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Sanchez Named SAC Women's Soccer Freshman of the Year

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSac.com) -- Catawba’s Jovana Sanchez has been named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Freshman of the Year as the league announced its all-conference teams and award winners on Wednesday. Sanchez was also named second team All-SAC at midfield and was joined as a second team performer by senior midfielder Erin Feldman. Senior forward Becky Frost was an honorable mention selection.

Sanchez, from Hickory, N.C., started 14 games for the Catawba Indians and found the back of the net three times. One of those goals was the game-winner in a victory over Mars Hill when she scored a pair scores. Sanchez’s final goal came in a win over USC Aiken. She is the eighth SAC Freshman of the Year for Catawba in women’s soccer and first since Juliana Conte shared the honor in 2010.

Feldman led Catawba this season with six goals and four assists, scoring on 25% of her attempts. She netted the game-winner in the opening win over Barton. Frost collected four goals and picked up a pair of assists on the season. She scored game-winners against Newberry and USC Aiken.
 
Carson-Newman forward Lauren Wade was voted the Player of the Year for the second-straight year, while Carson-Newman’s Simon Duffy was tabbed the Coach of the Year. Mars Hill earned the Fair Play Award.
 
Wade, a senior from Coleraine, Northern Ireland, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the league in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. She found the back of the net a league leading 12 times, five of which sealed the victory for the Eagles. Duffy earns his first-ever SAC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Eagles to their third-straight Championship.

2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Conference Teams & Award Winners

First Team
F – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
F – Alyssa Ortega, Newberry
F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman
F – Charlotte Ring, Queens
MF – Alana Jefferson, Queens
MF – Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Courtney Velazquez, Newberry
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Mariah Lewis, Queens
D – Helen Seed, Carson-Newman
D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman

Second Team
F – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
F – Lauren Allan, Anderson
F – Emma rose Stockton, Queens
F – Elizabeth Phan, Queens
MF – Kimmi Moore, Wingate
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – Erin Feldman, Catawba
MF – Taylor Leyble, Wingate
D – Kaitlyn Fletcher, Wingate
D – Helen Ramsey, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman
D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum
GK – Samantha Hoffman, Coker

Honorable Mention
F – Payton DeHart, Tsuculum
F – Becky Frost, Catawba
F – Jordan Newby, Tusculum
MF – Thea Mallett, Queens
MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum
MF – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
MF – Melanie Maddox, Anderson
D – Emilie Toftbjerg, Anderson
D – Kristin Debiase, Wingate
D – Caileigh Apicella, Wingate
GK – Alexis Jones, Wingate

Player of the Year: Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
Freshman of the Year: Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
Coach of the Year: Simon Duffy, Carson-Newman
Fair Play Award: Mars Hill

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