Feb. 4, 2003
The Lady Tiger soccer team held their annual post-season awards banquet this past Saturday evening at the IPTAY board room near Death Valley. The banquet included a highlight video of a season in which the Lady Tigers reached the ACC tournament finals for the third time in the program’s nine-year history. Head coach Todd Bramble took the opportunity to honor both the players and the staff for another successful season on the field and in the classroom where the team earned a 3.17 GPA last fall.
Offensive MVP honors went to Deliah Arrington. The senior from Pawleys Island, SC set Clemson career goal scoring (50) and points (127) records and was also named ACC player of the year for 2002. Arrington was also a NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) second-team All-American.
Sarah Turner, a sophomore from Greer, won defensive MVP honors. Turner not only anchored the Lady Tiger defense but also provided the game-winning goal at Georgia on August 30.
The Coaches Award was presented to Rachel Gallegos, a senior from Manteca, CA. Gallegos earned the award based on her contributions to the team both on and off the field that often do not find their way in the box scores.
In addition to these three awards, the Lady Tigers also present two endowed awards each season; the Campbell Family Most Improved Player, and the Goodman Family Most Valuable Player.
Kate Clifton, a redshirt sophomore from Raleigh, NC, won the Most Improved Player award as voted on by the players and coaches. Clifton started 19 games this past season to bolster the Lady Tiger midfield.
Allison Mitchell, a junior, was presented the Most Valuable Player award. The award is also called the “Lady Tiger of the Year” award because the winners of this award are those who not only contribute on the field but also positively represent the Clemson women’s soccer program in the community.
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