The Southern Conference womenÆs soccer coaches have selected Furman to win the 2001 regular season title, edging last yearÆs tournament champion, UNC Greensboro, by one vote.
Two-time defending regular-season champion Furman placed six players on the team. Emily Turgeon, the 2000 Freshman and Player-of-the-Year, highlights the Paladins picks. She is joined by her frontcourt teammates Melissa Turner and Danielle Petro. This trio is joined by midfielders Kaye Brownlee, FurmanÆs first All-American, and Katie Carson and defender Lauren Killey on the squad.
Turgeon led the Southern Conference in eight of a possible nine offensive categories last season. She scored 23 goals and dished out 17 assists on her league leading 108 shots.
The 2000 SoCon Tournament champion UNC Greensboro placed four players on the all-league team, led by goalkeeper Kathryn Clewley. Clewley had a conference-high 10 shutouts in UNCGÆs 20 games. She also posted a goals against average below one (.84). She is joined by defenders Jennifer Kennedy and Lynsey McClean and forward Megan Bynum
Davidson had three players selected for the preseason honors. Junior Tara Maloney was named to the team for a second straight year and was joined by teammate, and twin sister, Heather Maloney and defender Amy Johnston. Heather set new Davidson single-season records in goals and points in the 2000 campaign, which included a conference-leading six game winning goals.
Georgia Southern forward Amanda Bernard rounds out the all-SoCon preseason team. She finished third in the conference in goals and second in the conference in assists, both with 12 in the 2000 season.
Furman has swept the last two regular seasons with perfect 9-0 league records. However, UNCG dethroned the Lady Paladins as the tournament champion in 2000. Furman lost to Duke, 3-1, in its second straight NCAA tournament appearance. UNCG defeated William and Mary, 3-2, in double-overtime to advance to the second round, where it fell to Virginia.
The Lady Paladins received six of the 11 first place votes, with UNCG garnering the remaining five. Both schools accounted for all but one of the first and second place votes. Third place was highly contested with Georgia Southern edging out Davidson by two votes placing the Wildcats fourth.
Wofford, the College of Charleston, and Western Carolina were neck and neck for fifth through seventh, respectively. Rounding out the field were Appalachian State, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State and The Citadel, which has a first-year program.
2001 Southern Conference Preseason Poll
1. Furman (6) 96
2. UNC Greensboro (5) 95
3. Georgia Southern 74
4. Davidson 72
5. Wofford 59
6. College of Charleston 58
7. Western Carolina 53
8. Appalachian State 38
9. Chattanooga 28
10. East Tennessee St. 22
11. The Citadel 10
2001 All-Southern Conference Preseason Team
F- Heather Maloney, Davidson
F-Danielle Petro, Furman
F- Emily Turgeon, Furman
F- Melissa Turner, Furman
F- Amanda Bernard, Georgia Southern
MF-Megan Bynum, UNC Greensboro
MF- Katie Carson, Furman
MF- Tara Maloney, Davidson
MF- Kaye Brownlee, Furman
D- Amy Johnston, Davidson
D- Lauren Killey, Furman
D- Jennifer Kennedy, UNC Greensboro
D- Lynsey McLean, UNC Greensboro
GK- Kathryn Clewley, UNC Greensboro
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