MACON, Ga. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team continues to raise the bar for the program after seeing six Lady Bisons pick up Atlantic Sun Postseason honors, announced by the conference office Thursday.
"I am very thankful for the recognition our all-conference players have brought to our soccer program and to Lipscomb University," said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. "And I'm grateful to my fellow A-Sun coaches who have recognized the wealth of talent within our young team."
Sophomore goalie Anna Buhigas has had a year nothing short of impressive. Her accolades earned her a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference First Team as well as Goalkeeper of the Year.
The native of Columbus, Ohio was also named to the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team holding down a 4.0 GPA in Spanish Education to claim the Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. She is the first Lipscomb athlete to collect the honors since the induction of the awards.
"For Anna to be chosen as both the Scholar Athlete of the year and Goalkeeper of the year is remarkable,” O’Brien said. “Her work ethic is off the charts and her commitment to excellence is unsurpassed. She is growing into an incredible leader for our team and we are thankful she is a Lipscomb Lady Bison."
Buhigas has started in all 18 games for the Lady Bisons. Her GAA of 0.78 ranks second in the A-Sun and 54th in the nation while her save percentage of .835 ranks third in the conference and 52nd in the nation. She is credited with nine shutouts on the season and contributed to the team’s record-breaking 11 total shutouts.
She has faced 216 shots on the season collecting 71 saves. Buhigas is on pace to break the school record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 14 after breaking the record last season with 22.
Also earning a spot on the All-Conference First Team are sophomore Carlotta Fennefoss and freshman Jade Abarca. Fennefoss has played in 16 games for Lipscomb starting in 15 while Abarca saw playing time in 18 games making 10 starts.
Fennefoss’ superb performances on defense have contributed to the team’s 11 shutouts on the season. She was named to the All-Conference Second Team last season as a freshman. Abarca has garnered two Lady Bison goals taking 27 shots and making three assists.
Sophomore Carolyn Springsteen and junior Anna Lail were named to the All-Conference Second Team. Springsteen has two goals under her belt this season, with one being the game-winner over Chattanooga to seal a three-game winning streak for Lipscomb, a program best. The two-time A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week was also named to the Academic All-Conference Team.
Lail tallied five goals in just three games for Lipscomb gathering two-consecutive A-Sun Player of the Week honors. Lail is tied for most goals on the team as well as points collecting 13.
Alongside Abarca, Emily Rogers was selected to the All-Freshman Team. Rogers has played in 18 games making 17 starts. She has made one goal and one assist for the Purple and Gold taking 10 shots placing eight on goal.
Abarca is the second-ever Lipscomb athlete to be named to both the All-Conference First Team and All-Freshman Team in the same year.
"I'm confident that each award recipient would be the first to tell you that it's been a team effort since day one of preseason,” O’Brien said. “That's what I most appreciate about this group. We have no superstars or big egos, but rather a team that cares about one another and plays for one another in an amazing way.
I think our unity and togetherness has been our greatest strength this season and I'm hopeful it will continue to carry us throughout the A-Sun conference tournament."
The Lady Bisons travel to Fort Myers, Florida Nov. 7 for the semifinals of the conference tournament.