Mustangs Place Six on All-LSC Women's Soccer Team

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Midwestern State placed six players on the All-Lone Star Conference squad Thursday night when league officials announced annual postseason awards.

Senior midfielder Katy Catney, junior midfielder Morgan Hannon and redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Courtney Burnette gained first-team honors, while junior defender Alex Edwards copped second-team accolades. Sophomore defender Lizzie Navarette and freshman striker Destinee Williamson gained honorable mention.

Catney earned first-team honors for the second straight season after leading the Mustangs with five assists from the central midfielder this season. The Wichita Falls native also notched two goals including a one-goal, one-assist performance in a key 3-1 win at Eastern New Mexico.

Hannon, a junior from Midland, played a critical role in the central midfield for the Mustangs reaching beyond her season stat line of two goals and two assists. She netted MSU's lone goal in a 2-1 setback to Texas A&M-Commerce this season and scored in a 6-1 rout of Southern Nazarene.

Burnette, who earned LSC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year honors, proved to be MSU's biggest surprise winning the starting goalkeeper job with a strong camp then posted shutouts in six of her first nine starts.

The Irving native finished second in the LSC in save percentage (.871) and saves per game (5.61) also placed third with a stellar 0.78 goals against average.

Burnette becomes the third MSU net minder to earn Goalkeeper of the Year honors joining Mallory Whitworth (2010) and Kallie Essary (2013).

Edwards, a junior from Mansfield, started each of MSU's 18 matches at center back serving as MSU's defensive leader. She played a key role in helping the Mustangs hold the opposition to a 0.78 goals against average while posting six clean sheets.

Edwards worked her way forward to account for two goals and two assists this season.

Williamson garnered Freshman of the Year honors after leading the Mustangs with eight goals in her first collegiate season. The Euless Trinity High School product produced game winners against St. Edward's (Texas) and West Texas A&M and knocked in a season-best two goals against Southern Nazarene.

Williamson is the eighth MSU player to garner top freshman honors joining Ressa Morris (1996), Chrissy Troia (2001), Megan Dodson (2002), Megan Bibilone (2005), Kendra Clemons (2007), Kelsey Hill (2008) and teammate Ashley Cottrell (2012).

Navarette, a sophomore from McKinney, split time in the midfield and at defender to earn honorable mention. She tallied her lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Texas Woman's on Oct. 3 at the MSU Soccer Field.

Midwestern State takes on host Texas A&M-Commerce in the LSC Postseason Tournament semifinals Friday night at the Lion Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The winners moves on to face the victor of Friday's other semifinal matchup between Angelo State and Eastern New Mexico in the tournament finals Sunday at 1 p.m.