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    Nov. 6, 1997

    Sobrero Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seton Hall's Kelly Smith was named the 1997 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year while Notre Dame's Kate Sobrero received Defensive Player of the Year honors. Smith's mentor at Seton Hall, Betty Ann Kempf, was named Coach of the Year.

    Kate Sobrero
    Kate Sobrero anchored a stingy Irish defense in '97.

    Smith, a sophomore forward from Garston Watford Herts, England, is in her first year of collegiate competition. She is the first player to earn Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year accolades in the same season. She finished the season with 24 goals and six assists for 54 points in 14 games. In 10 conference games, Smith compiled 18 goals and 41 points, both BIG EAST single-season records. Her season was highlighted by a nine-game scoring streak during which she scored 16 goals and added four assists for 36 points.

    Sobrero, a senior back from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., anchored a Notre Dame defense which allowed just 66 shots and five goals in 19 regular season games. A three-time all-American, she finished the season with two goals and eight assists for 12 points.

    Kempf, in her fourth year as head coach, guided the Pirates from an eighth-place conference finish one year ago to a third-place finish in '97. The Pirates broke school records for wins (14), shots (256), goals (45), assists (23), points (113) and shutouts (eight) in a season. Kempf holds a 35-33-3 career record.

    In addition to Smith and Sobrero, the All-BIG EAST First Team features nine other players, all from the four teams in the BIG EAST Championship. Freshman forward Jen Carlson, junior midfielder Jennifer Tietjen and senior forward/defender Sara Whalen represent Connecticut, while Notre Dame placed freshman forward Meotis Erikson, sophomore back Jen Grubb, freshman midfielder Anne Makinen, senior midfielder Holly Manthei and sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene on the squad. Villanova senior midfielder Maura McGhee rounds out the team.

    1997 Big East Women's Soccer Regular Season Awards

    Offensive Player of the Year: Kelly Smith, So., F, Seton Hall
    Defensive Player of the Year: Kate Sobrero, Sr., B, Notre Dame
    Rookie of the Year: Kelly Smith, So., F, Seton Hall
    Coach of the Year: Ann Kempf, Seton Hall

    All-BIG EAST First Team:

    LaKeysia Beene, So., GK, Notre Dame
    Jen Carlson, Fr., F, Connecticut
    Jennifer Tietjen, Jr., M, Connecticut
    * Sara Whalen, Sr., F, Connecticut
    Meotis Erikson, Fr., F, Notre Dame
    Jen Grubb, So., B, Notre Dame
    Anne Makinen, Fr., M, Notre Dame
    Holly Manthei, Sr., M, Notre Dame
    Kate Sobrero, Sr., B, Notre Dame
    Kelly Smith, So., F, Seton Hall
    Maura McGhee, Sr., M, Villanova

    All-BIG EAST Second Team:

    Courtney Schaeffer, Fr., GK, Boston College
    Sarah Barnes, Sr., M, Connecticut
    Liz Delgado, Fr., M, Georgetown
    Shannon Boxx, Jr., M, Notre Dame
    Uchenna Bright, So., M, Rutgers
    Shannon Nagle, Fr., F, Rutgers
    Francesca DeCristoforo, Sr., B, St. John's
    Courtney Wood, Jr., M, Seton Hall
    Erin O'Grady, Fr., F, Syracuse
    Beth McCaffery, Sr., B, Villanova
    Stacey Sollmann, So., B, West Virginia

    BIG EAST All-Rookie Team:

    Courtney Schaeffer, Fr., GK, Boston College
    Jen Carlson, Fr., F, Connecticut
    * Lauren Molinaro, Fr., M, Connecticut
    Liz Delgado, Fr., M, Georgetown
    Meotis Erikson, Fr., F, Notre Dame
    Anne Makinen, Fr., M, Notre Dame
    Shannon Nagle, Fr., F, Rutgers
    Jaime Clark, Fr., M, St. John's
    * Kelly Smith, So., F, Seton Hall
    Erin O'Grady, Fr., F, Syracuse
    Vanessa Heppeler, Fr., M, West Virginia

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