ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – As the No. 21 Ole Miss Rebels prepare for Wednesday’s first-round Southeastern Conference Tournament matchup against Auburn, three Rebels received postseason awards from the league coaches on Tuesday.
Senior midfielder Danielle Johnson was named to the All-SEC first team, becoming the first player in school history to receive all-league accolades in all four seasons. Senior forward Hannah Weatherly made the All-SEC second team, and midfielder Arielle Cohen was tabbed to the SEC All-Freshman team.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Johnson was a second-team all-league pick as a freshman and has been tabbed to the first team for the last three seasons. She moved from defender to the midfield this season and flourished with five goals and four assists, as well as maintaining a major role in Ole Miss’ defense that ranks second in the SEC with a 0.56 goals-against average. Johnson enters the league tournament having started all 79 matches of her career, which are the fifth-most starts by a player in school history.
Weatherly received All-SEC honors for the first time in her career as the Tupelo, Miss., native has scored nine goals this season, the most by a Rebel since Brittney Potts had 10 in 2004. Weatherly is tied for the SEC lead with five game-winning goals and ranks second in the conference with 0.6 goals per game. Her 21 career goals are tied for 10th-most in school history.
In her first collegiate season by way of Wellington, Fla., Cohen has started all 19 matches in the midfield and produced three goals and three assists on the year. She opened her Rebel career by scoring three goals in her first three collegiate outings. She also dished out assists on back-to-back game-winning goals against Arkansas and Kentucky.
Ole Miss has now produced 29 All-SEC selections since 1996, all under Steve Holeman, the only head coach in school history. The team has had at least one all-league player every year since 1996. The Rebels boast seven SEC All-Freshman picks since those awards began in 2003.
South Carolina’s Shelley Smith was named SEC Coach of the Year, while Gamecock defender Blakely Mattern earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. LSU’s Malorie Rutledge and Florida’s Lauren Hyde were named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, and Georgia’s Laura Eddy garnered honors.
2009 SEC Women’s Soccer Awards
First Team All-SEC
Katy Frierson M So. Auburn
Katie Fraine GK Jr. Florida
Lauren Hyde* D Sr. Florida
Carrie Patterson F Sr. Georgia
Chelsea Potts D Sr. LSU
Malorie Rutledge* M Sr. LSU
Danielle Johnson M Sr. Ole Miss
Kayla Grimsley* F So. South Carolina
Blakely Mattern* D Sr. South Carolina
Mick Imgram M Sr. Tennessee
Megan Forester D Sr. Vanderbilt
Second Team All-SEC
Justine Bernier GK So. Alabama
Kim Schleif D Sr. Arkansas
Becca Howell F Sr. Auburn
Sammy Towne D Jr. Auburn
Lindsay Thompson F So. Florida
Laura Eddy D Fr. Georgia
Allysha Chapman D So. LSU
Melissa Clarke M Sr. LSU
Hannah Weatherly F Sr. Ole Miss
Samantha Diaz-Matosas D Sr. South Carolina
Kim Miller M Sr. South Carolina
Molly Kinsella M Jr. Vanderbilt
Allie Chandler F Arkansas
Amy Howard GK Auburn
Brooke Thigpen M Florida
Erika Tymrak* M Florida
Kat Williamson D Florida
Susannah Dennis M Georgia
Laura Eddy* D Georgia
Carlie Banks F LSU
Arielle Cohen M Ole Miss
Amy Harrison M Tennessee
Chelsea Stewart M Vanderbilt
Coach of the Year: Shelley Smith, South Carolina
Offensive Player of the Year: Malorie Rutledge, LSU
Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Hyde, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Laura Eddy, Georgia
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Blakely Mattern, South Carolina
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