THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
Brian Copham named A-Sun “Coach of the Year”
After posting its best conference record since 2000, the JU women’s soccer team has been well represented on the A-Sun all-conference teams with seven student-athletes receiving honors and head coach Brian Copham being named “Coach of the Year.”
The Dolphins (12-4-2, 8-1-1 A-Sun) are represented by senior defender Devon Dowell, redshirt-junior midfielder Liz Fink and sophomore forward Lisa Hensley on the first team with junior goalie Alexa Rooney and junior midfielder Jessica Hurtado receiving second team honors. Freshman forward Courtney Conrad is a unanimous selection to the all-freshman team with defender Ally Lee joining her on the list.
Copham, who has led the squad to the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, becomes the first women’s soccer coach to receive A-Sun “Coach of the Year” honors since Mike Johnson in 2000.
“We are very excited and proud of the recognition our girls have gotten for their hard work and success this season,” said Copham. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the teams in our conference. The leadership and the standard that these seven players have helped create this year has been a huge part of our success up until this point.”
Dowell completed her final regular season scoring two goals and notching an assist while leading the JU defense to seven shutouts in conference, 10 overall. She is also one of four players on the team to start every match this season.
Fink became a dominant presence at defensive midfield this season, scoring seven goals and seven assists, including two game winners. In conference play, she is tied for first in assists (5) and fifth in goals (4). Fink recorded a season-high four points against USC Upstate (10/1).
Hensley burst onto the scene in her sophomore season, scoring eight goals and six assists. In conference play, she is tied for first in the A-Sun in assists (5) and tied for second in points (15). Hensley has recorded a pair of four-point matches against USC Upstate (10/1) and ETSU (10/3).
Rooney boasts a conference goals-against-average of 0.31 (second in the A-Sun) and leads the A-Sun in save percentage (.993). She posted six shutouts against conference opponents this season and, during the final six matches of the season, played 528 minutes of soccer without conceding a goal.
Hurtado ranks fourth on the team in assists (4) and shots (29). She recorded the game-winning assist in a victory over Belmont (10/8) and scored a goal and had the game-winning assist in JU’s win over Furman (9/20).
Conrad has played a large role in the Dolphin attack, scoring five goals and four assists on the year. In the A-Sun, she is tied for fifth with four goals and tied for seventh with nine points. Conrad has tallied three game-winning goals on the year while the Dolphins have won every conference match she has scored in.
Lee has become a mainstay on the Dolphin backline, playing 923 out of a possible 925 minutes in conference play. She was a part of 10 shutouts this season and is one of just two freshmen to start 16 or more matches.
The Dolphins will have a weekend off while the Nos. 3-6 seeds in the A-Sun Championship play for a place in the semifinals next Thursday. The Dolphins will face the winner of No. 4 Kennesaw State and No. 5 ETSU on Thursday. Stay tuned to JUDolphins.com for more information regarding the championship in the coming week.