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Soccer newcomers continue to rack up honors

Three selected to participate in state All-Star games

July 18, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Two Middle Tennessee soccer signees will represent their region in the annual East-West North Carolina All-Star game at UNC-Greensboro tonight, while another newcomer has been named to the Indiana All-Star game.

Erynn Murray, a highly decorated keeper from RJ Reynolds High School and Sara Beth Lee, a defender/midfielder from Tuscola High School each were selected to represent the West team.

Kate Donnelly, a defender from Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., was selected to represent her home state in the Indiana Seniors All-Star game last week.

"Several members of this incoming class were recipients of outstanding honors for the work they put into their senior seasons," Middle Tennessee soccer coach Aston Rhoden said. "We are very excited and proud for all of them and we are looking forward to having our team report for training camp. The players obviously compete at a high level as evidenced by the postseason honors bestowed upon them."

Murray earned All-State honors in women's soccer in North Carolina and recorded 15 shutouts in 24 games for Reynolds. With Murray in goal, Reynolds managed a 19-3-2 record and reached the semifinals of the Class 4A state playoffs last season. The Lady Demons also won the Central Piedmont Class 4A conference title with a sterling 11-0 mark. She was also named to the Central Piedmont Class 4A All-Conference team and was a first-team All-Region selection, as well as Keeper of the Year in Region 8.

Lee capped her brilliant prep career by earning a spot in the North Carolina All-Star game, as well as capturing numerous individual district and region honors along the way.

Donnelly not only earned a spot on the Indiana All-Star game roster, but she also was named Most Valuable Player at Canterbury for the second straight year. She was also named Best Defender at the Eagle Classic, first-team All-District, and honorable mention All-State.

Lauren Eaton, a defender/midfielder from Coppell (Texas) High School, also capped her prep career with a number of honors, including All-Region, All-District, Defensive MVP, and she was named to the Nolan Showcase All-Tournament team. Eaton helped lead Coppell into the Class 5A area finals after they won the District 6-5A championship.

Middle Tennessee will begin training camp in early August and open the season with an exhibition game against Murray State, Aug. 19. The season opener is against Southern Mississippi, Aug. 25, at Blue Raider Field.

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