ASU's Ashley McMurtry named second team All-Sun Belt Conference

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State senior midfielder has been named a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection after leading the Red Wolves' soccer to one of the best seasons in history the league announced Tuesday night.

McMurtry has seven assists on the year, which is tied for the most on the team and tied for third most in the Sun Belt Conference. She also helped anchor an ASU defense that set the school record for most shutouts in a season with seven and has appeared in all 19 of A-State's matches this season.

"This is a very well deserved award for this fierce competitor and loyal leader," ASU soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "Ashley is a rare breed and selfless captain who has always put the team above herself. In terms of overall value to a team, she is in my opinion one of the best players in the conference."

For her career, McMurtry has played in over 70 matches at Arkansas State and her 22 career assists are the most in ASU soccer history. Her four-career multiple assist games are also the most in ASU soccer history, while her 84 career shots rank as the sixth most in school history and her 32 points are tied for third most in school history.

McMurtry is the first ASU soccer player to be named to the to league's all-conference team and has helped the Red Wolves set the school record for most wins in a season, tie the record for most conference wins in a season and achieve the program's highest winning percentage in school history.

ASU will open play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Wednesday afternoon when the Red Wolves take the first against the Lady Toppers of Western Kentucky in an opening round match in Mobile, Ala., at 1 p.m.

Sun Belt Conference All-Conference Women's Soccer Team

2012 SBC First Team All-Conference
Chelsea Leiva (FIU, Junior, Forward)
Regina Thomas (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Forward)
Michelle Young (North Texas, Senior, Forward)
Paige Goeglein (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Midfielder)
Kate Loye (Middle Tennessee, Freshman, Midfielder)
Karla Pineda (North Texas, Freshman, Midfielder)
Chrissy Tchoula (Western Kentucky, Junior, Midfielder)
Kelsey Hodges (North Texas, Junior, Defender)
Ali Stahlke (Western Kentucky, Senior, Defender)
Allison Stallard (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Defender)
Kaitlyn Savage (FIU, RS-Junior, Goalkeeper)

2012 SBC Second Team All-Conference
Amanda Buechel (Western Kentucky, Senior, Forward)
Claire Emslie (Florida Atlantic, Freshman, Forward)
Whitney Jorgenson (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Forward)
Carly McDowell (North Texas, Senior, Midfielder)
Courtney Rymer (Western Kentucky, Senior, Midfielder)
Johanna Volz (FIU,Sophomore, Midfielder)
Charity Blair (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Defender)
Marie Egan (FIU, Sophomore, Defender)
Ashley McMurtry (Arkansas State, Senior, Defender)
Nikki Rios (FIU, Sophomore, Defender)
Nikki Hall (Western Kentucky, Freshman, Goalkeeper)

2012 SBC OffensivePlayer of the Year
Paige Goeglein (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Midfielder)

2012 SBC DefensivePlayer of the Year
Ali Stahlke (Western Kentucky, Senior, Defender)

2012 SBC Freshman of the Year
Kate Loye (Middle Tennessee, Freshman, Midfielder)

2012 SBC Coach of the Year
Aston Rhoden, Middle Tennessee