Sailfish Tally Multiple NCCAA Honors
December 19, 2007
Brandi Bianco (#17) Led the Fish with 10 goals on the Season
GREENVILLE, S.C.- The votes are in and the National Christian College Athletic Association has handed out its annual awards and named the 2007 All-American teams which feature four women’s soccer players from Palm Beach Atlantic University.In her first season at PBA, freshman defender Alex Regin was the lone member of the NCCAA First-Team as she started all 20 games in the defensive backfield for head coach Dwayne Whiteheart.
Joining Regin in the listing were two mainstays in the Sailfish offense as juniors Brandi Bianco (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Jessica Rodriguez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) both were named to the NCCAA All-American 2nd Team.
An offensive force during her time wearing the blue and white, Bianco’s statistics didn’t quite measure up to her previous years but she still led the Fish with 10 goals and 21 total points on the season. Consistently marked as PBA’s top player, Bianco returns next season to the Sailfish lineup with the hopes of breaking the all-time scoring record for Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer.
Rodriguez really turned things on in the latter half of the season and was even named to the NCCAA All-Tournament team for her efforts. A midfielder and excellent distributor, Rodriguez finished the 2007 campaign with two goals and five assists.
Named to the NCCAA All-American honorable mention squad, freshman Angie Kuhn showed Sailfish fans many reasons to be excited about the future. A force on the offensive end from the onset of the season, Kuhn finished second on the Sailfish squad in goals and led the team with six assists. Despite being sidelined for a number of games with an ankle injury midway through the season, Kuhn still managed to net six goals.
Not only excelling on the soccer field, PBA had five players recognized as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes. Only juniors and seniors with a grade-point average of at least 3.4 are eligible for the honor. Laura Bowers, Christina Ibanez, Elizabeth Kendig, Taylor Marinell, and Allison LaForte all were named Scholar-Athletes.