Ashley Berra Named NSCAA All-American
Dec. 8, 2009
Memphis-Tenn. - University of Memphis women’s soccer junior forward Ashley Berra was named second-team All-American as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
“I think Ashley being named All-American speaks volumes about this program and the direction this program is moving,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “If you look at the list of the athletes that were named All-Americans, it is something special for Ashley because most of those athletes were in the final four. For so many people to vote for her shows how special of a player she is.”
Berra posted a career-high 15 goals in the 2009 season to increase her career goal total to a fourth-place position in the school record book with 26 goals. With eight assists to go along with her 15 goals, Berra totaled 38 points on the season to finish with the third-most points in a single-season in program history.
The Cordova, Tenn. native is the first Lady Tiger soccer player to receive second-team All-America status in the program’s history. Berra was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in points and goals scored and tied for second in assists.
“Ashley came up huge for us this year and the sky is the limit for her,” Monaghan said. “When she puts her mind to it, she plays at a different level. Hopefully she will be back on the All-American list next season. I am extremely proud of her for receiving this well-deserved award.”
Berra was a major factor in Memphis’ third-straight C-USA Championship. The Lady Tigers finished the season with a record of 16-7 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in three seasons. Berra scored one goal in the NCAA Tournament for the Lady Tigers and had one goal and three assists during the C-USA Tournament to finish tournament play with seven points.
“Everybody has missed chances and she knows that as well as I do,” Monaghan said. “Who knows, if she would have finished some of the chances, she may have been on the first team. Hopefully she carries the momentum into next season. She will have a target on her back, but she will be fine with that because she is such a special athlete. I am confident this will give her extra confidence and hopefully the 15 goals will turn into 20 or more next season. I want to emphasize how proud I am of her and this team as a whole.”
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2009 NSCAA Women's NCAA Division I All-America Team