Four Eagles Land on OCSA All-Ohio Team

Four Eagles Land on OCSA All-Ohio Team

OCSA NCAA Division II All-Ohio Team

Four Ashland University women's soccer players were named to the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association NCAA Division II All-Ohio Team the organization announced on Monday (Dec. 18).

Senior defender Julie Lacock, senior forward Morgan Bittengle, redshirt-sophomore defender Sydney Wright and freshman midfielder Emily Mark were all selected to the All-Ohio team.

Lacock, who is a two-time All-GLIAC performer and won United Soccer Coaches third team all-region status this year, started all 18 games for the Eagles and helped Ashland to a 12-win season and the No. 2 overall seed in the GLIAC Tournament. She and the rest of the senior class won at least 10 games in each of their four seasons. The Eagles finished the season with a 1.26 goals against average and gave up just six goals in their last nine games, including three shutouts in the last four games of the season.

Lacock scored a goal and had two assists on the season, playing a role in both goals of a 2-1 overtime win over Ferris State on Oct. 8, including assisting on the game-winner with seconds remaining in the extra session. She also nailed another assist in a 5-1 win over Tiffin in the regular season finale.

Bittengle was a consensus all-region standout this season and is a three-time All-GLIAC and all-region performer. She scored 16 goals as a senior, ranking second in the GLIAC. She finished the season with nine goals in her last six games and 11 goals in her last eight. She had two hat tricks on the year, on Oct. 15 at Northern Michigan and Oct. 27 against Tiffin. She won GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors three times in October alone.

Bittengle ranks third on Ashland's all-time scoring list with 51 career goals and finished the year tied for fourth among active Division II players in goals scored. She scored 16 goals her freshman season, 11 as a sophomore and eight as a junior before matching her freshman year total in her final season.

Wright joined Lacock as the other half of the central defensive pairing. She earned a United Soccer Coaches all-region selection and was named to the All-GLIAC second team, starting all 19 games for the Eagles. She helped the Eagles to six clean sheets on the year and scored one goal – heading in a corner kick in a 3-2 win at Davenport.

Mark had an excellent rookie campaign for Ashland as central midfielder. She tallied one goal and one assist on the season and made an impact in the center of the pitch. She scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Lake Erie in early September and added an assist in AU's regular season finale on Oct. 27.

The Eagles were in their fifth season under head coach Danny Krispinsky. They went 12-5-2 last season and advanced to the GLIAC Tournament semifinal. The graduating senior class went 48-19-7 in its four years for the Eagles.

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