Howard Goalkeeper of the Year

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Release: November 03, 2016
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Beth Howard GK of the Year
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Women’s College Soccer

Half Dozen Broncs Earn MAAC Honors, Howard GK of Year

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ—Six members of the Rider University women’s soccer team were honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the Championship Tournament Awards Show Thursday evening.

Rider senior Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) was named the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year. A candidate for Academic All-America honors, Howard ranked third in the MAAC and 26th in the nation in saves, second in the MAAC and 45th in the nation in save percentage, second in the MAAC in shutouts and third in goals against average.

“Going from the All-Rookie team to Second Team All-MAAC twice and now to First Team and Goalkeeper of the Year demonstrates how Beth has developed and continued to improve and work harder to get better every single year,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome.  “I have no doubt that she will continue to excel for many years to come as she continues her soccer career at the next level. Our movement coach Paul Reece was influential in developing Beth into undoubtedly one of the best young keepers in the college game.”

Named to the All-MAAC First Team along with Howard were junior forward Ellie Smith (Norwich, England/Norwich City) and senior back Heather Maierle (Wantagh, N.Y./Friends Academy).

“Ellie has also gone from All-Rookie team to Second Team and now to First Team, which demonstrates her commitment, desire and focus to being a better player every day in training, day-in and day-out,” Hounsome said.  “She is a constant threat for opponents and had a really productive season in front of goal so is very deserving of being a First Team selection.”

Smith ranked second in the MAAC in game-winning goals, third in the MAAC in points, third in goals per game and eighth in assists. Maierle has been voted the team’s top defender all four years and was the 2015 team MVP.

“Heather has been our best defender so it is great for her to be recognized by the coaches in the league and receive First Team honors,” Hounsome said.  “She has had an outstanding season and an exceptional career. She has played with and been an equal with some of the very best forwards in the country this season.”

Named to the All-MAAC Second Team were senior forward Caroline Healy (Dublin, Ireland/Alexandra College) and freshman midfielder Valeria Pascuet (Bunuel Navarra, Spain/San Fermin Ikastola).

Healy compiled three goals and three assists in 16 games. “Caroline’s defensive work rate and ability to combine and bring out the best in the players around her are attributes that can often go unnoticed,” Hounsome said, “so I am thrilled that the league’s coaches have recognized her for what she brings to the identity of our team.  She was involved in so many of our attacking opportunities and came close on many dead ball situations this season.”

Pascuet made 16 starts as a rookie, playing 80 or more minutes in eight games, and compiled a goal and three assists. “Valeria had a really good first season and it is quite an accomplishment to be named to the Second Team All-MAAC,” Hounsome said.  “She has the potential to have an outstanding career at Rider.”

Named to the MAAC All-Rookie team were Pascuet and freshman Sofia Soares (Sao Paulo, Brazil/St. Nicholas). Soares only played in 13 games due to injuries, making one start, and compiled two game-winning goals. “It is really exciting for Sofia to be recognized by the league coaches as one of the talented young players in the MAAC,” Hounsome said.  “Although opportunities were limited she was able to produce several game-winning moments and I am excited to see how far she can develop in the college game.”

Howard, Smith and Healy were also named to the MAAC All-Academic team.

Named to the MAAC All-Academic team along with Howard, Smith and Healy were sophomore Kourtney Cunningham (Whitehall, PA/Whitehall),, senior Sorren Henderson (Christchurch, New Zealand/Rangi Ruru Girls' School), junior Shannon Kelly (Mineola, N.Y. /Kellenberg Memorial), sophomore Amy Kozlowski (Middletown, CT/Middletown), sophomore Maddie Lipton (Los Angeles, Calif. /El Camino Real Charter), sophomore Sam Picinich (North Bellmore, NY/Mepham), sophomore Meghan McCabe (Massapequa Park, NY/Massapequa) and junior Emily Schmitt (Bellmore, N.Y. /W.C. Mepham).


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