SRU women’s soccer lands six on All-PSAC Team
Nov. 5, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University women's soccer team placed six student-athletes on the 2015 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Team.
Junior forward Dara Demich from Jefferson, Maryland and senior midfielder Caitlin Binder from New Castle were first team honorees, junior defenders Lynn Neef, West Bloomfield, Michigan, and Samantha Thornton, Linden, Michigan, were second team selections while sophomore midfielder Tess Keeley, Pottsville NSW, Australia, and senior midfielder Allison Harbart, North Royalton, Ohio, were named to the All-PSAC-West third team.
One of the top offensive threats in the region, Demich started all 19 games this season, recording a team-high 27 points on 12 goals and three assists. She also posted a Rock-best 36 shots on goal and four game-winning goals, including a score in double overtime of The Rock's 1-0 victory against Shippensburg in the first round of the PSAC Tournament. With at least one more game remaining in the season, Demich ranks second in the league in goals and fourth in points.
Binder carried over the momentum of a solid junior campaign in which she earned third team All-PSAC and National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region accolades into her senior season. Over 18 games, she has tallied four goals and four assists for 12 points, the third most of any Rock player. Binder's 15 career assists are tied for the ninth most in Rock history.
Neef and Thornton have anchored one of the best defenses in the region. Thanks in part to the junior duo, Slippery Rock has allowed just 13 goals on the season, the second fewest in the PSAC. Thornton has started 18 of 19 games played, adding three points off of one goal and one assist for The Rock's top-ranked offense. Neef has started all 19 games and passed out one assist in addition to her defensive prowess.
The all-conference selections come after another outstanding year of Rock soccer in which SRU put together a 13-5-1 record, advanced to the semifinals of the PSAC Tournament, been ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region rankings and was most recently among teams receiving votes in the NSCAA top 25 poll. Neef was a third-team all-conference choice as a freshman in 2013.
Keeley leads Slippery Rock, and ranks eighth in the PSAC, in assists with five. A 2014 all-region honoree, Keeley also has four goals for 13 points on the year.
Along with Binder, Harbart has been a constant in The Rock's lineup over the last four years with 77 starts in 78 games. The three-time All-PSAC selection saved her best offensive performance for her final year with career-highs of five goals and 14 shots on goal.
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