For the Cumberland Times-News
KEYSER, W.Va. — The Potomac State women’s soccer team placed four women on the 2013 NJCAA All-Region XX team, with Kirsten Rayner and Rebekah Messenger earning first team for the Catamounts, who finished the season 7-6, and Abby Lantz and Katrina Ziebarth being named to the second team.
“Last year we were undefeated and had six (All-Region selections),” said head coach Mark Sprouse, “so I’m happy that we had four ladies earn a spot as it was a very competitive field this year.”
First-teamer Rayner, a former Northern Garrett standout, was the Lady Cats’ leading scorer with 12 goals and three assists in 13 games.
“Kirsten had a great freshman year and I think made the transition well to college soccer,” said Sprouse. “She has it all, speed, power and brains. I look for her to challenge the all-time scoring record next season.”
Messenger, a sophomore, two-year starter and captain for the Lady Cats, is a graduate of Frankfort High School and was on the All-Region XX Tournament team last year as a freshman.
“Rebekah was our sweeper for two years and the way we run our formation that is the pivotal spot,” Sprouse said. “She has been one of the best at that position in the 12 years I’ve coached at PSC and that is the ultimate compliment. Especially when you think of players like Chynna Kiser, Jennifer Worley and Kelsey Wilson.”
Lantz, a former Buckhannon-Upshur standout, played forward and had eight goals and two assists for the Catamounts in earning second-team All-Region.
“Abby just seemed to get better and better as the year went on,” said Sprouse. “She has the most accurate shot on the team and was the first freshman captain for the women’s team. With her and Kirsten leading the offense, I’m optimistic about next year.”
Also having the honor of All-Region second team was international student Ziebarth, who hails from Brisbane, Australia. Ziebarth shared goalkeeping duties with Alana Nappi, but also was a force out on the field when not in goal.
“Kat was a national leader in almost all goalkeeping stats, including being third in the nation in goals against average,” Sprouse said. “We had a good season and I’m proud of these four, but the whole team was always competitive.”