Pirates, Rams earn all-SEC soccer honors


By Rodd Baxley - rbaxley@civitasmedia.com



2017 All-Southeastern Conference Soccer Team

Pinecrest

Keeley Cooper

Molly Niewald

Cary Veit

Paige Tolentino

Taryn Speer

McKenzie Wagler

Lumberton

Madison Sirmans

Brooke Taylor

Harley Wilkerson

Taylor Raines

Morgan Miller

Hannah Monteiro

Richmond

Cassie McFayden

Jayana Nicholson

Altman Griffin

Avy Luceizo

Tatyana Gould

Purnell Swett

Abigail Lowery

Maddison Oxendine

Layla Locklear

Hoke

Iyana Jones

Donajha Wyatt

Scotland

Emma Gray Beacham

Beatrice Eddy

SEC Player of the Year

Keeley Cooper — Pinecrest

SEC Coach of the Year

Corey Rice — Pinecrest

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton girls soccer team paced the all-Southeastern Conference selections, released by the league on Friday morning.

After earning a second-place finish in the SEC behind Pinecrest, the Lady Pirates (10-9-1) placed six players on the all-conference team, including five seniors and a sophomore. The Lady Patriots also received six selections and swept the league awards.

Hannah Monteiro led the way for Lumberton as the top goalkeeper in the conference, finishing with a league-high 130 saves in her senior campaign.

Senior Madison Sirmans paced the Lady Pirates offensively, finishing the season with a team-best 31 points, including 10 goals and 11 assists. Fellow senior Brooke Taylor earned a nod as the top goal-scorer for Lumberton, netting 13 shots on the season. Defender Taylor Raines also earned a spot on the team, with midfielders Harley Wilkerson and Morgan Miller rounding out the Lady Pirates’ all-conference selections.

After finishing with its best season under coach Alaric Strickland, Purnell Swett (10-10-1) continued to show improvement on the pitch this season and placed three players on the all-league squad.

Freshman Abi Lowery led the way for the young Lady Rams, scoring 63 points on the season, including 24 goals and 15 assists. Sophomore Maddison Oxendine also earned a spot after finishing the year with 28 points. Freshman Layla Locklear earned a spot as a midfielder with 20 points for Purnell Swett.

Richmond had five players represented on the all-SEC squad, with Hoke and Scotland each receiving two selections.

Pinecrest’s Keeley Cooper earned player of the year honors, with Lady Patriots coach Corey Rice taking coach of the year honors.

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By Rodd Baxley

rbaxley@civitasmedia.com

2017 All-Southeastern Conference Soccer Team

Pinecrest

Keeley Cooper

Molly Niewald

Cary Veit

Paige Tolentino

Taryn Speer

McKenzie Wagler

Lumberton

Madison Sirmans

Brooke Taylor

Harley Wilkerson

Taylor Raines

Morgan Miller

Hannah Monteiro

Richmond

Cassie McFayden

Jayana Nicholson

Altman Griffin

Avy Luceizo

Tatyana Gould

Purnell Swett

Abigail Lowery

Maddison Oxendine

Layla Locklear

Hoke

Iyana Jones

Donajha Wyatt

Scotland

Emma Gray Beacham

Beatrice Eddy

SEC Player of the Year

Keeley Cooper — Pinecrest

SEC Coach of the Year

Corey Rice — Pinecrest

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

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