MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Saint Leo University women's soccer team continues to set standards, as five players were named to the 2011 Daktronics All-South Region team, it was announced Tuesday.
Seniors Aija Bent-Trinder, Cassie Barbaresi, Dari Alcantara, and Pia Soesemann, as well as freshman goalkeeper Laura Carstens, were recognized on this season's All-Region teams, with Bent-Trinder and Barbaresi earning First Team honors.
Bent-Trinder, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was the Lions' defensive leader on the pitch, helping the team to their 15-3-1 record, and first ever Sunshine State Conference regular season championship. A First Team Sunshine State Conference selection, she gets a nod as a First Team All-Region honoree after registering one goal and three assists from the back line, and helping hold opponents to just 18 goals all season while the Lions earned seven shutouts. The stingy back line posted a goals allowed average of .95, and had an overall save percentage of .800 on the season.
Barbaresi adds First Team honors to her growing list of accolades, including Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Year, after finishing the season leading the team in assists with ten. The Bradenton, Fla. native also added seven goals to her scoring tally, good for second best on the team in overall points with 24. Barbaresi notched one game-winning goal while helping the Lions pepper opponents with 295 shots and 147 shots on target, and was lethal from long range.
Alcantara picks up a Second Team selection, adding to her First Team SSC nod this season. The Tampa, Fla. native led the Lions in goals and points, tallying 11 goals and five assists for 27 points overall. Alcantara notched five game-winning goals for the Lions, and was 1-for-1 on penalty kicks this season. A dangerous weapon on the front line, Alcantara was also just as effective on defense, helping the Lions hold opponents to just 18 goals all season compared to SLU's 49.
Despite missing time on the field due to injury, senior forward Pia Soesemann proved she was a force to be reckoned with as she saw time in 10 of the Lions' 19 games. The Berlin, Germany adds her Second Team accolade to her Second Team All-SSC nod, as well as her First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. Soesemann finished her senior season second on the team in goals scored with 10, and third in overall points with 23 thanks to three assists. She notched three game-winning goals in her time on the field, and was a powerful asset to the Green and Gold both on and off the field.
Carstens wraps up an impressive freshman campaign with Saint Leo, adding her Second Team All-South Region selection to her First Team All-SSC award. Carstens collected seven shutouts in her freshman season, and earned an overall record of 13-3-1. The Horsens, Denmark native allowed only 11 goals in her time between the posts, finishing the season with a goals allowed average of .690, and racking up a save percentage of .838 as she set aside 57 shots on frame in 1425 minutes.
A total of 20 SSC student-athletes were recognized on this year's squad. SSC representatives occupied 10 of the 13 slots on the All-Region first team, and 10 of the 14 second-team positions.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).
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