November 12, 2013

Six honored by conference

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Six Grove City College women's soccer players earned All-Presidents' Athletic Conference recognition Tuesday afternoon from the league's head women's soccer coaches.

Senior midfielder Sarah Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) and senior defender Jessica Heck (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) both earned First Team All-PAC recognition. Senior defender Lydia Caissy (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) earned Second Team All-PAC honors while sophomore midfielder Abby Mathes (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), senior forward Becky McManus (Bel Air, Md./Harford Christian) and senior defender Leah Wilt (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) each received Honorable Mention.

Cessar earned First Team All-PAC honors for the second straight year after leading the Wolverines (11-9-1 overall, 7-2 PAC) with 17 total points. She shared the team lead with five assists and scored six goals this season. Cessar recorded five goals and four assists in eight conference matches this year. She has 17 career goals and 10 assists and is a three-year starter for the Wolverines.

Heck helped anchor Grove City's defense from her center back position this year. Her work helped Grove City post a 1.30 goals-against average and four shutouts this year. She has appeared in all 21 matches this year, including 20 starts. Offensively, Heck has three assists on the season. That ranks fourth on the squad.

Heck earned Second Team All-PAC honors in each of the previous two seasons. She is also a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. Heck is a three-year starter for Grove City.

Caissy has started all 21 matches for Grove City at outside back this season and has made 83 career starts, which leads all current Wolverine players. Caissy scored one goal in 2013 while playing a pivotal role in the defensive success. Her teammates selected her as Grove City's Most Valuable Player for 2013.

Mathes emerged in 2013 by starting 16 matches at midfielder this year. McManus, meanwhile, scored six of her team-leading eight goals in conference play in 2013. Wilt joined Caissy and Heck on Grove City's backline this year and started 19 matches. Wilt is a four-year starter who has made 75 career starts for the Wolverines.

Grove City earned the No. 4 seed in this week's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Championship Tournament and will host Juniata in the tournament quarterfinals Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Washington & Jefferson senior Holly Shipley earned the conference's Player of the Year award. Thomas More head coach Jeff Cummings received Coach of the Year recognition.

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