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Six All-ODAC awards for VWC dominated by sophomores

FOREST, Va. -- All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selections for Virginia Wesleyan College in women's soccer hint of continued success for the Marlins program.

Six Marlins have earned the all-conference honors, with four of the awards going to sophomores, the largest contingent of second-year players since 2005.

Senior standout Angel Horowitz (Bushkill, Pa./East Stroudsburg North) topped VWC's list of honorees with first team status, along with sophomores Kaitlyn Clunan (Virginia Beach/Bayside) and Kerry Knauss (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson). Junior Kristen Mack (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) and sophomores Jasmine Dao (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and Allie Ketzler (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) all received third team honors. The All-ODAC award is the second consecutive for Horowitz and Knauss, and the first for Clunan, Mack, Dao, and Ketzler.

Horowitz and Ketzler were mainstays in the defensive effort for the Marlins.  Horowitz, one of the quickest players on the VWC team, has been a key leader in the defense all four years as a Marlin student-athlete.  She started every game, 39 total, as a senior and junior, and played in 75 games for Virginia Wesleyan.

Ketzler, who started in all 19 games this season, helped patrol the back line, helping the Marlin defense to thwart numerous opponent attacks.  Virginia Wesleyan allowed only 10 goals in 19 games this season, tying the third best defensive effort in program history. VWC also recorded 12 shutouts, the fifth highest total in program history. Marlin teams have shutout foes 128 times in 193 games since 2004.

While Horowitz and Ketzler helped guide the defensive effort, Knauss, Clunan, Mack, and Dao emerged as key contributors in setting up the offense and putting the ball into the net. Clunan led scoring overall with 11 goals and 24 points.  She netted three goals in a 3-1 win over Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace College and scored twice in a 7-0 win over Guilford College and a 2-1 victory over Bridgewater College.

Knauss, last year's ODAC Rookie of the Year, contributed with three goals and an assist, and Mack added a pair of goals and assists.  Dao led the Marlins with four assists and also scored three goals, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Shenandoah University. 

Clunan, Knauss, Mack, and Dao were four of 17 Marlins to score 49 goals overall. VWC also recorded 24 assists en route to outscoring foes 122-26.

Virginia Wesleyan finished the season with a 12-5-2 record overall, marking its 15th consecutive winning season, including the last 14 under the leadership of head coach Jeff Bowers.  VWC also posted a 9-3 mark in ODAC competition, marking its 16th straight winning mark in the conference.

2013 ALL-ODAC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Player of the Year:
Dessi Dupuy, Jr., F, Lynchburg
Coach of the Year: Dr. Todd Olsen, Lynchburg
Rookie of the Year: Ashley Hogan, Fr., D, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Rachel Sadowski, Sr., D, Lynchburg

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Forwards

Angela Bosco

Sr.

Lynchburg

Dessi Dupuy

Jr.

Lynchburg

Kaitlyn Clunan

So.

Virginia Wesleyan

Haley Ward

Jr.

Washington and Lee

Midfielders 

Jenn Snyder

Sr.

Lynchburg

Nathalie Torres

So.

Roanoke

Kerry Knauss

So.

Virginia Wesleyan

Holley Beasley

Jr.

Washington and Lee

Defenders

Elizabeth Stump

Jr.

Bridgewater

Rachel Sadowski

Sr.

Lynchburg

Angel Horowitz

Sr.

Virginia Wesleyan

Ashley Hogan

Fr.

Washington and Lee

Goalkeeper 

Addie Healy

So.

Washington and Lee

 

 

 

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Forwards

Julia Baca

So.

Bridgewater

Melanie Waters

Sr.

Bridgewater

Nora Osei

Jr.

Eastern Mennonite

Katherine Schwalen

So.

Randolph-Macon

Midfielders 

Michelle Viegas

So.

Bridgewater

Jessie Gonzalez

Sr.

Lynchburg

Ashley Barnes

So.

Roanoke

Lauren Abraham

Jr.

Washington and Lee

Defenders 

Tori Dott

Sr.

Lynchburg

Maya Kantor

Sr.

Roanoke

Kaitlyn Manning

Jr.

Roanoke

Alexis Blight

Sr.

Washington and Lee

Goalkeeper 

Erin Septer

Fr.

Shenandoah

 

 

 

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Forwards

Erica Merriman

Jr.

Emory & Henry

Morgan Singer

So.

Lynchburg

Jennifer Nguyen

Fr.

Shenandoah

Jasmine Dao

So.

Virginia Wesleyan

Midfielders 

Jade Woll

So.

Lynchburg

Jen LaBarge

Jr.

Randolph-Macon

Danielle Burris

So.

Shenandoah

Kristen Mack

Jr.

Virginia Wesleyan

Defenders

Willow Hubbard

Fr.

Emory & Henry

Jenna Kline

Sr.

Shenandoah

Ellen Strom

Sr.

Shenandoah

Allie Ketzler

So.

Virginia Wesleyan

Goalkeeper

Carolyn Sarbacher

Jr.

Roanoke

 

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