Defender Imani Morlock was tabbed the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year while being joined by senior midfielder Morgan Hannon on the LSC First Team to highlight six all-conference selections for the Midwestern State women's soccer team, the league office announced Wednesday evening at the championship banquet.
In addition to its two first team nods, Midwestern State was also represented on the LSC Second Team by junior forward Aly Wade and junior midfielder Liz Navarette while sophomore forward Destinee Williamson and sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette were honorable mention picks.
Regular season champion Angelo State led all schools with seven all-conference nods including LSC Offensive Player of the Year Haley Mendel, Goalkeeper of the Year Shantel Wittke, Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Exford and Newcomer of the Year Demi Tsambasis. ASU head coach Travis McCorkle was tabbed the LSC Coach of the Year after leading the Rambelles to a 14-2-1 mark and a season-best ranking of No. 3 in the nation.
Morlock has been a stalwart for the MSU backline this season, helping the Mustangs tally seven shutouts while holding teams to an average of 1.06 goals per game. The Rio Rancho, New Mexico native has started in all 17 matches, ranking third on the team with 1,593 minutes played. Morlock has also helped Midwestern State on the offensive end with one goal and one assist this season, netting her first collegiate goal last weekend against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Morlock became the third Mustang to capture LSC Freshman of the Year accolades in the last four seasons, joining current teammates Destinee Williamson (2014) and Ashley Cottrell (2012).
Hannon collected her third-straight LSC First Team honor Wednesday after making 17 starts and scoring four goals, second best on the squad, at center mid. A native of Midland, the senior captain has been a powerful force for the MSU midfield while also being an offensive threat. Hannon has netted two game winners on the year with a second half goal in a 1-0 road win over then-No. 13 Colorado-Colorado Springs and a golden goal in a 1-0 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo.
A native of McKinney, Navarette has started in all 17 contests and ranks fifth on the team with 1,437 minutes played. An All-LSC Honorable Mention selection in 2014, the quick and crafty center midfielder has caused the opposition many problems this season. Navarette recorded her first collegiate assist this season on Hannon's golden goal in the Mustangs' win over CSU-Pueblo.
Wade has had a breakout season for Midwestern State, leading the Mustangs with five assists and ranking second on the squad with 11 points in 17 starts on the year. The Cedar Park native has recorded one game winner and assisted on both goals in MSU's 2-1 comeback win over St. Mary's. Wade posted a career-best three points in the Mustangs' first win of the season over Colorado Mesa.
Williamson garnered her second LSC honor of her young career, also being named an honorable mention selection following her freshman campaign in 2014. The Bedford native paced the MSU offense for the second-straight season with a team-high six goals and 12 points in 16 starts, notching a couple of two-goal performances against Southern Nazarene and Eastern New Mexico.
Burnette collected the second all-LSC honor of her career after earning first team and goalkeeper of the year honors in 2014. Burnette has started all 17 contests in goal with over 1,500 minutes between the posts for the Mustangs. The Irving native holds a 1.02 goals against average and a .798 save percentage while allowing 18 goals. Burnette has helped Midwestern to seven clean sheets this season, surpassing last year's total of six.
Burnette was also chosen as one of 11 student-athletes to the LSC Women's Soccer All-Academic Team after sporting a 3.52 cumulative grade-point average in Nursing.
Texas Woman's Gabby Larson was selected as the LSC Academic Player of the Year.
Midwestern State comes into the LSC Tournament as the fifth seed where the Mustangs will take on fourth seed West Texas A&M in a quarterfinal match tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at ASU Soccer Field in San Angelo.