Several women's soccer players receive post-season awards

WEST PALM BEACH – Following the conclusion of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Soccer Championships, the association’s all-tournament team and All-American Teams were recently released. 

PBA finished sixth in the tournament, and freshman Lindsey Bates (Lakeland, Fla./Calvary Academy) was selected to the all-tournament team.  Bates was one of the Sailfish’s most consistent players, and even though she wasn’t the team’s leading scorer, the midfielder made sure her presence was felt on the field.  Bates finished her freshman campaign with six goals and 13 assists to amass 25 points.

For her efforts this season, Bates was also voted on as a NCCAA Second Team All-American honoree.  Joining Bates on the Second Team was forward Brandi Bianco (Palm Harbor, Fla./Tarpon Springs).  Bianco, a sophomore who was selected as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First-Team All-American in 2005, led PBA with 19 goals and 14 assists to total 52 points. 

Sophomore Laura Bowers (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian) also represented the Sailfish as she was selected to the NCCAA Honorable Mention list.  Bowers also had 19 goals in 2006.

Also announced recently were the post-season awards from the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA).  Since leaving the NAIA to become a member of the NCAA Div. II, PBA has yet to obtain membership in a conference.  Therefore, the ICAA recognizes independent institutions and their athletes who are deserving of what would be all-conference awards.

Receiving selections to the ICAA First Team were Bianco, Bowers, and senior Meg Agnew (Arvada, Colo./Oral Roberts Univ.).  Agnew sustained PBA’s late-season surge with eight goals in the team’s last six games.  The senior totaled 18 goals and 41 points in 2006, which were both career highs. 

PBA’s inclusions to the ICAA Second Team were Bates, senior Morgan Marinell (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot) and junior Erin Shelton (Atlantic Beach, Fla./Fletcher).  Marinell, a senior, recorded one goal and two assists while starting every game she played in.  Shelton, a junior defenseman, was the team’s captain and started all 25 games.  She also had three assists this season.

“All six of these women worked very hard this year – not to receive honors, but for the good of our team, and are now being rewarded for their individual achievements,” said Dwayne Whiteheart, women’s soccer head coach.  He continued, “Four of them are returning for at least one more year, so with their combined experience and maturity, we’ll hopefully advance further next season.”

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