Nov. 7, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Eight Lamar University women's soccer players received postseason accolades this week.
Defenders Rachelle Barry and Jennifer Torry were named to the second team of the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. Midfielder Kristin Bos, forward Lisa Hance and defender Amber Thornhill were second-team All-Southland Conference selections, while goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs, midfielder Stefanie Miroballi and defender Nicole Frank were honorable mention All-Conference selections.
The awards cap the most successful season for the Lady Cardinals in the five-year history of the program. Lamar (9-8-2 overall, 6-2-1) set school records for victories and conference wins. The Lady Cardinals placed third in the Southland Conference, their highest finish ever.
Barry (University Place, Wash.) is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology after receiving her bachelor's degree in exercise science. She has a GPA of 3.93. She appeared in 18 games this year, scoring three goals, with two of them game-winners.
Torry (Langley, British Columbia) is a junior with a 4.00 GPA in English. She appeared in 15 games this season, helping Lamar set a school record for fewest goals allowed in a season (27).
Bos (Valencia, Calif.) started all 19 games for the Lady Cardinals as a freshman this season, and was second on the team in scoring with 15 points on five goals and five assists. She had one game-winning goal.
Hance (Grapevine, Texas) set school single-season records for goals (eight) and points (21) this season. Her five assists and three game-winning goals tied school records. She graduates as Lamar's all-time leader in goals (18), assists (13) and points (49).
Thornhill (Katy, Texas) started all 19 games as a sophomore this season, picking up four points on one goal and two assists.
Gibbs set school records for goals-against average (1.38) save percentage (.775), wins (nine) and shutouts (six this season). She is the only goalkeeper to record a win or shutout in Lamar history, finishing her LU career with 22 wins and 12 shutouts.
Miroballi (Houston, Texas) played in all 19 games as a sophomore this fall, scoring one goal and picking up one assist for three points.
Frank (Riverside, Calif.) had an outstanding freshman campaign, leading all Lamar field players in minutes played with 1,722. She was often called upon to mark the opposition's top offensive player.
"I'm very happy that these girls are receiving recognition," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "They were a big part of our most successful season. They are tremendous representatives of our program and Lamar University."