Conrad, Nestor highlight All-CAC women’s soccer selections; six Sea Gulls honored

Conrad, Nestor highlight All-CAC women’s soccer selections; six Sea Gulls honored

YORK, Pa. – Salisbury University women's soccer freshman goalkeeper Michelle Conrad earned 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Jim Nestor was named CAC Coach of Year as five others picked up All-CAC Women's Soccer Team honors, the league announced Wednesday.

Conrad, senior forward Amanda Miele, senior defenders Amanda Zyzak and Kira Mangone and junior midfielder Erin Mooney earned first-team honors. Senior midfielder Katie McMahon was SU's lone second-team selection.

Conrad, the first Salisbury player to win CAC Rookie of the Year in women's soccer, is 13-5-2 with a 0.93 goals against average and .778 save percentage. She has five shutouts and has made 63 saves on the season. A St. James, N.Y., native, Conrad was twice named CAC Defensive Player of the Week this season and earned one ECAC Division III South Region Defensive Player of the Week.

Nestor, in his 11th year at the helm of SU, earned his second CAC Coach of the Year award in women's soccer after leading the Sea Gulls to their fourth CAC title and fourth NCAA tournament berth. Nestor last won the award in 2006 after taking SU to its second NCAA tournament.

Miele is tied for third in the conference with 10 goals. She added two assists and is tied for fourth in points with 22. Miele scored a career-high two goals in a match three times, including in back-to-back matches, wins against Rowan University and Christopher Newport University on Sept. 19 and 21.

Zyzak, who played up front much of the season, is tied for second on the team with four goals and has eight points in 16 matches. Zyzak earned her second straight first-team selection and scored a career-best two goals in a win over Marymount (Va.) University on Sept. 28.

Mangone has led the Salisbury defense, which has surrendered just 18 goals and a 0.86 GAA. Mangone started all 20 matches and has registered two assists for the Sea Gulls this season.

Mooney is tied for second on the team with four goals and fourth with nine points in 18 matches. She picked up her second consecutive first-team selection and tied her career high, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Hood College on Sept. 24.

McMahon earned the first All-CAC nod of her career after starting all 20 games in the midfield and notching one assist. She is second on the team with 39 shots, 18 of which have been on goal.

Salisbury faces Wheaton (Mass.) College in an NCAA tournament first round match Saturday at 1:30 p.m., in Geneva, N.Y.

Click here to view the full 2011 All-CAC Women's Soccer Team.

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