Heap, Markesbery Earn All-Atlantic 10 Honors
Nov. 3, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS-- Xavier sophomore defender Lauren Heap and freshman goalkeeper Katie Markesbery earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors Thursday in voting conducted by the league’s coaches. Heap was named a Second-Team Defender while Markesbery earned a place on the All-Rookie team.
“With over 300 student-athletes represented in Atlantic 10 women’s soccer, we are honored to get two of ours on the All-Conference teams,” said head coach Woody Sherwood, who just finished his second season at the helm of the Musketeer program. “Lauren Heap played every minute of every game at centerback for us and was part of one of the most stingy defenses in the conference. Katie Markesbery played all but 45 minutes this season. Lauren and Katie were part of a defensive unit that helped set the school record for fewest goals against in a season and are both deserving of their awards. I’m sure they would be the first to say that they share those honors with their teammates who were a big part of their individual success.”
Heap started all of the Musketeers’ 18 matches this season and was a key component of the Xavier defense, which set a new school record for fewest goals allowed in a season at 18 and led the A-10 in overall team saves at 138. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native switched to defender this season but still managed to play a big part in the XU offense as she posted three assists and took the majority of the Musketeers’ free kicks.
Markesbery had a stellar rookie campaign as she played in all 18 contests this past season and started all but one. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was strong between the sticks as she led the Atlantic 10 in saves (127), saves per game average (7.06) and was tied for third in the conference with six shutouts and saves percentage (.882).
The Musketeers posted a 7-8-3 overall record in 2011, which was their best mark since the 2005 season. XU also set a new school record in games decided by one goal or less (17) and tied the school record for most overtime contests with seven. The XU defense held nationally-ranked Ohio State and Big 10 power, Indiana to just one goal this season. The Musketeers also took nationally-ranked Dayton to double-overtime.
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