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A pair of Gators are the 2012 SEC Players of the Year- Holly King (left, Defensive) and Erka Tymrak (Offensive).

Monday October 29, 2012Florida Places Four on All-SEC Soccer Teams; Tymrak & King SEC Players of Year

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A pair of Gators are the 2012 SEC Players of the Year- Holly King (left, Defensive) and Erka Tymrak (Offensive).

University of Florida seniors Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.) and Holly King (Ashburn, Va.) picked up Southeastern Conference Players of the Year honors and are joined by two other Gators on 2012 All-Southeastern Conference teams, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

 

Florida’s SEC Players of the Year

2012

Holly King (Defensive)

 

Erika Tymrak (Offensive)

2010

Kathryn Williamson (Defensive)

2009

Lauren Hyde (Defensive)

2004

Stephanie Freeman

2003

Stephanie Freeman

2001

Abby Wambach

2000

Abby Wambach

1999

Sarah Yohe

1998

Danielle Fotopoulos

1997

Erin Baxter

1996

Danielle Fotopoulos

SEC began naming Offensive and Defensive

Player of Year in 2005

Tymrak is the first Gator named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year since the league began in 2005 announcing a SEC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. King is the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and is the third Gator since 2009 to earn the honor. A Gator has now picked up a SEC Player of the Year honor 12 times in the program’s history.

 

The third Gator senior named to the All-SEC first team is defensive midfielder Jo Dragotta (Tampa, Fla.). Freshman center back Christen Westphal (Brecksville, Ohio) is part of both the All-SEC second and SEC Freshman teams.

 

Becky Burleigh, who led Florida to its 12th SEC title in 2012, was selected by her league peers as the SEC Coach of the Year. It is the fifth honor for Burleigh, who is in her 18th season with the program she started in 1995. She also was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2010.

 

Here’s a look at the season notes for Florida’s 2012 All-SEC honorees:

 

First team:

MidfielderJo Dragotta: All-SEC first team selection…Started every match at holding midfield…Shares Florida’s lead in goals (6) and tied for second in points (15)…Six goals shares sixth among SEC goal scorers in league matches…Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America National Teams of the Week following her three-goal weekend which includes the game-winners versus then No. 14 Missouri and Mississippi State…Turned in first collegiate goal off penalty kick versus Georgia…Scored tying goal at then No. 5 Texas A&M and hit a 32-yard blast to put UF up 2-0 at Vanderbilt.

 

Midfielder Holly King: SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-SEC first team selection…Started every match at holding midfield and leads Florida’s field players with average of 86.5 minutes per match…Played the entirety of 14 matches…Sixth among the Gators with a career season-high 11 points…Turned in a career-high season total of four goals – all coming off set plays on consecutive September Sundays…Headed in game-winner in 3-2 victory over New Mexico…Provided tying goal at Auburn…Also headed in goals versus Georgia and Arkansas…Provided a pair of assists versus Vanderbilt.

 

Midfielder Erika Tymrak: SEC Offensive Player of the Year and All-SEC first team selection…Appeared in 16 matches with 15 starts…Leads Florida with 17 points and seven assists…Also shares third with five goals…Named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Week, SEC Offensive Player of Week and named to two national teams of week following golden goal at then No. 2 Duke…Picked up second SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor after hitting game-winning goal at LSU and assisting on game-winning goal at then No. 5 Texas A&M…Scored Florida’s first goal at Vanderbilt and tying goal versus New Mexico…Also scored versus Mississippi State…Missed three matches after suffering a sprained left ankle just before halftime of Tennessee match…Named to Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List and among candidates for Senior CLASS Award.

 

Second team and SEC Freshman team:

Defender - Christen Westphal: All-SEC second team and also named to SEC Freshman team…Started all but the season opener, appearing in every match at center back…Second among Florida’s field players with average of 86.3 minutes per match...Played the entirety of 14 matches, including overtime contests at then No. 14 North Carolina, versus then No. 2 Duke and at Auburn.

 

In other awards announced Monday, Alabama’s Merel van Dongen is the SEC Freshman of the Year. Mississippi’s Rafaelle Souza and Missouri’s Allison Hu shared the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

 

The Gators now head to the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Florida will open play with Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will face the winner of Monday’s play-in match of LSU and Mississippi. The Gators have claimed the SEC Tournament title nine times, with the last coming in 2010.

 

All action at the 2012 SEC Tournament will be available via web stream or television. The SEC Digital Network will live stream Monday and Wednesday matches and Friday’s semifinal matches will appear on ESPN3. ESPNU will cover the SEC Championship match.

 

Florida’s matches can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick calling the action.

 

2012 Southeastern Conference Soccer Awards

Defensive Player of the Year:

Holly King, Florida

Offensive Player of the Year:

Erika Tymrak, Florida

Freshman of the Year:

Merel van Dongen, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:

Rafaelle Souza, Mississippi

 

Allison Hu, Missouri

Coach of the Year:

Becky Burleigh, Florida

 

 

 

First Team All-SEC

Name

School

Pos.

Ht.

Year

Hometown

Tatiana Coleman

Auburn

F

5-8

SO

Boca Raton, Fla.

Holly King

Florida

MF

5-9

SR

Ashburn, Va.

Jo Dragotta

Florida

MF

5-8

SR

Tampa, Fla.

Erika Tymrak

Florida

MF

5-5

SR

Bradenton, Fla.

Arin Gilliland

Kentucky

D

5-8

SO

Lexington, Ky.

Alyssa Diggs

Missouri

F

5-4

JR

Coppell, Texas

Dominique Richardson

Missouri

MF

5-6

JR

Fullerton, Calif.

Hannah Wilkinson

Tennessee

F

5-11

SO

Whangarei, New Zealand

Jordan Day

Texas A&M

GK

6-0

SO

Gilbert, Ariz.

Annie Kunz

Texas A&M

F

6-0

SO

Golden, Colo.

Meghan Streight

Texas A&M

D/MF

5-5

SO

McKinney, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

,

Second Team All-SEC

 

 

 

,

Pia Rijsdijk

Alabama

F

5-9

SO

Numansdorp, Netherlands

Merel van Dongen

Alabama

MF

5-8

FR

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Allie Chandler

Arkansas

F

5-3

SR

Mesquite, Texas

Christen Westphal

Florida

D

5-6

FR

Brecksville, Ohio

Torri Allen

Georgia

D

5-4

JR

Stafford, Va.

Jade Kovacevic

LSU

F/MF

5-6

FR

Georgetown, Ontario

Mandy McCalla

Mississippi

MF/F

5-8

JR

Fayetteville, Ga.

Rafaelle Souza

Mississippi

F

5-7

JR

Salvador, Brazil

Elisabeth Sullivan

Mississippi State

F

5-5

JR

Memphis, Tenn.

Sabrina D’Angelo

South Carolina

GK

5-8

SO

Welland, Ontario

Ali Hall

Tennessee

D

5-8

SR

Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

Shea Groom

Texas A&M

F

5-6

SO

Liberty, Mo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Freshman Team

 

 

 

 

Katie Bourgeois

Alabama

F

5-5

FR

Katy, Texas

Merel van Dongen

Alabama

MF

5-8

FR

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ashleigh Ellenwood

Arkansas

F

5-9

FR

Michigan City, Ind.

Kala Faulkner

Auburn

D

5-5

FR

Alpharetta, Ga.

Christen Westphal

Florida

D

5-6

FR

Brecksville, Ohio

Kelli Hubly

Kentucky

F

5-9

FR

Elk Grove, Ill.

Courtney Raetzman

Kentucky

MF

4-11

FR

Elk Grove, Ill.

Jade Kovacevic

LSU

F/MF

5-6

FR

Georgetown, Ontario

Candace Johnson

Missouri

D

5-10

FR

Dallas, Texas

Jackie Tondl

Texas A&M

D

5-9

FR

Omaha, Neb.

Cheyna Williams

Vanderbilt

F

5-7

FR

Hampton, Ga.

 

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