Nov. 1, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army defender Molly McGuigan and forward Joey Molacek earned Patriot League women's soccer accolades with their selection to the first and second unit, respectively, in Thursday's release by the conference office. It is the third straight year that McGuigan was named to the first team and second time Molacek has been honored.
Molacek compiled 17 points (seven goals, three assists) to lead Army in goals and scoring and rank tied for seventh and eighth in the league, respectively. The junior forward tallied a pair of goals twice in a game this season - in a 2-1 win over Texas State on Aug. 24 and a 3-2 loss to league rival Colgate on Oct. 5. It was the second time in the Colgate series that Molacek scored twice against the Raiders.
The Army co-captain, who shared duties with McGuigan, tallied four times and assisted on another as Army split its last eight games in closing out the season on a two-game win streak compiling an 8-10-0 record against one of its toughest schedules in school history. In addition to scoring a pair of goals against Colgate, Molacek tallied in a 3-2 win over Columbia, scored the game winner in a 2-1 win over Lehigh and set up the winning goal in the home finale against conference rival American.
The native of Saugus, Calif., who also led Army in league games with seven points (three goals, one assist), earned her second all-league certificate following her selection to the second unit as a midfielder in 2011. Her 14 career goals are just five shy of breaking into Army's all-time top 10 and her five game winners are just two off that mark.
McGuigan, who earned her third first-team conference honor as a defender, helped backstop Army to four shutouts including back-to-back blankings in the final two matches of the season against American (4-0) and Lafayette (2-0). The Black Knights were one of just two league teams to beat the Eagles during the regular season. The native of Boulder, Colo., has played a pivotal role in Army's 35 shutouts as a starter in 60 games the past three years.
The Black Knights tied with Bucknell and Lehigh for fourth place in the league standings with identical 3-4-0 marks, but the Mountain Hawks won the tie-breaking procedure to earn the berth to the tournament. Army went 2-2 against this year's Patriot League Tournament field with wins over No. 4 seeded Lehigh and No. 3 American with one-goal losses to top-seeded Navy (1-0) and second-seeded Colgate (3-2).
Colgate's Jillian Kinter was named the Offensive Player of the Year, fulfilling the early expectations after she was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the head coaches and sports information directors in August. Her freshman teammate Catherine Williams was named Rookie of the Year. Navy collected the three remaining major awards, as sophomore Jade Seabrook was named Defensive Player of the Year, junior Elizabeth Hoerner was tabbed as Goalkeeper of the Year and Carin Gabarra was honored as Coach of the Year.
Voting was conducted by the League's eight head coaches who could not cast a ballot for themselves or their student-athletes. Normally 11 members apiece, the first team All-League squad has 12 because of a tie in the voting.