Morency, Padgett Headline SAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Winners
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 14, 2012) - Freshman goalkeeper Kristen Morency has been named Goalkeeper of the Year while senior midfielder Cheyenne Padgett nabbed first team honors today as the Sooner Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference awards selections.
Joining Morency and Padgett with a second team All-Conference nod is sophomore midfielder Casey O'Brien.
Morency, also landing on the All-Conference first team, finished the season with a 9-5-2 overall record and secured the No. 44 spot in the nation in goals against per game (1.050). The freshman from Wheaton, Ill., made 88 saves on the season, which translated into a .830 save percentage, claiming 7.5 shutouts in the 2012 campaign.
"We knew, coming into the season, that Kristen had the ability to be an impact player for us," said head coach Scott Marksberry. "When she was asked to step into the starting role just before our first game, we knew there was a chance that she could have a big year, but even we did not know just how well she was going to perform. I think she deserved both awards this year, and we really look forward to her continued development going forward."
Padgett finished the season tied for second in scoring for the Golden Eagles. Her six goals finished in a three-way tie for the team lead with Laura Garcia and Whitney Brannan as the senior also notched an assist, bringing her total points to thirteen. The Plano, Texas, native netted two game-winning goals for John Brown, including the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Science and Arts (Okla.) and the overtime winner over Mid-America Christian (Okla.), handing JBU the 2-1 extra time victory.
"Cheyenne has probably deserved an All-Conference nod for the past couple of seasons," admitted Marksberry. "I am glad that her impact was recognized this year, as I think she was one of the most well-rounded midfielders in the conference. She was at her best in the big moments of the big games this year, changing the momentum of games in the middle of the field."
O'Brien netted four game-winning goals for John Brown in the 2012 campaign en route to finishing the season with five goals and two assists (12 points). O'Brien, a native of Fayetteville, Ark., ended the year third only to Padgett and Karen Sosa in goals per shots on goal (.167 percent). Her knack of scoring timely goals landed her at No. 38 in the nation in game-winning goals and No. 40 in game-winning goals per game (.240).
"Casey worked very hard this year to have an impact in every moment of the game," Marksberry added. "She is a skillful player who is comfortable going one-versus-one, and I think her best seasons are still ahead of her. We really expect a lot of good things from Casey over the next couple of years, as she is growing as a player and as a leader on our team."
The Golden Eagles finished the season 9-6-2 which included a fifth-place finish in the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season standings and, after an upset shootout victory over Rogers State (Okla.) in the conference quarterfinals, finished at the No. 4 slot after falling in a 1-0 contest at No. 6 in the nation Oklahoma City in the semifinals.
"I think these three girls are great representatives of JBU women's soccer and the character that our program is trying to establish on the field," commented Marksberry. "I am happy for each of them, and I think that their awards were well-deserved. Having three of our girls on the All-Conference list this year is a strong statement about how well our entire team performed in our conference games this year."
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