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COMPLETE UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION TEAMS
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Five members of the Bloomsburg University women's soccer team earned All-Region status from United Soccer Coaches as the quintet helped guide the Huskies to an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2018. Senior Allie Barber (Pittston Township, Pa./Pittston Area) and junior Tayah Naudascher (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) collected First Team honors while sophomore Natalie Holmes (Laurel, Md./Archbishop Spalding) earned a spot on the Second Team. Redshirt sophomore Jenna Hawkins (Fleetwood, Pa./Fleetwood) and senior Erin Bielski (York, Pa./Century (Md.)) were members of the Third Team.
Barber finished second on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points - just two points shy of her career-high of 18 points she scored as a freshman. Four of her six goals were game-winning goals which marked a new career best. She scored a pair of goals during the Huskies' 4-1 win over Slippery Rock in the PSAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday, October 30 - her second career multiple-goal game and her first since scoring three times in a 5-2 win over Seton Hill on September 19, 2015. She closed out her career with starts in the last 59 matches and, all told, did not miss a match in four seasons with the Huskies. Barber finished her brilliant career with 19 goals and 20 assists for 58 points with eight of her 19 goals being game-winners. Her 20 assists is tied for fourth on the school's all-time list with Patricia Cobane (1992-95).
Naudascher anchored a defensive unit that allowed only 12 goals on the season - tied for 12th fewest in the country. Bloomsburg's goals against average of 0.51 is ninth in all of Division II and the Huskies recorded 15 shutouts on the season - a new school-record and sixth among all Division II teams in shutout percentage (.652). The Huskies allowed only 77 shots on goal all year (3.35 per game) - fewest in the PSAC - and conceded only 157 (6.83 per game) shots attempts all season long. Naudascher started all 23 matches this season for the Huskies and has appeared in all 59 matches in her collegiate career (55 starts).
After scoring a goal and adding seven assists as a freshman in 2017, Holmes established career highs in goals (4) and points (10) this year. She finished tied for fourth on the team in scoring and had a pair of game-winning goals to her credit - against Goldey-Beacom on October 17 and at Pitt-Johnstown on October 20. She was also a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty kicks this season and tied a career-high with three points (one goal, one assist) in a win over IUP on September 1. Holmes has appeared in all 41 matches over her first two seasons and has earned 29 starts after earning the starting nod in all 23 matches in 2018.
Bielski started all 23 matches for the Huskies and finished the year with one goal and one assist for three points. Her only goal of the season came in overtime against East Stroudsburg on November 4 to lift the Huskies to the program's first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship since 2002. Her assist came at Millersville on September 5. She also provided excellent defense from the midfield position as she helped the unit to a school-record 15 shutouts. Bielski started every match in each of the last two seasons and finished with five goals and three assists for 13 points in her collegiate career.
Hawkins, meanwhile, broke the single-season school record with 13 shutouts and finished the season with a 16-3-3 overall record, a 0.53 goals against average, and an .831 save percentage. She finished 15th in the country in goals against average while finishing eighth in the nation in minutes played (2,036). Her goals against average narrowly missed breaking the single-season school-record of 0.52 currently held by Amy Linn (1995) and Tracy Wirth (1998). She has 19 shutouts in only two seasons with the Huskies - fifth on the school's all-time list - and currently sports a 24-9-6 overall record in her first two years.
The Huskies, picked to finish eighth in the PSAC according to the preseason coaches poll, won four of their first six matches before rattling off a 16-match unbeaten streak (13-0-3) prior to their NCAA quarterfinal loss to the University of Bridgeport on November 18. Bloomsburg won the PSAC Championship with a 2-1 overtime victory over East Stroudsburg on November 4 - the program's fourth conference title but first since 2002. The Huskies were then awarded the top seed in the Atlantic Region - the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2010 and eighth overall - and went on to win the regional title with a 2-1 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on November 16 which sent them to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the third time in school history and first since 2000. Bloomsburg's 17 victories were one shy of the school record of 18 set during the 1996 season.
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