Austin College women’s soccer players Ashleigh Johnson, Kaitlin Elledge and Natalie Nelms have each been recognized by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as All-SCAC performers, the league office announced this afternoon. Johnson was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year and was a 1st Team All-SCAC selection while Elledge also earned 1st Team recognition and Nelms was named 3rd Team All-SCAC.
Johnson, a senior defender from Austin, was the best defender on the best defense in the SCAC in 2010. Johnson anchored a defense that led the SCAC in goals allowed (eight) and goals against average (0.46) as the team went 11-4-2 on the year. Johnson successfully marked each opposing team’s best forward and was integral in the team posting 10 shutouts. Johnson is the first Austin College women’s soccer player to receive one of the SCAC’s three major postseason awards since the ’Roos joined the conference prior to the 2006 season.
Elledge, a senior keeper from Fort Worth, was in the net for all 10 shutouts posted by the ’Roos this season and posted league-bests with a 0.49 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage, and was a two-time SCAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. Elledge made 48 saves in 17 games this season, and for her career boasts an incredible 0.78 goals against average as a four year starter.
Nelms, a sophomore midfielder from Plano, was outstanding in controlling the center of the field for the ’Roos all season. Playing primarily as a defensive midfielder and distributor, Nelms scored three goals, including a game winner, and added an assist for a total of seven points on the year while starting all 17 games.
All three student-athletes also earned All-SCAC recognition in 2009.