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Eight WVU WSOC Players Earn Big 12 Honors

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Defender of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and all-conference first and second teams awards wind up in Morgantown.

2017 Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year, Amandine Pierre-Louis
John Lowe

Despite not winning the conference regular-season title, the WVU women’s soccer team was well-honored by the Big 12. Senior Amandine Pierre-Louis has been named the 2017 Big 12 Soccer co-Defensive Player of the Year, the third Mountaineer to win this award. Senior forward Michaela Abam and junior defender Bianca St. Georges joined her on the All-Big 12 First Team.

Pierre-Louis and St. Georges helped lead a defense that held 11 shutouts in 18 matches this season and posted a .596 goals-against average. Abam led the team with seven goals, three assists and 17 total points while Pierre-Louis scored four times and notched one assist.

This was the third year in a row Abam has made the all-conference first team while Pierre-Louis and St. Georges made the team for the second year in a row.

Additionally, four WVU players made the All-Big 12 Second Team: senior midfielder Carla Portillo, junior defenders Esther Mayi Kith and Vanessa Flores, and sophomore goalkeeper Rylee Foster.

Finally, forward Lauren Segalla was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year for scoring three goals in 17 matches.

The Big 12 Soccer Championship begins Wednesday, November 1, in Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Kansas. WVU is the No. 2 seed, the first time not on top since joining the conference in 2012, and will face Texas Tech in the opening match at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. First- and second-round will be shown on the Big 12 Digital Network and the championship game is set for Sunday, November 5, at 4 p.m. ET on FS1.