November 7, 2013

Kabangu Named Conference’s Player of the Year; Three Lions Earn All-SSC Honors

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A total of 25 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 All-Sunshine State Conference Women's Soccer Team. Saint Leo's Arielle Kabangu took home three major awards as she was selected as the Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Barry's Becca Rogers was named Defensive Player of the Year, while her coach Denise Brolly was named Coach of the Year.

Also named to the All-Conference Teams for Saint Leo were fellow freshmen Saffron Jordan, who made the Second Team, and Fabienne Schwenk as she qualified for Honorable Mention accolades.

A freshman from Ottawa, Canada, Kabangu led the SSC in scoring with 22 goals and 49 points. Her 22 goals were the most among Division II, while her 49 points ranked her second in the nation. Kabangu averaged a conference-best 3.06 points per game and 1.38 goals per game during the regular season. She was also third in the SSC with five game-winning goals.

Earning a spot on the All-SSC First Team with Kabangu (F) and Rogers (GK) were: forwards Cici Gonzalez (Tampa) and Lauren Manna (Barry); midfielders Mora Johnson (Rollins), Lavinia Nkomo (Barry) and Paxton Sickler (Rollins); defenders Ashley Harlan (Barry), Taylor Thigpen (Rollins) and Shannon Walisch (Tampa); and at-large selection Alyssa Abrahamsen (Florida Southern).

Picking up all-conference second team honors alongside Jordan were: forwards Malin Broberg (Nova Southeastern), Brenna McKee (Rollins) and Aubri Williamson (Florida Tech); midfielders Emma Jones (Rollins), and Tamara Vuckovich (Barry); defenders Azure Dorsey (Rollins), Emily Jones (Tampa) and Candice Shields (Tampa); goalkeepers Morgan Crescent (Eckerd) and Mary Spring (Rollins); and at-large selection Julia Kantor (Florida Tech).

Schwenk and Tampa forward Gabby Russo received honorable mention.

Voting for the All-SSC Women's Soccer Team was conducted among the league's women's soccer coaches.

2013 All-SSC Women's Soccer Team

FIRST TEAM

F - Cici Gonzalez, Tampa (So.)
F - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo (Fr.)
F - Lauren Manna, Barry (Jr.)
M - Mora Johnson, Rollins (Fr.)
M - Lavinia Nkomo, Barry (So.)
M - Paxton Sickler, Rollins (Fr.)
D - Ashley Harlan, Barry (Jr.)
D - Taylor Thigpen, Rollins (Jr.)
D - Shannon Walisch, Tampa (Sr.)
GK - Becca Rogers, Barry (Jr.)
At-Large - Alyssa Abrahamsen, Florida Southern (Sr.)

Player of the Year - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo
Offensive Player of the Year - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo
Defensive Player of the Year - Becca Rogers, Barry
Freshman of the Year - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo
Coach of the Year - Denise Brolly, Barry 

SECOND TEAM

F - Malin Broberg, Nova Southeastern (Sr.)
F - Brenna McKee, Rollins (Jr.)
F - Aubri Williamson, Florida Tech (So.)
M - Emma Jones, Rollins (Jr,)
M - Saffron Jordan, Saint Leo (Fr.)
M - Tamara Vuckovich, Barry (So.)
D - Azure Dorsey, Rollins (Jr.)
D - Emily Jones, Tampa (Fr.)
D - Candice Shields, Tampa (Jr.)
GK - Morgan Crescent, Eckerd (Jr.)
GK - Mary Spring, Rollins (Jr.)
At-Large - Julia Kantor, Florida Tech (So.) 

HONORABLE MENTION

F - Gabby Russo, Tampa (Jr.)
F - Fabienne Schwenk, Saint Leo (Fr.)