Lady Bucs notch two First Team All-Conference and three Academic All-Conference selections
MACON, Ga. (October 27, 2011) – The Atlantic Sun Conference office released its yearly women’s soccer awards, on Thursday, with senior Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio), freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.) and head coach Adam Sayers selected as the A-Sun Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Petersen’s Player of the Year and Sayers’ Coach of the Year selections are the first in the history of ETSU women’s soccer, while Caudle marks the second ETSU Freshman of the Year – Jordan Monty was selected in 2006.
Tabbed to finish eighth in the A-Sun Preseason Poll, Sayers has led his squad to a share of the conference title in just his first season at ETSU. The Lady Bucs finished out the regular season with 12 wins, tied for the most in the history of the program, and record of 7-1-1 in conference play to tie for the most conference wins in program history.
In the regular season, the Lady Bucs went on a program record seven-game winning streak (Sept. 23 – Oct. 14) and started out the conference season 6-0-0 for their first time. The squad finished out the conference season with their fourth come-from-behind victory, a 2-1 win over Mercer, to jump back into a tie for first in the conference and earn a first round bye into the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament.
Along with being touted as the top player and freshman in the conference, Petersen and Caudle were also named to the A-Sun First Team All-Conference, with Petersen coming in as a unanimous selection. The freshman/senior duo are the first Lady Bucs selected to the team since Monty in 2009, while marking the first time in program history ETSU has had two First Team honorees.
Petersen led the offensive charge in what has been one of the best seasons in the history of women’s soccer at ETSU. The senior has scored 11 goals to lead her squad and tie for the conference lead, ranks first in the A-Sun in both points (27) and game-winning goals (4) while also ranking third in assists (5). Through her Player of the Year campaign, Petersen has recorded three multi-goal games, registered at least one point in eight of nine conference contests and was named A-Sun Player of the Week on October 10.
Caudle, a unanimous selection to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team as well, has been another primary catalyst to the Lady Bucs’ success in 2011. Through the regular season, the freshman scored 10 goals to rank third in the conference while also putting up the third-most points in the A-Sun with 21. During a stretch lasting nearly a month, Caudle scored a goal in six-consecutive games including two game-winners.
The conference office also announced its Academic All-Conference Team, a newly added team comprised of student-athletes who excelled both on the field and in the classroom. To be selected to the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team, the student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 GPA and be a key contributor to their squad.
Senior Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Lucy Goffe (Birmingham, England) and Petersen were all selected to the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team.
Gaughan, a chemistry major, boasts a 3.77 GPA and has been vital to the Lady Bucs’ remarkable season. The senior keeper has played every minute in goal while recording five shutouts to tie for the most at ETSU in a single season. Gaughan was also named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week on September 26 after recording two shutouts in two ETSU victories.
Goffe, who carries a 3.94 GPA in physical education, scored three times during the year, including her first collegiate goal against Alabama A&M on September 4. The sophomore midfielder contributed in 15 of the Lady Bucs’ 17 games, and also scored her first goal A-Sun goal on October 14 against Stetson.
Petersen’s selection to the Academic All-Conference Team came via her 3.32 GPA in sport management and her outstanding season on the field.
The Lady Bucs still have over a week until they play in the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament, facing the victor of No. 6 Mercer and No. 3 Jacksonville on Friday, November 4, in Ft. Myers Fla.