Six Argonauts named All-GSC

first_imgNovember 2, 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team saw six players recognized as All-Gulf South Conference performers on Monday. Four players were named to the first team, while two were named to the conference’s second team. UWF posted the best goals against average in the GSC this year, and defenders Emily Vogler (Lynn Haven, Fla./Mosley HS) and Svenja Burkhardt (Bad Salzuflen, Germany/Gymnasium Heepen) earned first team nods for their efforts on the back line. Burkhardt led the team in total minutes for the year, while Vogler ranked third on the team in minutes. This is the first time either player has been named to an all-conference team in their collegiate careers. Daryl Bell (Sarasota, Fla./Southeast HS) was named to the first team as a midfielder, as she netted 14 goals and recorded 33 points on the season, both of which rank second in the GSC. Bell’s year has been highlighted by a strong second half, during which she has scored nine goals in her last six games. Bell scored twice in each of her last three games of the year, against Mississippi College, Valdosta State and West Georgia. She was named to the All-GSC second team last year as a freshman. Senior Amber Pennybaker (Indianapolis, Ind./Tampa) was also named to the first team, as she made an immediate impact for UWF after transferring from the University of Tampa over the summer. Pennybaker scored a goal in each of her first three games as an Argonaut, and finished the year ranked tied for third in assists, tied for seventh in goals and fifth in total points in the GSC. Juniors Sara Helgadottir (Grindavík, Iceland/Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi) and Kaley Ward (Saint Cloud, Fla./Tampa) each earned second team honors for their efforts on the year. Helgadottir was named to the second team as a midfielder, after shifting to a more defensive role this year. Helgadottir recorded three assists on the season, two of which came against GSC foes Mississippi College and Delta State. This is her third all-conference team honor, after being named Freshman of the Year in 2013 as a first team All-GSC and first-team All-South Region performer. Helgadottir was named to the All-GSC and All-South Region second teams as a sophomore last year. Ward ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points, with each of those marks placing her in the top 10 for the conference as well. Ward was named GSC Player of the Week for the week of September 15 after recording a hat trick against Rollins, which included the game-winner, and netting another goal against Tampa. West Florida will host Christian Brothers on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Gulf South Conference Championship Tournament. The first 150 UWF students to arrive at the game will receive free admission. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# — –Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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