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FAU Women's Soccer Places Three on 2013 C-USA All Conference Teams

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All-Conference USA First Team
F: Rachel Holden, North Texas
F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice
F: Lauren Hughes, Rice
F: Azia Nicholson, UTEP
MF: Jessie Ayers, Colorado College
MF: Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College
MF: Quinny Truong, MF, Rice
D: Katie Uyenishi, Colorado College
D: Caitlin Hite, East Carolina
D: Olivia Mbala, Florida Atlantic
D: Kelsey Hodges, North Texas
GK: Kate Scheele, Colorado College

All-Conference USA Second Team
F: Ashleigh Shim, FIU
F: Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic
F: Jade Babcock, UTEP
MF: Amanda Jones, Charlotte
MF: Kate Loye, Middle Tennessee
MF: Jordan O’Brien, Tulsa
D: Monica Trickett, Charlotte
D: Kecia Morway, Colorado College
D: Tori Martyn, UTEP
GK: Caitlin Updyke, Louisiana Tech
GK: Bubba Makela, UTSA
All-Conference USA Third Team
F: Sarah Schweiss, Colorado College
F: Kendall Frey, East Carolina
F: Vanessa Ibewuike, North Texas
F: Danica Roberts, Southern Miss
MF: Kim Lopez, FIU
MF: Paige Hanks, UAB
MF: Jasmine Kauka, UAB
MF: Aleah Davis, UTEP
D: Danielle Romano, East Carolina
D: Alyssa Cathey, Marshall
D: Emily Jorgenson, Middle Tennessee

Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Nicole Anderson, D, Charlotte
Chanisse Hendrix, F, Colorado College
Caitlin Hite, D, East Carolina
Katie Englert, MF, Florida Atlantic
Majolein Timmermans, D, Louisiana Tech
Rachael Figg, F, Middle Tennessee
Rachel Holden, F, North Texas
Jenny Fichera, D, Rice
Brittany Taylor, GK, Southern Miss
Lana Bermel, MF, Tulsa
Morgan Key-Adams, MF, UAB
Kim Fincher, MF, UAB
Aleah Davis, MF, UTEP
Bubba Makela, GK, UTSA

Offensive Player of the Year
Rachel Holden, North Texas

Defensive Player of the Year
Kelsey Hodges, North Texas

Midfielder of the Year
Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College

Freshman of the Year
Rachel Holden, North Texas

Coach of the Year
Geoff Bennett, Colorado College
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FAU release via SID Brandon Goodwin:

Three Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer players earned All-Conference honors, Conference USA announced Monday. Junior Olivia Mbala, sophomore Claire Emslie and Katie Englert were awarded for their efforts under head coach Patrick Baker.
Mbala, a defender from Toronto, Ontario, was named to the All-Conference First Team. She helped lead FAU to earn six shutouts on the year, including four in conference matches. She and the Owls allowed the fewest goals in Conference USA matches, giving up just seven in their ten matches. Mbala totaled 1,562 minutes of play in 2013 and recorded an assist in FAU’s final match of the season.

"Olivia had a tremendous year as our starting center back,” Baker said. “I felt she was one of the best 1 v. 1 defenders in Conference USA and became a threat going forward as the season progressed. Olivia was a major impact in each game we played and helped anchor a defense that gave up the fewest goals in conference play. I’m excited we get another year together and look forward to elevating her game in the off season."

Emslie, FAU’s leading scorer for the second consecutive season, was named to the All-Conference Second Team. The sophomore forward from Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland, racked up 15 points this season, leading the Owls in most offensive categories. She scored seven goals in her 1,316 minutes of play and placed 22 of her 45 shots on goal. Emslie recorded a hat trick and an assist in FAU’s 10-0 victory against Arkansas–Pine Bluff on Sept. 15.

"Claire was one of our few consistent attacking threats all year long and finished conference play in great form,” Baker said. “She scored against Marshall, Charlotte (twice) and UAB which allowed us to make a late push for the Conference USA Tournament. Her technical ability and understanding of the game is very good – we just need to get her more looks next fall. She has had a productive first two seasons for us, but I feel next fall will be her best yet."

Englert, a freshman midfielder from Clearwater, Fla., was named to the All-Freshman team. She started 13 of the 17 matches in which she played and took seven shots on the year, placing two of those on goal. Her 876 minutes was the second-most among freshmen on the FAU squad.
"Katie was a late addition to our 2013 recruiting class, but came in and did a tremendous job in the center of our midfield,” Baker said. “She provided us with tremendous energy in the middle of the park and kept the game very simple. Katie also possessed a willingness to play both sides of the ball and got after opponents defensively, which was great to see. We look forward to continuing to improve her game throughout the spring and prepare her for an even better sophomore season."
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