Women's Soccer holds annual alumni game and awards banquet
Senior Jennifer Fields (second from left) and the women's soccer coaching staff (from L to R) Andy Stoots, Heather Henson, and Chris Henson.
Senior Jennifer Fields (second from left) and the women's soccer coaching staff (from L to R) Andy Stoots, Heather Henson, and Chris Henson.

Monday, April 25, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 25, 2005) - The East Tennessee State University soccer team held its annual alumni game and awards banquet this past Saturday. 

Head Coach Heather Henson stated, "There is no more complete way to celebrate our program than having our soccer family together."

            The alumni game kicked off in the rain and provided a good level of soccer. Both teams had opportunities with the alumni getting on the board in the first half on a penalty kick called by Coach Henson. 

            In tradition with the game, the teams were re-divided to allow current players to play with the alumni.

"My belief is that it allows them to get to know each other much better and creates and very fun environment," said Coach Henson. 

In the second half the score ended in a 1-1 tie, just before a downpour that had everyone running to the cars.

            "It was great to see everyone and for our new players to put names and faces with the ladies who started our program. I want to thank our alumni for coming back, supporting the program, and setting new expectations for our players as they go into their professions" said Henson.

            The ETSU Soccer banquet was held at the D.P. Culp Center and catered by the ETSU's own Chef Rick.  Family, alumni, athletic staff, members of the Pirate Club Board, community members and other special guests joined the team to celebrate the 2004-05 season.

            "This night is always bitter sweet, in that we get to honor our players, but have to say good bye to our seniors," commented Henson. 

The night saw Jennifer Fields (Mount Airy, Md.), the team's lone senior, honored with the Team MVP Award and The Founder's Award. Kristin Redfern and last year's winner Andrea Brown presented the Founder's Award.  The award is to honor a senior that exemplifies what it is to be an ETSU soccer player (a true Buc).  The player must be a four-year letterwinner and have shown unquestionable dedication to the program both in the classroom and on the field.

Other awards presented include the team Academic MVP award, which was awarded to Erin Ashton (New Bern, N.C.) by the athletic department and the team's Most Improved Player Award, which was awarded to freshman Carrie Hill (Hixson, Tenn.), and other academic awards garnered throughout the year by other members of the team.

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