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by: Stetson University
Mara Keomanivane Earns A-Sun All-Freshmen Honors
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/26/2012
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MACON, Ga. - Freshman Mara Keomanivane was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference's postseason All-Freshmen Team on Friday afternoon, as announced by the league office. 

Keomanivane is the latest in a long line of honored first year performers for the Stetson women's soccer program.  This marks the seventh straight season that the Hatters have placed a student-athlete on the All-Freshmen Team, and the ninth all-time since the award began in 2001.

"I knew Mara was going to be an impactful player for us," Head Coach Julie Orlowski said. "She is a soccer junkie with a very high work rate.  Injuries created an opportunity for her early on and she took full advantage.

"I think the toughest thing for a freshman to do is to give a consistent performance every game, and Mara did that," Orlowski continued.  "Being a unanimous selection is a tremendous accomplishment."

Keomanivane was one of five unanimous selections on the 11-member team of rookies.  Four of the freshmen were from Florida Gulf Coast, two on ETSU and Jacksonville, and one each for Mercer and Kennesaw State.

A playmaker, Keomanivane was tied for the team lead with three goals in 2012.  Playing in all 17 contests, and starting 16 of them, the midfielder scored her first career goal as the first in a 5-2 victory over Florida Atlantic.  Keomanivane went on to score in a 2-0 road victory at USC Upstate and a tough 2-1 loss at UNF.

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