All-New England honors for two PSU Soccer players

December 12th, 2003 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two senior co-captains from Plymouth State University’s soccer teams, after leading the men’s and women’s squads to successful campaigns in 2003, have been named to the Division III All-New England Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Senior goalkeeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) of the PSU men’s team was voted First Team All-New England, and senior back Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) was selected Second Team All-New England. Sheridan was also a Third Team All-New England choice by NEWISA, the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association.

A 6’3” keeper, Wilby capped his outstanding career with a strong senior season in the Panther goal. He surrendered only 12 goals in 19 games, recording 10 shutouts and an impressive 0.63 goals against average. The All-Little East Conference Second Team choice, Wilby was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season and was also selected Goalie of the Week by the ECAC three times. Wilby finished his outstanding career with 24 shutouts, fifth most in school history.

Wilby helped lead the Panthers to a 12-4-3 overall record, and a share of the LEC regular season title with a 5-1-1 mark. PSU was the top seed in the conference tournament, but was upset in the semifinals by eventual champion Western Connecticut. The Panthers were invited to the ECAC Tournament, advanced past Salve Regina in the first round on penalty kicks, and were then eliminated in the semifinals in overtime in an exciting game against Keene State.

A 5’7” defender, Sheridan concluded a four-year career in outstanding fashion with the All-New England honor. The LEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sheridan anchored a Panther defense this season that gave up only 23 goals in 18 games, posting nine shutouts. Sheridan was also a major contributor to the offense, sharing team-high honors with seven goals and finishing second with 15 points. She led the team with three game-winners, including goals in 1-0 victories over UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut. A four-year starter and a player who saw action at nearly every position on the field, Sheridan finishes her 66-game career (60 starts) with 16 goals, six assists and 38 points. She was also a Regional All-America for the Plymouth State women’s lacrosse team last spring.

Sheridan helped the Panthers record their first wining season in three years, finishing 10-7-1 overall and 5-2-0 in the Little East. PSU advanced to the ECAC New England Tournament, as was eliminated in the first round by eventual champion Salem State.

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