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WPSL announces 2011 All-East Conference Team

9 Aug, 2011

After releasing the All-Sunshine Conference Team yesterday, the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced their second installment in their series of end-of-the-season awards. The 2011 All-East Conference Teams, as well as the 2011 East Conference Coach Of The Year, have been named.

After stumbling late in the regular season, the 2010 WPSL champion Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (8-3-3) got this season turned around in the playoffs and made it to the National Semifinals before bowing out to eventual 2011 champion Orange County.

Boston was honored for their efforts with four players named to the 2011 WPSL East All-Conference Teams, with their star forward being selected Player Of The Year. Members of two other East organizations had individual accolades bestowed upon them, as New York A.C. and ASA Chesapeake Charge, respectively, had their No. 1 goalkeeper and head coach receive top honors in each category.

EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
F MEGAN MISCHLER (Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves)
In her first season competing in the WPSL, the former University of West Virginia star stretched the opponents' defenses to the point of having a breakout regular season (8 goals, tied for the leading scorer in the East), which led to being called up by the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). Mischler didn't stop there as she almost single-handedly propelled the Breakers Reserves through the East playoffs, scoring the game-winning goals in the 1-0 East Quarterfinal over-time victory over New York A.C. and the East Final vs. ASA Chesapeake.

EAST GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
GK TATIANA SAUNDERS (New York Athletic Club)
The England Under-19 Women's National Team star, two-time NSCAA All-American, New York Gatorade H.S. Player of the Year and Dartmouth College standout was a major factor in New York A.C.'s success this year, where they had their best season to date with a 6-2-2 record and their first-ever playoff appearance. In her seven starts, Saunders only allowed five goals (0.71 GAA) and had her best efforts vs. two WPSL East powerhouses - Long Island Fury & Boston Aztec. She posted double-digit saves in each match; many of the spectacular variety.

EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
ALBERT ONI (ASA Chesapeake Charge)
The Towson Tigers assistant & 2009 Baltimore Sun Girls Coach of The Year honoree came one win away from having one of the top "cinderella" stories in WPSL history this season. After suffering only one loss during the regular season on June 22nd, Oni led the Charge on a run of their own by winning their next six matches which included East playoff wins over Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Division winners CFC Passion and New York Fury, respectively. ASA would lose in the East Final to Boston Aztec. His team also qualified for the USASA National Semifinals this summer.

ALL-EAST FIRST TEAM
F MEGAN MISCHLER (Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves)
F ALYSSA MAUTZ (New York Fury)
F/MF COLLEEN WILLIAMS (F.C. Bucks)
MF KATE MCCARTHY (CFC Passion) ^
MF LIZ WICKS (New York Athletic Club)
MF/D KELLY HENDERSON (New York Fury)
D/MF JORDAN BISHOP (Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves)
D JENNA RONCARATI (Boston Aztec U-23) ^
D KATHERINE DONNELLY (Boston Aztec U-23)
D JESS HNATIUK (ASA Chesapeake Charge)
D EMILY JANSS (ASA Chesapeake Charge)
GK MICHELLE BETOS (Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves) *
GK TATIANA SAUNDERS (New York Athletic Club)

^ indicates Player Of The Year Finalist
* indicates Goalkeeper Of The Year Finalist

ALL-EAST SECOND TEAM
F KRISTEN SCHMIDBAUER (ASA Chesapeake Charge)
F KERRY SCALORA (CFC Passion)
F KATE SCHWINDEL (New York Athletic Club)
F/MF BECCA MAYS (Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves)
MF/F TORI MCCOMBS (Boston Aztec U-23)
MF/F GINA DIMARTINO (New York Fury)
MF LAURA KURASH (Millburn Magic)
MF/D SARAH BROCHU (New England Mutiny)
MF/D TARA BALLAY (New Jersey Blaze)
D TAYLOR HOUCK (F.C. Bucks)
D ALI KLIMENT (Chelsea Metro)
GK YEWANDE BALOGUN (ASA Chesapeake Charge)
GK KELLY BOUDREAU (CFC Passion)


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