Seven women's soccer players earn All-ODAC accolades

Cutout images of all-confernece women's soccer players dressed in black on white background. Text in red: First-team all-ODAC

Forest, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference-champion University of Lynchburg women's soccer team saw seven Hornets named All-ODAC Wednesday morning, the conference announced with its full list of honorees.

Three Lynchburg players earned first-team all-league nods, with senior forward Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.) taking the ODAC player of the year and Hornets head coach Dr. Todd Olsen earning the league's top coach award.

Senior midfielder Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.) and senior defender Katie Waring (Chester, Va.) joined Mertens on the first team, while senior forward Hannah Olds (Wilmington, N.C.) was Lynchburg's lone second-teamer. A pair of midfielders, graduate student Rachel Cooke (Charlottesville, Va.) and senior Kara Rombough (Fredericksburg, Va.), earned third-team honors, as did senior defender Tate Royer (Lynchburg, Va.).

It is the 12th-straight season Lynchburg placed at least six players on the all-conference squads.

The Hornets won the conference championship and earned an NCAA Division III tournament bid. Lynchburg will play host to the first two rounds of the national tournament this coming weekend, starting with Saturday's first-round match against USA South Conference champion Piedmont.

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Mertens, who currently leads the conference in goals with 26, is a three-time All-ODAC player. Her nine assists rank third in the league, and she ranks in the top five nationally in goals, points, and game-winning goals headed into NCAA tournament play.

Jakubek repeats her first-team honor as another of the top offensive threats in the ODAC, leading the league and ranking sixth across Division III in assists (15) at present moment.

Waring becomes a first-time all-conference player after moving from wing to center back prior to her senior season. She anchored a Hornet defense that allowed just 14 goals in 22 matches so far this year.

Olds returned to form in her fifth collegiate year after missing the past two due to injury. A second-team All-ODAC honoree in 2015, she repeated the effort thanks to a 17-goal senior campaign, a mark that ranks 27th nationally.

Cooke became a two-time all-conference pick after helping the Hornets' offense lead the league in goals. She scored twice and assisted four other Lynchburg strikes this season.

Rombough, a first-team all-league pick as a junior, secured the holding midfield position again this year.

Royer, who moved from midfield to defense late in her junior season, enjoyed a sparkling campaign in her final collegiate season.

Olsen, the 25th-year Lynchburg head coach, earned his 10th ODAC coach of the year award by way of his team's 18-2-2 record and 16th conference championship.

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2018 All-ODAC Women's Soccer Teams

ODAC Player of the Year: Caitlin Mertens, Sr., F, Lynchburg

ODAC Coach of the Year: Dr. Todd Olsen, Lynchburg

ODAC Rookie of the Year: Hanna Randolph, Fr., M, Bridgewater

ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Maddie Burns, Sr., M, Randolph-Macon

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Bailey Kratz +

Sr.

F

Bridgewater

Caitlin Mertens *

Sr.

F

Lynchburg

Gabby Nelson

Jr.

F

Randolph-Macon

Emily Yergin *

Jr.

F

Shenandoah

Hanna Randolph

Fr.

M

Bridgewater

Kennedy Jakubek ^

Sr.

M

Lynchburg

Casey Kent ^

So.

M

Randolph-Macon

Megan Engeland ^

Sr.

M

Washington and Lee

Katie Waring

Sr.

D

Lynchburg

Lexi Mallory ^

Sr.

D

Randolph-Macon

Ann Marie Moffett

Sr.

D

Virginia Wesleyan

Erin Hoeh

So.

D

Washington and Lee

Chris Martin *

Jr.

GK

Roanoke

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Hannah Olds

Sr.

F

Lynchburg

Marli Hayward

Jr.

F

Virginia Wesleyan

Caroline Peters

Sr.

F

Washington and Lee

Sydney von Rosenberg

So.

F

Washington and Lee

Catherine Haufe +

Jr.

M

Bridgewater

Lucy Perry +

So.

M

Roanoke

Kennedi Anders

Fr.

M

Virginia Wesleyan

Caroline Coppinger ^

Jr.

M

Washington and Lee

Savannah Cowan

Jr.

D

Bridgewater

Sydney Ryan

Jr.

D

Bridgewater

Jules Heuchan

Fr.

D

Randolph-Macon

Ryan Applewhite

Jr.

D

Virginia Wesleyan

Edye Carr

Fr.

GK

Randolph-Macon

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Hunter Collier

So.

F

Bridgewater

Sara Bane

So.

F

Randolph

Alex Davidson ^

So.

F

Virginia Wesleyan

Anna Pedicone *

Jr.

F

Virginia Wesleyan

Rachel Cooke ^

Gr.

M

Lynchburg

Kara Rombough *

Sr.

M

Lynchburg

Jillian Barnard

Sr.

M

Roanoke

Rebecca Collimore +

Sr.

M

Shenandoah

Cyan Coates

So.

D

Bridgewater

Tate Royer

Sr.

D

Lynchburg

Erin Flamm

Fr.

D

Roanoke

Kristen Castle

Jr.

D

Washington and Lee

Sydney Davis

So.

GK

Bridgewater

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
+ 2017 Third Team

     

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