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Women's Soccer Places Two on All-Region Team

Courtesy: CofCSports.com
          Release: 12/12/2011
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's soccer team placed a pair of players on the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's Division I All-Southeast Team in midfielder Sarah Schaidle and defender Hannah Gmerek.

"This is another great honor for our team and these players," said head coach Christian Michner. "Being named to the NSCAA All-Southeast team is a wonderful achievement and our program is extremely proud of both Hannah [Gmerek] and Sarah [Schaidle]."

The Cougars were the only squad in the Southern Conference to tab multiple honors. The league earned five selections in total. Schaidle and Gmerek were also both named first-team All-SoCon selections in early November.

Schaidle, a junior midfielder from Simpsonville, S.C., is a spark for the Cougar offense and led the 2011 team in shots. She ended the season with seven goals scored and three assists. Schaidle is credited with three-game winning goals including two crucial ones in one-goal wins over SoCon opponents Davidson and Chattanooga. Schaidle is a consistent competitor and averaged over 85 minutes per match on the field in 2011.

Gmerek, an Anderson, S.C., native, was tabbed on the team as a defender but still accumulated a CofC team runner-up 18 points off seven goals and four assists. She maintained a defensive focus but perpetually threatened other teams with her game-changing pace out of the back on counter opportunities. She was influential with a pair of goals in CofC's 4-2 win over Georgia Southern which lifted the Cougars to the SoCon Championship game. Gmerek started in all 22 matches for the Cougars and also averaged around 85 minutes per game.

"To be recognized for your accomplishments outside of your own conference is tremendous," said Michner. "This is certainly a reflection of how successful our team was this season."

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