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Ten #A10WSOC Standouts Named to USC Regional Teams

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Ten Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer standouts landed on the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-East Region Teams, announced earlier this week. Alli Klug and Maddie Pokorny of Saint Louis were named to the First-Team, while Billikens' teammates Courtney Reimer and Hannah Friedrich, along with George Mason's Emma van der Vorst and VCU's Lana Golob earned Second-Team honors. Representing the A-10 on the Third-Team All-East were Dayton's Nadia Pestell, Saint Joseph's Paige Bergman, and Samantha Jerabek and Alyssa Tallent of VCU.

Pestell was named to the Atlantic 10 Second Team for the second consecutive season. She was also one of three Flyers named to the 11-person, A-10 All-Academic Team. A Waterloo, Ontario native, Pestell played in 76 matches in her career for the Flyers for a total of 6,541 minutes. In addition to being a speedy, lockdown defender, she led UD in assists last season. Pestell was a 2017 All-Ohio Academic First team selection. 

A native of Amsterdam, van der Vorst is the first to earn A-10 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same year.  van der Vorst led the Atlantic 10 in goals (13) and points (30) and tied for first in game-winning goals (5) during the regular season.  She ranked fourth in the conference in shots on goal (30) and fifth in the league in shots (55). Including the A-10 Championship quarterfinals, van der Vorst scored in 14 of the last 16 matches.  Nationally, van der Vorst entered Championship weekend tied for 10th in goals (14), tied for 14th in points (32) and tied for fifth in game-winners (6).  She had scored the most goals by any freshman in the nation and has registered the second-most points by a rookie.

One of the top defenders to wear a Saint Joseph's jersey, Bergman shined at both ends of the field in her final year as she helped SJU post a 14-5-2 record and advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship. An A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, Bergman finished tied A-10 lead in assists with eight and tied for fourth on the team in points (10), while on defense she helped anchor the Hawks' backline that ranked third in the conference in goals-against-average (0.79) and tied for second in shutouts (eight). Matching the program record for starts and appearances in a career (83), Bergman will graduate this May as the program's all-time leader in assists (25), along with ranking among the single-season leaders in assists three times. A two-time A-10 All-Conference selection, Bergman is the 11th Hawk, and first defender, to earn All-Region honors.

Klug landed on the All-Region first team for a second consecutive season, becoming only the second Billiken (Courtney Hulcer, 2005, 2006) to earn two first-team nods. She was the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Conference choice for a second straight season, and she was selected to the A-10 Championship All-Tournament team. Klug played 2,078 of a possible 2,103 minutes this season, and her performance along the back line led Saint Louis to the top of the A-10 in goals against average (0.60) and shutouts (school-record-tying 13). The Billikens allowed just 5.3 total shots, 2.7 shots on goal and 2.1 corner kicks per game, and they set a school mark for fewest shots allowed (123) in a season.

Pokorny was named Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Championship and was a second-team All-Conference pick. She scored 13 goals to tie the SLU single-season record and added two assists to finish with 28 points, tying for third on the Billikens’ all-time single-season list. Pokorny led the A-10 in shots (school-record 87) and shots on goal (51), finished second in goals and was fourth in points.

Reimer, who joined Klug on the All-Conference first team, tallied three goals and five assists for 11 points. She tied for second on the team and tied for ninth in the A-10 in assists. A key component of the Billikens’ set pieces, Reimer netted two game-winning goals and three game-winning assists this season.

Friedrich established herself as one of the most prolific offensive players among the nation’s freshmen with NCAA top-10 rankings in goals, assists and points among first-year players. She scored a school-record 30 points, recording 11 goals and tying for first in the A-10 with eight assists. Friedrich, a second-team All-Conference performer who joined Klug and Pokorny on the A-10 Championship All-Tournament squad, was second in points and shots on goal (36), tied for third in goals and fifth in shots (61) in the A-10.

Jerabek, a native of Chesterfield, Va., flourished in her second year with the Rams, setting career-highs in multiple categories. In 20 games this season, she led VCU in shots (72), shots on goal (33), goals (11), game-winning goals (4), assists (7) and points (29). In addition, she ranked in the top five of the Atlantic 10 in each of those categories. She was also named to the Atlantic 10 First Team for her play this season.

Tallent, a veteran of 50 games including 35 starts, was in the midst of her best season as a Ram before suffering a season-ending injury. In just 12 games this season, she set career highs in shots (28), shots on goal (9), goals (4) and assists (5). She also finished in the top 20 in the A-10 in points with 13 which set a career-high as well. Tallent scored her lone game-winning goal this year in her final match of the season, a 3-1 win over Davidson. Her play this season earned her a spot on the Atlantic 10 Second Team as well.

Golob, who has gained valuable experience while playing with and starting for the Slovenian Women's U19 and U17 National Teams, anchored the Rams backline this season. Starting 17 games for VCU, Golob helped the Rams post seven shutouts. Golob was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team as well as All-Rookie Team.

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