Soccer Wraps Up Season with Annual Banquet
Feb. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's soccer team officially closed the 2011 campaign when it hosted the annual end of the season awards banquet at Chuck's Fish. Coaches, players, parents and administrators attended the dinner honoring one of the most successful seasons in program history.
The Crimson Tide made its second ever NCAA tournament appearance and finished with its first winning record (10-9-3) since 2003. The last time the Tide made the tournament was 1998.
Alabama made its second trip to the Southeastern Conference tournament under head coach Todd Bramble, and advanced to the semifinal round, after earning just its third win at the tournament in school history and its first since 1998 with a thrilling 1-0 victory over top-seeded South Carolina.
UA garnered three All-SEC accolades during the season. Senior goalkeeper Justine Bernier was named to the second team while Pia Rijsdijk and Theresa Diederich nabbed All-Freshmen team honors. Rijsdijk also earned NSCAA All-Region honors.
This marks the third time Alabama has earned three All-SEC honors in the same season, tying with last year and the 2004 season for the most in school history.
Off the field for the third consecutive season, the Alabama soccer team garnered recognition for its work in the classroom as the NSCAA named the Crimson Tide to its College Team Academic Award list. To be eligible a team must have a cumulative grade point average above 3.0.
At the banquet, four awards were given out along with the honoring of the senior class. Bernier, Carly Mygrants, K.K. Duffy, Shannon Lathrop and Veronika Wolfkeil were presented their jerseys to honor their time at the Capstone.
The Team Most Valuable Player of the Year award was presented to Bernier. The senior finished her career the all-time saves leader at Alabama with 453 and the all-time shutout leader with 21. She finished second all-time with 29 career wins and third all-time with a 1.37 goals against average.
Duffy finished off her last season at the Capstone a mainstay in the center of the Tide defense. She helped Alabama hold its opponents to one goal or less 22 times over her two seasons, including 13 shutouts. She started every match over that span, including all 22 in 2011, capping off her senior season with two assists.
In just her first season in the states, Rijsdijk made an immediate impact for the Tide, earning Offensive MVP honors. She ranked second on the team in points with 14 on five goals and four assists. Two of her five tallies were game-winners. For her efforts, she was named to the All-SEC freshman team and the NSCAA All-Region squad.
Lathrop earned the Coaches' Award. The senior capped off her career, playing in 65 games, including 21 in 2011. The midfielder tallied two goals and one assist over the course of her career, including one goal in her final season in Tuscaloosa.