University of Memphis athletic communications assistant coordinator John Galatas recently used the word “magical” to describe the 2018 season for the school’s women’s soccer team. The Tigers’ effort on the field and in the classroom was close to it.
The regular season ended with a 15-3 record, one where Memphis posted 13 shutouts. The stinginess continued in the American Athletic Conference tournament in Tampa, as the Tigers blanked UCF and South Florida on their way to winning their first AAC championship.
Then, for the seventh time in the school’s history, Memphis participated in the NCAA Tournament. But despite home-field advantage Nov. 2, the Tigers (17-4) were eliminated by Wisconsin, 3-0.
“This is a special group of ladies that have been an absolute pleasure to coach,” said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan, in a press release. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have our best match. No excuse.”
Senior Catherine Levasseur and junior Stasia Mallin made the Google Cloud academic all-district team. They have a 4.0 grade-point average and will find out in early December if they’ll be named Academic All-Americans.
Seven players — led by senior and Defensive Player of the Year Olivia Gauthier — were chosen All-AAC. It’s a group that also included Levasseur, her twin sister, Marie, junior Serena Dolan, sophomores Clarissa Larisey and Elizabeth Moberg, and freshman Tanya Boychuk.
Memphis men trio earn honors
University of Memphis men’s soccer senior David Zalzman and junior Ben Roberts were named All-AAC first team, and Gurman Sangha was selected to the all-rookie team.
“I’m really happy for Ben and David, they worked hard this year being team leaders,” said Memphis coach Richard Mulrooney, in a release. “For them to be recognized is nice, and doubly so because they represent our team.
“Gurman’s come in and really added a spark to our team this year. Knowing that he’s worked this hard and he’s just a freshman, he’s only going to get better as time goes on. He’s very deserving of this award. I’m very happy for him.”
The Tigers finished 8-7-4. They knocked off South Florida, 3-1, in the first round of the AAC tournament in Orlando, before suffering a 2-1 double-overtime loss to SMU in the semifinals.
Southaven duo achieves success
For one former Southaven High athlete, her soccer season is over. For another, his basketball campaign has just begun. Angel Hailey and Terence Davis, however, recently got their share of big news.
Hailey, a goalkeeper at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, was the NJCAA and MACJC leader with 190 saves. She had a .848 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average and was named all-conference. She finished her career with a school-record 255 saves, while her .870 save percentage and 1.85 GAA ranks third and fourth, respectively.
“Angel does everything right on and off the field,” said Northwest coach Levi Nunnally, a Southaven graduate “She had a great year in goal for us and is very deserving of this honor.”
Davis quickly proceeded to back up his preseason second-team All-SEC selection with 17 points in a 90-64 Ole Miss victory over Western Michigan. The senior guard began the year 39th in Rebel history with 1,011 career points.
During his junior season, Davis led Ole Miss in scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.2). He was also tops on the club with 28 blocks and ranked third in steals (29).
The 6-4, 205-pound Davis was a two-sport star at Southaven, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark as a wide receiver during his senior season on a team led by longtime Charger coach Ed Rich.
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