Battler Women’s Soccer Players Earn Conference Honors

Ten Battlers earn WVIAC conference honors.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- Ten Alderson Broaddus women’s soccer players earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors announced the league office Tuesday. Seniors Kate Laird, Nicole Lehman, Gwen Brand and Megan Johnson, and junior Brooke Hunsaker and sophomore Olivia Augustine captured First Team All-WVIAC honors. Sophomore Kristi DeCristopher earned Second Team All-Conference accolades, and seniors Kasie Shoemaker, Taylor Bryant and Sarah Holmes were Honorable Mention selections.

“Good to see a great season rewarded on an individual level,” said Head Coach Patrick McGinnis. “To have 10 of our starting 11 land on an All-WVIAC team is outstanding and shows our depth from top to bottom.”

Laird, last year’s conference Player of the Year, recorded a league-high 10 shutouts and tallied 75 saves. The Morgantown, W.Va., native was also selected as a Capital One District II Academic All-District choice for her excellence on the field and in the classroom. She ends her collegiate career ranked seventh all-time in shutouts with 38.

Lehman led the Battlers and ranked third in the WVIAC with 23 points, scoring a team-high nine goals with five assists. The senior midfielder also tied Augustine for the team lead with four game-winning goals.

Brand, a four-year team captain, paced the Battlers with a team-leading seven assists and kicked a pair of goals. The Kingwood, W.Va., native was a brilliant distributer and helped the blue and gold to a league-high 23 assists.

One of AB’s premiere defenders, Johnson provided a dominating presence in the Battler defensive front. The four-time All-WVIAC selection effectively covered ground and disrupted opposing offenses helping AB rank second in fewest goals allowed during the season.

Hunsaker rebounded after missing the 2011 season to injury. The Murietta, Calif., native started 17 games this season for AB and netted one goal.

Augustine scored seven goals for the Battlers this season and tallied four game-winning shots. The Mansfield, Ohio, native earned Player of the Week honors this season and nine of her 14 career goals have been game winners.

DeCristopher earned Second Team honors netting two goals and one assist.

Seniors Shoemaker, Bryant and Holmes earned Honorable Mention honors and played important roles in the Battlers undefeated conference run and trip to the WVIAC tournament.