Morgan, Zapapas honored by Soccer Buzz Magazine

Duo earn recognition following record-setting season

December 30, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee soccer standouts Kala Morgan and Mary Zapapas have been honored by Soccer Buzz magazine for their outstanding seasons in 2006 when they helped lead the Blue Raiders to a school-record 17 wins.

Morgan was named to the Soccer Buzz All-Region team after shattering numerous single-season school records and inching closer up the career charts, while Zapapas became the first Blue Raider to be named to the Soccer Buzz All-Freshman Team following her tremendous breakthrough campaign.

"This is quite an honor when you look at the players who are recognized regionally and nationally by Soccer Buzz and it is always an honor when such a respected magazine in soccer circles recognizes your endeavors," Blue Raider soccer coach Aston Rhoden said. "To have the type of season we enjoyed in 2006 you have to have players turn in quality seasons and I believe we had several who played at a high level. (Morgan and Zapapas) certainly were among those who did."

Morgan finished ranked second nationally in the final NCAA statistics with 2.48 per game and she was third nationally in goals per game (1.05) on her way to setting numerous single-season Blue Raider records. Morgan established a new single-season record for points (52) and goals scored (22) in 2006, while moving into fourth on the career points list (71) and third on the career goals list (29).

Morgan also earned first-team All-SBC honors and was a two-time SBC Player of the Week. She was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week, Oct. 17, and also earned NSCAA All-Region honors following the 2006 season. The rising senior enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in Sun Belt soccer history in 2006 as her 22 goals were fifth most for a single season and only four off the league record of 26 set by North Texas' Marilyn Marin in 2002 Morgan's 55 points also are fifth-most in a single season in league history.

Zapapas proved to be a solid impact contributor in her freshman season with the Blue Raiders on her way to becoming the first Middle Tennessee player to earn a spot on the Soccer Buzz All-Freshman team. The native of Denver, Colo., was the Sun Belt's Freshman of the Year and she earned all-league recognition.

Zapapas was ninth in the SBC in points (26), seventh in goals (11), and she demonstrated an ability to deliver in the clutch with five game-winning goals, which tied for the most by a player in the SBC in 2006. She became just the second Blue Raider in program history to be named to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team when she was so honored the week of Oct. 3.

Her 26 points and 11 goals were the third-most by a freshman in program history in each category. She finished the season ninth on the single-season points list and tied for eighth on the single-season goals list. Her five game-winning goals are tied with Holly Grogan for first on the single-season list in that category.

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