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Trio of Pioneers named to NSCAA/adidas All-Southeast Region Team

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Tusculum College women’s soccer placed three players on the NSCAA/adidas All-Southeast Region Team, including a pair of First Team selections in Tramicka James and Courtney Turner, announced the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Wednesday. Senior defender Ashley Bradford was also named to the Third Team, garnering NSCAA/adidas All-Southeast Region honors for the first time in her career.

James, a freshman from Wilson N.C., led the Pioneers with 11 goals and eight assists, earning All-Southeast Region First Team honors after leading Tusculum to a sterling 15-5-3 record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2007. The 5-4 forward scored a team-high three match-winners this season, including the deciding tally against Wingate on Oct. 24 en route to an All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team selection. James was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Second Team.

Turner, a junior from Cocoa Beach, Fla., scored two goals and tallied eight assists this season, earning her second career NSCAA/adidas All-Southeast Region selection. The 5-3 midfielder notched her third consecutive season with five or more assists, dishing out a career-high eight helpers this year to move into sixth on TC’s all-time list with 18 career assists. Turner tallied four two-assist matches this season, including a pair of helpers in a pivotal 5-4 victory over Lynn University on Sep. 13. The three-time All-SAC selection also scored one of the biggest goals of her career against Newberry on Oct. 3, netting the match-winner late in the second half to give TC a 1-0 victory.

Bradford was a critical component of the Pioneers’ success this season, answering the call countless times this fall to mark and shut down opposing teams' top players. The 5-7 defender has come through in the clutch several times, scoring three match-winners this fall to tie James for the team lead. Bradford's three deciding goals came in three consecutive matches early this season, as the senior defender netted the match-winners against Southern New Hampshire and Lynn. Bradford was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Second Team earlier this fall.

Tusculum is expected to return 10 starters and 21 letter-winners from this year’s squad, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Tournament. The Pioneers are also expected to return eight of their top 10 scorers from this season.

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2009 NSCAA Women's NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region

First Team

Pos.NameYearSchoolHometown
GKMary PlunkettJr.Georgia CollegeAugusta, Ga.
DCasey SmithJr.North GeorgiaStockbridge, Ga.
DCarey PattersonJr.Armstrong Atlantic StatePanama City Beach, Fla.
DLaurel McKenzieJr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
MFCourtney TurnerJr.TusculumCocoa Beach, Fla.
MFMorgan GruenenfelderJr.Carson-NewmanSweetwater, Tenn.
MFElizabeth HawesFr.Lenoir-RhyneHickory, N.C.
FKristin BurtonSr.Armstrong Atlantic StateOcala, Fla.
FGina GoforthSr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
FConnie AxiotisSo.Belmont AbbeyArlington, Va.
FTramicka JamesFr.TusculumWilson, N.C.

Second Team

Pos.NameYearSchoolHometown
GKEmily RhoadesSo.NewberryRhoades, Wash.
DSara McCormackJr.PfeifferCharlotte, N.C.
DAmanda MaddockSr.Belmont AbbeyPhoenix, Ariz.
DKayla BrownFr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
MFMorgan MitchellFr.Armstrong Atlantic StateLilburn, Ga.
MFJill WalthallJr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
MFCelene MoleraSr.Belmont AbbeyGilbert, Ariz.
MFTiffany UrquhartSr.FlaglerSt. Augustine, Fla.
FStephanie ParrishJr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
FTrenna HowellSo.Carson-NewmanOak Ridge, Tenn.
FNikki BrannenSr.Carson-NewmanSoddy Daisy, Tenn.

Third Team

Pos.NameYearSchoolHometown
GKKelly NimmoSr.Columbus StateColumbus, Ga.
DCatherine HauckSo.Lenoir-RhyneHickory, N.C.
DAshley BradfordSr.TusculumLondon, Ky.
DMorgan CobbSr.Georgia CollegeCataula, Ga.
MFKelly PenstonFr.North GeorgiaSuwannee, Ga.
MFSandra KaelinSo.Carson-NewmanTrachslau, Switzerland
MFNatalie MartineauSo.MontevalloMontevallo, Ala.
FChristina BarbourSo.LanderMooresville, N.C.
FLaura LinehanSo.Lenoir-RhyneHickory, N.C.
FCherie SayonSo.Clayton StateMorrow, Ga.
FVickie RichSo.Lees-McRaeArlington Heights, Ill.

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