Brantley Collects Two of the SSC's Top Postseason Awards
Fla. (Women’s Soccer) – Florida Tech’s
Brantley was rewarded for her phenomenal regular season on Thursday as
she was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and Offensive
Player of the Year, announced by the league office. Also, Brantley,
earned a spot on the All-SSC First Team, and
Rainbow garnered second team honors.
The postseason awards and the All-SSC teams were selected by the league’s
head coaches and sports information directors.
Brantley, who leads the team in goals (14) and points (32), is the
program’s first-ever conference player and offensive player of the year.
Currently, she is tied for first in the league in goals and ranks second in
points. She has made her presence known in SSC play as she leads the
conference in both goals (8) and points (17).
Midfielders Newland and Lewis have helped the Panthers possess a
well-balanced team. Newland is tied for third on the team with five goals
and tied for first with five assists. Her 15 points are the second-most on
the squad. Lewis heads into the postseason with one goal and one assist.
Her physical play and strong mentality have proved invaluable to the
Pyles has been solid in goal this season for the Panthers. The native of
Port Orange, Fla. possesses a 13-2-1 overall record between the pipes for
Fidgi Haig & Co. She has also recorded eight shutouts, a miniscule 0.65
goals against average and an impressive .853 save percentage. Her goals
against average and save percentage lead the conference and her win total is
tied for first.
A big reason why Tech has shutout 10 opponents this season is its
impressive defense. Helgestad and Rainbow have limited the opposition to
only 12 goals on the year. They have also minimized the opposition’s shots
to an average of 9.8 a game.
Meagan Thomas from Rollins took home the conference’s defensive player of
the year award. Rollins head coach Tony Amato was named coach of the year.
Melissa Madrid of Barry won freshman of the year honors.
A total of twenty-five student-athletes were named to the All-SSC Team.
Both Tech and Rollins placed a league-high six players on the team.
2009 ALL-SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
F - Hannah Beard, Saint Leo, Senior
Teresa Brantley, Florida Tech, Senior
F - Melissa Ortiz, Lynn, Sophomore
M - Alexis Hernandez, Nova Southeastern, Junior
M - Rachel Jakubowski, Rollins, Senior
M - Sara Macko, Saint Leo, Senior
D - Leah Hirsch, Rollins, Junior
D - Charlotte Murrell, Rollins, Sophomore
D - Meagan Thomas, Rollins, Junior
Melissa Pyles, Florida Tech, Senior
DeeDee Newland, Florida Tech, Junior
Player of the Year -
Brantley, Florida Tech
Offensive Player of the Year -
Brantley, Florida Tech
Defensive Player of the Year - Meagan Thomas, Rollins
Coach of the Year - Tony Amato, Rollins
Freshman of the Year - Melissa Madrid, Barry
F - Chelsea Brady, Rollins, Junior
F - Princess Haley, Florida Southern, Junior
F - Melissa Madrid, Barry, Freshman
M - Jackie Bachteler, Florida Southern, Junior
M - Alex Hoover, Florida Southern, Sophomore
Sara Lewis, Florida Tech, Junior
D - Mindy DeCara, Lynn, Senior
Ann-Marie Helgestad, Florida Tech, Sophomore
D - Francesca Williams, Saint Leo, Sophomore
GK - Michelle Dillingham, Rollins, Sophomore
At-Large - Dari Alcantara, Saint Leo, Junior
Rainbow, Florida Tech, Sophomore
F - Pia Soesemann, Saint Leo, Sophomore
M - Brittany Evernden, Lynn, Junior