Nov. 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - After capping their second straight year returning to the BIG EAST Championship tournament, three Villanova women's soccer standouts were named All-BIG EAST selections by the conference office following the annual awards banquet on Thursday evening. Senior Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.), sophomore Hayley Wilson (Leonardtown, Md.) and freshman Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) were named to the All-BIG EAST Third team following outstanding individual seasons for the Wildcats.
Three women's soccer student-athletes earning conference honors marks the second most in a single season for the Wildcats. Additionally, the recognition of Houck, Wilson and Martin marks the 13th consecutive year where Villanova has had at least two All-BIG EAST honorees at the conclusion of the season. Since the conference began handing out postseason awards in 1995, the Wildcats have now had seven All-BIG EAST Third Team selections and 46 total honorees over the past 18 years.
Houck earns the second postseason BIG EAST accolade of her career with tonight's announcement. Additionally, the senior back was named a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Preseason team prior to the start of the 2013 season. The senior co-captain was once again a staple on the Villanova defense and played a key part in set pieces this season. Houck appeared and started in 16 games this year after sitting out three games due to injury and for her career tallied 6,612 minutes on the pitch, played 73 games and made 72 starts. She concludes her Villanova career with five assists. Off the field, Houck is a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and will graduate with a degree in Sociology in 2014.
Wilson earns her first conference accolade with tonight's announcement. For the season, she appeared in all 19 games while making 16 starts and played 1,448 minutes as a midfielder. She tallied one goal versus St. John's on Oct. 12th and added one assist against Creighton on Oct. 17th for three points on the year. For her career, the sophomore has seen action in 38 games while making 31 starts and has tallied 2,919 minutes on the field. She's netted two goals and four assists for eight points over the past two seasons and registered 45 shots during her two years on the Main Line.
Martin caps an outstanding first season with tonight's recognition. The freshman forward from Dallas, Texas led the Wildcats with 22 points via six goals and 10 assists and was fifth in the BIG EAST with 22 points. Additionally, the freshman was fifth in the conference averaging 1.22 points per game and tied for second with 10 assists and 0.56 assists per contest. Martin played and started in all 19 games for the Wildcats this season and registered 1,460 minutes on the pitch. She tallied a season-high three points in three games this season (Maryland, Xavier, JMU) and registered points in 11 of Villanova's 19 games in 2013.
There were six major award winners at the league banquet on Thursday night, with Daphne Corboz of Georgetown being chosen as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Emily Menges of Georgetown as Defensive Player of the Year, DePaul's Alejandria Godinez as Goalkeeper of the Year and St. John's Rachel Daly being named both the Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Marquette's Markus Roeders was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
The Wildcats concluded the 2013 season with a 6-10-3 overall record, a 3-5-1 mark in the BIG EAST and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship for the second straight season.