The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team had four players selected to the 2005 All-Big South Conference Teams and had a Freshman of the Year honoree, the conference announced at the Big South Tournament banquet tonight (Nov. 2) in Rock Hill, S.C. Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) was named the Freshman of the Year and also was selected to the first team. She was joined on the first team by seniors Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) and Kristina Fisher (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove). Freshman Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) was named to the All-Big South Second Team. Fisher also was a selection to the Big South All-Academic Team.
Monroe is Coastals first Freshman of the Year since Marisa Kovacs was selected in CCUs inaugural season in 2000. Monroe has played all 18 games for the Lady Chanticleers and leads the team and is second in the Big South with 16 goals. The freshman also is 11th in the country in goals per game (0.89/g). She broke Coastals single-season goals scored record Oct. 2 against VMI when she had her 12th tally and also is third all-time in CCU history in goals scored. She has had two hat tricks on the season in wins over Chattanooga and Longwood and has scored two or more goals in five matches. A two-time Big South Player of the Week, Monroe had a stretch of three game-winning goals in a row from Sept. 4-10.
Parsons earned All-Big South First Team honors for the third year in a row. She joins Candice Doten (2000-03) as three-time members of the first team from CCU. The senior leads Coastal with nine assists and 35 points and is second with 13 goals. Parsons leads Coastal in every career category, including goals (38), assists (19) and points (95). Parsons also tops the team with four game-winning goals, including two in overtime wins over Wofford and Winthrop. Parsons has scored a goal in eight of Coastals 18 games and had a hat trick in a 7-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Oct. 16.
Fisher is Coastals third selection to the first team. She is third on the team and tied for seventh in the Big South with 10 goals and ranks sixth in the conference with 28 points. Fisher had a hat trick in a 6-2 win over Charleston Southern Oct. 5 and was named the Big South Player of the Week after that contest. She also had the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Jacksonville Sept. 11 and had two assists in a 7-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Oct. 16. Fisher also has a 3.4473 grade-point average in early childhood education, leading to her selection on the All-Academic Team.
Terry has played and started in all 18 games for the Lady Chants and is tied for fourth on the team with three assists. The defender assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Wofford and also had assists in wins over Georgia Southern and Charleston Southern. She has been a key part of Coastals defense that has recorded five shutouts and has a 1.55 goals-against average.
In other specialty awards, UNC Ashevilles Hilary McKay was named the Player of the Year while her coach Michelle Cornish was named the Coach of the Year. Katie Crona of Charleston Southern and Winthrop's Erica Devine were named the Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Coastal (13-5), the fourth seed, faces fifth-seeded Charleston Southern Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. in the first round of the 2005 Big South Womens Soccer Tournament. Coastal defeated the Lady Buccaneers 6-2 in the two squads earlier meeting Oct. 5