USA South 2017 Women's Soccer Awards Announced

USA South 2017 Women's Soccer Awards Announced

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2016 All-Conference awards for women's soccer. A total of 58 student-athletes have earned honors. Piedmont College's Cassidy Reich was named Player of the Year, Maryville College's Bailey Sipos collected Rookie of the Year accolades while Salem College's Jay Callahan earned Coach of the Year honors to round out the individual accolades. Additionally, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the women's soccer coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Reich, a Largo, Florida junior forward, collects her second-career USA South Player of the Year honor after she received both the top honor and Rookie of the Year accolades in 2015. For the year, Reich currently ranks tied for third in the League with 14 goals, first with ten assists and second with 38 points while her five game-winning goals top all USA South performers. In USA South-contests alone, Reich led the Conference with eight goals and 19 points. For her efforts this season, Reich was named First Team All-Conference, as well as First Team West Division as a forward. This is her second-career first team all-conference and first top all-division team honor as she was second team all-division a year ago. Finally, she was selected as USA South Player of the Week twice this season.

Sipos, a freshman forward from Knoxville, Tennessee, becomes just the second Scot to be named USA South Rookie of the Year, joining Sierra Siegel (2012). She currently leads all rookies in goals scored (14) and points (31) which each rank tied for third and fourth among all USA South performers, respectively. In USA South-only contests, Sipos notched five goals, two of which were game-winners tying her for the League-high. She was named First Team All-Conference, as well as First Team West Division this fall as a forward. Finally, Sipos collected USA South Player of the Week once and Rookie of the Week accolades twice this season.

Callahan, in his 12th season as the head of the Spirits, earns his first-career USA South Women's Soccer Coach of the Year award. He was a four-time coach of the year in the Great South Athletic Conference and becomes the first Salem head coach in any sport to capture coach of the year honors in the USA South. This season, Callahan led his team to its second consecutive USA South Regular Season Division Championship, this year in the East while last year's was in the West. Salem currently sports a 13-3-0 overall record and compiled a 6-1-0 Conference mark. Callahan now takes his team into the USA South Women's Soccer Tournament as the East Division's top seed.

 
Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year

Cassidy Reich
Piedmont

Bailey Sipos
Maryville

Jay Callahan
Salem
 

The 2017 USA South Women's Soccer All-Conference Team:

First Team All-Conference
Forward

Brooke Bukas, Salem
Shannon Reagan, Maryville
Cassidy Reich, Piedmont
Bailey Sipos, Maryville

Midfielder

Ella Burkhart, N.C. Wesleyan
Savannah Castles, Piedmont
Hannah Clothier, Maryville

Defender
Kirstie King, Meredith
Miranda Lukas, Maryville
Sydney Priest, Salem

Goalkeeper
Rachel Lemay, Covenant

 

First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Forward
Brooke Bukas, Salem
Capri Clark, Methodist
Jessica Wallace, Meredith

Midfielder
Ella Burkhart, N.C. Wesleyan
Morgan Jones, Salem
Alex Mattson, Ferrum
Cassie Padilla, Meredith

Defender
Victoria Burkhart, N.C. Wesleyan
Kirstie King, Meredith
Sydney Priest, Salem

Goalkeeper
Jaisa Loch, Meredith
Forward
Mercedes Fisher, Greensboro
Jordan Lanier, Salem
Cydney Nichols, N.C. Wesleyan
Katie Quinn, Meredith

Midfielder
Erin Cooke, Meredith
Jasmine Newman, Methodist
Samantha Whipp, Greensboro

Defender
Olivia DeBellis, Meredith
Alyssa Denkovich, Salem
Sierra Swasey, Methodist

Goalkeeper
Emily Benton, Methodist
Forward
Addy Cronan, Covenant
Shannon Reagan, Maryville
Cassidy Reich, Piedmont
Bailey Sipos, Maryville

Midfielder
Callie Bader, Covenant
Savannah Castles, Piedmont
Hannah Clothier, Maryville

Defender
Kelly Allen, Maryville
Kendyll Freeman, Covenant
Miranda Lukas, Maryville 

Goalkeeper
Rachel Lemay, Covenant
Forward
Fetlework Blitch, Wesleyan
Elena Guy, Huntingdon
Zoey Perchaluk, Agnes Scott

Midfielder
Abbie Anderson, Maryville
Tori Gillett, Piedmont
Jazmin Penado, Piedmont 
Kara Tubb, Maryville 

Defender
Aleea Bishop, Piedmont
Abbey Dunlop, Piedmont
Alexis Gottko, Piedmont

Goalkeeper
Miranda McNalley, Piedmont


All-Sportsmanship
Nia Coates, Agnes Scott
Nia Johnson, Averett
Sierra Massucco, Berea
Ashley Hughes, Brevard
Callie Bader, Covenant
Mac Cannaday, Ferrum
Keeley Catarineau, Greensboro
Madi Critcher, Huntingdon
Taylor Vardeman, LaGrange
Kara Tubb, Maryville
Jaisa Loch, Meredith
Morgan Albertson, Methodist
Lucia Davids, N.C. Wesleyan
Kaley Hyatt, Pfeiffer
Samantha Ishee, Piedmont
Amy Bounds, Salem
Jessica Austell, Wesleyan
Amber Arnold, William Peace