Brinkman named A-Sun Player of the Week

Monday, September 17, 2007

MACON, Ga. (Sept. 17, 2007) - ETSU's Kelly Brinkman helped lead the Bucs to a 1-0-1 record this weekend as they captured the team championship at the ETSU Invitational. She assisted on the game-tying goal in the opening game against Tennessee Tech late in the first half and scored the only goal in the Bucs' win against Western Carolina on Sunday. Her efforts earned her the Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week Award, the conference announced on Monday.


In the tournament opener against Tennessee Tech, ETSU trailed 2-1 late in the first half. Brinkman sent a corner kick toward the net that was headed in by Jordan Monty to square the match entering the half. The score remained deadlocked through two overtimes. Against Western Carolina, Brinkman, a freshman from Clearwater, Fla. scored on a penalty shot in the 73rd minute lifting ETSU ultimately to the team title. She earned a spot on the All-Tournament team along with teammates Jordan Monty, Erin Bilyeu and tournament MVP Katie Green.


The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.


Other Top Performers

Erin Bilyeu, ETSU (Jr. - GK - Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Business) Recorded second shutout of the year vs. Western Carolina; named to All-Tournament Team; allowed two goals during tournament.


Caitlin Dingle, KSU (Jr. - F - Rockdale, Ga. - Exercise and Health Science) -- Led the Owls to a 3-0 win on Friday. Scored a goal, and assisted on another to give her nine points tied for fifth in the A-Sun.  


Katie Piotrowski, KSU (Fr. - GK - Rahway, N.J. - Undecided) -- Posted her first collegiate shutout in the Owls' 3-0 win at Jacksonville State. Saved two would-be goals, while lowering her GAA to 1.60.


Halie Proffitt, LIP (Fr. - F - Brentwood, Tenn. - Exercise Science) -- Assisted on GW goal that beat Jackson State and scored the only goal at in win vs Tennessee-Chattanooga; leads team in goals, points.

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