CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four members of the Charleston Southern women's soccer team have earned spots on the Big South all-conference teams, the league office announced Thursday.
Senior midfielder Lydia Frierson was recognized as a member of the Big South All-Academic squad. Junior defender Emilie Gilbert and sophomore midfielder Jazzin Clark were named to the all-conference second team, and defender Juliana Barbaccia was selected to the all-freshman team in voting by league's head coaches.
Frierson, from Laurel, Md., is on the all-academic team for the third straight year and was a team captain for the second time. She owns a cumulative grade point average of 3.98 while majoring in communications with a theatre emphasis and minoring in health promotion. On the field, she had a goal in a win over The Citadel and a goal and assist in a Big South victory over Presbyterian and has eight goals and seven assists for 23 career points over 69 games and 42 starts.
Gilbert is the anchor of a CSU defense that is among the best in the Big South. She started all 17 games and played 1,548 of a possible 1,601 minutes, leading a back line that helped the Bucs allow only 22 goals in 17 regular season games, the fourth fewest in the Big South. CSU was also stingy in conference play, surrendering just 11 goals in nine games including two shutouts. In her three-year career, the Toms River, N.J., product has played in 41 games with 35 starts and scored a goal against Eastern Kentucky last season.
Clark, from Closter, N.J., established herself as one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the conference this season. Her speed and ball-handling ability produced scoring opportunities for the Bucs, and she finished the year with 28 shots and 14 shots on goal, ranking second and third, respectively, on the team. Clark started all 17 games and scored her first career goal to produce a 1-1 tie against Stetson while adding an assist in a 3-0 win over UNC Asheville.
Barbaccia moved into the lineup right away in her first year in the CSU program and started all 17 games as a member of the Bucs' strong defensive unit. The Palm Harbor, Fla., native played 1,473 minutes, an average of more than 80 per game, and was also dangerous in the attack, taking two shots including one on goal in transition.