Women's Soccer Awards Announced

The West Virginia University women's soccer team honored its seniors and handed out the 2007 season awards at the annual postseason banquet. The afternoon lunch celebrated the team's season and the careers of its five-member senior class.

Sophomore Carolyn Blank was named the team's most valuable player after earning all-region honors at center midfield.

Senior Ashley Banks earned the team's most offensive player award after earning All-America and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors at forward.

Senior Natalie Cocchi was named the team's most defensive player in guiding the Mountaineer defense to a school record 13 shutouts as a center back.

True freshman Kerri Butler was voted the team's most improved player after taking over the goalkeeper role midway through the season.

Finally, senior Ashley Neal was selected for the Mountaineer S.O.C.C.E.R. award. The award is given by the coaches to the individual who displays good Sportsmanship, Optimism, Character, Concern, Effort and Respect.

All other team awards were voted on by the players. The graduating seniors are forwards Ashley Banks, Kim Bonilla, Kiley Harris, defender Natalie Cocchi and goalkeeper Ashley Neal.

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