Blue Raiders land record seven players on All-SBC team

Morgan, Rayburn first team; Zapapas Freshman of the Year

November 1, 2006 · MT Media Relations

LAFAYETTE, La. - Middle Tennessee landed a record seven players on the All-Sun Belt Conference soccer team, including first-team selections Kala Morgan and Katy Rayburn. The all-league team was announced during a pre-championship banquet here Tuesday.

Morgan, who is ranked third nationally in points and goals per game entering the championships, was a unanimous first-team selection, while Rayburn, who has been part of 27 career shutouts earned first-team accommodation for the first time in her illustrious career.

Forwards Holly Grogan and Rebecca Rodriguez, midfielders Katie Daley and Mary Zapapas, and defender Sara Wohlhueter were all named to the second team. Zapapas was voted the league's Freshman of the Year. The previous high for Middle Tennessee players on the All-SBC team is five in 2004 and 2005.

"I'm very proud of all the players who earned recognition on the all-conference team," Middle Tennessee coach Aston Rhoden said. "To be recognized in this light by your peers is something to be proud of and we certainly do appreciate that."

Zapapas became the second Blue Raider to be named Freshman of the Year following a tremendous impact season. The Centennial, Colo., native ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in points (24) and tied for sixth in the league in goals (10).

"We knew Mary Zapapas was a very special player during the recruiting process and she has proven to be an impact player in our league," Rhoden said. "She is a solid player and she has been a big part of our team this year."

Morgan's 20 regular-season goals not only were a Middle Tennessee single-season record, but they also are tied for the fifth most by a single player in Sun Belt Conference history. Morgan's 48 points in the regular season are also fifth most in league history entering the tournament. The 48 points are a Blue Raider single-season record.

Rayburn has started 77 games in her Blue Raider career and has been in on 27 career shutouts, including seven this season. The Franklin, Tenn., native is the highest-scoring defender in Blue Raider history and she ranked ninth in the league with six assists in 2006.

Grogan earned a spot on the second team with remarkable numbers. She was second in the SBC in goals (15), second in points (42), and led the league in assists (11). She finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally in points per game, eighth nationally in assists, and 14th in goals.

Rodriguez was named All-SBC for the third time in her career after becoming Middle Tennessee's all-time leader in points and goals this season, while Wohlhueter earned All-SBC honors for the first time in her great career following her splendid season running the back of the Blue Raider defense.

Daley earned all-conference honors for the first time in her sophomore following another stellar season in midfield. Daley was recognized for her solid play after proving to be part of the backbone of Middle Tennessee's finest soccer season in history.

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