Four Lady Monarch Soccer Players Earn Postseason Accolades

January 28, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 28, 2009

NORFOLK, Va. -- SOCCER BUZZ Magazine released its postseason awards today, listing four Lady Monarchs and head coach Joe Pereira as All-Region honorees. Among the 46 Mid-Atlantic Region teams, Pereira was named as a finalist for the All-Region Coach of the Year, while senior Katie Watson earned First Team honors, seniors Shavon Knight and Elizabeth Brewster earned Third Team honors, and rookie Lisa Bernardini earned All-Freshman Region honors. Watson was also named First Team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Pereira guided the Lady Monarchs to its first ever national ranking en route to a 14-4-1 season and a CAA Quarterfinal appearance. The Lady Monarchs boasted a powerful offense and stingy defense that lost just one game at home all season. Pereira finished second to just Steve Swanson from Virginia, the Coach of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Katie Watson, a senior forward from Woodbridge, Virginia, was named to the NSCAA First Team All-Region in December, and adds the SOCCER BUZZ First Team honor today. She led Old Dominion in every offensive category, scoring a career-high tying 33 points this season. She was third in the conference in scoring, tied for third in goals and tied for fifth in assists. It was her second time being named to the All-Region team by SOCCER BUZZ.

Watson was also named to the VaSID First Team today, voted by the sports information directors in the state. It was her second VaSID All-State appearance.

Shavon Knight, a senior forward from Waldorf, Maryland, was named to the All-Region team for her second time as well, as she hauled in the Third Team honor. Knight helped Watson lead ODU's explosive offense, posting a career-high 10 assists and adding nine goals for 28 total points. With freshman Victoria Johnson and Watson, Knight became part of the first trio in ODU history to each score 20 points or more. Knight also led the team in game-winners this year.

Defender Elizabeth Brewster, from Clifton, Virginia, was also named to the SOCCER BUZZ Third Team. Brewster led the ODU defense from the center back position, assisting in 11 team shutouts and a league best 0.82 goals against average. Brewster also added four goals and three assists for 11 points, including a dramatic game winning goal with no time left at George Washington University.

Finally, freshman defender Lisa Bernardini from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Frehsman squad. Bernardini was a force defensively for Pereira, constantly the last line of defense between ODU and the goal. Bernardini marked the opposing teams best player often and was second on the team in minutes played as a true freshman.

Old Dominion went 14-4-1 overall and 7-3-2 in the CAA during the 2008 season. The Lady Monarchs were nationally ranked for the first time in program history and shattered team marks for goals, assists and points, as well as goals against average and goals allowed in a season. The team outscored opponents at home in the regular season, 28-1.



Player of the Year Nikki Krzysik Virginia Defender

Freshman of the Year Lauren Alwine Virginia Forward

Coach of the Year Steve Swanson Virginia

Coach of the Year, Runner-Up Joe Pereira Old Dominion

ALL MID-ATLANTIC, FIRST TEAM PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION YEAR Lauren Alwine UVa Forward Freshman Emily Jukich VT Forward Junior Corky Julien JMU Forward Junior Katie Watson ODU Forward Senior Claire Zimmeck W&M Forward Senior Carolyn Blank W.VA Midfielder Junior Natalie Capuano Penn Midfielder Senior Dani Collins W&M Midfielder Senior Sinead Farrelly UVa Midfielder Sophomore Jenifer Anzivino Rutgers Defender Junior Greer Barnes W.VA Defender Senior Nikki Krzysik UVa Defender Senior Teri Maykoski JMU Defender Junior Erin Guthrie Rutgers Goalkeeper Junior

ALL MID-ATLANTIC, SECOND TEAM PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION YEAR Jen Dervarics Bucknell Forward Senior Deanna Everett W.VA Forward Senior Meghan Lenczyk UVa Forward Sophomore Sarah Peteraf Princeton Forward Senior Gina DeMaio Rutgers Midfielder Junior Kim Germain JMU Midfielder Senior Alicia Hall Rutgers Midfielder Senior Teresa Rynier JMU Midfielder Sophomore Lisa Chinn Princeton Defender Senior Kelly Eagan Villanova Defender Junior Kim Hickey VT Defender Junior Sarra Moller Loyola (MD) Defender Senior Sarah Senty UVa Defender Senior Kerri Butler W.VA Goalkeeper Sophomore

ALL MID-ATLANTIC, THIRD TEAM PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION YEAR Joni Demoor Monmouth Forward Senior Toni Marie Hudson Georgetown Forward Junior Shavon Knight ODU Forward Senior Amanda Cicchini W.VA Midfielder Junior Sarah Friedman Penn Midfielder Sophomore Erin Hardiman Villanova Midfielder Senior Jessica Rostedt UVa Midfielder Junior Elizabeth Brewster ODU Defender Senior Michaela Buonomo Georgetown Defender Sophomore Abby Lauer W&M Defender Senior Shelly Moeller Navy Defender Junior Taylor Numann Princeton Defender Senior Caitlyn Roan Radford Defender Junior Mary Casey Maryland Goalkeeper Junior

ALL FRESHMAN MID-ATLANTIC REGION PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION Molly Allen VCU Defender Lauren Alwine UVa Forward Sade Ayinde Maryland Defender Jen Pfeiffer St Joseph's Forward Samantha Baker Georgetown Forward Lisa Bernardini ODU Defender Jessica Brandt JMU Defender Kristen Carden VT Goalkeeper Kelly D'Ambrisi Georgetown Midfielder Lydia Hastings Maryland Forward Erica Henderson W.VA Forward Maggie Kistner UVa Midfielder Brittany Michels VT Midfielder Blake Miller W.VA Forward Gabby Miller Georgetown Defender Diana Weigel W&M Midfielder


First Team Forwards Corky Julien, James Madison Katie Watson, Old Dominion Claire Zimmeck, William & Mary Emily Jukich (At-Large), Virginia Tech Midfielders Dani Collins, William & Mary Teresa Rynier, James Madison McKenzie Vergara, Radford Defenders Nikki Krzysik, Virginia Teresa Rynier, James Madison Caitlyn Roan, Radford Goalkeeper Meghan Walker, William & Mary

Second Team Forwards Lauren Alwine, Virginia Olivia Moore, VMI Ashley Johnson, Radford Midfielders Sinead Farrelly, Virginia Kim Germain, James Madison Amy Oberlin, Liberty Jesse Wolfe (At Large), Richmond Defenders Audrey Falconi, VMI Teri Maykoski, James Madison Sarah Senty, Virginia Goalkeeper Lisa Lubke, Radford

Co-Players of the Year Corky Julien, James Madison Nikki Krzysik, Virginia

Rookie of the Year Olivia Moore, VMI

Coach of the Year Ben Sohrabi, Radford