MSU Womens Soccer: Staley Named LSC Defender of the Year

Midwestern State's Hanna Staley headlined a group of six Mustangs to gain All-Lone Star Conference honors when league officials released annual awards late Wednesday night.
Staley gained Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season while helping the Mustangs to eight shutouts while limiting the opposition to a 0.64 goals against average this season.
The junior center back from Austin has led the Mustangs to its best two defensive seasons in school history while starting in 36 matches over the past two seasons at center back.
Staley, who Daktronics second-team All-America honors last season, is one of four Mustangs to earn first-team honors joining senior forwards Kelsey Hill and Lindsay Pritchard and junior midfielder Maddie Fraser.
Hill, a four-time All-LSC first-team performer, paced MSU with nine goals and nine assists this season. The Rider High product tops the program's all-time charts with 43 goals and 105 points and rates third in program history with 19 assists.
Hill garnered all-region region honors as a freshman and junior.
Pritchard, who also was an All-LSC first-team performer last season, scored six goals and added five assists this season. The Whitehouse native ranks sixth on MSU's all-time goal scoring list with 26 career tallies.
Fraser enjoyed a solid campaign while making 18 starts in the midfield. The Lindale, Texas product who garnered honorable mention in 2010 scored one goal and was second on the team with six assists.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth earned second-team honors after notching five shutouts and allowing a 0.67 goals against average. The McKinney High product earned NSCAA and Daktronics all-region honors a season ago and was the 2010 LSC Goalkeeper of the Year.
Senior outside back Heidi Avila gained honorable mention.
Midwestern State takes on either Eastern New Mexico or West Texas A&M in the semifinal round Friday afternoon at the ACU Soccer Pitch in Abilene. Kickoff is set for noon.

Hill, Lambert Named to LSC All-Academic Team

Midwestern State's Kelsey Hill and Lainie Lambert were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team Wednesday night when league officials announced annual postseason awards.
Hill, who sports a 3.47 grade-point average as a kinesiology major, has enjoyed one of the most decorated careers in program history.
The Wichita Falls native tops MSU's all-time points list with 105 and goal scoring list with 43 while ranking third with 19 career assists.
The senior forward, who was also named to the 2010 LSC All-Academic squad, is a four-time all-league performer while NSCAA all-region honors after her freshman and junior season. Additionally, the Rider High product was a Daktronics All-South Central Region honoree in 2010.
Lambert, a sophomore midfielder from Flower Mound, boasts a 4.00 GPA as a nursing major.
She has appeared in 17 matches as a key reserve this season.
Abilene Christian midfielder Julie Coppedge garnered LSC Academic Player of the Year honors as a junior advertising/public relations major. The Amarillo native has scored one goal and dished out five assists this season.
The All-Academic team is chosen by the league's sports information directors, who select the players on the basis of both athletic and academic achievement.
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of teams' contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average based on the 4.0 system for her entire collegiate career.
League officials, however, prohibit the release of individual student-athlete's grade-point averages.

Womens' Soccer Still #5 in Region Rankings

Midwestern State remained steady at No. 5 in the latest South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee.
The Mustangs split a pair of regular season ending matches falling to No. 2 Abilene Christian 2-0 on Friday night before rallying for 1-0 overtime win against Eastern New Mexico to go to 11-5-1.
Midwestern earned a first-round bye in the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament beginning Thursday afternoon in Abilene.
The Mustangs take on the winner of the Eastern New Mexico/West Texas A&M match in the semifinal round on Friday at noon.
With a win, MSU moves on to the championship match for the second consecutive season Sunday at 1 p.m.
The top six teams advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs beginning with first and second round matches played in two three-team pods at sites of the top two teams in the region on the weekend of Nov. 11-13.
If the playoffs started today, the Mustangs would square off with St. Edward's for the right to face Abilene Christian in the second round in Abilene.
Central Missouri would battle Dallas Baptist in Edmond, Okla. with the winner advancing to face host Central Oklahoma.
The winners of the two pods move on to the Third/Quarterfinal rounds against the advancing teams of the West Region for the right to compete in the NCAA Division II Championships beginning Dec. 1 in Pensacola, Fla.
The championship field is set for release via a live video stream on Monday at 6 p.m.