Seniors Hannah Chua and Allison Leone, junior Nicole Roseland and freshman Tally Bishop were each honored by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon, with Chua earning Second Team honors, Leone and Roseland picking up Third Team accolades and Bishop being named to the All-Freshman Team.
Chua, Leone and Roseland each earned All-C-USA honors for the second time in their careers. Chua and Leone were previously Second Team selections in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while Roseland was a First Team honoree in 2016. With Bishop’s selection, WKU has also had an All-Freshman selection in each of its four seasons as a member of C-USA; previously, Leone (2014), Roseland (2015) and Chandler Backes (2016) picked up the honors.
One of four field players to start every match for the Lady Toppers this season, Chua starred in the midfield and led WKU with four assists, three of which came in C-USA play. The Claremont, Calif., native closed the season with heroics on Senior Night for WKU, scoring both goals to propel the Lady Toppers to a 2-1 victory over Marshall on Oct. 27.
The team captain served as a dynamic option in the midfield, and three of her four assists came on match-winning goals against Lipscomb, Florida Atlantic and UTSA. Chua finished the season with 28 shots, 11 of which were put on goal; both marks ranked third among all Lady Toppers in 2017.
Serving as a team captain for the Lady Toppers, Leone closed her career on The Hill as one of the top goalkeepers in program history. WKU Soccer’s all-time leader in Player of the Week awards with four, Leone was a two-time C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week selection this season on Sept. 25 and Oct. 16. The Kennesaw, Ga., native ranks second all-time in solo shutouts (27, five in 2017) and career goals against average (0.98, 0.92 in 2017) and third in saves (297, 72 in 2017).
Leone collected seven or more saves in five matches this season, including a season-high nine stops at Texas on Aug. 20. Leone’s five shutouts ranked fourth among C-USA goalkeepers, and her 0.87 goals against average and .824 save percentage in C-USA play were the fourth- and fifth-best marks in the conference this season.
Hailing from Altamonte Springs, Fla., Roseland started every match this season as WKU’s holding midfielder after being chosen to the 2017 Preseason All-C-USA Team. Instrumental as both a starting point on offense and an anchor on defense from her holding midfielder spot, the junior plays key roles on both sides of the ball, serving as a defensive stopper while also facilitating ball movement and helping to set up WKU’s offensive attack.
Under her watch this season, WKU surrendered only 16 goals, fourth-fewest in C-USA and tied for the fifth-fewest in a single season in program history. Roseland helped the Lady Toppers to five shutouts in 2017 and pushed the team to a 337-minute shutout streak over a four-match span in October.
One of WKU’s top offensive sparks in 2017 with three goals and an assist, Bishop made an immediate impact for the Lady Toppers in her first season with the team. The freshman scored her first collegiate goal less than five minutes into her career, netting WKU’s match-winner in the season opener at Lipscomb on Aug. 18; she also assisted on Backes’ strike against the Bisons in that same match.
Later in the season, Bishop scored in critical back-to-back C-USA matches for the Lady Toppers against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 13 and FIU on Oct. 15; her ninth-minute goal against the Owls proved to be the match-winner, while she tallied the insurance goal in the 27th minute against the Panthers.
WKU ended the 2017 campaign with a 7-9-1 overall record and a 4-5-1 mark in C-USA play. The Lady Toppers won four of their final five matches and finished tied for eighth place in C-USA.
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Currie P. McFayden
WKU Associate Director of Athletic Communications