SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the second straight year, Samford forward Jermaine Seoposenwe has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. Samford defender Allie Lourie, the 2016 freshman of the year, was named the 2017 defensive player of the year. Regular-season champion Furman’s Andrew Burr was named the SoCon Coach of the Year, while Chattanooga’s Chloe Arnold was tabbed freshman of the year.
The league coaches voted on a pair of all-conference teams, an all-freshman team and the four individual awards. They were not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players. Due to a tie in the voting, the 2017 edition of the all-conference first team includes 12 players. The second team includes 11 players, voted on by position, while the all-freshman team, which gives no regard to position, consists of 11 players.
Samford leads the way with nine players on the all-conference teams, with Furman having seven. UNCG totaled five all-conference selections, while Mercer and Western Carolina each have three. Chattanooga and ETSU have a pair of all-conference selections and VMI is represented on the second team by defender Amy Horney.
Seoposenwe finished the regular season tied for first in the league with eight assists and tied for second with 10 goals, adding two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win over Mercer in the quarterfinal round of the SoCon Women’s Soccer Championship on Saturday. Seoposenwe was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week three times this season, including back-to-back weeks in October in which she scored three goals and had five assists in just four games. The Cape Town, South Africa, native has earned player of the year honors for the past two seasons, becoming the first player in league history to do so in consecutive years and just the third to win the award multiple times.
Lourie served as a defensive stalwart for the Bulldogs, leading Samford to 10 shutouts so far this season. The sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia, has started in all 19 games for Samford, helping the Bulldogs earn a share of the SoCon regular-season title with a 0-0 tie against Furman on the last day of league play.
Arnold made an instant impact in the Chattanooga lineup, starting all 19 games for the Mocs and scoring her first collegiate goal on Aug. 27 at Elon. The Bristol, Tennessee, native would score six more goals throughout the year, including a hat trick in a 3-2 win at The Citadel on Oct. 13. Arnold totaled 52 shots on the season, with game-winning goals coming against Western Carolina and The Citadel. She was Chattanooga’s leading scorer on the year with 14 points and becomes the Mocs' first-ever women’s soccer freshman of the year.
Burr was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after guiding the Paladins to a 12-2-2 record (8-0-1 SoCon) and earning the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SoCon Championship. Burr previously won the award when his 2013 squad went 17-4-2 overall and 8-1-1 in SoCon play, winning the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles.
Midfielder Kaitlyn Orman and defender Taylor Meneide join Seoposenwe on the all-conference first team. Orman, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, has started 19 games for Samford, scoring two goals and handing out three assists. Meneide has started all 20 games for the Bulldogs defense, picking up an assist against Florida State.
Midfielder Abriella Argueta and goalkeeper Anna Maddox were named All-SoCon second team while Samford’s Lexi Orman, Grace Sommi and Caroline Orman were named to the all-freshman team. Argueta scored five goals and had two assists in 17 games for the Bulldogs while Maddox has started 19 games for the Bulldogs, totaling 60 saves.
Furman boasts six players on the all-conference first team, including Rachel Shah, who was named to the 2016 all-conference first team. Molly Dwyer and Quinn Lombard, who were named to the 2016 all-conference second team, earned All-SoCon first-team honors this year. The trio is joined on the first team by Sanon Williams, Jordan Evens and Kellsey Weaver.
Weaver, who was named to the 2016 all-freshman team, has started 14 of her 16 games in net for the Paladins, allowing just eight goals and posting a record of 10-1-2 with five shutouts. Weaver was named SoCon Player of the Week twice in October, including Oct. 24 as she shut out Chattanooga 1-0 and did not concede a goal against Samford, allowing Furman to clinch the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Championship.
Dwyer has started all 17 games for the Paladins, scoring nine goals while dishing out seven assists. Shah and Williams controlled the midfield for Furman. Shah has scored three goals and tied Seoposenwe with a league-high eight assists during the regular season, while Williams has started all 17 games, totaling one assist and 14 shots.
Sophomore Evens has helped Weaver and company to 11 shutouts during the season. The Sarasota, Florida, native has appeared in 16 games for the Paladins, picking up an assist in a win over ETSU during the regular season and scoring the game-winning goal against the Bucs in the SoCon Championship quarterfinals. Mo Trnavsky was named to the all-freshman team after appearing in 10 games for the Furman defense.
Wofford’s Hayley Younginer was named first-team all-conference after leading the league in goals (21) and points (46). The redshirt sophomore registered four assists and scored two or more goals seven different times. Katie Beuerlein is the other representative for the Terriers, scoring seven goals and totaling four assists in 18 games.
UNCG’s Emily Jensen rounded out the all-conference first team, starting all 19 games for the Spartans. The junior defender from Nelson, New Zealand, added four goals and two assists during the season, including a game-winner against High Point. Heida Vidarsdottir and Regan Lehman were named All-SoCon second team, while Quiqui Hita and Kaley Tucker were named to the all-freshman team.
Western Carolina’s Megan McCallister and Sayres McKenna were named All-SoCon second team and Maryanne Kilgore was named to the all-freshman squad after the trio helped the Catamounts to the No. 4 seed in the SoCon Championship.
ETSU’s Eleonora Goldoni was selected All-SoCon second team, while her teammate Sarah Connolly was named to the all-freshman team.
Mercer had a pair of rookies make the all-freshman team in Ally Fordham and Sarah Adcock, while teammate Megan Delmonico was named to the All-SoCon second team at defender.
Chattanooga midfielder Jordan Mueller rounded out the second team.
Furman, Samford, UNCG and Western Carolina, the top four seeds, respectively, have advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Women’s Soccer Championship, which take place at Samford’s Track and Soccer Stadium on Friday starting at 5 p.m. CT. Both matches will appear live on the SoCon Digital Network. The championship match will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. CT and will be aired on ESPN3.
2017 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team
Player of the Year – Jermaine Seoposenwe, Sr., F, Samford
Defensive Player of the Year – Allie Lourie, So., D, Samford
Coach of the Year – Andrew Burr, Furman
Freshman of the Year – Chloe Arnold, Chattanooga
F Molly Dwyer, Furman
F Jermaine Seoposenwe, Samford
F Hayley Younginer, Wofford
MF Rachel Shah, Furman
MF Sanon Williams, Furman
MF Kaitlyn Orman, Samford
D Jordan Evens, Furman
D Quinn Lombard, Furman
D Emily Jensen, UNCG
D Allie Lourie, Samford
D Taylor Meneide, Samford
GK Kellsey Weaver, Furman
F Eleonora Goldoni, ETSU
F Abriella Argueta, Samford
F Megan McCallister, Western Carolina
MF Heida Vidarsdottir, UNCG
MF Jordan Mueller, Chattanooga
MF Sayres McKenna, Western Carolina
MF Katie Beuerlein, Wofford
D Megan Delmonico, Mercer
D Regan Lehman, UNCG
D Amy Horney, VMI
GK Anna Maddox, Samford
Sarah Connolly, ETSU
Mo Trnavsky, Furman
Sarah Adcock, Mercer
Ally Fordham, Mercer
Quiqui Hita, UNCG
Kaley Tucker, UNCG
Caroline Orman, Samford
Lexi Orman, Samford
Grace Sommi, Samford
Chloe Arnold, Chattanooga
Maryanne Kilgore, Western Carolina