DeLand, Fla. - Four members of the Stetson women's soccer team earned All-Atlantic Sun Conference mention as the league handed out its awards on Thursday. Senior Alexis Hermosa (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Colleen O'Kennedy (Oviedo, Fla.) were named to the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team with freshman Morgan Campbell (Oviedo, Fla.) landing on the All-Freshman Team and senior Crossley Simmons (Winfield, Ill.) on the inaugural Academic All-Atlantic Sun Team.
Hermosa, a defender, and O'Kennedy, a midfielder, each started all 17 matches for the Hatters in 2011. Hermosa tied for the team lead with six goals and added two assists for 14 points, good for second on the team in overall scoring, while O'Kennedy notched one goal and one assist.
Hermosa scored two goals in the August 19 season-opening win over RPI Top 100 opponent FIU, including the winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation; she also scored against Embry-Riddle (Aug. 27), Army (Sept. 4), Mercer (Oct. 9) and Lipscomb (Oct. 23). That last goal was a penalty kick game-winner in overtime to send the Hatters into the offseason on a positive note. O'Kennedy's first career goal came Oct. 14 vs. ETSU.
Campbell appeared in all 17 matches with 16 starts as a freshman, helping anchor the Stetson back line and push the ball forward. She scored a goal September 23 at home against Jacksonville and added an assist in the 6-3 win over USC Upstate on Senior Day (Oct. 16).
The Academic All-Conference Team is a new initiative this year designed to supplant the existing A-Sun All-Academic Team. Where the All-Academic Team honored all players that met a certain GPA requirement, the Academic All-Conference Team also requires honorees to have appeared in 50 percent of the team's games and to embody the conference mission of "Building Winners for Life." Simmons, an Environmental Science major and CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee, started 15 matches in the defensive midfield for the Hatters as a senior.
Superlative winners for 2011 A-Sun women's soccer were ETSU's trio of Genna Petersen (Player of the Year), Jenna Caudle (Freshman of the Year) and Adam Sayers (Coach of the Year) plus FGCU duo Stephanie Powers (Defensive Player of the Year) and Gina Petracco (Scholar-Athlete of the Year).
Stetson finished the season 4-11-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play, tying for sixth place but missing out on the A-Sun tournament via a tiebreaker to Mercer for the first time since 2002. Head Coach Julie Orlowski's squad is slated for next year to return eight of the 12 players that started at least 50 percent of the team's matches in 2011, including seven of the eight Hatters that scored three or more points.
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