CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s soccer team earned a record five Big South Conference postseason honors as forwards Tori Lopez and Sara Simpson earned All-Big South First Team honors, defender Stephanie Allen earned a spot on the All-Big South Second Team, defender Emily McCord was named to the All-Freshman Team and midfielder Emily Boggus received a spot on the All-Academic Team, the League announced on Monday.
Head coach Brian Purcell also finished second in the Coach of the Year voting, pulling in three first-place votes.
Lopez and Simpson mark the first All-Big South Conference First Team selections from PC since Rachel Lamb in 2008 and PC’s first multiple First Team honorees in a single season.
Lopez (Snellville, Ga.) tied for third in the Big South in goals (eight) and points per game (1.00) and ranked second in goals per game (0.50) at the end of the regular season. The senior forward set a new Division I record at PC in points (16) and goals, a total that included five game-winning goals. Lopez scored three goals against VMI—the team’s first hat trick in Division I—and notched a goal in contests against Gardner-Webb, Campbell, Alabama State, Citadel and USC Upstate.
Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) earned Second Team honors in 2012 and followed it up with a strong senior season, tying for the team lead in assists (four) and ranking second in points (12). The forward registered at least a point in Big South games against Liberty, VMI, Gardner-Webb and High Point and picked up a point in three straight games during two different stretches of the season.
Allen (Augusta, Ga.) appears on a Big South postseason team for the first time. Allen ranked second on the team in minutes, with 1,550, and third in points, with two goals and a team-leading four assists. The senior defender registered at least one point in Big South Conference games against Charleston Southern, Liberty, Campbell and High Point and played all 90 minutes in shutout wins over Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, Alabama State and USC Upstate.
McCord (Asheville, N.C.) becomes the third straight Blue Hose to appear on the All-Freshman Team. McCord ranked third on the team in minutes (1,504) and scored two goals while playing on the back line. The freshman notched the game-tying goals against Wofford and High Point. The freshman never left the game in the final six regular season matches, during which PC went 4-2 and with wins over Campbell, VMI, Gardner-Webb and Winthrop.
Boggus (Conyers, Ga.) captures Big South All-Academic Team honors for the third straight year. The senior midfielder boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a psychology major. A three-time Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll member, Boggus scored a goal against Alabama State in 2013 and suffered an injury late in the season that sidelined her for the home stretch. She also earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District laurels in 2012.
PC put together a 9-9 overall record and a 6-5-0 marker in the Big South, the program's best-ever record in Big South play. The team's nine wins marked the most in a season since 2003 and the team’s 24 goals scored and 22 goals allowed mark program-bests since the 2007 season. The Blue Hose closed the regular season with three shutout wins in their final four matches and produced a 5-1 road record in Big South matches.