DeLand, Fla. - The Atlantic Sun Conference has announced the 2010 women's soccer all-conference teams and three Hatters received honors. Seniors Tessa Gavilsky and Katie Bitetto were voted first team and second team respectively, and Alyssa Welsh was voted to the All-Freshman Team. The all-conference teams are voted on by the A-Sun head coaches.
Tessa Gavilsky (Granite City, Ill.), the two-time A-Sun Player of the Year, earned first team honors for the third consecutive season after starting her career on the all-freshman team. On October 3rd of this year she was named A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week. Heading into league's championship tournament Gavilsky leads the conference in scoring for the 3rd year in a row. She is currently 1st in points scored (23), points per game (1.28), assists (9), and assists per game (0.50). She is also 3rd in goals scored with seven. Gavilsky is the all-time career leader at Stetson in goals scored with 34, assists with 29, and points scored with 97.
"Tessa is very deserving of this honor. It is the result of her hard work and dedication as a team player", said Stetson head coach Julie Orlowski. "This year she was asked spread her talents over the entire field [as center midfielder] to help the team. She has been first team for three years and was on the freshman team. It is great to see her get the recognition."
Katie Bitetto (Jacksonville, Fla.) was voted to the A-Sun all-conference second team. It is the first time the talented senior has received an all-conference honor even though she played well enough to earn it last season as well. Heading into the tournament she is currently tied for 2nd in the A-Sun with seven assists, and tied for 3rd in assists per game at 0.39. She is tied for 3rd on the Hatters in scoring with 11 points. Last year Bitetto led the A-Sun and set a Stetson all-time record for assists in a season with 11. She finished 12th in the nation with 0.55 assists per game.
"I believe Katie is one of the best players in the conference. It is nice to see her finally get the award she deserves for her performance over the years", said Orlowski.
Tying with Bitetto for 3rd on the team in scoring with 11 points is Stetson freshman Alyssa Welsh out of Edison, New Jersey. Welsh is the 7th Hatter all-time to be voted to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. It is the 5th consecutive season that a Stetson player has earned the honor. Welsh finished the regular season 3rd on the team in goals scored with four, and 5th in assists with three. She played in all 18 games with 17 starts and was named a Primetime Performer by College Soccer 360.com after scoring game-winning goals over Kennesaw State (10/1) and Mercer (10/3) in a single weekend. She currently leads team and is tied for 6th in the A-Sun with two game-winning goals.
"Alyssa is a very talented freshman who came in and was forced to play out of position, yet has had a great season for us. Her success and the success of our other deserving freshmen is a testament to our outstanding tradition here at Stetson. The future looks bright", said Orlowski.
Stetson is set to travel to Jacksonville Saturday to take on the University of North Florida at 7:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the A-Sun Championship Tournament. Every game in this season's conference tournament will be broadcast on A-Sun TV and available free of charge. Hatter fans can find more information by going to www.atlanticsun.org.