SOMERSET, N.J. – Six West Virginia women’s soccer players earned all-BIG EAST recognition Thursday night at the annual BIG EAST awards banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, N.J.
Sophomore Bri Rodriguez was named to the all-BIG EAST first team, while senior forward Megan Mischler, senior goalkeeper Kerri Butler and junior forward Blake Miller earned second team honors. Sophomore defender Bry McCarthy was chosen to the all-BIG EAST third team, and freshman forward Frances Silva was named to the all-Rookie team.
“We compete in such a tough conference and for these ladies to be recognized is very fitting,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Each one of them has played at a high level this season and contributed greatly to the success of our team.”
Rodriguez, an Aurora, Ill., native ranks second on the team in points with 16 behind five goals and a team-best six assists. She was also named a second team ESPN/CoSIDA academic all-district selection. A year ago, Rodriguez was named to the league’s all-rookie team.
West Virginia has placed a midfielder on the all-BIG EAST first team in each of the last five seasons, and eight of the last nine.
A Fredericksburg, Va., native, Butler is the first WVU goalie since Lana Bannerman (2006) to be named all-BIG EAST. Butler led the conference in shutouts and recorded 11 clean sheets on the season. She is the school’s leader in career shutouts and has allowed only 15 goals this season.
Miller, a St. Louis, Mo., native, leads the WVU offense with 10 goals and 24 points, while also contributing four assists on the season. She produced two-multi goal games and tallied at least one point in seven of 11 conference matches. Miller was an honorable mention all-BIG EAST choice in 2008.
Mischler picked up her third all-conference honor after two third-team selections (2008, 2009). A Moon Township, Pa., native, Mischler is second on the team in scoring with six goals, all but one coming in league play. She has also assisted on two goals to accumulate 14 points, and has recorded three two-goal matches in her career.
McCarthy is tied for fourth on the team in points, despite being an integral part of the Mountaineer defense. The Ajax, Ontario, native has scored two goals and assisted on five scores for nine points. McCarthy has helped the defense pitch 11 shutouts and has held six opponents to three shots on-goal or less this season.
Silva has aided the WVU offense late in the season, scoring at least one point in four of her last five outings. The Overland Park, Kan., native has three goals and three assists for nine points in her rookie season.
All-American forward Katie Barnes earned WVU’s first all-BIG EAST first team selection in 2002. Since then, 11 different Mountaineers have earned 20 first team all-conference honors.
The 16th-ranked Mountaineers return to action in a BIG EAST semifinal match against Connecticut tomorrow evening in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Rutgers’ Yurcak Field and will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network (CBS C).
A complete lisiting of award winners can be found HERE