LBC Lands Four on All-MEC First Team; Holguin Named Coach of the Year

LBC Lands Four on All-MEC First Team; Holguin Named Coach of the Year

BRIDGEPORT -- Notre Dame's Alexis Manoa, Concord's Sarah Hill, and West Virginia Wesleyan's Mary Cooper and coach Patrick Holguin have earned top honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual women's soccer awards and all-conference teams.

Manoa, a senior from Strongsville, Ohio, is the league's Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career after winning the honor as a freshman in 2014. The three-time first team All-MEC selection tied for the league lead in goals (8) and assists (6) and paced the conference's highest scoring team. Her 21 points and 1.29 points per game led all players in the league. 

Cooper (pictured), a senior from McKeesport, Pa., was named the MEC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading one of the nation's top defensive units. A center back, Cooper helped the Lady Bobcats record 13 shutouts in 18 games while allowing just seven goals in 18 games. WVWC is ranked fourth in the country in shutout percentage (.722) and fifth in goals-against average (0.384).

Hill, a native of Somerset, England, is the conference's Freshman of the Year for her role in helping to lead Concord to the postseason. As a freshman, Hill led the league in shots per game (3.07) and tied for the league lead in goals per game (0.47). Her seven goals were second in the MEC this year, and she finished the year with 15 points, which ranks fifth in the conference. 

Holguin was named MEC Coach of the Year after leading West Virginia Wesleyan to the 2017 MEC regular season title. The Lady Bobcats finished the regular season 15-2-1, including a 14-2-0 record and 42 points in conference play to finish first. WVWC has been nationally ranked for the majority of the season, reaching as high as No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. He was also recognized as the MEC Coach of the Year in 2015.

In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. West Virginia Wesleyan and Notre Dame each had four first team selections, while Concord had three. Shepherd and Charleston were also represented on the first team.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

2017 All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name Cl. School
GK Ashlee Schumacher So. W.Va. Wesleyan
D Morgan Carmichael Fr. Concord
D Mary Cooper Sr. W.Va. Wesleyan
D Sarah Grossman Jr. Notre Dame
D Regan Stout Sr. Shepherd
M Marlee Coleman Jr. Charleston
M Katarina Doncevic Jr. Notre Dame
M Sarah Hill Fr. Concord
M Marissa Zetty So. W.Va. Wesleyan
F Janelle Bernal Fr. Notre Dame
F Pilar Elias Jr. Concord
F Alexis Manoa Sr. Notre Dame
F Natalie Prater Jr. W.Va. Wesleyan
       
2017 All-MEC Second Team
Pos. Name Cl. School
GK Zoe Zyta Sr. Charleston
D Caitlin de Vries So. West Liberty
D Dominique Dosky Sr. Charleston
D Natalie Indermuhle Sr. Wheeling Jesuit
D Kellie Norris Fr. Fairmont State
D Alex O'Brien Jr. W.Va. Wesleyan
D Kelci Winters Sr. Charleston
M Kayla Fay Fr. W.Va. Wesleyan
M Taylor Harwood Sr. Shepherd
M Gabriella Mascaro Jr. Fairmont State
M Alana Mikulis Fr. Charleston
F Jackie Corrigan Sr. Notre Dame
F Lyndsey Thompson Sr. Charleston
F Courtney Wallace Fr. Concord
       
2017 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Katherine Beech (GK, Urbana), Lauren Chaney (M, Notre Dame), Jillian Doss (D, Notre Dame), Alyssa Edwards (F, Urbana), Alyssa Garberich (M, Urbana), Bri Gorman (D, Shepherd), Christi LaBella (GK, Shepherd) 
       
2017 All-MEC Freshman Team
Pos. Name Cl. School
F Janelle Bernal Fr. Notre Dame
D Morgan Carmichael Fr. Concord
M Kate Eddy Fr. Shepherd
F Alyssa Edwards Fr. Urbana
M Kayla Fay Fr. W.Va. Wesleyan
M Sarah Hill Fr. Concord
M Alana Mikulis Fr. Charleston
D Kellie Norris Fr. Fairmont State
F Courtney Wallace Fr. Concord
       
Offensive Player of the Year: Alexis Manoa (Notre Dame)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mary Cooper (W.Va. Wesleyan)
Freshman of the Year: Sarah Hill (Concord)
Coach of the Year: Patrick Holguin (W.Va. Wesleyan)