Lawrence Named First Team All-Region
Dec. 15, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore defender Kelly Lawrence of the Indiana women's soccer team has been named first team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It marks the second consecutive all-region selection for the Chigwell, Essex, England native, as she was a third team honoree as a freshman.
Earlier this year, Lawrence became the first Hoosier defender in school history to pick up first team All-Big Ten laurels. She is just the second defender to have garnered all-conference honors twice in her career, joining Azure Johnson (1995, 1996) in that category. Lawrence and Emily Hotz (2000, 2001) are the only two Hoosiers to have picked up conference recognition in their freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Lawrence has emerged as one of the top 1-v-1 defenders in the conference and also finished with one goal and one assist on the season. In 2006, she was also a unanimous selection to the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team. This summer, Lawrence also helped the England U-19 team to a runner-up finish at the 2007 U-19 UEFA Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Indiana was ranked 21st in the final NSCAA poll of the season. The Hoosiers finished the season 13-7-3, including a trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest the Hoosiers had ever gone in the postseason.
The Hoosiers had several key victories during the season, including a stunning, overtime, come-from-behind victory over eventual national champion USC on Sept. 9. It was one of just three losses for the Women of Troy in 2007. The Hoosiers also advanced past Big Ten Tournament champion and No. 8 Purdue in penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAAs.
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