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FAU's Olivia MBala Named C-USA Women's Soccer Defensive POY, Owls Place Four on 2014 All-Conference Team

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Florida Atlantic's Olivia MBala has been named Conference USA women's soccer Defensive Player of the Year award.

MBala anchored a Florida Atlantic defense that ranked fourth in C-USA in goals allowed per match at 0.98. The Owls gave up multiple goals just twice in conference action and shutout top-seeded North Texas for its only C-USA loss. The redshirt-senior also got involved on the offensive end by recording three goals, including the game-winner at intrastate foe Miami.

Joining MBala is forward Claire Emslie, who received 2nd Team recognition, and midfield newcomers Asta Arnadottir and Hildur Hauksdottir who were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Emslie registered a team high five goals off of a squad best 66 attempts, and saw two game winners on the season. Hauksdottir wasn't far behind, netting four scores for the year and also a pair of contest winners.

Arnadottir, who was one of just four Owls to start every game in 2014, was responsible for two of the team's goals - one a game winner - and added an assist as well.


Offensive Player of the Year
Lauren Hughes, Rice

Defensive Player of the Year
Olivia MBala, Florida Atlantic

Midfielder of the Year
Quinny Truong, Rice

Freshman of the Year
Martha Thomas, Charlotte

Coach of the Year
Nicky Adams, Rice

First Team
F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice
F: Rachel Holden, North Texas
F: Lauren Hughes, Rice
MF: Kelly Culicerto, Marshall
MF: Aleah Davis, UTEP
MF: Karla Pineda, North Texas
MF: Quinny Truong, Rice
D: Hannah Asuchak, UTEP
D: Taylor Dulaney, Charlotte
D: Olivia MBala, Florida Atlantic
GK: Sarah Dilling, UTEP

Second Team
F: Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic
F: Chelsea Leiva, FIU
F: Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech
F: Martha Thomas, Charlotte
MF: Sydney Arnold, Marshall
MF: Amanda Jones, Charlotte
MF: Morgan Key-Adams, UAB
D: Mary Catherine Combs, UAB
D: Marie Egan, FIU
D: Jenny Fichera, Rice
GK: Jackie Kerestine, North Texas

Third Team
F: Angela Cutaia, UTEP
F: Jessie Klamut, Old Dominion
F: Ashleigh Shim, FIU
F: Grace Summers, Middle Tennessee
MF: Angie Lai, Middle Tennessee
MF: Donya Salomon-Ali, Louisiana Tech
MF: Sara Trexler, Charlotte
D: Casey Adkins, Southern Miss
D: Ashton Geisendorff, Rice
D: Natalie Johnson, Old Dominion
GK: Amy Czyz, Rice

All-Freshman Team
Martha Thomas, F, Charlotte
Nevena Stojakovic, GK, FIU
Asta Arnadottir, MF, Florida Atlantic
Hildur Hauksdottir, MF, Florida Atlantic

Peyton McCollum, F, Middle Tennessee
Madison Hogan, F, Old Dominion
Samantha Chaiken, MF, Rice
Mary Claire Danilevics, D, Rice
Amy Brewer, D, UAB
Sydney Rapp, D, UTEP
Allison Leone, GK, WKU
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