The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) officially announced the 2019 SAC Women's Soccer All-conference honorees with seven Bears earning recognition. Aqsa Mushtaq earned the SAC Offensive Player of the Year with Gary Higgins receiving his second Coach of the Year award.
Senior forward Hannah Van Eerden, sophomore midfielder Neve Duston, and senior defender Christina Shimshock also earned first-team recognition, which gives LR a conference-leading four players on the league's first-team. Senior midfielder Abigael McGarel and junior defender Aleisha Cruwys claimed second-team recognitions. Redshirt-freshman Charlotte Warner wrapped up honors as honorable mention team member.
Mushtaq, a native of Bradford, England earns her second straight SAC first-team honor and her first SAC Offensive Player of the Year award. She finished second in the league currently in goals 13, points 30, and shots with 83. Mushtaq was first the SAC with shot on goal percentage with a .590.
Van Eerden, a native of Stokesdale, N.C.,earns her first SAC All-Conference team nod. Van Eerden is currently third in the SAC in goals with 12 and fifth in assists at five. She is also top 10 in LR history in goals with 28 for her career.
Duston, a native of Palm City, Fla., earns her first SAC All-Conference nod. Duston is currently eighth in the SAC in goals with eight second-most by any freshmen in the conference.
Shimshock, from Asheville, N.C., earned her third SAC All-conference nod and her second first-team honors. She is currently fifth in the SAC in assists with five. Shimshock has led a defense that has given up a league-low 10 goals on the season.
McGarel, a native of Morristown, Tenn., secures her fourth straight SAC All-Conference honors. She is currently fourth on the Bears in goals with seven, while posting a .400 career shot on goal percentage and has started and played in every game since her freshman year.
Cruwys, a native of Bournemouth, England, claims her first SAC All-Conference honors. Cruwys helped lead LR to a SAC leading goals-against average of .59.
Warner, a native of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, earns her first SAC All-conference honors. She leads the SAC conference in shutouts at 10 and goals-against average at .59.
Coach Higgins secures his second SAC Coach of the Year award of his coaching career. Higgins secured the 50th win of his career against Limestone earlier this year and the 15 wins this season marks the most in a season under Higgins.
Lenoir-Rhyne claimed its seventh regular season SAC championship with a 3-1 win over Coker. The Bears will compete against Lincoln Memorial in the semifinals of the SAC tournament this weekend Friday Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.
2019 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer All-Conference
F – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Nia Gaither, Queens
F – Hannah Van Eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – McKenna DeLong, Wingate
MF – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Neve Duston, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Ermelinda Pantaleao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Kristen DeBiase, Wingate
GK – Abbey Frail, Wingate
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Shelby Vasich, Catawba
F – Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Lulu Phan, Queens
MF – Kristina Markfort, Carson-Newman
MF – Jess Lafrancis, Wingate
D – Aleisha Cruwys, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chandler Hendrix, Wingate
D – Beatrice Gards, Carson-Newman
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba
F – Erin Cepeda, Anderson
MF – Karen Juarez, Queens
MF – Jacqueline Aldrete, Newberry
MF – Addie Henry, Carson-Newman
MF – Emma rose Stockton, Queens
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
D – Thenia Zervas, Lincoln Memorial
D – Emma Harms, Newberry
GK – Charlotte Warner, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Player of the Year
Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Player of the Year
Katie Beck, Catawba
Freshman of the Year
Nia Gaither, Queens
Coach of the Year
Gary Higgins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Fair Play Award