Big South Announces 2010 Women's Soccer Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern forward Marky Boyce (Woodbridge, Va.) and Winthrop head coach Spencer Smith have been voted the 2010 Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Attacking Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League’s head coaches, it was announced today by the League office.  In addition, Radford goalkeeper Che’ Brown (Manassas Park, Va.) was voted both Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while High Point’s Brielle Spencer (Lynchburg, Va.) was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Conference’s Sports Information Directors. 
   
Boyce earned her second consecutive Player of the Year honor after leading the Big South in almost every offensive category in 2010, including points (43), points per game (2.26), goals (19) and goals per game (1.00).  She also ranked in the top-3 in the NCAA in the same categories, including spending three weeks as the nation’s leading goal scorer.  Boyce logged five game-winning goals this season, including a dramatic last second goal to beat Longwood, 2-1.  The senior had five multi-goal games, including two hat tricks, and currently ranks second in the Charleston Southern record book for most goals scored in a season, and is just two behind the current record holder.  Boyce is just the third player to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards, joining Nikki Porter of Radford (2002, 2003) and Ashleigh Gunning of Coastal Carolina (2007, 2008).  Boyce received seven first-place votes and 14 points, ahead of Coastal Carolina’s Anna Tupy, who was second with five points.

Smith, in his first season as Winthrop’s head coach, directed a remarkable turnaround in 2010, as the Eagles captured their second regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the Conference Tournament.  After posting 0-7-1 in non-League play, Smith and the Eagles turned things around in Conference action and finished with a 6-2-1 record.  Smith is just the fourth first year head coach in Big South history to win Coach of the Year Honors and the first since 2000.  He is the second coach of the year in Winthrop history.  Smith tallied four first-place votes and 10 points in the voting, finishing ahead of Charleston Southern head coach Eric Terrill by one point (four first-place votes and nine points). 

Brown, who earned the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year award, led the Highlanders to a 12-6-1 overall record and 6-2-1 Conference record, helping them to a share of the Big South regular-season title.  Brown recorded eight shutouts this season and a 0.65 GAA, which ranks her second in the Highlanders record books, as well as a .872 save percentage in 1526:33 minutes played.  She made a season-high 10 saves in the 1-1 tie vs. Charleston Southern and recorded back-to-back shutouts against High Point and Liberty, helping the Highlanders No. 2 seed in the Conference Tournament.  The freshman earned recognition all season for her play as she was named to the Best Western Huntington Mall All-Tournament Team, and claimed two Big South Defensive Player of the Week awards (Sept. 8 and Oct. 27).  She is just the second player in Big South history to earn both Freshman of the Year honors and a player of the year recognition since Hilla Rantala of South Alabama in 1997.  Brown received three first place votes and nine points in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, finishing ahead of Charleston Southern’s Caitlin Wesnesky, and received five first-place votes and 11 points for Freshman of the Year over CSU’s Toni Lashley.

Spencer, a 4.0 student, majoring in Mathematics, is a two-time Millis Scholar-Athlete and member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.  She is a key defender on the Panthers, having played in all 18 games this season with 16 starts.  She has one point this season and helped High Point allow less than one goal per game in Big South play.  Last season, Spencer was named to the Big South All-Tournament team after playing every minute as part of an HPU defense which pitched three-straight shutouts and won the 2009 Big South Tournament title.

2010 BIG SOUTH WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORS – FIRST ADD
   
The Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins Thursday at Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium in Radford, Va., with four quarterfinal games scheduled.  The semifinals will be played Friday beginning at 4:30pm, while the title match is slated for Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm ET.

2010 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE AND AWARD WINNERS

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, Radford
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
Meagan Reynolds, F, Gardner-Webb
Julie Ruh’e, F, Radford
Tyler Drake, D, Radford
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