January 4, 2011

Three women's soccer players earn NSCAA Scholar All-Region accolades

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Three Birmingham-Southern women's soccer players - Brittany Soto, Linda Amaya, and Lauren Metzger - were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-South Region teams, the organization announced recently.

Brittany Soto
Senior Brittany Soto

Soto and Amaya earned Second-Team honors, while Metzger was named Honorable Mention.

Soto, a senior defender from Ball Ground, Ga., is a chemistry major with a 3.68 GPA; Amaya, a junior midfielder from Hattiesburg, Miss., is a psychology major with a 3.79 GPA; and Metzger, a junior defender from Mobile, is a biology major with a 3.47 GPA.

Soto and Metzger helped anchor the BSC defense with nine shutouts

Lauren Metzger
Junior Lauren Metzger

last season, which ties for the second-most in program history. The Panther defense also allowed its opponents to score only 24 goals on the year. Soto also got in on the offensive action, and was third on the team with six points from her three goals, which were the first of her collegiate career.

Amaya was second on the team with 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists) and ranked eighth in the SCAC in points per game (1.00). With another year of eligibility, Amaya ends the 2010 campaign ranked 10th in career goals (19), fourth in game-winning goals (7), and third in career shots (129).

Linda Amaya
Junior Linda Amaya

"These three ladies are always studying and challenging themselves, whether in the classroom, on a bus, or in a hotel," BSC Head Coach Benji Walton said. "They are always focused and working to be the best they can be in their field of study. The unique part of this award is you have to excel in the classroom, but you must also be a major contributor on the field. To me that makes this award even more amazing for these three. It's not easy to stay focused on academics during a hectic season, yet these three continue to accomplish such high marks while leading our team. It's a great honor and as a team we celebrate with them."