Soccer Racks Up Soccer LSWA Awards
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Baton Rouge, La. – LSU placed a state-high four first team selections on the 2018 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Collegiate Women’s Socccer Teams that were announced by the LSWA on Saturday.
Alex Thomas, Lucy Parker, Adrienne Richardson and Caroline Brockmeier were all named to the first team. Thomas was tabbed as the Player of the Year, while Richardson was lauded as the state’s Newcomer of the Year. Head coach Brian Lee earned Louisiana Coach of the Year honors after leading LSU to its first SEC Tournament title in school history.
Thomas started all 24 matches for LSU in her final collegiate season. A second team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament selection, she led LSU with 18 points, sharing the team lead with seven goals to go with four assists. Splitting time between the front and back line, she was part of an LSU defensive effort that saw the Tigers hold opponents scoreless for a span of 558 consecutive minutes over a seven-match span from late August to mid-September.
Richardson, playing in her first year for the Tigers after transferring in from Florida State, tied Thomas for the team lead in goals with seven. The Oakdale, Minnesota native netted two goals versus Alabama, Lamar and Texas State; LSU had a 5-0-1 record in matches that she registered a point.
Parker and Brockmeier helped LSU allow the fifth-lowest goals averaged against (0.98) mark in school history in 2018. Parker was the most vocal member of the back line that stifled opposing teams’ No. 1 attacker match after match and she added in three goals on the season. Brockmeier ended her career as the all-time saves leader in program history with 287, and her 10 shutouts this season were the second most in a single season in LSU history and they ranked as the 11th most in the nation.
Lee engineered one of the greatest seasons in program history that helped LSU go 13-7-4 on its way to an SEC Tournament title and advancing to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers roster was composed of 32 athletes in 2018, 25 of which were underclassmen. In his 14 years at the helm in Baton Rouge, Lee has led the Tigers to 11 seasons with a .500 or higher winning percentage.
Midfielders Marlena Cutura and Abbey Newton were honorable mention All-LSWA selections. Cutura, a junior from Pearl River, La., had a career year in 2018 with career highs in goals (3), assists (5) and points (11). Newton had a very impressive debut season for the Purple and Gold with four goals and three assists to accumulate 11 points as well. Cutura assisted on three of Newton’s four goals that came via corner kicks. Cutura and Newton ended the season ranked third on the team with 11 points apiece.