TAMPA, Fla. - Sophomore standout Rachel Hill was named American Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, headlining five members of the UConn women's soccer team to receive postseason honors from the conference. The announcement was made by the league on Thursday (Nov. 6) night.
In addition to Hill's Player of the Year award, she was a unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team. Joining her on the First Team are seniors Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.) and Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.). Rounding out the UConn contingent of laurels, freshmen Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Breanne Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) each earned a spot on the All-Rookie squad. The five All-Conference honorees for the Huskies are the most since seven were honored in 2007.
The Co-Offensive Player of the Year award for Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) comes after she earned the same honor in The American's preseason awards. A five-time member of the league's weekly honor roll, the forward leads The American and is top-15 nationally with 15 goals this season. She has also notched three assists to total 33 points, tied for the most in the conference, and her four game-winning goals are second in the league
Hill's laurel is the first individual conference award for a UConn player since Brittany Taylor won Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Hill was an All-Conference First Team performer last season as well, adding an All-Rookie team nod and a NEWISA First Team All-New England selection.
The First Team selection for Charno is the first postseason laurel of the senior's career. She has been a key defensive cog for the Huskies throughout her career, helping the Huskies to a 1.00 team GAA this season and eight shutouts, most since 2010. The center back rarely leaves the pitch for Connecticut and leads all players with 1,731 minutes logged, starting all but one contest.
Houle earns her second career All-Conference nod, also taking an All-Rookie spot in 2011. She picked up the First Team nod thanks to a 6-4-16 scoring line this season, setting career-highs in goals and points during her senior campaign. Her six goals and 16 points are both second behind Hill on the UConn squad, while her four assists are tied for first.
A three-time Conference Rookie of the Week, Gottwik's spot on the All-Rookie teams comes due to a season that has seen her score five goals and add four assists to slot in behind Hill and Houle for third on the team in both goals and points (14). She has emerged throughout the season as a free-kick specialist, scoring a pair of goals on direct free kicks and notching several assists on corner kick services.
Finally, Moreau picks up a second All-Rookie slot after helping the Husky defense to its aforementioned eight shutouts this season. The rookie has played in 18 contests overall, including 17 starts at the left back position, and has logged 1,290 minutes on the year.
The Huskies are 12-4-4 this season and will continue postseason play as the No. 4 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship tomorrow evening. UConn will take on top-seed and nationally-ranked UCF in a semifinal bout at 5 p.m. at USF's Corbett Soccer Stadium.
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