PLYMOUTH, N.H.- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its selections to the Women’s All New England Teams recently, and four Plymouth State College players were chosen for their outstanding performances.
Senior defender Cece Glover (Hanover, NH) and standout freshman forward Carrie Poulin (Westfield, MA) were named to the All-New England First Team. Freshman goalie Lisa Goldberg (Newton, MA) was selected to the Second Team and sophomore defender Jackie Blanchard (Plymouth, MA) was named to the Third Team.
Glover ends her career at PSC in poetic fashion, going out on top. The senior co-captain played a large role in the success of the team this year with her solid defensive skills and leadership on and off the field. While competing in 62 career games, she participated in the post season all four years including the1997 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. While defense was her strength she also scored five goals and three assists in her career.
Poulin had a phenomenal first year in the collegiate ranks, starting 17 of 18 games, finishing with 22 goals and three assists, and establishing two school records. This is just the tip of the iceberg for her season statistics. Poulin scored in 14 of 18 games, put together a streak of six consecutive games with a goal or more and never went more than two games without scoring. She tallied seven multiple scoring games, had PSC’s two lone NCAA tournaments goals, and led the team in goals (22) and points (47). Poulin surpassed the school records of 20 goals and 47 points set by Mary-Bridget Pawlik in 1992, when Pawlik was named National Player of the Year.
Goldberg closed out her first season as a Second Team selection. After taking over the starting roll halfway through the season, Goldberg registered a 9-1-1 record and a 0.80 goals against average. She started in 11 games, posting 49 saves and five shutouts, while allowing only eight goals all year. In the NCAA New England Regional Tournament, Goldberg had 16 saves in an emotional quadruple over time loss to Colby College.
Blanchard was named to the All New England Third Team. In 17 starts, Blanchard was a pivotal player in the Panther defense that allowed only 13 goals and posted 10 shutouts on the season. In the Little East Conference finale against Eastern Connecticut, Blanchard scored her only goal in the 4-1 win, and her solid play in the back will be a major contributor to the defense next year.
PSC finished the season at 15-2-1 under third-year head coach Marti Kingsley and placed third in the Little East Conference at 5-2. This was the Panthers’ 15th consecutive post season birth, and 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1986.
The New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association also named Poulin to its All New England First Team and Glover to the Second Team, and selected Kingsley as Division III Coach of the Year.