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Five Golden Eagles on Preseason All-SLC teams

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          Release: 08/13/2013
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FRISCO, Texas – Five Oral Roberts University women’s soccer players received preseason recognition as Jennifer Abernathy, Megan Giles, Lexie Salas, Helen Erb and Kayla Keller were listed on the All-Southland Conference Preseason Teams, the conference announced on Tuesday.

All-Conference selections in 2012, Abernathy and Giles were listed on the first team, while Salas, Erb and Keller came in on the second team. Erb and Keller received honorable mentions in 2012.

A senior from Broken Arrow, Okla., Abernathy led the Golden Eagle attack last season as a leader in the middle, converting four goals and lending five assists. In addition to being named to the All-SLC First Team last season, she also earned conference player of week in consecutive weeks in October.

Giles, a junior from Tulsa, was clutch for the Golden Eagles in 2012, as she was a part of six game-winners, including each of her four goals and assisting on two others. The forward finished with seven assists on the season. 

Keller had an outstanding freshman campaign in 2012, leading the Golden Eagle offense with a team-high 16 points, including six goals and four assists. The Tulsa native put in the golden goal with 17 seconds remaining to give ORU a double-overtime victory against Sam Houston State.

Erb finished the 2012 campaign as one of the more decorated keepers in the conference, earning the Goalkeeper of the Week honor five times. The junior started 20 of ORU’s 21 matches, pulling in 92 saves and recording nine shutouts, an ORU single season shutouts record.

Salas, a midfielder from Duncanville, Texas,  was an important part of the Golden Eagle offense last season. Coming back from injury, Salas played in all 21 matches, earning a goal just minutes into the contest at Mississippi Valley State.

ORU begins its 2013 schedule on Saturday with an exhibition contest against Oklahoma State at the Case Soccer Complex. The Golden Eagles will kickoff the regular season on the road at Missouri State on Aug. 23. 

2013 All-Southland Conference Soccer Preseason Teams

First Team

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Chelsea Raymond

Stephen F. Austin

Forward

Jr.

Irving, Texas

Zuri Prince

Stephen F. Austin

Forward

Jr.

Beaumont, Texas

Megan Giles

Oral Roberts

Forward

Jr.

Tulsa, Okla.

Jennifer Abernathy

Oral Roberts

Midfielder

Sr.

Broken Arrow, Okla.

Kristin Bos

Lamar

Midfielder

Jr.

Valencia, Calif.

Katie Ferrara

Sam Houston State

Midfielder

So.

Round Rock, Texas

Meagan Dunnigan

Stephen F. Austin

Defender

Jr.

Round Rock, Texas

Amber Thornhill

Lamar

Defender

Sr.

Katy, Texas

Shanyce Shaw

Southeastern La.

Defender

Sr.

Ajax, Ontario

Lacey Lee

Stephen F. Austin

Goalkeeper

Sr.

Bedford, Texas

Adriana Lucar

Central Arkansas

Forward

Sr.

Lima, Peru

 

Second Team

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Jannet Hernandez

Lamar

Forward

So.

Houston, Texas

Kimmy Albeno

Lamar

Forward

Jr.

Bellflower, Calif.

Kayla Vera

Southeastern La.

Forward

So.

Vancouver, Wash.

Kelsey Salcido

Southeastern La.

Midfielder

Sr.

Lakewood, Calif.

Brenda Salazar

Stephen F. Austin

Midfielder

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

Lexie Salas

Oral Roberts

Midfielder

Sr.

Duncanville, Texas

Blake Martin

Houston Baptist

Defender

So.

College Station, Texas

Chantal Curry

Stephen F. Austin

Defender

So.

Austin, Texas

Jackie Strug

Northwestern State

Defender

Jr.

Plano, Texas

Helen Erb

Oral Roberts

Goalkeeper

Jr.

Tulsa, Okla.

Kayla Keller

Oral Roberts

Forward

So.

Tulsa, Okla.

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