Memphis Women's Soccer Trio Earns All-America Honors
Dec. 9, 2011
KANSAS CITY - The University of Memphis women's soccer team was well represented on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Teams as three Lady Tigers were selected for the top honors as announced by the organization on Friday.
Senior defender Lizzy Simonin earned first team accolades and was joined by senior goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters and sophomore forward Christabel Oduro. Kuhar-Pitters was a second team selection while Oduro earned third team laurels.
Simonin, the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner, anchored the U of M defense and led the Lady Tigers to a 22-1-1 record. The Lee's Summit, Mo., native scored six goals and had five assists for 17 points on the year and repeated as C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Becoming the first Memphis goalkeeper to be named an All-American, Kuhar-Pitters posted single-season school records with 15 shutouts, 0.46 goals-against average and 11 goals allowed. The Spokane, Wash., native finished tied for second in the NCAA record books with 38 career shutouts.
Oduro, who earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors, had a breakout season with 16 goals and seven assists for a league-best 39 points. The Brampton, Ontario, native Is the first underclassman in program history to be named an All-American.
Memphis' three All-American selections marks the first time in C-USA history a team has had three All-Americans and just the second time a team has had multiple selections. Marquette had two selections in the 2000 season. The Lady Tigers three All-Americans tied with Florida State for the second-most among any institution represented this season. Stanford led with four selections.