Red Raiders All Over All-Big 12 Teams|
Lytle, Esson and Hinkle Made All-Big 12 Teams.
Nov. 1, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech soccer head coach Tom Stone knows how talented his team is with each new class of freshmen that come in to play for the Red Raiders. On Tuesday, the Big 12 proved him right.
Freshman defender Jaelene Hinkle was a unanimous selection on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Teams and goalkeeper Victoria Esson also made the squad, joining fellow Red Raider Taylor Lytle when the All-Big 12 Teams were named by the conference on Monday night.
Lytle made her fourth All-Big 12 Team, being named to the All-Big 12 Second Team this season, along with Hinkle. Hinkle, a member of the 2010 U17 U.S. National Team Player Pool, was named to the All-Big 12 Newomer Team and All-Big 12 Second Team.
Lytle became the all-time assist leader for Tech on Oct. 16 when her assist helped Tech score the game-winning goal against Texas in double overtime.
"Taylor has been selected in each of her four years," Stone said. "It is a real tribute to her consistent high level of play over the duration of her career."
Hinkle and Esson each earned their first honors, being players named to the conference's All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.
Tech and Texas A&M lead all Big 12 teams with the most players on the All Newcomer Team over the last three years.
Esson became a household name quickly in the Big 12 Conference after posting seven consecutive shutouts during the season and nine shutouts total. She was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week a conference record four times this season - including three consecutive weeks (Sept. 20 - Oct. 4).
She allowed an average of 0.88 goals per game (fourth in Big 12) and had a 44 percent shutout rate in 16 games this season (third in Big 12).
Hinkle played in all 19 games while starting 18 of them. She was one of the strongest and most notable players in the conference this season, logging 1,620 minutes - the third-most this season by any other Red Raider.
"Amongst her freshman peers, Jae stood out as a player who made an immediate impact on the Big 12," Stone said. "Her training habits and commitment to develop her game are outstanding. We will hear a lot more from Hinkle over the next four years.
"This is only the beginning for Jaelene," Stone said. "In my opinion, she is the best attacking defender in the Big 12 and one of the brightest young defenders in the nation."
And the awards did not stop there for the Red Raiders, who were also recognized for their hard work in classroom on the Academic All-Big12 Team.
Maggie Fete and Hayley Haagsma led everyone with perfect 4.00 GPAs on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team along with teammates Sarah Ellison, Jessica Disabella, Jessica Fuston, Casey McCall and Tiffini Smith. Madison Terry rounded out the group with a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
Student-athletes had to have a 3.20 GPA or better and play in 60 percent of the games this season to qualify for the first team while those with a 3.00 - 3.19 GPA and played in 60 percent of games were qualified for the second team.