FOREST, Va. – Five members of the Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team were named All-Conference by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for their performances over the 2019 season. Shae Geary and Mia Meinhardt both earned spots on the First Team, while Kennedi Anders was tabbed a Second Teamer. Camryn Terry and Sam Crawford both earned Third Team recognition while Crawford was also crowned the ODAC's Rookie of the Year.
Geary was the backbone of the defense, make her second career appearance on an All-ODAC team. The senior anchored a backline that helped maintain a goals-against average of just 0.59, allowing only one team to score multiple goals all season. Geary also made an appearance on offense this year as she drove home the game-winning goal against Bridgewater on October 29th. At the ODAC Championship's conclusion, Geary also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Joining Geary on the First Team was Meinhardt, who played in 17 games for the Marlins this season. Excelling in conference matches, the junior racked up seven goals which ranked second on the squad. Meinhardt collected five of those goals over a five-game stretch, helping secure five-straight ODAC victories. One of her top moments came in the ODAC first round as she drove home the first goal in a 2-1 win over Shenandoah.
Anders earned her second-straight Second Team honor, helping control the Marlin midfield. A set piece specialist, Anders scored a trio of goals on the season. Possibly her top moment came against Shenandoah in the regular season as she drove home an overtime game-winner against the Hornets. Anders was also named to the ODAC Championship All-Tournament Team.
Terry was a presence on both sides of the ball, battling through injury to play in 16 of the Marlins competition this year. The sophomore was a two-way midfielder, helping on defense but also scoring a pair of goals. Terry's top goal came on a curling free kick against Salisbury which knotted the game at 1-1.
Crawford had an outstanding freshman year, becoming the fourth player in program history to be named the conference's Rookie of the Year. Crawford was a dominant defender for Coach Bower's squad, helping maintain that sub-one goals-against average. In the final two regular season games, Crawford aided a backline that held their two opponents to just one shot-on-goal combined. Crawford was also tabbed an ODAC Championship All-Tournament Team member.