Oduro, Davis Headline @MemphisWSoccer All-Conference Selections
Nov. 7, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Senior striker Christabel Oduro and junior midfielder Kylie Davis headline American Athletic Conference selections for the University of Memphis as announced by the league at an awards banquet on Thursday.
Oduro earns a first-team nod for the third time in her illustrious career. The Brampton, Ontario native leads the conference with 38 points and broke program records for goals scored and total points this season. Oduro provided three game-winners among her 15 goals and provided a dazzling four-goal outburst against Houston in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
"Christabel has had a tremendous career and we are delighted to see that she continues to get recognized for that," head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "She is obviously very deserving of the award. She's a vital part of our team and when she plays at her best, our team feeds off of that."
Davis played an invaluable position for the Lady Tigers this season, starting in 17 of the 19 matches. The L'lle-Bizard, Quebec native had four assists on the year. Davis played the full 90 or more in eight matches.
"Kylie is huge to this team in the midfield," Monaghan said. "She doesn't have all the stats in the world, but she does all the dirty work from box to box. She is such a valuable piece of our team and I'm glad to see other coaches around the league realize her value. This is well-deserved for her with the role she plays for us."
Diamond Simpson played center-back for the U of M and was recognized as a second team pick. Simpson scored three goals and added an assist from her defending position. The Mississaugua, Ontario native helped the Lady Tigers to six shutouts and limited 13 of 20 opponents to one or fewer goals scored.
"This was the first year that Diamond played center-back for us and she did a tremendous job with it," Monaghan said. "She has learned a lot over the year and she is only going to improve. As she learns more over time, I think the awards will continue to come for her."
Freshman forward Valerie Sanderson was a second team selection and a pick for the All-Rookie team. Sanderson set program records by a freshman with a record 17 goals and 37 points totaled. The Boisbriand, Quebec native has a team-high five game-winners and is tops in the league with 17 goals.
"Valerie had an amazing season for a freshman," Monaghan said. "To see her score 17 goals to this point in her career is just tremendous. The sky is the limit for Valerie and with her performance and ability, this is only the beginning of the awards she will earn in her career."
Oduro is the second player in program history to earn first team all-conference honors in three seasons. Vendula Strnadova was first team all-conference all four seasons at the U of M. The four total all-conference selections ties for the most in program history with the 2008, 2009, and 2011 teams.
"We are a young team and it is exciting to see that one player from each class earned this recognition," Monaghan said. "We lose just one senior this year and that is exciting for the future of this program."
Memphis takes on Rutgers in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.