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  • COLLEGE SOCCER

    Bricker, Paulsen earn honorable mention honors

    The seniors cap successful four-year run at SOU with All-American nods
  • ASHLAND — Two Southern Oregon University women's soccer players who over the course of four years elevated the Raiders to their most successful point went out as All-Americans on Thursday.
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  • ASHLAND — Two Southern Oregon University women's soccer players who over the course of four years elevated the Raiders to their most successful point went out as All-Americans on Thursday.
    Alyssa Bricker landed on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's third team, and both Bricker and Sydney Paulsen received NAIA All-American honorable mention for their parts as seniors on SOU's 10-6-3 squad.
    Defensively, with Bricker at the forefront, this was the Raiders' best year yet. They set a school record with eight shutouts and allowed less than a goal per game before losing in the Cascade Conference tournament semifinals against Concordia, the eventual national champion.
    The NAIA also gave Bricker honorable mention as a junior in 2012.
    Paulsen, a forward, had seven goals and three assists, leading the team in both categories, and notched the game-winning strike in SOU's first postseason win since 2008 over Eastern Oregon. She's the third Raider ever to earn honorable mention along with Bricker and Stephanie Carr, the school's all-time leading scorer.
    Bricker and Paulsen were both selected to the all-conference team, too. They leave as part of the winningest group of Raiders in history, compiling a 42-24-9 record over four years.
    Concordia's Hannah Kimsey, a senior midfielder, was named the NAIA's player of the year after tallying seven goals and 14 assists. Senior defender Samantha Johnson also represented Concordia on the first team, and Concordia midfielder Erin Huisingh and Corban forward Audrey Sullivan were third-team picks.
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