Women's Soccer Announces Postseason Awards
Mink, Stephens earn co-MVP honors
Contact: Jeremy Martin
Lisa Stephens shared 2004 women's soccer MVP honors with Amy Mink
CINCINNATI, Ohio ? Senior captains Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./Union) and Amy Mink (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) were named the 2004 University of Cincinnati women's soccer co-MVPs at the Bearcats' postseason awards banquet on March 6 at the Vernon Manor Hotel.
Stephens, a midfielder who started all 84 matches in her UC career, led the Bearcats with five points on one goal and three assists. Mink, who has battled injuries throughout her career, was a steady force in the midfield for UC, scoring one goal and assisting on two others in 17 matches.
"Although we had a tough year, I was really proud of the way the underclassmen played for the seniors," said head coach Meridy Glenn. "And the seniors left behind the feeling of family that we have been building here over the last several years."
Also being honored at the luncheon were redshirt freshman midfielder Rachael Epps (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) and freshman Jennifer Doerflein (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton). Epps earned the team's Rookie of the Year Award after playing in 16 matches, making 10 starts. She scored one goal and added one assist while spending most of her time in the midfield. Doerflein was the Coach's Award recipient. She made five appearances in goal last season with four starts and posted a .730 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against average.
Senior defender Renee Balconi (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and sophomore midfielder Becky Imhoff (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) were also recognized for the postseason awards they earned. Balconi was named to the All-Conference USA second team after leading the Bearcat defense, starting all 18 matches along the backline. Imhoff earned All-Ohio honors, starting all 18 matches and tying for second on the team with four points (one goal, two assists).
The Bearcats also honored departing seniors Angie Meyer (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) and Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South). Hale leaves as the top goalkeeper in UC history, owning a 0.96 goals against average.
The Bearcats will open the home portion of their spring schedule on April 3, as they host the Bearcat Classic at Gettler Stadium.