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November 5th, 2009
Bobcats dominate SLC soccer honors

STAFF REPORT

Texas State’s dominance of the Southland Conference soccer season is reflected in the haul of postseason honors presented by the league this week.

After the Bobcats finished 8-0-1 in the league to win the top seed at this weekend’s Southland Conference tournament at Northwestern State, the league named Texas State’s Britney Curry as the Player of the Year, Texas State coach Kat Conner as the Coach of the Year, and two more Bobcats were placed on the league’s first team and another three went on the second team

Curry is joined on the first team by teammates Kelsey Bernard and Jessica Elting, while Taylor Person, Mandi Mawyer and Erica Michaud were all named to the second team.

A native of Cypress, Curry tied for the league lead in multi-point games with six and finished the regular season atop every offensive category. Curry led the Southland in points (38), points per-game (2.00), goals (16) and game-winning goals (five). The junior became the all-time leading goal scorer for Texas State this season with 37-career goals and is ranked nationally in points per-game (eighth, 2.00) and goals per-game (seventh, 0.842). Curry was the only repeat first-team selection from 2008.

Bernard has played in all 19 games for Texas State as a key component to Texas State’s two-straight years of success. Elting, a junior from Flower Mound, has been instrumental defensively for Texas State.

The Bobcats have not lost a league contest since 2007 and have posted 23 shutouts in the two-year span.

Person was third on the Bobcats in points with eight, contributing three goals and two assists. A player of the week recipient, Person has played in 18 games this season. Mawyer is making her second-straight appearance on the SLC teams. The goalkeeper matched a Texas State record for most saves in a season (eight) set by herself in 2008. She leads the league in goals against average (0.32), save percentage (0.922) and was second in shutouts. Mawyer’s numbers are also No. 2 in the NCAA. Michaud, a native of Temple, was second on the Bobcats in points scored (21), goals (8) and assists (5). The sophomore makes her second appearance on the team after being named 2008 SLC Freshman of the Year.

Conner has spent 10 seasons at the helm of the Bobcats. In the span, she has led Texas State to four regular season titles.

Andrea Grifo, Alissa Scott and Jessica Lewis all received honorable mention votes.

The Bobcats return to the field Friday in Natchitoches, LA, where they will compete in the semi-final round of the Southland Conference Tournament. Texas State holds the No. 1 seed and received a first-round bye. The Bobcats will face the winner of the Sam Houston State/Texas-San Antonio match to be played Thursday night.

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