Senior Olivia Fitzgerald has earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) All-Central Region Second Team as announced by the organization Thursday afternoon, the first all-region honor of her career.
Fitzgerald was one of the lynchpins of WKU’s defense as its center back this season en route to First Team All-C-USA honors. The senior led all WKU players with 1,725 minutes played and helped the defense to 10 shutouts, seven of which came during C-USA play. The Carmel, Ind., native also collected her first point of the season at FIU on Oct. 16, assisting on Hannah Chua’s match-winner against the Panthers. Fitzgerald earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season and was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12.
WKU has had an All-Central Region player in each of the last two seasons following Fitzgerald’s selection. Chandler Clark was a Third Team selection in 2015; Fitzgerald is WKU’s first to earn Second Team honors since Nora Abolins, Chrissy Tchoula and Iris Dunn each accomplished the feat in 2013. WKU has also had at least one all-region selection in 10 of the last 11 seasons from the NSCAA.
Fitzgerald completed her career on The Hill with 60 starts in 73 appearances and had one goal and a pair of assists while playing along the back line. The senior helped to lead the Lady Toppers to 33 shutouts during her career.
The Lady Toppers completed their 2016 campaign with a 12-6-1 overall record, their most wins in a single season since also notching 12 during the 2012 season. WKU earned the No. 3 seed in the C-USA Tournament, its highest since becoming a member of the conference prior to the 2014 season.
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Currie P. McFayden
WKU Associate Director of Media Relations