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Grahl, Litzsinger earn All-OVC Recognition

Grahl, Litzsinger earn All-OVC Recognition

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – SIUE women's soccer players Emily Grahl has been named to the All – Ohio Valley Conference First Team and MacKenzie Litzsinger to the OVC All-Newcomer team.

Grahl caps off her tremendous career with the first team selection. This season, she was the driving force behind the Cougars attack. Grahl finished the year with five assists, which was tied for the fourth most in the OVC. She added one goal on 18 shots.

"First team All-OVC is a tremendous recognition, and its fully deserved," Head Coach Derek Burton said. "Emily had a very good senior year and it's a fitting honor at the culmination of an outstanding career at SIUE."

Grahl started all 82 games of her career, placing her first all-time for SIUE in career starts and games played. She ended her career 26th on the all-time scoring list for SIUE with 38 points (nine goals, 20 assists). Her 20 assists is seventh most all-time for the Cougars.

Litzsinger had a fantastic true freshmen season up front for SIUE. You truly felt her impact every game with her athleticism and ability to get shots off. She ended the season second on the team in points (9) and shots taken (26). Litzsinger recorded the game-winning goals against Cal Poly 8/20 and Eastern Illinois 9/17.

"I'm happy for MacKenzie to be recognized by the OVC coaches," Burton added. "She's just scratched the surface of the college player she can be, and that's very exciting for us moving forward."

2017 All-OVC Women's Soccer Teams

First-Team
Kari Naerdemann, Tennessee Tech Jr. GK 
Harriet Withers, Murray State Sr. F
Belicia Mendiola, Belmont Sr. F 
Kirstin Robertson, Austin Peay Sr. F 
Tenn. Jordan Foster, Eastern Kentucky Sr. F 
Esmie Gonzales, Southeast Missouri So. MF 
Danae Kaldaridou, UT Martin Jr. MF 
Emily Grahl, SIUE Sr. MF 
Karsyn Hasch, Murray State So. D
Lauren Brewer, Tennessee Tech Sr. D
Nyomi Devine, Murray State Sr. D 

Second-Team
Alex Steigerwald, Murray State Jr. GK 
Rebecca Kubin, Murray State Fr. F
Julie Garst, Belmont Fr. F 
Danielle Monroe, Jacksonville State So. F
Mayra Tarraga Manzanal, Tennessee Tech Jr. MF
Tara Austin, Belmont Sr. MF
Bailly Bounds, Eastern Kentucky Jr. MF
Morgan Drawdy, Austin Peay Fr. MF 
Karigan Owens, Tennessee Tech Sr. D 
Haley Kemper, Eastern Kentucky R-Jr. D 
Lindsay Carlson, Eastern Illinois So. D 

All-Newcomer Team
Rebecca Kubin, Murray State Fr. F 
Miyah Watford, Murray State So. F
Julie Garst, Belmont Fr. F
Tina Marolt, Tennessee Tech Jr. MF 
Katie Shaffer, Eastern Kentucky Fr. D
MacKenzie Litzsinger, SIUE Fr. F
Lexi Grote, Southeast Missouri Fr. F 
Kendall Powell, Tennessee Tech Fr. F
Morgan Drawdy, Austin Peay Fr. F
Sydney Cason, Belmont Fr. MF
Kamryn Chappell, UT Martin Fr. D 

OVC Offensive Player of the Year: Harriet Withers, Murray State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Kari Naerdemann, Tennessee Tech
OVC Freshmen of the Year: Rebecca Kubin, Murray State
OVC Coach of the Year: Jeremy Groves, Murray State

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