Duncan South Region Player of the Year





Shakira Duncan Named South Region Player of the Year

Argos claim seven selections on the All-South Region First Team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. –  The top ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team claims a region high eight All-South Region selections, eight on the First Team, as it was announced by Daktronics Tuesday afternoon. Shakira Duncan becomes the second consecutive Lady Argo to be named South Region Player of the Year as teammate Shaneka Gordon took home that title last season.

Representing the Argos on the First Team is goalkeeper Courtney Jones, defenders Shameka Gordon and Kaley Morris, midfielders Marcela Franco and Dernelle Mascall and forwards Shaneka Gordon and Shakira Duncan. Rounding out the Argos All-South Region selections on the Second Team is defender Anastasia Prescott.
In goal on the First Team is Jones, a three time Daktronics All-South Region First Team selection. This season she has recorded five shutouts while only allowing six goals on the season for a 0.37 goals against average. Her defense in front of her has been outstanding as well. Holding down the back line for the Argos are defenders Shameka Gordon and Kaley Morris.
Gordon, a Second Team All-GSC Selection, earns her second All-South region nod after being named a First Team All-American last season. In her two year career at West Florida she has captured three GSC Defender of the Week awards as a sweeper. Teammate Kaley Morris is having an outstanding senior season as well, earning her first career nod to the South Region First Team. Morris, a GSC First Team selection and the GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player has been solid all season. Thus far she has knocked in three goals while assisting on two others, as a top defender for the Argos. Earning a Second Team selection is Argonaut defender Anastasia Prescott. She takes home her first career Daktronics selection after being named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas South Region First Team.
In the midfield for the Argos is Marcela Franco and Dernelle Mascall. Franco collects her third career first team selection while Mascall takes home her second First Team nod. Franco, a 2008 First Team All-American, is fourth on the team this season in goals (10) and points (25). Mascall joins her on the First Team for the first time since 2007 when she was crowned a First Team All-American.

At the forward position is the dual threat of Shakira Duncan and Shaneka Gordon. Duncan captures South Region Player of the Year honors a year removed from Shaneka taking home that title in 2008. Duncan leads the Argos in goals (31) and points (74), both UWF single season records. Gordon is having another phenomenal season as she has posted a career high 25 goals and 19 assists, eclipsing last season’s goal total when she was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year.
The Argos will take to the pitch this Friday against Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins College in NCAA Third Round action. Kickoff is slated for 4:00pm ET.
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