Kat Conner named Coach of the Year
Frisco, Texas – After leading the Texas State Bobcat soccer team to an undefeated league season and a 2008 Southland Conference title, head coach Kat Conner was named SLC Coach of the Year and a league-best seven Bobcats claimed places on the All-SLC teams released today by league officials.
Having started the Bobcat program in 1999, Conner earns the title for the first time this year. The Arlington, native improves her overall coaching wins to 94 and SLC victories to 67 after guiding the team to its 11-3-4 and 7-0-2 respective marks this year. Since the program’s inception, Conner has led Texas State to now, three regular season titles and three SLC tournament championships.
This year, Conner steers the Bobcats into the Southland Conference tournament with a school-record five first-team selections, two second-team members, two honorable mentions and one Freshman of the Year.
Britney Curry was named to the first team with a league-best 21 points in conference play alone. Curry also tied for the top rank with nine goals in SLC games, but totaled 12 for the season, a No. 2 rank in the Texas State record books.
Joining Curry on the first team is junior Andrea Grifo. Grifo posted one multi-point match this season and leads the team in assists with six, tying for fifth in the Southland. Jessica Lewis and Anna Fagan both snagged the defender spots on the first team after playing a pivotal role in the Bobcats defense that dominated the league, limiting opponents to a league-best nine goals this season in over 1700 minutes of action, including 11 shutout contests. At the heart of the SLC’s tightfisted defense, goalkeeper Mandi Mawyer rounds out the list of first team award winners. Mawyer, who currently ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.912) and fourth in goals against average (.384), tied the No.1 spot in the record books with her seven shutouts this season.
Representing Texas State on the second-team is Kelsey Bernard and Freshman of the Year Erica Michaud. Bernard, was the only Bobcat to start all 18 games this season, aiding the ‘Cats on the defensive end during the week of October 14 en route to a weekly conference honor. Bernard dished out two assists while helping the team to back-to-back shutouts against Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls.
Michaud is the third Bobcat to receive the honor after Natalie Holder (2003) and Danielle Holloway (2004). The Belton native concluded the regular season with a second-best five goals and four assists for a 14-point total on the team.
Kamryn Koch of McNeese State was named SLC Player of the Year and Jenna Oney of Southeastern Louisiana took Newcomer of the Year Honors.
by AMBER ARTERBERRY
Assistant Sports Information Director