Hambleton Named SLC’s “Freshman Of the Year”

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Goalkeeper Kylie Hambleton earned conference “Freshman of the Year” honors and six Bearkats were named to the all-league team as the 2012 women’s soccer All-Southland Conference team was announced.

Seniors defender Kayla Anderson and midfielder Kirby Zak and freshman Katie Ferrera were selected to the All-Southland second team.

Seniors defender Amanda Biega and Tricia Mallory and Hambleton were honorable mention award winners.

Ferrara was the Bearkats’ leading scorer with four goals this season. Mallory and Zak each scored three goals apiece.

Anderson, Biega and Hambleton were the heart of a Bearkat defense that set a school season record allowing only 18 goals in 18 matches this year.

The Kats shutout seven opponents.

In goal, “Freshman of the Year” Hambleton ranked second in the conference in saves per game (5.36), third in save percentage (.843) and fourth in shutouts (6).

She played in net for 14 of Sam Houston’s 18 matches this season.

Sam Houston faces Oral Roberts in the first round of the Southland Conference post-season tournament at Cowgirl Field in Lake Charles, La., Thursday.

“It’s great to see three of our six seniors earn All-Southland Conference honors,” SHSU head coach Tom Brown said. “This year’s senior class is the first in the 10-year history of the Bearkat soccer program to lead the team to the conference tournament each of the four seasons here.”

2012 All-Southland Conference Soccer Teams

First Team
G Lacey Lee SFA
D Lauren Parks ORU
D Breanne Vernon SFA
D Megan Dunnigan SFA
M Kylie Louw SFA
M Laura Sadler SFA
M Jennifer Abernathy ORU
F Adriana Lucar Central Ark
F Chelsea Raymond SFA
F Zuri Prince SFA
F Maiya Cooper SE La.

G Lacey Bockhaus SE LA
D Leslie Shurtleff SFA
D Amber Thornhill Lamar
D Kayla Anderson SHSU
M Kristin Bos Lamar
M Katie Ferrara SHSU
M Kelsey Salcido SE La.
M Kirby Zak SHSU
F Sarah LaLanne McNeese
F Megan Giles ORU
F Jannet Hernandez Lamar

Honorable mention: Kimmy Albeno, F, LU; Kayla Keller, F, ORU; Spencer Valdespino, F, NICH; Whitney Booth, F, ORU; Ashlee Savona, F, NWLA; Tricia Mallory, F, SHSU; Kayla Vera, F, SLU; Lisa Topping, MF, LU; Becky Johnson, MF, SFA; Lauren Stillians, MF, SLU; Karly Dagys, MF, SLU; Allison Hall, D, ORU; Shanyce Shaw, D, SLU; Amanda Biega, D, SHSU; Cheyenne Maxwell, D, SLU, Alejandra Amador, D, LU; Megan Snelling, D, MCN; Kylie Hambleton, GK, SHSU; Bailey Fontenot, GK, LU; Helen Erb, GK, ORU.

Player of the Year – Kylie Louw, Stephen F. Austin
Freshman of the Year – Kylie Hambleton, Sam Houston State
Newcomer of the Year – Adriana Lucar, Central Arkansas
Coach of the Year – Tony Amato, Stephen F. Austin

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