All-American gal

LC senior midfielder Ashley Hoath was just named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the second-straight season.

Hornet women’s soccer players have earned All-American accolades nine times in the history of the program, all in the last 11 seasons.

Hoath (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) led the Hornets to their first-ever NCAA Division III Final Four in school history this season, and LC finished with a 17-3-4 record. She started 23 times and tied for a team-best 25 points. Hoath delivered a team-best 11 assists and scored seven times, including three game winners. She earned first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors in early November, and also was recently named to All-South Atlantic Region First-Team.

Five other Hornets joined Ashley Hoath on the All-Region squad. Katelyn LeRiche (Guilford, CT/Guilford) and Betsy Kwiatkowski (Mount Jackson, VA/Stonewall Jackson) earned spots on the first team. LeRiche, a senior, anchored a Hornet defense that allowed just seven goals in 25 games, and also scored twice herself. Kwiatkowski, a junior forward, scored six goals and had eight assists for 20 points, and netted three game-winning goals. Both were also named to the all-ODAC first team.

Beverly Hoath (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) and Brittany Klippstein (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) earned second-team all-region accolades, while Anna Wright (Ashland, VA/Patrick Henry) was an honorable mention. Beverly Hoath, a sophomore and sister of Ashley Hoath, teamed with LeRiche to form one of the best backlines in the region. Klippstein enjoyed a fine sophomore campaign in the midfield, tying Ashley Hoath for the team lead with 25 points (9 goals, 7 assists). Wright, a junior, boasted a 0.44 goals against average and 86.5 save percentage in net this season.