Saint Leo, Fla. (November 1, 2007) – Six members of the Saint Leo University women’s soccer team were honored by the Sunshine State Conference Thursday by being selected to the All-Conference team. Voting for the All-Conference team was done by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Saint Leo tied with regular season champion University of Tampa with the most players honored. Leading the way for the Lions, who finished second in the SSC regular season race with 18 points and a 6-2 league record, was sophomore midfielder Sara Macko (Valrico, Fla.), who was the only player picked on the first unit. The Lions’ are 14-3 overall, heading into the league’s post-season tournament.Four Lions were chosen to the second unit, including sophomore forward Hannah Beard (Liverpool, England), junior midfielder Evelina Viiri (Heby, Sweden), senior defender Ginger Davenport (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior goalkeeper Lauren Hudson (Odessa, Fla.).
Senior midfielder Jennifer O’Connor (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) rounded out the Saint Leo players picked. She was an honorable mention choice. Macko, who was a second-team, All-SSC choice in 2006, is tied with Beard for the team’s scoring lead with 21 points on six goals and nine assists. Beard, who made second-team, All-SSC in 2006, has found the back of the net five times and assisted on 11 other goals.
Viiri has started 13 games for Saint Leo and played in 15 overall. She is the team’s third leading scorer with 18 points on six goals and a like number of assists. Davenport was a key backline performer this year and started every regular season game. Opponents scored only 19 goals against the Lions. Hudson was chosen on the second team All-SSC for the third consecutive year. She has started every game for her team in net. Her goals against average is a sparkling 1.09. She also has posted five shutouts.
O’Connor has started 11 matches and played in 13 overall. She stands eighth overall on the team on offense with three goals, four assists and a total of 10 points. O’Connor was honored last year as a member of the first team, All-Conference.