LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshmen Evangeline Soucie and Marissa Bosco were named to the Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Team, it was announced by the SEC office on Sunday afternoon. All 14 of the league coaches voted on the All-SEC teams, with each coach refraining from voting for its own team.
The honor for Soucie is her second major honor of 2016, to go along with her National Team of the Week selection back in early September. Sunday’s award marks the first major national honor for Bosco in her Kentucky career.
Kentucky joins Arkansas (3rd place in league) and Auburn (2nd place in league) as the only three teams to have two players named to the All-Freshman Team.
Soucie finished the 2016 season with a 1.59 GAA in the net this season, the fifth-best for a Kentucky freshman goalkeeper in program history. The Milford, New Jersey native played in 16 matches, starting in all 16, with her two missed starts coming as the last two matches of the season due to a head injury suffered at Texas A&M in the 90th minute of a tied match. Soucie recorded one and a half shutouts on the season, and kept Kentucky in countless matches this season with her shot-saving abilities.
She had a season-high 11 saves in two different matches, vs. No. 5 Florida in Lexington and at No. 21 Missouri in Columbia. She also preserved a draw on the road with Vanderbilt midway through the SEC season with a spectacular diving save to her right in the final minute of double overtime to give the Wildcats a point on the road in the league.
Bosco, who is from Chicago, Illinois, scored three goals and had five assists this season, marking the most goals and assists for a freshman at Kentucky this season. Bosco scored vs. No. 23 South Florida in the third match of the season, and had goals in back-to-back matches at Vanderbilt and at Auburn in October.
Her five assists on the season came vs. USF in a three-point match for her, Long Beach State, Louisville, SEMO and Murray State. Her five assists were second on the team this season for UK, with Tanya Samarzich leading the Wildcats in both goals (seven) and assists (six) in 2016.
The league coaches voted South Carolina’s Savannah McCaskill the SEC Player of the Year, with the Gamecocks’ Shelley Smith named the SEC Coach of the Year after a perfect 11-0-0 regular season in the conference.
2016 Southeastern Conference Soccer Awards (voted on by coaches)
First Team All‐SEC
Forward: Kristen Dodson, Auburn
Forward: Savannah Jordan, Florida
Forward: Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
Forward: Hannah Wilkinson, Tennessee
Midfielder: Claire Kelley, Arkansas
Midfielder: Casie Ramsier, Auburn
Midfielder: Meggie Dougherty Howard, Florida
Midfielder: Chelsea Drennan, South Carolina
Defender: Kiana Clarke, Auburn
Defender: Gabby Seiler, Florida
Defender: Paige Bendell, South Carolina
Defender: Kaleigh Kurtz, South Carolina
Goalkeeper: Mikayla Krzeczowski, South Carolina
At‐Large: Marion Crowder, Georgia
At‐Large: Melanie Donaldson, Missouri
Second Team All‐SEC
Forward: Mallory Eubanks, Mississippi State
Forward: Sarah Luebbert, Missouri
Forward: Sophie Groff, South Carolina
Forward: Haley Pounds, Texas A&M
Midfielder: Brooke Ramsier, Auburn
Midfielder: Summer Clarke, LSU
Midfielder: Gretchen Harknett, Ole Miss
Midfielder: Kaitlyn Clark, Missouri
Midfielder: Rylie O’Keefe, Tennessee
Defender: Jessi Hartzler, Arkansas
Defender: Qyara Winston, Arkansas
Defender: Caroline Waters, Georgia
Defender: Lauren Selaiden, Missouri
Goalkeeper: Sarah Le Beau, Auburn
Goalkeeper: Danielle Rice, Texas A&M
At‐Large: Kristen Cardano, Florida
At‐Large: Cristina DeZeeuw, Vanderbilt
Stefani Doyle, Arkansas
Kayla McKeon, Arkansas
Bri Folds, Auburn
Karli Gutsche, Auburn
Julia Lester, Florida
Marissa Bosco, Kentucky
Evangeline Soucie, Kentucky
Sarah Luebbert, Missouri
Mikayla Krzeczowski, South Carolina
Maya Neal, Tennessee
Grace Piper, Texas A&M
Grace Jackson, Vanderbilt
Coach of the Year: Shelley Smith, South Carolina
Offensive Player of the Year: Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Kaleigh Kurtz, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Sarah Lu
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