Women's Soccer: Five Named All-BIG EAST

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • November 03, 2011 08:21 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five West Virginia women’s soccer players earned all-BIG EAST recognition Thursday night at the annual BIG EAST awards banquet held at the Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown, W.Va.

Senior Blake Miller was named to the all-BIG EAST first team, while four Mountaineers earned second team all-BIG EAST honors: freshman Sara Keane, junior Bry McCarthy, freshman Kate Schwindel and sophomore Frances Silva.

Schwindel was also named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, the third Mountaineer to win the league’s major award and first since 2004. She joins Ashley Banks (2004) and Lisa Stoia (2000) as the conference’s top rookie.

“I’m very excited for these ladies to be recognized by the coaches in our conference,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Each one of them has played at a high level this season and contributed greatly in helping us win another BIG EAST division title.”

Keane and Schwindel also landed a spot on the BIG EAST all-Rookie Team.

Miller, a St. Louis, Mo., native, is the first WVU forward to earn first-team honors since Banks in 2007. Miller leads the team with 23 points on a team-best eight goals, along with seven assists. Miller, who has scored a point in six straight matches, is tied with former All-American Laura Kane for fifth all-time at WVU in career goals with 31. More impressive, West Virginia is 26-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal. The all-conference honor is the third of her career.

Schwindel, a Livingston, N.J., native, led all BIG EAST rookies in points with 15 in 11 conference matches. The forward handed out five assists and scored five goals, including two game-winners. Her 16 points this season tie for third-most by a freshman in school history. Schwindel also scored the fastest goal in school history in WVU’s win at Georgetown, connecting only 55 seconds into the match.

McCarthy, an Ajax, Ontario, native, is tied with Miller for the team lead in assists with seven. The outside back has been outstanding in helping the defense record 10 shutouts and holding nine opponents to less than five shots on-goal this season. The all-BIG EAST honor is the second of her career.

Silva, an Overland Park, Kan., native, totaled 12 points on five goals and two assist in conference play. The sophomore forward has scored a point in four of the last five matches, including a one goal, one assist afternoon in a 5-1 win over Syracuse. Silva was named to the BIG EAST all-Rookie Team last season.

Keane, a Mt. Laurel, N.J., native, has been outstanding in goal as a redshirt freshman. She owns a 15-4-0 record in her first season to go along with eight shutouts. Keane has started every match while making 68 saves on the season with a 0.95 goals-against average. She is the third West Virginia goalkeeper to be named second team all-BIG EAST.

All-America forward Katie Barnes earned WVU’s first all-BIG EAST first team selection in 2002. Since then, 12 different Mountaineers have earned 21 first team all-conference honors.

West Virginia, ranked No. 11 in the country, plays host to Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m., in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Eric Frede and Tammy Blackburn calling the action. CBS Sports Network in the Morgantown area is found on Comcast [channel 288 and 854 (HD)], DirectTV (channel 613) and Dish Network (channel 152).

A complete listing of tonight’s award winners can be found on BIGEAST.org.