Mertens, Waring earn All-America nods for women's soccer

Cutout images of soccer players in black jerseys on white background. Text: Division III All-America, Katie Waring, Caitlin Mertens

Kansas City, Mo. -- The United Soccer Coaches recognized a pair of University of Lynchburg women's soccer players on its Division III All-America teams, the organization announced Thursday evening.

Senior forward Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.) earned a second-team nod, while senior defender Katie Waring (Chester, Va.) was dubbed a third-teamer.

It is the fifth time in program history Lynchburg has put multiple players on the nation's top awards list and the first since 2015. Both players are first-time All-Americans.

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The Old Dominion Athletic Conference's player of the year, Mertens was among the Division III leaders in most offensive categories. Her 29 goals and 68 points both ranked second in the classification, and her 10 game-winners checked in third on the D3 leaderboard. She dished out 10 assists, putting her 30th in the country in that department.

A three-time All-ODAC and two-time All-South Region honoree, Mertens finished her career tied for fourth on Lynchburg's all-time goals leaderboard with 63. Her 29 goals this season are the second-most a Hornet has scored in a single campaign.

Waring, who moved to center back from wing before her senior season, put together one of the finest defensive years in program history. She led a back line that allowed just 18 goals in 26 matches and posted 12 shutouts. She also scored a goal and made two assists.

A star in the classroom as well, the biomedical science major earned Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Lynchburg won the program's 16th Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and made the team's 19th NCAA Division III tournament appearances, advancing to the national quarterfinal. The Hornets finished the year with a 20-3-3 record, were ranked in the D3soccer.com top 25 the entire season, and won a match in the NCAA tournament for the seventh-consecutive season.

Lynchburg has had at least one All-American each of the past 12 years.

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