Four women's soccer players earn All-State nods

Caitlin Mertens, Kara Rombough, Emily Maxwell, Kennedy Jakubek shown playing soccer on graphic. Text: Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State

Buena Vista, Va. -- Four Lynchburg College women's soccer players were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors' All-State teams, wrapping up a successful postseason awards period for the Hornet women.

Three Hornets -- senior defender Emily Maxwell (Quantico, Va.), junior forward Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.), and junior midfielder Kara Rombough (Fredericksburg, Va.) -- were voted to the first team, and junior forward Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.) took second-team honors.

Christopher Newport swept the postseason superlatives as the Captains' Gabby Gillis was named player of the year, Riley Cook named rookie of the year, and Dan Weiler coach of the year. Lynchburg knocked CNU out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round by a 2-1 decision Nov. 12.

The statewide honor is the fourth on the first team for Maxwell, also a three-time All-American and two time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She led an LC defense which allowed just 15 goals through its first 23 contests this season, posting 11 shutouts, and she was also a key target on set pieces, scoring a goal and assisting two more.
Mertens, who led the ODAC in goals with 14 this season, is also a repeat first-teamer. The junior added three assists as well.

Rombough's first appearance on the all-state list follows a season in which she excelled as Lynchburg's holding midfielder.

Jakubek, another first-timer on the all-state awards, scored 11 goals and an ODAC-leading seven assists in her junior campaign, helping LC to its 15th ODAC championship.

Lynchburg has placed four or more women on the all-state teams each year since 2007.

VaSID names 27 all-state teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a college, university, or conference in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


2017 VaSID College Division Women's Soccer All-State Teams

First Team

F — Riley Cook (Christopher Newport)

F — Keri Rager (Bridgewater)

F — Caitlin Mertens (Lynchburg)

MF — Gabby Gillis (Christopher Newport)

MF — Isabella Krider (Bridgewater)

MF — Kara Rombough (Lynchburg)

D — Emily Maxwell (Lynchburg)

D — Danielle Pratt (Christopher Newport)

D — Keiley McCarthy (Christopher Newport)

D — Sarah Brennan (Bridgewater)

GK — Carly Maglio (Christopher Newport)


Second Team

F — Carson Pokorny (Christopher Newport)

F — Kennedy Jakubek (Lynchburg)

F — Anna Sobus (Bridgewater)

MF — Megan Engeland (Washington & Lee)

MF — Sydney Rife (Christopher Newport)

MF — Zoe Traficante (Virginia Wesleyan)

MF — Emily Whitaker (Roanoke)

D — Laura Sullivan (Roanoke)

D — Michelle Krause (Shenandoah)

D — Emily Roche (Washington & Lee)

GK — Chris Martin (Roanoke)


Player of the Year: Gabby Gillis, Christopher Newport

Rookie of the Year: Riley Cook, Christopher Newport

Coach of the Year: Dan Weiler, Christopher Newport


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