The 2011 season has been like none other in U of M women's soccer history. And the Tigers' success is reflected in the awards announced Tuesday by Conference USA.
With a league-leading 11 goals (and 26 points), sophomore midfielder Christabel Oduro was named Offensive Player of the Year (the third Tiger to earn this honor in the last four years). Oduro scored seven goals in C-USA play and has netted five game-winners.
Senior defender Lizzy Simonin repeated as C-USA's Defensive Player of the Year. Simonin has scored five goals this season and added four assists while playing all 1,730 minutes over the Tigers' 19 games.
Head coach Brooks Monaghan was named Coach of the Year for the second time.
Tiger goalie Elise Kuhar-Pitters (with a school-record 13 shutouts) joins Oduro and Simonin on the C-USA all-star team.
The Tigers enter this week's C-USA tournament — an event Memphis has won four years in a row — with an undefeated record of 18-0-1. Ranked as high as number-four in one national poll, Memphis opens play Wednesday night against Tulsa (8 p.m.). Should they beat the Golden Hurricane, the Tigers will play in the semifinals Friday night. The championship game will be Sunday afternoon.