SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 30, 2018) – The Southern Conference announced its postseason awards for women’s soccer Tuesday afternoon, as four Buccaneers landed All-SoCon honors for the 2018 season.
Senior forward Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy) was ETSU’s lone representative on the All-SoCon first team, earning a first team selection for the second time in her career.
A trio of Buccaneers earned second team honors, as senior midfielders Rachel Harbin (Arlington, Tenn.) and Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales) and sophomore forward Sarah Connolly (Ballygowan, Northern Ireland) were voted to the squad.
Goldoni has eight goals and four assists to lead the Bucs with 20 points in only 14 games — missing five contests on assignment with the Italian Women’s National Team. This year marks the third straight postseason honor for Goldoni, who was a first team All-SoCon pick in 2016 and a second team selection in 2017.
Harbin played and started every regular season game for ETSU, totaling two goals and a team-best five assists for nine points. The Arlington native has been a strong hybrid player for ETSU in the forward and midfield spots, earning her first career postseason honor in 2018.
Dodge joins Harbin as a second team All-SoCon midfielder, also collecting her first postseason all-conference selection. The Welsh middle-defender not only brought a strong defensive presence for ETSU, but also served as a primary set piece taker while recording three goals and three assists on the offensive end.
Connolly garnered her second straight postseason honor for ETSU this season, coming off last year’s All-SoCon freshmen team selection. A SoCon Player of the Week winner this season, Connolly has scored eight goals — one of which was the game-winning goal against Mercer in the quarterfinal — and has two assists for 18 points.
UNCG and Samford took home the individual awards, with the Spartans’ Cienna Rideout earning Player of the Year and Nicole Souply winning Freshman of the Year. Samford’s Korrie Sauder was named Defensive Player of the Year while Coach Todd Yelton won Coach of the Year.
The league coaches voted on a pair of all-conference teams, an all-freshman team and the four individual awards. They were not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players. Due to a tie in the voting, the 2018 edition of the all-conference first team includes 12 players. The second team includes 11 players, voted on by position, while the all-freshman team, which gives no regard to position, consists of 11 players.
2018 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team
Player of the Year – Cienna Rideout, Jr., F, UNCG
Defensive Player of the Year – Korrie Sauder, Sr., D, Samford
Coach of the Year – Todd Yelton, Samford
Freshman of the Year – Nicole Souply, F, UNCG
F - Eleonora Goldoni, ETSU
F - Abigail Zoeller, Mercer
F – Cienna Rideout, UNCG
F – Chloe Arnold, Chattanooga
M – Caitlyn Reilly, Furman
M – Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir, UNCG
M – Allie Lourie, Samford
M – Caroline Orman, Samford
D – Marissa Ferrantino, UNCG
D – Emily Jensen, UNCG
D – Korrie Sauder, Samford
GK – Stephanie Westaway, Samford
F – Sarah Connolly, ETSU
F – Ella Baggett, Samford
F – Hayley Younginer, Wofford
M – Fiona Dodge, ETSU
M – Rachel Harbin, ETSU
M – Grace Kennedy, UNCG
D – Virginia Poe, Furman
D – Taylor Meneide, Samford
D – Taylore Miller, Samford
D – Jordan Mueller, Chattanooga
GK – Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper, UNCG
Kessy Bradshaw, The Citadel
Grace Baghdady, Furman
Erin Houlihan, Furman
Kylie Buchanan, Mercer
Payton Schurr, Mercer
Kayla Campbell, UNCG
Nicole Souply, UNCG
Gracie Timbario, UNCG
Hollie Massey, Chattanooga
Maggie Shaw, Chattanooga
Ashton Shields, Chattanooga
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