CHARLESTON, S.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer program had three players recognized Wednesday night by the Big South Conference at the league's awards banquet Wednesday night on the eve of the 2011 championship tournament to be held at Blackbaud Stadium.
Senior midfielder Leilani Halkiotis earned first team All-Conference honors for her play this season. The voting was done by the league's coaches. Halkiotis enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign as she enters the tournament as the Bulldogs second leading scorer with five goals, three assists and 13 points. She tops the team in shots taken with 53 which is third best in the conference. It's the first time that Halkiotis has ever been honored by the league.
Freshman forward Kaitlyn Eckert was named to the league's All-Freshman team. Eckert is tied with Halkiotis as Asheville's second leading scorer with five goals, three assists and 13 points. Three of her goals have come in league matches. She scored one game-winning goal.
Junior midfielder Hannah Jeske made the league's All-Academic team. Jeske was one of 10 players to be honored. The league's All-Academic team is picked by the Sports Information Directors from the schools in the league.