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Four Indians Recieve Postseason All-SAC Honors

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Catawba’s Jovana Sanchez, Shelby Thompson, Katie Beck and Katie Webb earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors, as the league announced its all-conference teams and award winners Thursday.

“I’m happy for the four players who were recognized by the SAC, but happy for the whole team,” Head Coach Nick Brown said. “I think all four players were very deserving of the recognition. It shows that as a team we are improving each year.”

Sanchez earned All-SAC honors for the second consecutive year, garnering first team accolades this season. The sophomore midfielder, who was the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Freshman of the Year in 2017, started all 17 games this season and 31-of-34 in her first two seasons at Catawba. She leads the Indians in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals (3) in 2018. Her six assists are the third most in the conference, while the 18 points ranks seventh and the six goals are tenth best.

“Jovana has done some amazing things in midfield for us over the past couple of years and continues to wow us each day,” Brown said.

Sanchez scores at a pace of once per five shots, which is second best on the team and her .600 shots on goal percent ranks third. On three separate occasions this season, Sanchez netted the game-winning goal, which is most on the team.

Catawba placed three players on the Honorable Mentions List, equaling Anderson for the most players from one school on the list.

Thompson, a senior, nabbed her first all-conference honor after starting all 16 regular season games, posting a 12-4-0 record in net. She made 66 saves, allowed 16 goals in 1409 minutes of action and recorded six shutouts. Thompson registered three saves in a 1-0 shutout victory on the road at Anderson in the SAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal Wednesday.

“Shelby comes up with big save after big save for us and has been one of our outright leaders both on and off the field each day,” Brown said.

Thompson’s 69 saves ranks third in the league. Her .812 save percentage and 0.96 goals against average are fourth best. Thompson led the league in games played by a goalkeeper, with 16 regular season caps and the second most minutes, yet her 16 allowed goals ranks sixth and is the second fewest of any keeper that played at least 1000 minutes.

Beck made 16 starts and logged important minutes in each game. The rookie defenseman's only goal of the season was a game winner, which came in her fifth career match, a 4-1 home victory over conference foe Newberry Sept. 12.

Webb appeared in all 17 contests on defense, starting 16, recorded three goals, five assists and 11 points. Those totals rank second on the team, trailing only Sanchez in each category. The freshman recorded her first-career goal in her second career game, which came at USC Aiken Sept. 3. It also marked her first game-winning and overtime goal.

“For Katie and Kate to be recognized for their work as freshmen, it’s a good feeling,” Brown said. “Our whole team has played at a high level allowing these players to play at a high level and be recognized by the conference. I’m really proud of these four players and the rest of our team.”

Carson-Newman swept Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Magda Mosengo claimed the offensive honor and Averi Williams takes home the defensive accolade.

Lincoln Memorial’s Jessica Cravero is the South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year and her manager, Sean Fraser, is the Coach of the Year.

Newberry and Lenoir-Rhyne shared the Fair Play Award, which honors the team(s) that demonstrates model behavior and fair play throughout the season. The schools received just one yellow card each during SAC play. Newberry earned two in 16 matches while Lenoir-Rhyne received three in 17 contests.

2018 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Conference
First Team
F – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
F – Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Itzel Ballesteros, Lincoln Memorial
M – Charlotte Ring, Queens
M – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
M – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
M – Mariana Diaz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman
D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman
D – Claire Neibergall, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Alyssa Berry, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Jackie Burns, Carson-Newman

Second Team
F – Lulu Phan, Queens
F - Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
M – Catarina Realista, Carson-Newman
M – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
M – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum
M – Taylor Rios, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
D – Leanne Bryant, Queens
D – Fabienne Loetscher, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Abby Helm, Anderson

Honorable Mention
F – Kirsten Armetta, Anderson
F – McKenna Delong, Wingate
M – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
M – Bethany Morgan, Anderson
M – Melanie Maddox, Anderson
M – Gabby Fleischli, Wingate
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Katie Webb, Catawba
D – Maggie Black, Anderson
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba

Offensive Player of the Year:
Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman

Defensive Player of the Year:
Averi Williams, Carson-Newman

Freshman of the Year:
Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial

Coach of the Year:
Sean Fraser, Lincoln Memorial

Fair Play Award:
Lenoir-Rhyne & Newberry

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