Five soccer players earn regional honors, Conlon named top coach

| Senior Sports Editor

Stephen Huber | Student Life

Senior Kate Doyle volleys a ball upfield against Wheaton College on Sept. 21.

After a record-setting season that ended in playoff disappointment, Washington University head women’s soccer coach Jim Conlon earned Division III Central Region Coach of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Conlon received the award for the second straight season. He led the Bears to the second No. 1 national ranking in program history and 20 victories, an all-time high. Wash. U. stormed through University Athletic Association play undefeated and won its first three playoff games before a quarterfinal tie against Capital University, which ended in a defeat on penalty kicks.

“We had an amazing season. All eight seniors were amazing players, leaders and friends, which led us to winning many games this year,” Conlon said in a press release through the Athletic Department. “[Assistant coach Stephanie Ackerman] and I have been working with this team for six years and this senior class really took the lessons of the first three seasons and created a memorable season while acting with class, integrity and respect.”

In addition to Conlon’s honor, the Bears had five players named to the NSCAA All-Central Region team. Wash. U. took up four of 11 spots on the first team, with the distinctions going to sophomore goalkeeper Amy French, senior defensive midfielder Kate Doyle, junior midfielder Lillie Toaspern and senior forward Jessica Johnson. Senior midfielder Becky Berels earned a third-team nod.

Doyle ends her Wash. U. career as a three-time All-Central region player after picking up second-team honors in 2011 and an honorable mention last season. Toaspern also has three All-Central honors to her record after two consecutive second-team placements.

In her first season as a starter, French ranked seventh in Division III with a 0.40 goals against average. Johnson was third in the UAA with 25 points, and Berels compiled a team-leading 12 assists.

The total of four first-teamers tied the 2007 squad for the most in school history.

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