soccer had six players honored today as the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Conference teams were announced by the league office. Freshman forward Melissa
Smith was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year and the Offensive Player of
Pitt-Bradford tied for a league-high three players on the
first team. The Panthers placed two on the second team and one on the third
First team honors went to Smith, sophomore forward Maggie
Boehler and sophomore defender Tess Follman. Second team accolades went to
senior midfielder Andrea Gundlach and sophomore defender Jamie Christensen.
Third team honors were garnered by senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley.
Smith played in all 20 games this season and started 19. She
led the panthers with 26 goals scored, five assists and a team-high 80 shots in
her first season in the Blue and Gold. Her 26 goals fell one shy of tying the
AMCC all-time single season record of 27. Her final total will place her second
on the list.
Smith earned the AMCC Offensive Player of the Week honor
after she turned in three hat tricks in three consecutive games against
conference-foes Penn State Altoona, Hilbert and Pitt-Greensburg.
Boehler, the reigning 2012 Newcomer of the Year and
Offensive Player of the Year, proved to be a force on the outside and finished
second on the team in goals scored with 17. She led the team in assists with
seven and tallied a total of 41 points. She received the AMCC Offensive Player
of the Week honor during the season with her hat trick versus Alfred University
on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Follman turned in a spectacular sophomore campaign that saw
her play and start in all 20 contests of the season. Follman proved to be a
physical defensive player who provided a wall on the back line to keep the
opposition out of the box. She managed to register three goals for the year to
go with two assists and a total of eight points.
Gundlach, also a 2012 second team member, finished with one
goal for the year and turned in five assists. She anchored a line of
midfielders that continuously brought the attack to opposing defenses, allowing
forwards to position themselves in front of the net.
Christensen earns her first all-conference honor as a
sophomore on the defensive back line. Time and time again, Christensen ended
the opponent’s attack with strong tackles and a powerful leg that had the
ability to change field position. She tallied one goal and four assists, while
starting all 20 games.
Senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley played in all 20 games and
started all but four. She registered 1674:45 between the posts. She finished
with 88 saves for a .838 season save percentage. Her .853 conference save
percentage was good for first in the AMCC.
“It’s an honor to be named to the all-conference team, and
I’m very proud of the six players we have representing Pitt-Bradford,” said
head coach Mike Idland. “For Andrea and Dani, it provides a pleasant and
deserved note to go out on as they wrap up their senior years. For Jamie,
Tess, Maggie and Melissa, it should serve as an encouraging sign for the future
as they look forward to the multiple seasons they have remaining to play