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Cowgirl Soccer Defender Callie Allbright named MVP

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by Hunter Bower


LAKE CHARLES –Senior Callie Allbright was named the Most Valuable Player Monday evening as the McNeese State soccer team handed out its 2013 Awards at its annual banquet.


Allbright, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was a four-year starting defender and center back for head coach Scooter Savoie and as a senior started all 20 matches.  She finished her career with one goal and eight assists on 58 shots. Her only goal came in overtime against Jacksonville State in 2012 where her game-winning goal helped spark a season-high four game unbeaten streak. As a defensive leader, Allbright helped the Cowgirls to 15 shutouts over their opponents from 2010-2013.  Allbright also recorded three assists in a game, just one goal shy of tying fellow senior Johna Germany's single game record, in a 12-2 win against Texas Southern. She was also named Southland Conference Player of the Week for her performance in an emotional win over Abilene Christian late in the season.


"Callie has done great things for us over her four years as a Cowgirl," said Savoie. "She had her ups and downs throughout her career but she never quit and never gave up. It's rare that you can have a career like Callie had. She was apart of almost every single game we played. She was a great leader and a great captain for us."


Junior Tori Lasiter won the Golden Boot award, which is presented to the player who scored the most goals during the season. Lasiter climbed the record books during a standout junior season that saw her record four game-winning goals, which put her fourth all-time with game-winners in a single season. She is also listed tied for third all-time with five career game-winning goals. Lasiter led a Cowgirl team that at one point was ranked as the eighth highest scoring offense in the nation and also led her team in five different categories: points (10), goals (5), shots (34), shots on goal (13) and game-winning goals (4).


"We had great momentum over the season on offense and Tori was a big part of that," said Savoie. "She was able to drive some goals in and get the offense going, which was what we, as a staff, expected."


Junior Krista Steinbeiser was awarded the Golden Cowbell. The award, which is chosen on a player's attitude and dedication and goes to a player that will do anything for the team and always gives 100 percent in every situation. Steinbeiser, who played a majority of the season injured, started 14 games and played in all 20. She recorded six points (two goals and two assists) on 33 shots. Her two goals and two assists were career highs.


"Krista had a good season this year where we saw her improve from last year," said Savoie. "Her role was expected to be much greater this year and she met that role. About the middle of the season, Krista fractured her foot and spent most of the season in a boot during the week. She would then come out and perform great on game day. She has great dedication."


The Freshman of the Year award went to Kendall Vardell, who started all 20 games as a midfielder. The Grapevine, Texas native logged over 1,600 minutes and collected one assist on 26 shots.


"Kendall stepped up right away as a freshman and ended up averaging about 84 minutes a game. Her work in the midfield was good and we were able to rely on her ability. She met our expectations this season."


Along with Allbright, seniors Johna Germany and Megan Snelling were honored by the coaches who presented framed jerseys.


"These seniors' job over the last four years has been a challenge," said Savoie. "We knew right away in 2010 that we needed to work hard and find great athletes in order to turn our program around. These seniors were a big part of our ability to be competitive year in and year out. Not only did these ladies compete on the field but they also competed and the classroom as well. We will surely miss these seniors."

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