Pla were named first team all-conference performers. Samantha Gase and Bridget Roney were named to the second team. Sixteen players were also named TranSouth Scholar Athletes.

Union opens play in the tournament on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m., hosting Bethel (Tenn.) in the semifinals.

Murphy, a 5-foot-7 junior from Collierville, Tenn., leads Union with nine goals and 21 points. She has also dished out three assists and had three game winning goals. Murphy was an all-conference performer as a freshman in 2007.

Weir, a 5-foot-6 freshman from Irving, Texas, has helped lead Union’s defense this season to three straight shutouts to close out the regular season and secure a runner-up finish. Union’s defense allowed just 25 goals on the season.

Pla, a 5-foot-11 senior from Nashville, Tenn., recorded four shutouts on the season in 11 matches as the goalie. Had a 1.28 goals against average, allowing just 15 goals and recorded 71 saves in 1,053 minutes. For Pla, this is her third straight all-conference award.

Gase, a 5-foot-8 junior from Allen, Texas, is another defender that help Union close out their best regular season standings finish with three shutouts in the final three regular season games. Gase has been an all-conference player in each of her three seasons at Union.

Roney, a 5-foot-4 sophomore from Barrington, N.J., gets her first all-conference honor helping to strengthen Union’s midfield. She has one assist on the season.

Union also had 16 players earn TranSouth Scholar Athlete awards. Evie Felts, Kelly Bogdanovich, Kori Elrod, Samantha Gase, Katie Johnson, Amber Lovelady, Alicia Bennett, Candice Blackard, Kaitlin Dirksen, Lauren Jackson, Jill Landers, Katie Moser, Maggie Paredes, Roxanna Skelton, Megan Tabosa, Caitlin Zimmerman (Player Information).

Union finished the season with a 10-5-2 record and a 4-1-1 record in the TranSouth. They finished runner-up in the TranSouth regular season, earning a No. 2 seed in the tournament for the first time in the five-year history of the program.

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2009 TranSouth Conference Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors

Player of the Year: Shannon Walter, Martin Methodist
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Yalu Borbolla, Martin Methodist
Coach of the Year: Gerry Cleary, Martin Methodist

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forwards
Shannon Walter, Martin Methodist
Nicole O'Donnell, Martin Methodist
Katie Marshall, Lyon College
Eboni Murphy, Union University

Midfielders
Marika Fukuta, Bethel University
Simone Souza, Martin Methodist
Daniel Sofer, Martin Methodist
Kristin Maas, Lyon College

Defenders
Jordan Nuffer, Bethel University
Yalu Borbolla, Martin Methodist
Tatiane Alexio, Martin Methodist
Sara Weir, Union University

Goalkeeper
Jackie Gardner, Bethel University
Laura Pla, Union University

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forwards
Anja Klotzle, Lyon College
Cassie Evick, Trevecca Nazarene
Maryse Beauregard, Bethel University
Katy Smith, Lyon College

Midfielders
Emma Reilly, Martin Methodist
Bridget Roney, Union University
Morgan Keitel, Bethel University
Kelley-Jade Whelen, Bethel University

Defenders
Kimmarley Chin, Bethel University
Samantha Gase, Union University
Allison Casalenuovo, Trevecca Nazarene
Nikki Ceeney, Freed-Hardeman

Goalkeeper
Hanit Schwartz, Martin Methodist
Tiffany Harris, Freed-Hardeman
Union University TranSouth Scholar Athletes:
Evie Felts, Kelly Bogdanovich, Kori Elrod, Samantha Gase, Katie Johnson, Amber Lovelady, Alicia Bennett, Candice Blackard, Kaitlin Dirksen, Lauren Jackson, Jill Landers, Katie Moser, Maggie Paredes, Roxanna Skelton, Megan Tabosa, Caitlin Zimmerman


Steven Aldridge
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