Two soccer stars earn region honors

A pair of Lady Vol soccer stars garnered All-Central Region honors, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and adidas announced. Senior midfielder Ali Christoph earned a spot on the first team for the second consecutive year, while sophomore forward Kylee Rossi received second-team recognition.

Christoph closed her career at Tennessee as the leader in games played and started with 93 of each. The 2006 co-captain tied for the team lead with six assists while finishing third in points (18) and fourth in goals (six). The Columbus, Ohio, native also ranks second in the Tennessee record books with 10 career game-winning goals and 27 assists, tied for fourth with 67 points and knotted in eighth with 20 goals.

The Southeastern Conference's Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Christoph also earned first-team All-SEC and second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in 2006.

The SEC Offensive Player of the Year Rossi led the squad with 10 goals and 25 points, the highest output by a Lady Vol since Lyndsey Patterson's 26 points in 2003. The Pennington, N.J., native became just the third person to lead Tennessee in scoring in back-to-back years, following Allison Campbell in 1998-99 and Kim Patrick in 2001-02. The sophomore started all 23 contests and was named first-team All-SEC.

SMU led all programs with three representatives on the first team, while Texas A&M had a region-best five members on the three squads.

Tennessee ended 2006 with a 12-7-4 record overall in its sixth straight NCAA Tournament, advancing to the program's fourth regional semifinal in five years.

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