November 7, 2013

Pirates Place Four On All-PBC Women's Soccer Squad

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 11-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University women's soccer squad placed four players on the 2013 Peach Belt Women's Soccer All-Conference Team, announced Thursday evening ahead of the PBC Final Four. Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Luckie and sophomore defender Taylor Russell earned first-team honors, while sophomore forward Taylor Valley and junior midfielder Brianne Matarazzo earned second-team honors.

For three of the four Pirate players it was their first All-Peach Belt Conference honor, including Morgan Luckie, who was named the first-team goalkeeper for accumulating six shutouts and an 0.75 goals against average this season. She is the first Armstrong goalkeeper to earn All-Conference honors in program history. Luckie was 10-4-3 this season and led the league in save percentage (.818) while ranking fourth in the league in goalkeeper minutes played (1434:30), second in shutouts and she currently ranks second in goals against average.

Taylor Russell is the only repeat honoree as the sophomore was a second-team All-Peach Belt Conference honoree as a sophomore in 2012. The central defender was a Disney's Division II National Player of the Week honoree earlier this season and she has anchored a defense that has given up a league-low 14 goals and sports a league-best 0.75 goals against average this season. Twice Russell earned PBC Defender of the Week honors in 2013 and she also scored a pair of goals on 13 shots.

Taylor Valley came on strong at the end of the year for the Pirates, scoring all eight of her goals in 2013 over Armstrong's final 12 matches of the season. She added five assists for 23 points, ranking sixth in the Peach Belt Conference in total points, eighth in goals and eighth in assists. 

Brianne Matarazzo played a variety of positions for Armstrong this season but thrived in the midfield, delivering a team-best seven assists to go with two goals for 11 points. Matarazzo ranked fourth in the PBC in assists and both of her goals were game winners in 2013, in a 1-0 win at Montevallo on Sept. 28 and in the 2-1 win at USC Aiken on Oct. 23.

Click here to view the complete 2013 All-Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer release.

Armstrong is currently awaiting word of a possible at-large berth into the NCAA Championships, which will be announced on Monday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.