MACON, Ga. – Following a successful regular season that ended with the team earning the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Tournament, the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team collected some hardware on Thursday with the release of the All-Atlantic Sun squads. Senior Ally Lee – this season’s Preseason Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year – was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year for her work at center-back for the Dolphins. She also was named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team, joining junior forward Kaitlyn Bassett.
Along with that pair on the first team, sophomore midfielder Sarah Moghadas was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team and midfielder/defender Mary Sturgis landed a place on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team.
A starter in 16 matches on the season, Lee has helped the Dolphins earn three shutouts while she’s been on the field. Always taking responsibility for a team’s main scoring threat, she has shut down the likes of Ellen Lundy from Lipscomb, Tabby Tindell of Florida Gulf Coast, Katrina Frost from Kennesaw State and A-Sun Player of the Year Sarah Zadrazil of East Tennessee State. All told, opponents are putting less than 40 percent of their shot attempts on goal, and scoring on fewer than 10 percent of their shots on the season. The Defensive Player of the Year award is the first of Lee’s career, while she has now made the conference’s first team for a second consecutive year. These honors are in addition to her Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team selection that she picked up yesterday along with junior midfielder Julia Burton.
Finishing third in the league in both goals (13) and points (29) on the season, Bassett was a natural choice for the All-Atlantic Sun First Team as a junior after making the second team in each of her first two seasons at Jacksonville. JU’s star forward sits alone in third place all-time in Atlantic Sun women’s soccer history with seven game-winning goals on the season, including four in conference play. She also has had three multi-goal matches this season and her 27 career goals rank sixth all-time in program history.
Another attacking threat all season for JU has been Moghadas. The sophomore was a dynamic offensive player for the Dolphins, scoring five goals and adding five assists in 17 matches. Four of her five goals on the season were game-winners, including scores against North Florida and at East Tennessee State. Her 15 total points on the season ranked second on the team behind Bassett.
The final Jacksonville postseason award went to Sturgis, who was the lone Dolphin to find a spot on this season’s All-Freshman Team. Sturgis was solid in whatever role was asked of her this season, splitting time both as a defender and as a midfielder and leading the team in minutes played while playing in all 18 matches. She ended the season with one goal and two assists, including the pass that freed Moghadas to score the game-winner at Georgia Southern.
“I’m proud of the girls and glad they are getting recognized for their individual efforts,” said Head Coach Brian Copham. “All four have put in tremendous preparation leading up to this season and it has paid off in their play. I’m especially proud of Ally for receiving the Defensive Player of the Year award. She has been an anchor for our defense and I’m excited for her to get this much-deserved honor.”
As the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament, the Dolphins will get to enjoy a weekend off before resuming play in the conference semifinals on Nov. 8 at Florida Gulf Coast. JU awaits the winner of the 3/6 match between Kennesaw State and Lipscomb, who meet this Saturday night for the right to face the Dolphins. The other semifinal will feature the hosts, FGCU, against the survivor of the match between No. 5 Stetson and No. 4 Mercer.