MONDAY, AUGUST 01, 2011
Fink and Hurtado named to preseason All-Atlantic Sun team
Seniors Liz Fink and Jessica Hurtado are expected to anchor JU’s women’s soccer team this season. The rest of the league has also taken notice, with the midfield duo earning preseason All-Atlantic Sun honors, the conference announced on Monday.
Fink and Hurtado comprised two of the four total midfielders named to the squad. Mercer’s Olivia Tucker and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Olivia Elias were the others.
“I am excited for Liz and Jess to be picked for this preseason honor,” JU head coach Brian Copham said. “The both have been great players in the league up to this point. I look forward to them coming in and working to make their senior season a special one.”
JU was also picked second in the 10-team league and was one of just four schools to receive a first-place vote in a poll of the league’s head coaches.
“We are appreciative of the votes and respect from our conference colleagues,” Copham said. “We know that we have to come out every game to play at a high level and there is only one poll we are concerned with: the one in early November.”
After earning NSCAA/Performance Subaru “All-Southeast” honors following her junior season, Fink is looking to build off her stellar effort. The Cumming, Ga. native is JU’s top-returning scorer after posting seven goals and seven assists for 21 points in starting all 20 games in 2010. Fink also netted two game-winning goals.
No stranger to A-Sun honors, Hurtado also was named one of the four best midfielders entering the new season. The Butler, N.J. product was named the league’s preseason “Player of the Year” in 2010 and proved her worth by leading a stingy JU defense that surrendered just 20 total goals in 20 games, allowing the Dolphins to post a collective plus-19 goal differential and an appearance in the A-Sun championship game.
Hurtado picked up all-conference honors after her sophomore year and was named to the second team following her 2010 effort in which she scored one goal and added four assists on 30 shots to complement her defensive prowess.
FGCU took six of the 10 first place votes, accumulating 96 points to be picked first. Eagles defender KC Correllus was named “Player of the Year” and “Defensive Player of the Year” while her team was also tabbed the predicted tournament champion.
The Dolphins will kick off the regular season against Coastal Carolina in a neutral site contest at UNF on Aug. 19. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 2 versus Furman at the Ashley Sports Complex.