RICHMOND, Va. – On the verge of possibly their second consecutive appearance in the Atlantic 10 title game, VCU's Women's Soccer team was honored by the A-10 Thursday morning for a strong season. Sophomore Samantha Jerabek was named First Team All-Conference while junior Alyssa Tallent and freshman Lana Golob both earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Golob was also named to the All-Rookie Team for her play this season.
Jerabek, a native of Chesterfield, Va., flourished in her second year with the Rams, setting career highs in multiple categories. In two seasons with the Rams, she has played in 38 career games making 35 starts. In 18 games this season, she led VCU in shots (68), shots on goal (31), goals (10), game-winning goals (4), assists (7), and points (27). In addition, she ranked within the top-five of the conference in each of those categories.
Tallent, a veteran of 50 games including 35 starts, was in the midst of her best season as a Ram before an unfortunate injury cut her year short. In just 12 games this season, she set career highs in shots (28), shots on goal (9), goals (4), and assists (5). She also finished in the top-20 in the A-10 in points with thirteen which set a career high as well. Tallent scored her lone game-winning goal this year in her final match of the season, a 3-1 win over Davidson.
Golob, who gained valuable experinece while playing with and starting for the Slovenian Women's U19 and U17 National Teams, anchored the Rams backline this season. She always came with energy and effort from start to finish every time she was on the pitch. Playing in 15 games including 15 starts, Golob earned both honors for her strong defensive play this year.
Earning A-10 Player of the Year was Emma van der Vorst from George Mason, while Defensive Player of the Year went to Alli Klug from Saint Louis. Midfielder of the Year went to Jenny Hipp of UMass, while Emma van der Vorst from George Mason was named Rookie of the Year. Earning Coach of the Year honors was Saint Louis's Katie Shield, as the Billikens enter the A-10 Tournament with the best record in the league and are the top seed headed into the semifinal round.
The Rams will face Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals at Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
For a look at the full list of conference awards, please click here.