The awards banquet for the Lady Tiger’s soccer team was held Sunday evening honoring the effort the ladies displayed throughout the season. Close to fifty people gathered to acknowledge the efforts of the team and join in the season wrap-up. “It was a nice wat to officially end the season,” commented coach Yon. “It was fun remembering where this team ended up compared to where we started.”
All of the players from the team were recognized and several walked away with awards. Six ladies recieved the GBC Scholar-Athlete Award. This honor is given to student-athletes who were able to achieve a 3.0 or higher during their past two semester at Grace. Danae Benton, Erin Benton, Whitney Bunch, Tina Mattias, Bree Stowers, and Laura Vinton all recieved the award. Two GBC players placed on the Mid-West All-Regional Tournament Team. Those two slots were reserved for Joanne Coffey, 9 goals and 1 assist on the year, and Kerie Rudd, 230 saves, 43 goals allowed, 3.19 goals against average, and 4 shutouts. The Most Improved Player was given to Anna Alonzo, a freshman who saw a significant increase in playing time as the season progressed because of her vast improvement. Joanne Coffey recieved the Iron Maiden Award. This honor goes to the player who displayed an incredible amount of heart and desire, hates to lose, and plays through pain, sickness, and injury to benefit the team. The final award was the Most Valuable Player going to Kerie Rudd. Kerie stepped up time and time again for the Tigers this fall and was truly the backbone of the team.
The coaching staff is looking forward to the 2012 recruiting class. The hope is to retain as many players as possible from this year’s team and add incoming talent in order to compete at a higher level next year.