Clarksville, Ark.-Four University of the Ozarks women's soccer players were honored by the American Southwest Conference office, it was announced on Thursday after a vote of the league's 14 head coaches.
Junior defender Emalee Pearson earned All-ASC Second Team honors, while junior forward Heather Dryden, sophomore midfielder Chelsea Coleman and sophomore goalkeeper Lori Langman were named to the All-ASC Third Team.
Pearson, a 5-foot-8 native of Salt Lake City, Utah, paced a defensive unit that set the program record for most wins (8), while tying the program record for most conference wins (6). Pearson started in all 19 matches and played the most minutes for Ozarks during the 2008 season. A defensive specialist, Pearson was instrumental in helping Ozarks pull off an upset against Mary Hardin-Baylor October 11. A three-year starter, she has played in 52 career matches. She is also a two-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
Dryden, a 5-foot-5 native of Plano, Texas, led the team in shots (52) and ranked second on the team in points (11) and goals (5). A starter in all 19 matches, Dryden had a two-goal performance against Louisiana College and had a team-best 10 shots against McMurry. She ends the season ranked fourth at Ozarks in career points (47), career goals (18) and career assists (11). She has 134 career shots and 5 game-winning goals, both third-most at Ozarks. This marks the third time she has been All-ASC.
Coleman, a 5-foot-4 native of Fort Worth, Texas, led the team in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5). She finished with 32 shots, second-most on the team. Coleman had the team’s only hat trick during the season when she netted all three Ozarks’ goals in a 3-2 overtime win against LeTourneau. She had three games in which she scored a goal and had an assist.
Langman, a 5-foot-11 native of San Antonio, Texas, receives All-ASC honors for the second straight season. Langman finished with 129 saves and a .782 saves percentage, both fifth in the ASC. She notched four shutouts and owned a 2.00 goals against average, each of which were in the top-10 among ASC teams. A starter in 18 matches, she played 1622:21 minutes in goal and had six games with ten or more saves, including a career-high 14 against Hardin-Simmons.
The Lady Eagles finished 8-11-0 overall and 6-7-0 in ASC play under first-year head coach Bryan Drotar.