COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The SEC regular-season co-champion and SEC Tournament champion Texas A&M Soccer team held its annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Cox Diamond Club at Blue Bell Park.
The event honored athletes and staff in several athletic and academic areas for the 2013 season. Awards included recognition from various soccer media organizations and other outlets apart from Texas A&M University. The awards presented at the banquet varied from position MVPs, who contributed to the team’s success on the field, to those accolades which highlighted the athlete who most exemplified the spirit of Aggieland.
The squad presented positional MVP awards upon three players with Shea Groom earning Offensive MVP, Kelley Monogue receiving Midfield MVP and Meghan Streight garnering Defensive MVP in addition to the Perseverance Award.
Groom was also recognized as the team’s leading scorer with 35 points for the season and given the Iron Aggie award, while Karlie Mueller was honored as the Aggie assist leader for her 10 assists during the year.
Liz Keester garnered the Newcomer Award as Grace Wright and Kristi Leonard were given accolades for their attitudes with the 12th Man Award and Spirit of Aggieland Award, respectively.
Rounding out the awards for the team was the honor for Most Improved Player which was bestowed on Leigh Edwards.
Javier Jerez was tabbed the Most Valuable Male Practice Player by the squad.
In 2013, the team won a share of the regular-season title in their second season in the Southeastern Conference in addition to the SEC Tournament title. The Aggies earned a bid to their 19th consecutive NCAA tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A&M finished the season ranked eighth in the nation with an 18-5-2 record (9-2 SEC).
2014 Banquet Awards
Offensive MVP: Shea Groom
Midfield MVP: Kelley Monogue
Defensive MVP: Meghan Streight
Perseverance Award: Meghan Streight
Newcomer Award: Liz Keester
12th Man Award: Grace Wright
Spirit of Aggieland Award: Kristi Leonard
Iron Aggie: Shea Groom
Most Improved: Leigh Edwards
Leading Scorer: Shea Groom
Most Assists: Karlie Mueller
NSCAA All-American Third Team: Shea Groom
NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team: Shea Groom, Meghan Streight
Soccer America MVPs Second Team: Shea Groom
Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team: Liz Keester
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List: Meghan Streight
NSCAA All-South Region First Team: Shea Groom, Meghan Streight
NSCAA Scholar All-South Region: Shea Groom (1st), Meghan Streight (1st), Leigh Edwards (2nd), Annie Kunz (2nd)
Coach of the Year: G Guerrieri
All-SEC Team: Shea Groom (1st), Meghan Streight (1st), Jordan Day (2nd), Leigh Edwards (2nd), Kelley Monogue (2nd)
All-SEC Freshman Team: Liz Keester
SEC Tournament MVP: Liz Keester
All-Tournament Team (SEC): Allie Bailey, Shea Groom, Liz Keester, Meghan Streight
SEC Academic Honor Roll: Janae Cousineau, Leigh Edwards, Shea Groom, Annie Kunz, Rachel Lenz, Kristi Leonard, Karlie Mueller, Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Meghan Streight, Jackie Tondl
PLAYER OF THE WEEK/TEAM OF THE WEEK
Jordan Day – SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/9)
Rachel Lenz- TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (9/17)
Karlie Mueller – SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/30)
Karlie Mueller – TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (10/1)
Meghan Streight – TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (10/1)
Shea Groom – TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (10/8)
Liz Keester – SEC Freshman of the Week (10/14)
Meghan Streight – TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (10/22)
Liz Keester – TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (11/12)
Liz Keester – TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week (11/12)
SEC Regular-Season Co-Champion
SEC Tournament Champion
NCAA Tournament Qualifiers – 19th consecutive Year
NCAA Sweet 16 – 12th time in program history