RICHMOND, Va. – For the sixth-consecutive season, VCU Women's Soccer has multiple Atlantic 10 All-Conference honorees. Senior Susanna Friedrichs was named First Team All-Conference while junior Emma Kershner earned Second Team All-Conference honors, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
A native of Midlothian, Va., Friedrichs had her best season for the Black and Gold in her final year, setting career highs in multiple categories while anchoring the back line. In her four seasons with the Rams, she has played in 75 games, making 74 starts. This season, Friedrichs played and started as a defender in all 18 matches. This season she led the squad in goals scored with a career high six with one game-winner. She also posted a career high in shots (30) and shots on goal (17). In addition to her six goals, she also dished out an assist for 13 points on the season.
Kershner, a veteran of 37 matches with 26 starts was solid and dependable in the midfield for the Rams this season, notching career highs in nearly every category. She played and started in all 18 matches for VCU and proved to be one of the Black and Gold's most valuable assets. The Centreville, Va. native led the Rams with a career high five assists and also found the back of the net a career high five times. The go-to set piece taker had a knack for scoring when her team needed her, netting a team high two game-winning goals. She blasted a career best 37 shots, directing 14 of those on frame. Her offensive efforts earned her a team best 15 points on the season.
Earning A-10 Offensive Player of the Year was Melissa Kossler of Massachusetts while Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Alli Klug of Saint Louis. Courtney Reimer of Saint Louis was named Midfielder of the Year while Kossler of Massachusetts also earned Rookie of the Year honors. Rounding out the major awards is Saint Louis' Katie Shields who was named Coach of the Year after leading her squad to the best record in the league and the top seed heading into the semifinal round.
The Rams finished the regular season with a 9-6-3 overall record with a 3-5-2 mark in A-10 play.
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