WVU women’s soccer pair earns All-America status

WVU Women's Soccer

For the fourth consecutive season, multiple players from the West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned All-America accolades, as Bianca St. Georges and Rylee Foster were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Second and Third Teams, respectively.

The honors are the first career awards for the pair. Earlier today, St. Georges was named to the 2018 Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team.

In 23 seasons, 16 different Mountaineer players have earned 25 United Soccer Coaches/NSCAA All-America honors under coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. St. Georges is the fourth different defensive player to earn All-America honors since 2012, while Foster, a junior, is the first goalkeeper in program history named an All-America.

The 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, St. Georges is a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree. This season, the two-time team captain started 21 matches at outside back and helped the Mountaineers post 12 shutouts. Additionally, she finished second on the team in goals (7) and points (14), both career single-season bests. St. Georges tallied a pair of braces in Big 12 Conference matches, and her five goals against league opponents ranked No. 2 in the conference, while her 10 points ranked No. 3. The St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, native was a perfect five-for-five from the penalty line, the best mark nationally.

A two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, she also was a candidate for the 2018 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy.

A native of Cambridge, Ontario, Foster is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree, landing on the first team in 2017 and 2018. This season, she played all 23 matches between the posts and earned credit for 11 of the Mountaineers’ 12 clean sheets, ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 6 nationally with the fifth-best season total in program history. Foster allowed just 13 goals for a 0.55 goals-against average (GAA), which also was the second-best mark in the Big 12, No. 14 in the NCAA, and No. 6 in program history.

A 2018 All-Big 12 First Team honoree and a candidate for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy, Foster ranks No. 4 among active NCAA players with 31 career shutouts and No. 6 with a career GAA of 0.55.

The 2018 Big 12 Soccer champions, WVU finished the season at 15-4-4 (7-2) and made its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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