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Erika Tymrak (left) and Christen Westphal were honored by Soccer America

Tuesday January 15, 2013Pair of Gator Soccer Players Honored by Soccer America

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Erika Tymrak (left) and Christen Westphal were honored by Soccer America

A pair of Gators – senior Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Christen Westphal (Brecksville, Ohio) – appear on 2012 Soccer America postseason teams. Tymrak is a first-team selection for Soccer America’s MVP teams and Westphal appears on the outlet’s All-Freshman second team.

 

Gators on Soccer America Teams

Soccer America MVPs

Ameera Abdullah

2008

Erin Baxter

1998

Danielle Fotopoulos

1996 & 1998

Heather Mitts

1998

Erika Tymrak

2012

Abby Wambach

2001

Kathryn Williamson

2010

Soccer America All-Freshmen

Keisha Bell

1998

Melanie Booth

2003

Lauren Hyde

2006

Andi Sellers

1997

Erika Tymrak

2009

Taylor Travis

2010

Abby Wambach

1998

Christen Westphal

2012

Both were All-Southeastern Conference selections as Tymrak was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Westphal appeared on the second team.

 

In December, Tymrak was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America first team selection and was among the 15 semifinalists for the 2012 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, collegiate soccer’s highest individual honor. Florida’s 2012 leader in goals (9), assists (12), points (30) and game-winning goals (5), Tymrak finished her career with her name dotting several Gator charts. She appears third on the Gators’ career charts in assists (40), sixth in points (104) and eighth for goals (32). Six times in 2012, Tymrak was named to various national teams of the week, including being named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week following her golden goal at then No. 2 Duke in late August. After scoring a goal in each of Florida’s three matches and notching three assists during the course of the SEC Tournament, Tymrak picked up her second SEC Tournament MVP honor. Tymrak is the seventh Gator to appear on Soccer America’s MVP list since 1996.

 

Westphal started all but the season opener at center back for the Gator team which finished the season ranked No. 8 by the NSCAA. She led Florida’s field players with her average of 87.2 minutes per match. She played the entirety of 20 matches, including overtime contests at eventual NCAA champion North Carolina, versus then No. 2 Duke and at Auburn. Westphal also earned NSCAA All-South Region third team and SEC All-Freshman honors in 2012.

 

The Gator soccer team swept the SEC titles in 2012, claiming its 12th SEC title with an 11-2 record and picked up their 10th SEC Tournament crown. Florida made its 16th NCAA appearance in the program’s 18-year history, advancing to the Round of 16.

 

2012 Soccer America MVPs

First Team

G Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan), Sr.

F Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA), Sr.

M Daphne Corboz (Georgetown) Soph.

M Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Jr.

D Alina Garciamendez (Stanford), Sr.

D Ines Jaurena (Florida State), Sr.

D Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall (BYU), Sr.

F Caroline Miller (Virginia), Sr.

M Christine Nairn (Penn State), Sr.

F Kealia Ohai (North Carolina), Jr.

M Erika Tymrak (Florida), Sr.

 

Second Team

G Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State), Sr.

M Morgan Brian (Virginia), Soph.

M Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Jr.

F Maya Hayes (Penn State), Jr.

M Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Jr.

M Megan Jurado (San Diego State), Sr.

F Tiffany McCarty (Florida State), Sr.

M Kristen Mewis (Boston College), Sr.

D Rachel Quon (Stanford), Sr.

F Katie Stengel (Wake Forest), Jr.

D Ally Miller (Marquette), Sr.

F Laura Weinberg (Duke), Jr.

2012 Soccer America All-Freshman Teams

First Team

G Amanda Engel (Marquette)

F Janine Beckie (Texas Tech)

F Makenzy Doniak (Virginia)

D Hannah Gardner (North Carolina)

F Summer Green (North Carolina)

F Ifeoma Onumonu (California)

M Cassie Pecht (Duke)

F Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame)

M Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State)

M Isabella Schmid (Florida State)

F Mallory Weber (Penn State)

 

Second Team

G Emma Newins (Georgetown)

M Katie Bowen (North Carolina)

F Leah Galton (Hofstra)

F Holly Hargreaves (Rice)

D Laura Liedle (Stanford)

M Sophia Maccagnone (Butler)

M Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech)

F Michele Murphy (BYU)

M Ashley Spivey (Maryland)

F Taylor Uhl (Minnesota)

M Merel van Dongen (Alabama)

D Christen Westphal (Florida)

 

 

 

 

 

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