SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer player Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) was selected to the Southern Conference Coaches Preseason All-Conference squad the league announced today.
Last season. Mackezyk started 16 games and led the team with six goals, seven assists, 19 points and 51 shots. Her seven assists ranks third for a single season at UTC. She was seventh in the SoCon for shots and fouth for shots per game (3.19). She was fifth for points per game (1.19), second in assists per game (0.44) and ninth in goals per game (0.38).
She has started 50-of-51 games over her three years with Chattanooga and has entered UTC’s record books in four categories. She ranks fifth all-time at UTC for shots taken with 134. With 35 career points, she ranks eighth at UTC and is tied for eighth with 13 goals. She is tied for ninth in assists with nine for her career.
Furman, selected to repeat as leaue champs this season, placed five on the all-conference team. The Paladins’ Stephanie DeVita, the 2012 SoCon Freshman of the Year and Carlie Couch, last year’s honoree, were two of four forwards voted to the team. They were joined by ETSU’s Sarah Zadrazil and Samford’s Malcanisha Kelley.
Joining Mackezyck in the selection of midfielders are Furman’s India Robinson and Wofford’s Maureen Buff. Rounding out the team at the defender position are ETSU’s Hannah Short, Furman’s Catie Moore and UNCG’s Georgia Brown.
Furman collected eight first-place votes and 80 total points in the balloting, with Samford coming in second with 71 points and grabbing a first-place vote. UNCG earned the final first-place vote, finishing third in the poll with 65 points. Wofford, which made the semifinals of the SoCon tournament for the first time in 11 years in 2013, totaled 48 points in the poll to finish fourth.
Furman went 17-4-2 overall in 2013, including an 8-1-1 mark to win its first regular-season title since 2003. The Paladins went on to win their first tournament title since 2007 to complete the title sweep as coach Andrew Burr earned SoCon Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.
Mercer, another league newcomer from the A-Sun, finished fifth in the preseason poll with 47 points, just one point back of Wofford. Western Carolina took the sixth slot in the poll with 43 points, followed by ETSU (39), The Citadel (25), Chattanooga (23) and VMI (9). The Keydets, who were members of the SoCon from 1924-2003 before moving to the Big South Conference, will be competing in women’s soccer in the SoCon for the first time, as their program began competition in the fall of 2003, after VMI departed the league.
The Mocs kick off the season Friday, Aug 22 at UNC Asheville with the first of two regular season road matches. Chattanooga opens its home slate Friday, August 29 at Finley Stadium against Tennessee Temple. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No outside food or drinks allowed.