Patriot League Release
Nov. 4, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Four members of the Army women's soccer team were among a field of 33 players voted upon by the 10 head coaches to earn All-Patriot League honors in Monday's announcement by the conference office. Seniors Kimberly An (F), Molly McGuigan (D) and Joey Molacek (M) were tabbed as first-team selections, while sophomore Katie Holder (F) earned third-team honors.
It is the fourth straight year that McGuigan earned first team all-league recognition, becoming just the third Black Knight to do so, joining Tara Williams (USMA '94) and Holly Pedley (USMA '98). One of the finest defensive players in school history, McGuigan has been involved in 40 shutouts as a starter in 76 games over the past four years, to include a school-record 16 in 2010 and five this season.
Army is in the midst of a three-game win streak and McGuigan anchored a defense that allowed just two goals in 290 minutes as the Black Knights clinched a berth to the Patriot League Tournament and fourth seed during that span. The Black Knights handed top-seeded Navy its first conference loss of the season in last Friday's 2-0 blanking of the Midshipmen in the regular-season finale. The senior co-captain also leads Army's defense in scoring with two goals and an assists for five points, along with a game winner.
An earned her third all-league certificate as a member of the first unit. It is the second time she was tabbed as a forward having been selected as a midfielder in 2010.
A dominant offensive player, An led Army in scoring this year as a starter in all 18 games with seven goals and five assists for 19 points to rank second in the league in goals and points. Both of her game winners (vs. Bucknell, 2-1 double overtime, and Lafayette, 3-1) came in league play where she scored three goals, along with three assists, for nine points. An tallied a pair of goals in the Lafayette decision that clinched Army's berth to the Patriot League Tournament for the third time in the last four years.
The native of Oak Ridge, N.J., ranks first in the league in shots with 44 in league games and 67 overall, with 54 on goal. An continues to climb Army's top-10 career chart where she ranks eighth in points (77), sixth in goals (32) and fourth in game winners (14), and is just two shy of breaking into assists (13).
Molacek's offensive presence in the midfield earned the senior co-captain her third straight league all-star certificate. She collected first-team honors after being named to the second unit in 2012 and 2011 as a midfielder and forward, respectively. The native of Saugus, Calif., posted her career fourth two-goal effort in leading Army to a 2-1 come-from-behind double overtime win over league rival Holy Cross that kept alive the Black Knight's tournament hopes. She added a goal and assist a few days later as Army rallied past Lafayette, 3-1, to clinch a berth to the postseason tournament.
Molacek leads Army in league play with four goals and an assist for nine points, along with a game winner, while listing second overall with 11 points (five goals, one assist) to rank among the league offensive leaders as well.
Holder collected her first career all-league certificate with her selection to the third unit as a forward. The native of Stillwater, Minn., earned her second Patriot League weekly honor after tallying the first goal against Navy in conference play that snapped the Midshipmen's shutout mark of 737 minutes.The goal was Holder's fourth of the year and third game winner to rank tied for fourth in the league. She also lists second in the league behind An in shots with 34.
Host and top-seed Navy (8-1-0) garnered a league-high four first-team all-star selections with fourth-seed Army (4-3-2) tying with second-seed Boston University (8-1-0) for the second highest number with three. The Terriers had a league-high nine earn all-league certificates with the Midshipmen next with seven.
The Midshipmen collected three of the five major awards in Offensive Player of the Year (Morgan Dankanich), Defensive Player of the Year (Jade Seabrook) and Goalkeeper of the Year (Elizabeth Hoerner). Boston University snagged two awards in claiming Rookie of the Year (Erica Kosienski) and Coach of the Year (Nancy Feldman).
Army begins its quest for the Patriot League Tournament title and NCAA bid Tuesday (Nov. 5) when it hosts fifth-seeded American (4-4-1) in a quarterfinal match, 7 p.m., at Clinton Field. 2013
All-Patriot League Honors (Army)
Kimberly An, F Joey Molacek, M Molly McGuigan, D
Katie Holder, F
Major League Awards
Offensive Player of the Year - Morgan Dankanich, Navy, Jr., F
Defensive Player of the Year - Jade Seabrook, Navy, Jr., D
Goalkeeper of the Year - Elizabeth Hoerner, Navy, Sr., GK
Rookie of the Year - Erica Kosienski, Boston University, Fr., F
Coach of the Year - Nancy Feldman, Boston University