Four Buffs earn AAC soccer postseason honors

MILLIGAN

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 9, 2016) – Senior Charlotte Stephens, junior Sami Joy, sophomore Amy Olvera and freshman Bekah Cundiff of the Milligan College women’s soccer team were recognized on the Appalachian Athletic Conference all-conference second team Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet. Additionally, senior Sidney Bailey was named to the champions of character team, and seven Buffs were named to the all-academic team.

For Stephens and Joy, this marked the second straight season making the AAC all-conference second team as the two were instrumental on the defensive end of the pitch this season. Milligan’s defense posted six shutouts, including three in conference play, and allowed one or fewer goals in 11 of the 17 games this season.

Stephens made 72 saves this season to finish with 288 career saves, 10 off the Milligan all-time record held by Rosanna Couture. Joy stepped up from her defensive position a few times this season to score three goals, adding to her career total of six.

On the offensive side of the field, Cundiff and Olvera were a key part of the team’s scoring. Cundiff led the Buffs with 10 goals, including a hat trick in her collegiate debut, and was inside the top 10 in the AAC in both goals and goals per game. Olvera scored five goals this season which ranked third on the team and 22nd in the AAC.

Making the all-academic team was Bailey, junior Brittany Davis, junior Taylor Hatmaker, senior Katelyn Johnson, Joy, senior Karley Sommerfield and Stephens.

Milligan’s season ended with a record of 8-9 overall (4-6 AAC) after a loss in the opening round of the conference tournament.

To be eligible for the AAC all-academic team, the student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and have sophomore or higher academic standing.

BY MILLIGAN

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