Women's Soccer Receives Multiple Awards for 2010
December 14, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After completing arguably their best season in program history, and certainly the greatest year under the tenure of head coach James Kryger, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team is excited to announce the various season, tournament, and academic awards given by the National Christian College Athletic Association, in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Having registered their greatest finish at the NCCAA National Tournament with a runner-up standing and an overall third place ranking, the Sailfish completed their fantastic season with a 14-5-2 record and multiple individual and team recognitions.
The Fish were once again led by the outstanding performance of senior forward Angie Kuhn, whose 27 goals on the season (a career high, season high, and player high achievement), including four goals in three games at the National Tournament, rightfully earned her the NCCAA Most Outstanding Offensive Player award. The North Fort Myers, Florida product also added to her accolades by earning a spot on the 2010 NCCAA All Tournament Team as well as placement on the NCCAA/NSCAA All American First Team for her achievements during the season. Once again, Kuhn continues to show excellence in the classroom by meriting the NCCAA Scholar Athlete award as a nursing student at Palm Beach Atlantic.
Joining her in the decorations was senior defender Alex Regin, who also warranted a position on the NCCAA/NSCCAA All American First Team, along with receiving the NCCAA Scholar Athlete award. A native of Brandon, Florida, Regin was instrumental in the backfield over the last four seasons, as her leadership and veteran play helped lead her team to its best finish in program history.
Sophomore Ashley Shoaf made her presence known at the midfielder position as she posted her career best eight goals and eight assists, for a total of 24 points on the year. Placing second overall in team scoring, Shoaf joined Regin and Kuhn by landing a spot on the NCCAA/NSCAA Women’s Soccer Division I All American First Team.
Katie Runyon and Allison Fox, two of PBA’s newcomers for the 2010 season, contributed valuable performances this year for the young Sailfish squad. Runyon, a junior transfer from NCAA Division I Texas Christian University, completed this season with six assists to her one goal, for a total of eight points and a position on the 2010 NCCAA All Tournament Team. She also joined teammates Kuhn and Regin as a recipient of the NCCAA Scholar Athlete award. Fox proved an indispensable asset at the goalkeeper position as she started and played all 21 matches, registering nine shutouts on the season, two alone at the NCCAA championship, and earned the NCCAA All American Honorable Mention standing to go with her NCCAA All-Region Goalkeeper of the Year.
Seeing significant improvement in three years, Krgyer has been proud of the last two winning seasons that his young team has collected. With an overall record of 25-14-3 in the last two years, Kryger has turned around the women’s soccer program at PBA and was rewarded this year as the NCCAA Region Coach of the Year.
The 2010 Sailfish women’s soccer team continued to demonstrate academic excellence by posting a collective 3.28 gpa, earning them a third consecutive NSCAA Adidas Team Academic Award. In addition to teammates Kuhn, Runyon, and Regin, juniors Alyssa DeMonte and Michele Kappas were recipients of the NCCAA Scholar Athlete Award in recognition for their superior performance in the classroom.
The Sailfish finished a great season with big victories over NCAA Division II schools such as Ouachita Baptist, Eckerd College, USC Aiken, and Flagler College. Along with registering their second consecutive NCCAA South Region Championship, the Blue and White collected several NCAA achievements as well. Completing the season as the 9th ranked team in the NCAA II South Region, PBA posted a 7th overall Scoring Offense ranking out of 230 institutions. Kuhn also found herself in the NCAA II offensive rankings with a tie for 3rd place in points per game, and a 16th spot in assists per game.