Valentine, O’Driscoll and Robinson named All-PBC
MORROW, GA – The Clayton State women's soccer team recently put the final touches on its first double-digit win season since 2006, and with the team's success, post-season recognition has begun rolling for some their players.
The Laker squad had three players named to the 2012 Peach Belt All-Conference team. Forward Natalia Valentine and keeper Laoise O'Driscoll were named to the squad for the second straight season, while junior midfielder Alicia Robinson was named to the squad after completing her first season for the Lakers.
Valentine finished her Clayton State, as one of the top goal scorers in Clayton State history. She finished with 32 goals in her four-year career, ranking third all-time behind Laker greats Nkiru Okosieme and Olaitan Yusuf, both of whom were All-Americans. Valentine finished 2012 with 12 goals, ranking third in the conference.
Valentine also ranks third all-time in points scored with 72 for her career. A native of Boksburg, South Africa, she started every match of her four-year career, which was 70 straight matches. She ranks second all-time in games started for the Lakers. Valentine had three game-winning goals in 2012 and three multi-goal games.
"It´s great for Natalia to finish her career off with making the all PBC team again," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "She works tirelessly and deserves this award. She scored some important goals this year."
O'Driscoll finished up her Clayton State career with a 1.18 goals against average to rank second all-time for the Lakers, only a fraction behind former Laker standout Judith Chime. She finished with five shutouts to finish her career with 14, ranking second on the all-time list. In 2012, she had a 1.23 goals average and 89 saves, ranking fifth in the Peach Belt Conference in goals against average and sixth in save percentage.
"Like Natalia this is another back to back all PBC award for Laoise," said O'Sullivan. "She has made some big saves this year and is a true team captain. Her distribution is top notch!"
Joining the Lakers after an All-American junior college career, Robinson established a presence in the central midfield, linking up the offense and breaking up the attacks by opponents on a regular basis. She finished the season with three goals and two assists.
"We are delighted Alicia was selected to the first team," said O'Sullivan. "On her day she is one of the top midfielders in the country. We look for her to push on from this award and bring continued success to the program."
Clayton State finished the season with a 10-7-2 record on the year. The 10-win season was the program's first double-digit winning season since 2006.