Pascutti, Faulconer Headline Armstrong PBC Women's Soccer Award Winners
EVANS, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University junior forward Kristina Pascutti was named one of three Peach Belt Conference Players of the Year, while head coach Eric Faulconer was named the Coach of the Year to headline the Pirates' award winners on Friday at the annual PBC women's soccer awards banquet ahead of the PBC Tournament semifinals.
Pascutti becomes the second Armstrong player to earn Player of the Year honors, joining former three-time PBC Player of the Year Kristin Burton (2006, 2008, 2009). The Lilburn, Ga., native tallied a team-high 12 goals this season, including five game-winners that tied her atop the Peach Belt in that category. She delivered the only goal in Armstrong's 1-0 win at No. 23 Columbus State on Sept. 30, as well as the match-tying goal at No. 11 North Georgia on Saturday that clinched the Pirates' regular season Peach Belt title. She shares the 2011 Player of the Year honors with North Georgia's Emily Dover and Columbus State's Kansas Bayly.
Faulconer, meanwhile, earns PBC Coach of the Year honors for a second consecutive season, leading the No. 19-ranked Pirates to a 13-2-3 overall record and a 9-0-1 mark in the Peach Belt and a second consecutive PBC regular season championship. The last three seasons have been outstanding for Faulconer and the Pirates as Armstrong has gone 26-3-1 in league play with a 2009 PBC Tournament title, a 2010 regular season co-championship and this season's championship.
The Pirates also placed four players on the All-Conference teams, released at the banquet. Pascutti was joined on the first-team All-Conference squad by senior defender Kelli Bahr and junior midfielder Morgan Mitchell. Sophomore midfielder Andye Dawson was named to the second team.
Bahr earns All-Conference honors for a second straight season after another outstanding year anchoring the Armstrong defense. The PBC's Defender of the Week on Oct. 4, Bahr has tallied one goal and one assist this season while leading a defense that is giving up just 0.89 goals per contest and only 9.3 shots per match. A native of Middleton, Wisc., Bahr joins Carey Patterson (2009, 2010) as the only two-time All-PBC defenders in Armstrong women's soccer history.
Mitchell, meanwhile, earns All-Conference honors for a third consecutive season, joining Burton (2006-09) and Lyndsi Stricklen (2005-07) as the only Armstrong players to be named All-Conference three times. The midfielder notched eight goals and two assists for 18 points while also delivering five game-winning goals this season, tying for first in the PBC. Her goal in overtime gave the Pirates a 3-2 win over Lander on Sept. 10 and she also notched the game-winning goal late in Armstrong's 2-0 victory over UNC Pembroke on Oct. 8. A native of Lilburn, Ga., Mitchell was the PBC's Player of the Week on Oct. 25.
Dawson earns All-Conference honors for the first time in her career for a splendid sophomore campaign that included four goals and seven assists for 15 points. Her seven assists ranks second in the Peach Belt and she also ranks ninth in the league in shots with 52. She tallied two goals and one assist in the Pirates' 5-1 win over Flagler on Oct. 12 and she also delivered a pair of assists in Armstrong's 5-1 win over Tusculum on Sept. 18. The Senoia, Ga., native was the Pirates' only player named to the second team.
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Armstrong, the top seed in the PBC Tournament, takes on fourth-seeded Lander at 5:00 p.m. on Friday at Blanchard Woods Park in the semifinals. Should the Pirates advance, they would take on the winner of North Georgia and Columbus State in the PBC Tournament Championship match at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.