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The Gator soccer team held its annual awards banquet Thursday evening.

Thursday April 19, 2012Florida Soccer Holds Annual Team Awards Banquet Thursday

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gator soccer team held its annual awards banquet Thursday evening.

The University of Florida soccer team held its annual awards banquet Thursday evening in the Gator Room located in the Heavner Football Complex.

 

2011 Florida Soccer Team Awards

Players’ Choice

Kathryn Williamson

Offensive MVP

Erika Tymrak

Defensive MVP

Kathryn Williamson

Erin Baxter Effort Award

McKenzie Barney

Leadership Award

Tahnai Annis

Iron Gator

Jo Dragotta

Karyn Hall Academic Excellence

Jennifer Larrick

Robin Fulton Academic Achievement

Holly King

Redshirt junior Kathryn Williamson received her second consecutive Players’ Choice Award, which is awarded to the athlete who makes the biggest impression both on and off the field, as voted on by the members of the team. In 2011, the center back was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America third team as well as picking up spots on the All-Southeastern Conference first- and SEC All-Tournament teams. Off the field, Williamson is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-America first team selection.

 

Williamson also received the Most Valuable Player award for defense, while Most Valuable Player on offense was awarded to junior Erika Tymrak. The pair started each of the Gators’ 25 matches in 2011, with Williamson playing the entirety of 23 contests. Tymrak led the team with collegiate-highs for points (32) and goals (12), and she was second in assists (8). She finished the season third in the final SEC standings for points, shared third in goals and shared sixth in assists. Tymrak was named to the NSCAA All-America second team and to the All-SEC first team.

 

Gator senior Tahnai Annis is the 2011 Leadership Award recipient. Annis finished her collegiate career sixth on the program’s list for points (92) and goals (38), and shares No. 6 in game-winning goals (11). She was named to the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll, and selected by the Western New York Flash as the 18th overall pick in the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer draft.

 

Annis was also honored with a career award along with senior Lindsay Thompson. Thompson shares No. 6 in Florida’s Career List for game-winning goals (11). She appeared in every match in 2011 and finished ninth on Florida’s career chart in points (70) and seventh in goals (29).

 

The Iron Gator Award went to junior Jo Dragotta for her strength and conditioning work in- and off-season. Junior forward McKenzie Barney picked up the Erin Baxter Effort Award, given to a player who pushes the team to higher levels. Barney started 16 matches at forward for the Gators before suffering a season-ending injury in the regular-season finale. She shares No. 6 on the Gators Career List for game-winning goals (11) with Annis and Thompson, and ended the 2011 season tied for fifth in goals (4) and tied for sixth in points (9).

 

Freshman Jennifer Larrick was honored with the Karyn Hall Academic Excellence Award for her overall academic achievement. The Robin Fulton Academic Achievement Award, given to the player who displays hard work and determination in the classroom, was awarded to junior midfielder Holly King. She was selected to the NSCAA All-South Region second team, the All-SEC second-team selection and the SEC All-Tournament team in 2011. King was also a member of the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll and the NSCAA Scholar All-America third team.

 

During the 2011 season, Florida turned in a record of 17-8-0 and earned its 15th NCAA Championship berth, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

 

 

 

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