Senior captain Maggie Murnane was named the Ohio soccer team's Most Valuable Player at the program's annual banquet on Sunday.
March 26, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team held its annual team banquet on Sunday (March 23) at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, giving the student-athletes, coaches, support staff and their families and friends a chance to celebrate and reflect on the 2013 season.
Guests were treated to breakfast, followed by a short highlight video produced by WOUB-TV's Tyler Rosten of The Bobcat Sports Showcase. First-year head coach Aaron Rodgers expressed his thoughts on his rookie campaign at the helm and his goals and expectations for the program's future. Ohio's junior class then recalled its memories of the team's outgoing senior class and presented the two seniors in attendance - midfielder/forward Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) and goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) - with framed jerseys.
Murnane garnered Team Most Valuable Player honors after starting 19 of 20 games and logging 1,331 minutes while serving as team captain. She tied for fourth on the team with eight points, tallying three goals and two assists. She also ranked second on team with 17 shots on goal. An exercise physiology major with a 3.93 overall grade point average, Murnane earned a spot on both the 2013 Academic All-Mid-American Conference team and the Academic All-Ohio NCAA Division I Third Team.
Freshman midfielder Kinsey Swartztrauber (Clayton, Ohio) earned Most Improved Player recognition while redshirt junior goalkeeper Rachel Fryan (Racine, Wis.) and senior Alex Stec (Medina, Ohio) shared Unsung Hero recognition.
Ohio finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 7-8-5 and qualified for the MAC Tournament for a fifth straight season. The Bobcats finished the 2013 regular season with their first non-losing record since 2009 (7-7-5). Ohio posted five road victories in 2013 - the most wins away from home for the Bobcats since 2004.