Soccer Has Three Players Garner Southeastern Conference Honors

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Merel Van Dongen became the first Alabama player to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
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Merel Van Dongen became the first Alabama player to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
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Oct. 29, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team had three players garner five different Southeastern Conference awards, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Sophomore Pia Rijsdijk and freshmen Merel Van Dongen and Katie Bourgeois represented the Crimson Tide in the annual awards.

Van Dongen became the first Alabama player to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native was also named to the all-freshman team after scoring nine points on three goals and three assists. Seven of the nine points were recorded during league play.

Rijsdijk was recognized by the conference for the second straight season, earning second team All-SEC accolades. The Numansdorp, Netherlands native paced the Tide with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. She also led Alabama on the league circuit with 13 points on four goals and five assists.

Newcomer Katie Bourgeois was named to the all-freshman team. The Katy, Texas native led Alabama in goals with eight, accumulating 19 points overall by adding three assists. She tallied five points on two goals and an assist during in SEC matches.