Golden Ea­gles dom­i­nate women’s soc­cer awards

■ Se­nior Sara Frey was named SAC Player of the Year.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Se­nior Sara Frey has been named the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Player of the Year while head coach Kath­leen Paulsen was se­lected Coach of the Year by her peers as the John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer team pulled in eight year-end hon­ors with six first-team and two sec­ond-team se­lec­tions, the con­fer­ence of­fices an­nounced Nov. 7.

JBU’s sea­son came to an end last Fri­day at the hands of Science and Arts (Okla.) 2-1 in dou­ble over­time in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship match at Alumni Field. JBU needed to land an at-large bid for the NAIA Na­tional Tour­na­ment, but the Golden Ea­gles were not se­lected when the tour­na­ment bracket was re­vealed Mon­day.

Join­ing Frey on the first team bal­lot was ju­nior Jastin Red­man, who was also named the league’s Co-Of­fen­sive Player of the Year. Fresh­man Mag­gie Allen claimed the Goal­keeper and Fresh­man of the Year hon­ors and joined fresh­man Si­enna Nealon, se­nior Sa­man­tha We­ber and ju­nior Anne Metz as first-team­ers.

Ju­nior Aspen Car­pen­ter was named All-Con­fer­ence for the fourth time in her ca­reer, and landed on the sec­ond team for the third time. Sopho­more Katherine Haar also was named to the sec­ond team, her first-ca­reer post­sea­son ac­co­lades.

Paulsen, who has now earned con­sec­u­tive Coach of the Year hon­ors, has led the

Golden Ea­gles to two NAIA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships ap­pear­ances and has a com­bined 39-4-4 (.829) record in SAC games, in­clud­ing a per­fect 19-0-0 (1.000) mark over the last two sea­sons.

Frey’s first-team se­lec­tion was the fourth of her ca­reer, com­plet­ing a per­fect 4-for-4 ef­fort en route to land­ing her first­ca­reer Player of the Year se­lec­tion. Start­ing all 19 games this sea­son, Frey is third on the team in points (25) scor­ing nine goals and seven as­sists this sea­son, all ca­reer highs. Her lone game-win­ner on the sea­son was in a 2-1 win over No. 25 Mid-Amer­ica Nazarene (Kan.) in the sea­son opener on Aug. 25. In SAC play, Frey net­ted six goals and four as­sists to to­tal 16 points and had a pair of two-goal out­ings against Cen­tral Chris­tian (Kan.) and South­west­ern Chris­tian

(Okla.), on

Oct. 21 and

28, re­spec­tively.


Frey on the first team was Red­man, who earned first­team ac­co­lades for the third-con­sec­u­tive sea­son. De­spite miss­ing a few matches, Red­man still led the

Golden Ea­gles with 14 goals and

12 as­sists

(37 points).

She also paced the

JBU of­fense in shots (62) and shots on goal (31). Scor­ing in the first three con­tests of the sea­son, Red­man notched three multi-goal ef­forts, in­clud­ing a hat­trick in an 8-0 vic­tory over Cen­tral Chris­tian (Kan.) on Oct. 21. She also reg­is­tered three multi-as­sist out­ings, in­clud­ing a pair in backto-back matches, both 3-0 wins over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and Oua­chita Bap­tist (Ark.), re­spec­tively.

Red­man has now been named Fresh­man of the Year, in her first sea­son, and Of­fen­sive Player of the Year in the past two sea­sons.

Nealon helped the Golden Ea­gles to their strong start on the sea­son, scor­ing goals in three of her first five col­le­giate matches, ac­count­ing for a pair of her team-lead­ing four game-win­ning goals. She also net­ted a pair of gamewin­ners in

SAC play, net­ting the de­cid­ing strikes in wins at Texas Wes­leyan and against Cen­tral Chris­tian (Kan.). Nealon also pieced to­gether a two-as­sist out­ing in JBU’s vic­tory over Way­land Bap­tist (Texas).

For the third time in her ca­reer, We­ber landed on the first team, joined by back-line coun­ter­part Anne Metz, who earned All-Con­fer­ence recog­ni­tion for the first time in her ca­reer. The duo, along with Frey, helped the Golden Ea­gles to an as­tound­ing .30 goals-against av­er­age in league play and al­lowed just 3.1 shots on goal per game as John Brown racked up seven team shutouts over the per­fect run through the SAC ta­ble.

We­ber, last sea­son’s De­fen­sive Player of the Year, joined Frey as the only Golden Ea­gles who started all 19 con­tests this sea­son.

Allen back­stopped JBU to its .30 goals-against av­er­age in SAC ac­tion while post­ing a pair of in­di­vid­ual shutouts, none more im­por­tant than a sixsave ef­fort in John Brown’s 1-0 win at No. 21 Science and Arts (Okla.) on Oct. 31. The fresh­man posted a .913 save per­cent­age in 10 con­fer­ence matches, stop­ping 21 of 23 shots on tar­get. Allen col­lected a pair of four-save ef­forts to kick off con­fer­ence play at South­west­ern As­sem­blies of God (Texas) and Texas Wes­leyan, and had not al­lowed a goal in her fi­nal 360:00 of play in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

A sec­ond team All-Sooner Ath­letic for the sec­ond time in her ca­reer, Car­pen­ter ap­peared in 18 con­tests, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the team in scor­ing with 10 goals and five as­sists (25 points). Her 50 shot at­tempts are sec­ond-most on the squad, and her four gamewin­ners is tied for tops on the team. Scor­ing a hat­trick in the

8-0 Golden

Ea­gle win over Ba­cone (Okla.), Car­pen­ter posted six tal­lies and four as­sists (16 points) in con­fer­ence ac­tion.

Haar’s sec­ond-team se­lec­tion is the first of her ca­reer, cap­ping off a nice year in the mid­field where she racked up six goals and a pair of as­sists (14 points). Her best out­ing came in John Brown’s 2-1 win over Mid-Amer­ica Chris­tian (Okla.) on Oct. 7 where she ac­counted for both JBU goals, in­clud­ing her lone game-win­ner of the sea­son. Haar scored in back-to-back out­ings in non-con­fer­ence play, a loss at Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan and a 5-0 drub­bing of Texas A&M – Texarkana.










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