Women's Soccer: Rodriguez Named MVP

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • February 05, 2011 03:45 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women's soccer team honored its seniors and handed out the 2010 season awards Saturday at its annual postseason banquet. The afternoon luncheon celebrated the team's championship season and the careers of its six-member senior class.

West Virginia finished the year with an 18-5-1 record, tying the school record for most wins in a season. WVU was ranked No. 7 in Soccer America’s final poll and recorded a school record 14-match win streak to close out the season in the NCAA “Sweet 16.”

Sophomore Bri Rodriguez was named the team’s most valuable player for her efforts in the midfield. An Aurora, Ill., native, Rodriguez was named first team all-region after recording seven assists and seven goals – both second most on the team. She was named first team all-BIG EAST and a second team ESPN/CoSIDA academic all-district selection. Rodriguez was a Soccer News Net Player of the Year candidate after a strong finish to her second season at WVU.

Center back Drea Barklage was named the team’s most defensive player in guiding the Mountaineer back line to a school record 14 shutouts, including seven in conference play. The St. Louis, Mo., native was a threat on set pieces, scoring five goals in her first season with the Mountaineers.

Forward Blake Miller earned the team’s most offensive player award for the second straight season. A St. Louis, Mo., native, Miller led WVU in goals (10), assists (9) and points (29) as a junior. She was named a second team all-BIG EAST performer and landed a spot on the 2010 BIG EAST Championship all-Tournament Team. Miller’s 29 points are tied for fourth-most by a junior in school history.

Rookie Frances Silva was voted the team’s most improved player after stellar freshman season. The Overland Park, Kan., native was named to Soccer America’s all-Freshman second team after a four-goal, three-assist season. Silva earned BIG EAST all-Rookie team honors after competing in all 24 matches, starting the final 20 contests. She played a crucial role in helping the Mountaineers win a second BIG EAST championship, scoring one goal and adding one assist in three conference tournament matches.

Lastly, senior Sydney Metheny was selected for the Mountaineer S.O.C.C.E.R. award. The award is given by the coaches to the individual who displays good sportsmanship, optimism, character, concern, effort and respect. The Elkins, W.Va., native was a team captain in her final year and finished with 32 career matches played.

All other team awards were voted on by the players. The graduating seniors are goalkeeper Kerri Butler, midfielder Cassandra Deitrick, midfielder Kristen Felice, midfielder Ashtin Larkin, Metheny and forward Megan Mischler.

The Mountaineers’ 18 victories tie the 2002 and 2007 teams for most wins in program history. Women’s soccer also won the 2010 BIG EAST Championship, becoming the first WVU program to win multiple BIG EAST tournament titles.

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