Nov. 3, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama sophomore goalkeeper Justine Bernier (Oakville, Ontario) was named to the All-SEC Second Team as announced by the Southeastern Conference Tuesday. The honor marks the second of her career as she earned All-Freshmen team honors in 2007.
"Justine is certainly deserving of this recognition," Alabama head coach Todd Bramble said. "She does everything a high quality goalkeeper is expected to do. She's a confident, vocal leader while being technically sound and consistently making good decisions. The best news, however, is that she will respond to this by wanting to work harder to get better individually and to improving our team overall. "
Bernier finished the 2009 season leading the conference in saves with 116 and 6.44 saves per game. Her 116 stops rank fourth all-time in the Alabama single season annals. She tallied four shutouts and her .817 saves percentage ranks eighth all-time at the Capstone.
The 5-10 net-minder tallied five or more saves on 13 different occasions and recorded 10 or more stops in three different matches, including a season best 11 in the final game of the season at Mississippi.
Earlier in the season Bernier earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades for her efforts at the Red Raider Classic. She made 18 saves in the two games and allowed just one goal in 199 minutes in between the pipes to lead Alabama to the team title and individually All-Tournament honors.
The all-sec honor is the second in a row for Alabama under coach Bramble. The back-to-back accolade is a first for the Crimson Tide since the 2003 and 2004 seasons.