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    Emily Armstrong was named The American's Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

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    Emily Armstrong was named The American's Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
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    Aug. 18, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R. I. – UConn women’s soccer sophomore standouts Emily Armstrong and Rachel Hill were each honored with preseason laurels by the American Athletic Conference, the league announced on Monday (Aug. 18). Armstrong was named as the league’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, while Hill was tabbed as Preseason Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Both were also named to the preseason All-Conference team, and UConn was selected to finish second in the league in a poll of the conference’s coaches.

     

    Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) earned the league’s preseason keeper of the year award after a stellar freshman season that saw her named to The American All-Rookie team and the NEWISA All-New England First Team. Overall in 2013, the 5’9 custodian posted an 11-9 record with a 1.49 GAA, 68 total saves and six shutouts.

     

    The preseason honor for Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) comes on the heels of her recent stint with the U-20 United States Women’s National Team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where she helped the Yanks to a berth in the quarterfinals. During her rookie campaign in Storrs in 2013, Hill burst onto the national scene with a 13-goal, five-assist output that garnered first team honors from The American and NEWISA. In addition to Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Hill was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Conference team.

     

    UConn finished second in the league’s preseason poll, garnering one first place vote and 76 total points in a vote of the league’s coaches. The Huskies return 19 letterwinners and nine starters from last year’s squad that went 11-9 overall and finished fourth in the conference with a 5-4 mark. Nearly the entirety of Connectictut’s offensive production last year is back for 2014, with players who produced 30-of-31 goals, all 19 assists and 79-of-81 points back in the fold.


     

     

     

    The 2014 campaign kicks off on Friday, Aug. 22 when the Huskies welcome the Hofstra Pride to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium at 7 p.m.

     

    The full preseason poll, preseason award winners and preseason All-Conference teams are listed below:

     

    Preseason Coaches’ Poll

    1. UCF 90 (9)

    2. UConn 76 (1)

    3. Memphis 75

    4. USF 69

    5. SMU 57

    6. Cincinnati 50

    7. Tulsa 43

    8. East Carolina 34

    9. Temple 24

    10. Houston 10

     

    (first place votes in parentheses)

     

    Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

    Lena Petermann, UCF, So., F

    Rachel Hill, UConn, So., F

     

    Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

    Diamond Simpson, Memphis, Jr., D

     

    Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

    Emily Armstrong, UConn, So.

     

    Preseason All-Conference Team

    Tatiana Coleman, UCF, Sr., F*

    Lena Petermann, UCF, So., F

    Emily Armstrong, UConn, So., GK

    Rachel Hill, UConn, So., F*

    Caitlin Hite, East Carolina, So., D

    Kylie Davis, Memphis, Sr., M

    Valerie Sanderson, Memphis, So., F

    Diamond Simpson, Memphis, Jr., D

    Olivia Chance, USF, Jr., M

    Demi Stokes, USF, Sr., F/M

    Shelby Redman, SMU, R-Sr., F

     

    *denotes unanimous selection