Five Women's Soccer Players Named NSCAA Academic All-South Region

Jan. 6, 2001

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- - Five UAB women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar Athlete South Region teams released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in Mission, Kan.

Senior defender Katja Lerew (Wichita Falls, Texas) garnered first-team honors, while senior defender Jenny Woodward (Dallas, Texas), senior goalkeeper Jen Braly (Denver, Colo.) and junior midfielder Denise Peters (Jacksonville, Ala.) collected second-team accolades. Junior defender Bridget Winston (Dallas, Texas) earned a spot on the third team.

With five players recognized, UAB was one of only two schools in the country to place as many as five players to one of the four all-region squads. The NSCAA/adidas Scholar Athlete regional teams are open to all three NCAA Divisions as well as NAIA member schools that make up over 1,000 soccer programs, featuring over 15,000 players.

"With this soccer program having more players recognized than over 1,000 other schools is a testament to the importance our players place on their academic pursuits," UAB coach Paul Harbin said. "To me, this is the ultimate recognition for a student because it balances academic and athletic achievements equally and is a true student-athlete award."

Last year, UAB placed four players on the south region squad and former Blazer Vanessa Woodward earned first-team All-America honors. For Lerew and Woodward, this accolade marked the second time they were recognized to the region team. Lerew merited second-team mention and Woodward was tabbed to the third team a year ago.

"This is the third time that we have placed players on this team," Harbin added. "And each year we have placed more players on the team that we did the previous year."

The Blazers are tentatively slated to begin their 2001 season Aug. 31, at Nebraska. The Huskers reached the Round of 16 last season in the NCAA Tournament.

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