April 20, 2009
GALLERY (Photos by Mark Crammer)
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s soccer team held its annual postseason banquet on Saturday, April 18 at the President’s Box in Clemson Memorial Stadium. At the banquet, the Tiger coaching staff announced the team’s award winners for the 2008 season.
Senior co-captain Molly Johnson was named the team’s overall Most Valuable Player and also earned the Most Valuable Defensive Player award. Johnson was a mainstay on defense, not only in 2008 but over her entire Clemson career. The native of Stuart, FL started all 82 games of her four-year career on the Tiger back line.
Fellow senior and co-captain Julie Bolt was voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Offensive Player. Bolt led Clemson in scoring in 2008 with nine goals and one assist for 19 points. The forward from Charleston, SC garnered second-team All-ACC honors in 2006 and 2007 and concluded her Tiger career with 19 goals and 11 assists for 50 points.
Sophomore goalkeeper Paula Pritzen garnered Most Improved honors. Pritzen started all 17 games of 2008 in goal for the Clemson. The Houston, TX native recorded 93 saves in over 1500 minutes in goal on the season.
The Coaches’ Award was presented to sophomore goalkeeper Marci Elpers. Elpers, a bioengineering major from Kingsport, TN, was honored by the coaching staff for her hard work, dedication and commitment on and off the playing field in 2008.
2008 Clemson Women’s Soccer Award Winners:Most Improved Award – Paula PritzenDefensive MVP Award – Molly JohnsonOffensive MVP Award – Julie BoltMost Valuable Player Award – Molly JohnsonCoaches’ Award – Marci Elpers
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